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VNU Net: Corel denies MS effect on Linux shift

Jan 26, 2001, 15:12 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Corel's decision to spin off its Linux business was not influenced by its financial backer, Microsoft, and could actually spell bad news for the Windows giant, according to Corel's chief. Speaking to vnunet.com, Corel's president and chief executive, Derek Burney, said that part of Corel's alliance with Microsoft, which saved it from bankruptcy last year, was about "porting [Microsoft's] technology to Linux. So they might be unhappy that some developers will be disappearing."

"Comparing Corel's dilemma with Linux to that which 3Com faced with Palm, which was eventually spun off, Burney said: "3Com realised that Palm could grow but that it would be lost in the reshuffle of the company. I have always said that we are unleashing the power of Linux."

"Asked whether IBM is in the running to acquire the Linux spin-off, Burney said: "We do not rule that out." He would not comment on a Reuters report that New York-based Linux Global Partners will purchase the Linux desktop operating system for $5m. However, money is not the sole goal of the spin-off, according to Burney. "We have put our heart and soul into Linux, and we would desire to keep some type of stake."

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