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The good and the bad of Corel selling Linux

By iceT in News
Wed Nov 22, 2000 at 06:41:41 AM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)

Corel announced at Comdex the possibility of selling off their Linux business. This is an intersting development for Linux, some good, and some bad.

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?


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This is Jack's total lack of surprise. (3.25 / 4) (#6)
by Elendale on Wed Nov 22, 2000 at 12:41:11 AM EST

Corel buys into the Linux 'buisiness' when Linux is the 'next big thing'
Corel tries to sell off Linux because it doesn't make trillions of $$$ for them.

Big surprise... yeah right...
I don't think Corel was serious about their Linux strategy- or perhaps more accurately, i don't think Corel was willing to stick it out. They seem to be like the stock market day traders: just out for a quick buck. Just what i think (and thought before) about Corel's dedication.


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Corel blows (3.50 / 4) (#7)
by h2odragon on Wed Nov 22, 2000 at 02:01:08 AM EST

They have overseen the near total destruction of WordPerfect. That used to be a word processor capable of extreme layout in the hands of the inexperianced. The simple stuff was easy and the complex was no more difficult than it had to be. Don't even get me started on the Linux version; if you've used that pile of festering goo you likely share my opinion and if you haven't please spare yourself the torture.

They were claiming Corel Office for linux would be available early '99 at the latest in early '98; they still haven't released anything worthy of being called a beta, have they? Granted I haven't played with the latest version, WP8 for linux and "WP Office 2000" for Windows convinced me they were not only dead, but stinking. Remember the Netwinder? That would have been a great toy, at 1/3rd the price. Remember the fuss about the public beta that wasn't really public?

Having said that; I wish they'd solved their problems so I could dump Windows for day to day work throught my office. I don't think they ever understood linux, or the ideas of free and/or source available software. I think they started their slide back around the time they acquired wordperfect etc. and started making noises like they thought they were going to kill Microsloth, every move they've made since then has struck my paranoid side as designed to help MS.

Is it just me... (2.66 / 3) (#10)
by delmoi on Wed Nov 22, 2000 at 10:11:21 AM EST

Or does anyone else think Corel should just pick a technology/worldview/actualy business plan and just stick with it? It seems like they change their whole bussness plan like every six months! Java, Linux, now .NET?

Perhaps if they just stuck with something instaid of changing their plans so often.

Btw, I tried Corel linux, and it basicaly didn't work. Mandrake on the same box worked fine, though....
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6 mo. Prior to Corel Distro... (2.00 / 2) (#11)
by eventi on Wed Nov 22, 2000 at 10:31:40 AM EST

I got a call from a Corel Rep, selling Linux Webservers (Hardware)... Later, when I heard about the CorelLinux Distribution, I thought Corel was just another company who heard Linux was the NextBigThing, and was trying to figure out how to cash in. I guess I was right.

To their credit, alot of people bought it because the brand name lent credibility, and the _possibility_ of tech support.

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