"People are probably reading more into the failed
Corel-Inrpise merger than is there. If you scan the business papers
at all, you'd see that many corporate mergers fall through because
of various circumstances. And even though both Inprise and
Corel are important presences in the Linux world, neither could be
said to be pure Linux plays: neither company derives most of its
income from Linux products."
"Indeed, the merger failed not because of any shortcoming in
Linux, but because of a simple thing: the economic parameters for
the deal had changed between the time the deal was announced and
the time the deal was supposed to be consummated. You could argue
that a general decline in the Linux market led to a depression of
stock prices on both sides, and you'd be right to an extent."
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