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CNET News.com: Corel to offer free Linux image editor

Mar 11, 2000, 01:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The Linux version of Photo-Paint 9 will be available in early summer, the company said, and other software in the Corel Graphics Suite will ship in late summer. In addition, the company has begun beta testing its WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux suite, a $109 package that will include a word processor, personal database, spreadsheet, presentation program and copy of Corel's version of the Linux operating system itself."

"Mainstream software such as that from Corel is one of the key features required to transform Linux into a desktop operating system that mere mortals would be interested in using. Linux currently is popular in servers and among more technically savvy users."

"Corel is banking that Linux will become a popular desktop operating system, an ambitious strategy aimed directly at Microsoft. On the Linux side, the competition also includes Sun Microsystems and Applix, which both already ship Linux office suites."

"But Corel has a lead when it comes to graphics software for Linux. The biggest competitor is the Gimp, an open-source program that's distributed along with several versions of Linux. On the horizon, though, is software from graphics powerhouse Adobe, which has begun translating some of its software for Linux."

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