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LinuxWorld: Corel's Linux VP on the Microsoft deal

Oct 12, 2000, 22:47 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"LinuxWorld managed to collar Rene Schmidt, executive VP of Corel's Linux product group, and ask him a few questions about the impact of the announced investment by Microsoft in Corel on Corel's Linux plans."

"LinuxWorld: With the recent investment by Microsoft, many people in the Linux community are concerned about your various Linux projects getting derailed. What effect will there be on your Linux ambitions?

Rene Schmidt: Essentially, with Linux, we are very committed to it. And the agreement, or partnership, or alliance, whatever you want to call it, with Microsoft is not anti-Linux or anything. It is really about .Net. It is really about the Web.... [Linux is] not really any different than any other platform, whether it is a Macintosh platform or a Windows platform that provides services through the application. So from our point of view it is not something that hampers what we are doing on Linux. In fact, it provides new opportunities in Linux."

"LinuxWorld: Will Corel be the first to bring Linux to the .Net platform?

Rene Schmidt: Well, if I have anything to do with it, I think I would like to, for sure. We all have those kind of aspirations to bring the best of services through the Web to our customers and .Net is definitely, from our point of view, one of the best ways to go. So if we can do it through .Net, that will be a goal for us."

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