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Linux Format: Corel: In bed with the enemy?

Oct 19, 2000, 12:24 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Fenwick)

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"Microsoft's recent investment in Corel Corp, while generating some interest, has failed to bring out sayers of doom - what of this prospect of Microsoft Linux? Shouldn't we each be quaking in our penguin-hide boots? In this LXF Report, we take a look at just what Corel are playing at."

"...The section that is of particular interest refers to the possibility of porting Microsoft's .NET services to Linux, or, in the words of the SEC filing: "Corel hereby grants Microsoft an option for Corel to Port some portion or all of the .NET Framework from the Windows Platform to the Linux Platform (the 'Port Project'),". If Microsoft expresses an interest with Corel within the next three years then it's perfectly concievable that, in some form, a "Microsoft Linux" could exist. Indeed, Microsoft's previous success has largely been centered around shrewd business decisions and timing more than technical competance - they know when to extend, embrace, and finally assimilate. It's a naive person who believes that Microsoft are completely ignoring Linux as a future option - any company on a scale of the Redmond giant will be mapping out all future possibilities, of which moving some services of the .NET platform to Linux would be an option."

"But, when all's said and done, it's not a particularly attractive option. Microsoft are not in good company when it comes to porting Windows software to Linux - Corel's WordPerfect office for Linux was little more than WordPerfect office for Windows with a heavily modified WINE layer underneath (just keep digging around the dialog boxes in WordPerfect Office until you find "c:/usr/local"). There has been no full scale port of the entire suite to Linux. If Microsoft want to produce an entire version of .NET server for Linux, they are going to have to implement support for Component Services (COM+) and ActiveX on our platform, to name just two of the Microsoft technologies that Windows relies on heavily."

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