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LinuxToday.com.au: Dastardly Deeds or Business as Usual? MS Influence on Corel

Feb 20, 2001, 18:58 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

"Alarm bells first rang when it emerged last October that Corel's mystery investor was none other than Microsoft. They should have rung louder. . Now it appears the United States Department of Justice is taking a closer look at the antitrust implications of that transaction."

"To be brutally honest, I'm not going to shed any tears over the death of Corel's Linux distribution. ... On the other hand the passing of WordPerfect for Linux and WordPerfect Office for Linux would be more of a worry. Officially these products have not yet been dumped – but don't hold your breath."

"But there's another reason to worry about the demise of Corel's Linux offering, the company has played a major role in the development of Wine. In January Corel outlined its business plan in a press release. Wine isn't specifically mentioned, but the company says it will continue to develop Linux applications and presumably this means the Wine contribution will continue. This means that a Microsoft controlled company is going to play a major role in the development of Wine. Is anyone looking at the antitrust implications of that?"

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