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ComputerWorld: Corel CEO Gives Lowdown On Microsoft Investment

Nov 20, 2000, 15:48 (12 Talkback[s])

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"IDG News Service correspondent Clare Haney spoke in Las Vegas last week with Derek Burney, the newly appointed CEO and president of Corel, about the tie-up with Microsoft and what's ahead for Corel."

"Q: Could Microsoft's investment in Corel, a Linux distributor, be seen as a way for Microsoft to have a Linux test bed?

A: It certainly looks that way. If I were Microsoft, I'd have two approaches to Linux: One, I hope it goes away or, two, let's figure out how to work with it, and I'd be opting for the second approach."

"Q: There have been suggestions that Corel will release an open-source version of its WordPerfect software suite next year. Is that true?

A: We have no plans to do so. In my opinion, open source makes sense for operating systems and nothing else."

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