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National Post: Microsoft using Corel to ease into Linux, documents hint

Oct 12, 2000, 16:36 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Akin)

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"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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