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LinuxWorld: Examining VA Linux and Corel

Apr 07, 2000, 19:33 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Corel has excellent collateral, but Corel often strikes me as being sloppy with its execution. For example, take Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux, the superb new suite for Linux -- if there is a realistic Linux alternative to Microsoft Office on Windows, this is it. It is almost identical to its Windows counterpart because much of the suite runs on Corel's version of Wine. (Wine is an open-source programming interface that brings most of the Win32 API to Linux.)"

"Now before I discuss the down side, I can't emphasize enough how much I like this productivity suite. You'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead fingers before I'll switch back to Star Office, and I really like Star Office. Having said that, I confess that one of the first things WordPerfect Office 2000 did for me was crash. And I can't get it to print on any Linux platform other than Corel Linux. I did manage to get the suite to work with XFree86 after struggling with it for awhile. The problem stems from the fact that WordPerfect Office 2000 needs the Bitstream font server. I'll talk about how I got around this requirement in a bit...."

"In sharp contrast, VA Linux is 100 percent all-beef Linux. There is one very big reason I have confidence in VA as a Linux and Open Source company: Larry Augustin. Larry has outstanding instincts about the Linux market. Most of all, he knows who to hire. Already, he has some of the most exceptional people in the Linux community working for VA."

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