"It's time to ask some serious questions about the future of
Corel. In February the line put out by Corel's in-house propaganda
department was that the proposed merger with Inprise (the developer
formerly known as Borland) would create 'a Linux powerhouse'. Now
the deal is scrapped does that mean Corel is finished?"
"Forget the corporate spin about 'synergy', the real reason
Corel wanted Inprise was to get its hands on the US$200 million
stuffed under Inprise's mattress. Any technology considerations
were only secondary."
"The last thing Inprise needs at this stage is to hitch
itself to a three-time loser. Corel is the original one-hit wonder.
After years of trying, the company still hasn't come up with
anything better than its original Corel Draw program. And
that's no longer a market leader."
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