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OpenSourceIT: A conversation with VistaSource's Bernie Thompson

Jul 15, 2000, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

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"The president of VistaSource Inc. -- formerly the Linux Division of Applix -- talks about Applixware, the open source auction site Cosource.com, and the future of thin client computing."

"OSIT: In 1999 Applix made $18 million in revenue, and $1.5 million of that was Linux. That's a relatively small percentage.

Thompson: Right. The balance of it is Unix, Solaris, HP-UX. That's where we come from as a company, the Unix market."

"OSIT: Let's talk about end users. Applixware, your desktop suite, offers a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation program. I've heard Applixware users say things like "You can't tell it's not MS Office."

Thompson: We've done a lot of work in our 5.0 product to bring it closer to Microsoft. Most of the users at this point are familiar with Microsoft Office. So we want to make that transition as easy as possible, and with each successive version we're doing more and more to make that easier. But we're also focused on avoiding bloatware, we shoot to have 70% of the features, but to have 90% or more of the features that anyone would need."

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