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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Microsoft and Corel -- Not Good News

Oct 03, 2000, 14:48 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"The speculation among Linux users who published their opinions at various websites runs chiefly in the vein that this is how Microsoft will insinuate itself into Linux. That speculation, I believe, is dead wrong. Microsoft is no friend to Linux. Microsoft is friend only to Microsoft...."

"If there is anyone in the whole wide world who believes that anyone at Microsoft gives a toot about cooperation to benefit customers worldwide, I have not met that person and do not want to. Microsoft will cooperate with Corel in much the way that an anaconda cooperates with a capybara (the world's largest rodent). Cooperation on projects will involve absorbing such Corel technology as Microsoft finds useful while moving Corel's customer base to MS Office. And you won't hear a peep from the already mortally wounded Corel....."

"Corel has some people who are good -- well, as good as anyone has been -- at porting Windows applications to Linux. Bring Internet Explorer to Linux. Make it free, and make it good. Throw in a few hooks that are incompatible with anything else. Grab a huge share of the Linux market. Make it the standard to which web pages are written."

"Hell, while we're at it, maybe even bring over MS Office. Make it free for private, noncommercial use, too. Throw it in to some little distribution, if it's seen that Corel Linux actually has any market value. And grab a big share there, too."

"Then pull the plug. You want to surf the web? You'll need Internet Explorer, no longer available for Linux. You want to exchange documents? You'll need MS Office, no longer available for Linux."

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