"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
"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
"Q: There have been suggestions that Corel will release an
open-source version of its WordPerfect software suite next year. Is
A: We have no plans to do so. In my opinion, open source makes
sense for operating systems and nothing else."