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LinuxToday.com.au: Microsoft Invades Linux Homeland!

Oct 08, 2000, 16:10 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to Renai Lemay for this link. ]

"So, the news is out. Microsoft is Corel's mysterious investor. A Corel press release delivers the official word in a suitably elliptical style."

"While Microsoft's motives for pouring money into the failed Canadian software developer obviously go well beyond any Linux-bashing strategy, the move might be seen as the Redmond-based company's first direct attack on Linux. I want to look at what this move could mean for Linux, but first some background."

"Corel is far from being the most important star on the Linux stage. However, the company plays an interesting cameo role. Above all, it's the only pre-Linux software company to offer a packaged distribution. Corel Linux isn't fantastic, but it is packaged to wean non-technical newbies off their Windows addiction. It is, or at least was, an operating system methadone."

"Corel also has a full-blown commercial office suite. It has made significant contributions to the open source body of work. In the greater scheme of things, losing Corel to Microsoft rates on roughly the same level as the West losing, say, Austria to communism during the Cold War."

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