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osOpinion: Memo to Corel: Be Proprietary, Be Proud, Be Profitable

Aug 24, 2000, 09:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin "roblimo" Miller)

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"WordPerfect was the first DOS word processing program I ever used, and I still like its descendents, even the current, somewhat bloated WordPerfect Office suite. CorelDraw is one of my all-time favorite graphics-production programs, and my wife (the artist in our family) likes it even more than I do. When I first heard that these fine pieces of software were being ported to Linux, I rejoiced. But when I first saw Corel's Linux distribution, I winced."

"I have no personal problem with proprietary software as long as it does what it's supposed to do well enough that it's worth what I pay for it. I will happily cough up $149 (list price) for the deluxe version of WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux as long as it is $149 better for my purposes than free-beer StarOffice. I have no problem paying a similar price for CorelDraw, again with the caveat that it needs to be $149 easier to use or more feature-rich than The GIMP."

"Corel has some fine products here, and it's a shame that their Windows versions have lost so much market share to Microsoft's equivalents. I firmly believe that with better marketing and more aggressive pricing earlier, this would not have happened. If Corel has simply sat down and concentrated on improving and selling their core products, I believe the company would now be profitable instead of nearly bankrupt."

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