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Microsoft says Corel deal leaves Linux unscathed

May 01, 2001, 20:51 (22 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Godin for this link. ]

File it under "from the horse's mouth": Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is quoted by Reuters as saying "Corel is free to do whatever it wants with Linux."

An article by Reuters appearing today on Yahoo! has Ballmer complaining that Microsoft's an industry punching bag and maintaining that the terms of the deal with Corel, in which Microsoft made a $135 million investment in exchange for Corel's development of .NET-oriented software, does nothing to impeded Corel's Linux business.

Corel has yet to announce who it will be selling its Linux distribution business to, months after it announced it's no longer going to maintain its Corel Linux OS distro in favor of focusing on its best sellers: graphics design tools.

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