"Software maker Corel is a lot like some rock 'n' roll
bands. It had one monster hit a few years ago and has tried
desperately ever since to duplicate its early success."
"In Corel's case (nasdaq: CORL), the big hit was CorelDraw,
graphics software that debuted in 1989 and gave PC users the
ability to do graphic design. Since then, Corel has changed
strategies all too frequently. ... When network computers (pitched
as simpler, cheaper PCs) were a hot topic in the mid-1990s, Corel
started a hardware division to build them and the software that ran
on them. ... And when the idea of desktop Java applications--Java
is a programming language invented by Sun Microsystems (nasdaq:
SUNW)--were all the rage a few years ago, Corel dove in
"Now it's betting its future on Linux, the free operating system
that, like network computers and Java, is surrounded by a
tremendous amount of buzz. It?s a risky bet. Corel is holding out
most promise on the use of Linux as a desktop operating system. Its
OS is called Corel Linux. That pits it directly against Microsoft
(nasdaq: MSFT) and its Windows franchise. That?s a daunting
prospect, and it's not even clear that users want to run Linux as a
desktop operating system. "
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