Corel gaat z'n eigen Linux distributie bouwen. De bedoeling is om van Linux een volwaardig desktop OS te maken dat makkelijker in de omgang is dan klassieke Linux distributies. News.com heeft er een artikel over, waarvan hier een plak:
dopting a formula that has proven successful for Microsoft, Corel announced today that it will release not only office applications for Linux, but also a version of the Unix-like operating system itself.
Corel's distribution of Linux, called Corel Desktop Linux, is designed to simplify the system and installation issues that impede more widespread use of Linux.
"So far, [Linux] has been mainly for enthusiasts and servers, and the desktop has not happened in a big way," Corel chief executive Michael Cowpland said today, leading off the LinuxWorld Expo and Conference here. "It's got to be like Windows."
The ultimate plan is to be able to offer a "one-stop shopping arrangement" that gives companies the ability to offer a complete Linux-based computer that costs $500, "without any built-in tax to Redmond," he said, referring to the Washington state headquarters of rival Microsoft.
Corel's strategy puts the Ottawa company in a similar category as Microsoft, in that both have an operating system and common software such as a word processor that runs on top of it. Microsoft has come under fire for leveraging its position as the dominant desktop OS supplier.