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Feb 01, 2002, 22:15 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"It may seem a little odd that I am reviewing a product that, for all practical purposes, no longer exists for the Linux platform. When Corel announced it would sell off its Corel Linux division on Jan. 23, 2001, many industry watchers were not terribly surprised. After all, Microsoft had just invested $135 million in the Canadian software firm just three months prior.

"When Corel made the sale of its Linux division to Xandros (through Linux Global Partners) in August 2001, a lot of people seemed relieved. At least the Linux holdings would be out from any potential influence from Microsoft.

"Under the terms of the deal, Xandros would get all of the source code and licenses for the Debian-based Corel Linux, as well as the source code for the never-released Corel Linux 3.0.

Xandros, accrording to its Web site, is planning on releasing the first version of their Linux distribution sometime in the first quarter of this year. The beta program for Xandros Desktop 1.0 for just launched earlier this week, in fact. But something is conspicously absent from the terms of the sale: Corel, it seems, has kept the licenses and the code for the WordPerfect Office for Linux suite to itself..."

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