"In a 531-page document filed by Ottawa-based Corel with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Corel said it has granted
Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft the option to direct Corel to port
part or all of Microsoft's next-generation .NET architecture to run
on the Linux operating system...."
"Moreover, the Linux and Microsoft software development
philosophies are diametrical opposites. With Linux, an army of
Internet-connected volunteer programmers share the source code,
improve it and pass on improvements to that source code, all under
the stewardship of Linus Torvalds. Microsoft, on the other hand,
uses a proprietary development model in which source code and
development strategies are fiercely guarded secrets and viewed only
by Microsoft employees...."
"But it is now clear Microsoft will use its investment with
Corel -- which distributes its own version of Linux and has
converted some of its software products like WordPerfect to run on
Linux -- to ease into the Linux community. Neither Corel nor
Microsoft officials could be reached last night for comment."
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