LinuxPlanet: .comment: Microsoft and Corel -- Not Good News
Oct 03, 2000, 14:48 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
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"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