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CIPS: Keep Linux Alive--Technology Association Comments On Corel And Microsoft Alliance

Oct 03, 2000, 19:59 (1 Talkback[s])

PRESS RELEASE: CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society) Toronto Section sees the Corel and Microsoft alliance as a potential set back to Corel's commitment to Linux. Linux is heralded by the technology industry as the only alternative to Windows NT operating system. Without Linux, CIPS warns that the industry will not have any choice and Microsoft will continue to maintain monopoly strongholdin the operating system and software business.

"Both Corel and Microsoft have not commented on how their relationship will affect Corel's Linux development and that is a concern to CIPS," said Rob Black, President of CIPS, Toronto Section. "Competition between Linux and Microsoft Windows NT wouldincrease quality in both platforms. However for Linux to become viable, it needs software applications offered by Corel."

CIPS, which represents technology professionals in Canada, expressed concerned over Microsoft's interest in Corel could also be a means to squash Corel's efforts in the development of software for Linux.

"CIPS is skeptical about Microsoft's intention to invest in Corel to help Microsoft deploy its .NET initiative. It this were the case, why wouldn't Microsoft have partnered with companies when it launched MSN and its other Internet ventures?" said Black. "We believe there's more to the story and we're particularly uneasy about both company's vagueness about the future of Linux software development.

"What we'd like to see is Corel and Microsoft issue a statement positively confirming the ongoing support and commitment to Linux."

CIPS is the voice and champion of the Canadian Information Technology Profession, with membership of over 8,000 and confers the I.S.P. (Information Systems Professional) designation which isrecognized in Ontario, Alberta and other provinces as the self-regulating profession of Information Technology practice. CIPS' mandate is to define and foster the IT profession, to encourage and support the IT practitioner, and to advance the theory and practice of IT, while safeguarding the public interest. Information on CIPS Toronto Section can be found at www.cips.ca/toronto/default.asp.

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