With Corel's announcement that they're considering doing something to reduce costs, including selling their their Linux division to some other company. This news is intriguing in several ways:
1) A bad thing: Many people held a lot of hope for Linux from Corel. Corel was a 'big name', and they were making a serious play for the commercialization of Linux, something that would severly boost Linux as a desktop. But, with the release of Corel Office for Linux, many people were disenchanted with the product, claiming that it was buggy, and slow. Perhaps, w/ Microsoft's announcement that you may have to license Office on a yearly basis, Corel Office could stand a chance.... if they can keep it, and stablize it, and most importantly, market it until the release of Office 11. What would it take to unseat Office?
2) A good thing: With the announcement of them possibly selling the Linux division, their stock dropped 5%. Was that a word from investors showing disapproval for Linux, or a reaction to Corel trying to 'lose balast'?
3) A good and a bad?: As part of the $135M investment that MS made in Corel, included the option of providing a port of the MS .NET server to Linux. The CEO said that they'd fullfill contractual obligations, regardless of what happened. So, are they providing it because they have to, because riding on MS's coattails is usually benefitial, at least in the short term, or did they sell their soul for $135M?
So, what did Corel do wrong? Why didn't Corel Linux, and WP Office for Linux work?