Corel CEO outlines Linux strategy
LAS VEGAS (IDG) -- Corel Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Cowpland on Tuesday outlined some of the reasons the Canadian applications company is betting heavily on the Linux operating system.
Speaking at a keynote address at Comdex, Cowpland explained his company's strategy around Linux, praising it as an operating system that offers freedom and reliability.
Corel on Monday launched Corel Linux OS for desktops. The OS will ship early next year, Cowpland said.
"Linux is very reliable," said Cowpland. The best part is its users face "no threats to remove Windows licenses or increases in license fees."
Next year, it also plans to release Linux-based versions of QuattroPro spreadsheet application, Paradox database software and its Presentations application. In the second or third quarter, it will release CorelDraw on Linux.
Corel's strategy for getting its Linux OS into the market is threefold. It will work with PC makers to pre-install Linux on PCs. It has already inked deals with Compaq Computer Corp. and Toshiba Corp., Cowpland said.
Although a version of its Linux OS is available for free download online, the company will sell upgrades on the Web. More importantly in terms of revenue, Corel will sell corporate licenses and support contracts for its OS.
Cowpland also stressed Corel's strength in development. Almost 10 percent of its 700 developers are working on Linux applications. That's half the number of its Linux competitor, Red Hat Software Inc., Cowpland said.
In addition to those developers, Corel has a localization team based in Dublin, Ireland, working on 25 language versions of Linux. "We will distribute it in multiple languages very soon."
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