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NorthernJourney.com: Linux Inside: Canadian Open Source Projects

Feb 03, 2000, 07:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

"Canada... is home to some energetic open-source activities. Ottawa, Ontario-based Corel Corporation previously released Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux and has now released an entire Linux distribution called Corel Linux. A Corel associate company, Rebel.com, has introduced small self-contained, easy-to-administer Linux boxes based on the StrongARM processor. A Vancouver, BC startup company, Stormix Technologies Inc., has released a distribution of Linux called Storm Linux. And Calgary, Alberta, is the home of OpenBSD, the open-source OS that some security analysts consider the most secure Unix distribution available."

"Corel's involvement with Linux runs deep. Seeing a potential market for its flagship WordPerfect product as well as its full office suite, Corel has been contributing valuable coding efforts to the open-source Wine project..."

"What Corel is assisting with in particular is a Wine API layer that will allow Corel's native Windows office suite to run in Linux, without having to maintain separate Windows and Linux development streams."

"Vancouver startup company Stormix Technologies Inc. (www.stormix.com) is dedicated to Linux and open-source solutions for business and home users. The company has released Storm Linux... The primary goal of the company is to make Linux easier to use. It is contemplating things like tutorials and wizards embedded into the distribution."

"OpenBSD is the BSD branch that specializes in security. It is the only OS in which nearly every line of code has been audited for security. In addition, it includes strong encryption... The OpenBSD CD proudly proclaims "Made in Canada: land of free cryptography."

"Unlike most distributions of Linux, which tend to be a bit careless about security in their out-of-box installations, OpenBSD claims to have not been cracked in an out-of-box installation for over two years."

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