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LinuxWorld: Introducing iceSculptor - Chilliware's desktop publisher shows promise and immaturity

Mar 06, 2001, 21:43 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

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"Chilliware actually tries to make money from Linux applications. The company's model is similar to the one Corel used until recently. Chilliware is developing its own Linux distribution and selling closed-source applications for revenue generation. That model failed for Corel, but a slightly different approach from a more nimble competitor may yield different results...."

"There are two products from Chilliware that I have desperately wanted to try since last August. They are Nexxus, the still-vaporware-but-often-promised contact manager, and iceSculptor, which claims to be the first real Linux desktop publishing program. (It should be noted that CorelDRAW has been around a lot longer than iceSculptor.)"

"My editor sent me the Chilliware software. The CD came with Mohawk (an Apache configurator), Mentor Pro (a documentation creator), and iceSculptor. I inserted the CD, watched it automount, and clicked on the click-me.html file in the root of the CD. Then I clicked on the iceSculptor dynamic option to install the program. I am running KDE2, and when I chose the product, KDE automatically started kpackage and promptly informed me that I had to be root to install the program. D'oh! I knew that. Really."

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