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Corel Brings Linux to the Desktop

Corel Corp. Monday introduced Corel Linux OS and revealed that they were developing Linux versions for its flagship products, WordPerfect and CorelDraw, scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2000.

Corel Linux is Corel's attempt to bring Linux to the average user's desktop. According to Michael Cowpland, president and CEO of Corel (CORL), Corel Linux is a user friendly OS that does not require the extensive programming efforts traditionally needed when using Linux.

Among Corel Linux's features are a four-step installer and a KDE-based, drag-and-drop desktop environment. It also features a browser-style file manager and can obtain system updates over the Web.

Corel Linux is based on the Debian version of Linux, a kernel-independent OS that currently uses the Linux kernel.

Three versions of the Corel Linux will ultimately be available: the free downloadable version currently on Corels Web site; the standard version, which will carry a suggested retail price of $59.95; and the deluxe version, which will carry a suggested retail price of $89.95.

The English versions of standard and deluxe editions are scheduled to start shipping in North America on November 30.

The downloadable version can be obtained on a CD for $4.95 (plus shipping and handling) from Corel customer service at +1 800 772 6735.

The company also plans to offer developer support for Corel Linux in the next few weeks.

Corel announced earlier this month that its Corel Linux will be bundled with every computer motherboard package shipped worldwide by the PC Chips group of companies.

PC Chips will also ship Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux on one special, jointly labeled CD and Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 OEM (for Windows) on another jointly labeled CD with every computer containing a PC Chips motherboard.