"Corel, the once successful but now ailing Canadian software
developer, has been thrown a financial lifeline by a mystery
investor. At the time of writing, there's not much hard information
about the deal. Corel's enigmatic press release mentions the number
of shares that may be purchased over a 24-month timetable and there
are some words about structural realignment."
"Some of the financial stuff in this deal a little unusual,
you can read about that elsewhere. Here I'm more concerned about
what these events mean from a Linux perspective."
"Although Corel had previously flirted with OS/2, Larry
Ellison's Network Computers and Java, in recent years it had
publicly committed its future to Linux. Indeed, Corel is the only
company from the earlier PC software era to deliver its own Linux
distribution and is one of a handful of Windows desktop
applications developers to port well-known software brands to the
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