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IT-Director: What would a Red Hat acquisition mean to Corel users?

Nov 30, 1999, 12:33 (5 Talkback[s])

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"The market seems to like the idea of Red Hat acquiring Corel even if this just hearsay at present."

"Of most interest to Red Hat would be the work carried out by Corel on a distribution of Linux aimed at bringing Linux into the mass PC market. Until now Linux has been an environment for the IT professional and the competent PC enthusiast, not for the domestic user base at large - and for most organisations not for the desktop under any circumstances. Corel has invested considerable effort into bringing the installation and deployment of Linux within the capabilities of the average PC owner, and it is reputed to have made a very good job of it too."

"But Corel's revenue comes from its office and graphics products, and while several of these products are available on Linux, the large majority of Corel's existing user base depends on traditional PC operating systems. So we have to ask the question: If Red Hat really does acquire Corel, what will be the future for Corel's mainstream products? Will it be in Red Hat's interest to continue the development and enhancement of Windows-based products when the rest of the organisation is dedicated to replacing Windows with Linux around the globe?"

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