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.

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