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ZDNet: Corel: Still full-speed ahead on Linux

Nov 14, 2000, 23:35 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Corel Corp. is "refocusing" -- not relinquishing -- its Linux products and plans, the Canadian software vendor's CEO Derek Burney insisted Monday...."

"We are refocusing our Linux strategy" as part of the company's move to get its business house back in order, Burney told ZDNet News during an interview at the trade show. "But on the Linux side, we are still making plans for new versions of our (WordPerfect Office and Corel Draw) products...."

"At the time (Microsoft invested $135 million in Corel), we didn't understand that an operating system could be constituted as a set of .Net services," Burney explained. This is a realization that Corel has arrived at as it has explored .Net technologies under nondisclosure agreements with Microsoft, he said. In theory, at least, this would mean that a client accessing .Net back-end services wouldn't have to run Windows, Burney said."

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