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Corel Ships WordPerfect Office 2000 For Linux

By pwhysall in News
Fri Mar 24, 2000 at 12:57:08 AM EST
Tags: Software (all tags)
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Corel are finally shipping WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux.

The press release is here.

For the geek in me, the interesting point about this product is that it's developed with the Windows version on a common code base and Wine is used to run it on Linux.

There's a reasonably comprehensive review of the Beta 2 release over at Linux.com.

As a writer, I like WordPerfect and, service pack issues notwithstanding, have been reasonably impressed with WordPerfect Office 2000 on Windows. Maybe this is the full-featured, comprehensive competitor to StarOffice we've been waiting for?


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Corel Ships WordPerfect Office 2000 For Linux | 10 comments (10 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Comprehensive software review but n... (none / 0) (#2)
by rongen on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 05:35:50 AM EST

rongen voted 0 on this story.

Comprehensive software review but not much fodder for discussion... Also I didn't see any constructive criticism, a common failing amongst software reviewers. A relative of mine regularly uses WordPerfect while booted into Linux. It was the "killer app" that let him leave Windows behind (and he is in business, etc).
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So that would be why the Wine peopl... (none / 0) (#5)
by kraant on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 06:22:02 AM EST

kraant voted 1 on this story.

So that would be why the Wine people recently changed over from GPL to something a bit more commercial hunh?
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Get the deluxe version! A Linux Bea... (none / 0) (#4)
by hattig on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 07:03:47 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

Get the deluxe version! A Linux Bean-Filled Penguin! How could you turn that down? :-)

Shame it uses WINE, meaning yet another GUI on Linux, and a Win32 GUI at that :-(

I wish you coulda used less paragra... (none / 0) (#6)
by Velian on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 10:03:14 AM EST

Velian voted 1 on this story.

I wish you coulda used less paragraphs. :P But good news.

Linux is good. But will it be enou... (none / 0) (#7)
by marlowe on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 10:35:48 AM EST

marlowe voted 1 on this story.

Linux is good. But will it be enough to save this sorry company from oblivion?

--- I will insist on my right to question ---
-- The Americans are the Jews of the 21st century. Only we won't go as quietly to the gas chambers. --

Been there, done that elsewhere; do... (none / 0) (#1)
by lachoy on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 12:47:01 PM EST

lachoy voted -1 on this story.

Been there, done that elsewhere; don't want to just announce new software that everyone else already does.
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Good writeup saves an otherwise uni... (none / 0) (#3)
by ramses0 on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 10:37:18 PM EST

ramses0 voted 1 on this story.

Good writeup saves an otherwise uninteresting software announcement (even though I'm kindof beginning to like Corel as a company).

Corel has pretty much been in the forefront of many trends... does anyone remember their "committment to a Java version of their office suite"? But realistically, Corel is the company in the best position to become ~Microsoft-ish~, but I don't mean that in a bad way.

Corel has:

  1. an Operating System (Corel Linux, based on Debian)
  2. a Word Processors/Office Suite
  3. really nice graphical tools (CorelDraw/CorelPaint)

If Corel manages to keep their act together, they could become a very well-regarded company, owning all the components that any simple business would need to run. If Corel become "the best company" to buy your Linux software from, it could be a very good thing for them (and their bottom line).

The only thing missing from their stable of applications is some kind of group-ware, otherwise they have all the bases covered.

--Robert
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add in borland (none / 0) (#8)
by Anonymous Hero on Fri Mar 24, 2000 at 09:00:36 AM EST

this is where borland's kylix tool becomes very key to corel.

corel offers the spreadsheets and word processor, plus Paradox which will be excellent for the small db apps a company needs. Heck, with unixODBC, you *should* be able to hook to a sql server and have a real client server setup with paradox - having a "real" form and report builder on linux that any end user can use is worth millions in sales - without this i'd say corel office would be worthless (i am biased ;-).

BUT, the time comes when you don't want to spend to put a licensed version of paradox on each person's machines. Whip out borland's kylix - in easy to use Object Pascal (ie no pointers), or the C++ version. 99% of companies live off databases - i feel borland will make a killing of this and boost linux way up. it's a win win for both sides.

btw, i've loved using delphi for years - it is so far better than vb in db apps it's frightening (i also used vb full time for 2 years) - there's no comparison. kylix could legitamize linux for desktops.

alex

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Re: add in borland (none / 0) (#9)
by ramses0 on Fri Mar 24, 2000 at 11:47:21 AM EST

What the heck is kylix? I saw an article about it on slashdot a while back, but all the links I clicked didn't tell exactly what it was, just that it was revolutionary (or something).

If you could shed some light on this, I'd appreciate it!

--Robert
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kylix is... (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous Hero on Fri Mar 24, 2000 at 12:13:18 PM EST

borland is "just" taking delphi and c++ builder -- including all their great db powers encapsulated in the VCL class library -- and porting it to linux.

go to borland.com and then click on their "Community" link and you'll see a bunch of articles on it - some by the Delphi developers themselves

alex

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