"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
"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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