OTTAWA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 1999--
New R&D partnerships to bring added value and functionality
to new easy-to-use Linux(r) operating system distribution designed
specifically for your desktop.
Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CORL, TSE: COR) is pleased to announce
that it has entered the beta-testing phase for its desktop version of
the Linux operating system, Corel(r) LINUX(r).
For the beta-testing phase, Corel has recruited a sampling of the
intended audience who will test Corel LINUX and provide feedback
regarding their experience. This feedback may result in modifications
to the product prior to the first public distribution, planned for the
end of the year. Corel LINUX is based on the Debian/GNU distribution
of the Linux OS and includes the K Desktop Environment (KDE). In its
distribution, Corel has enhanced the graphical user interface (GUI)
and created a new installation program that is much simpler than
existing desktop PC operating systems.
"It gives us great pleasure to announce that we've reached this
important milestone in the development of Corel LINUX," said Dr.
Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel
Corporation. "We're proud to again demonstrate our commitment to the
Linux community by meeting the second of our targeted deadlines. After
previewing Corel LINUX in August as planned, the beta-testing phase of
Corel LINUX means that Linux is closer to the mainstream community
than it's ever been before."
To build on the strength of Corel LINUX, Corel is developing
several new research and development partnerships that should result
in significant added value and end-user functionality to Corel LINUX.
These organizations include:
- Philips Speech Processing (NYSE: PHG);
- Loki Entertainment Software;
- Webb Interactive (NASDAQ: WEBB);
- eFax.com (NASDAQ: EFAX); and;
- GraphOn (NASDAQ: GOJO).
Each of these companies is excited to be working with Corel on
Corel LINUX. Philips Speech Processing, for example, will work closely
with Corel to speech-enable its upcoming Linux products. Currently,
Philips Speech Processing partners with Corel to bundle its FreeSpeech
technology in many international versions of WordPerfect(r) Office
"It is a logical fit for Philips Speech Processing and Corel to
work in tandem producing powerful productivity tools for Linux users,"
said Ron van den Bos, president and chief executive officer of Philips
Speech Processing. "No matter what direction the industry takes, we
are committed to providing speech technology that will enhance all
aspects of the end-user experience."
As the leading Linux games vendor, Loki Entertainment Software
works with leading game publishers to port its best-selling PC and
Macintosh(r) titles to the Linux platform. Loki is working with Corel
to bring these popular and easy-to-use games to Corel LINUX.
"Corel is a leader in bringing Linux to the consumer desktop;
we're pleased to be working with them to bring market-leading Linux
games to the Corel LINUX distribution," said Scott Draeker, president
of Loki Entertainment Software. "Corel's strength in the sales
channels offers a great opportunity for large-scale distribution of
our Linux games via the Web, OEM and retail sales channels, when
bundled with the Corel LINUX distribution."
Two other companies, Webb Interactive and eFax.com, are working
with Corel to maximize ease of use and functionality of Corel LINUX by
adding Internet-based instant messaging and fax capabilities. Webb
Interactive is working with Corel to integrate the Jabber open source
instant messenger (www.jabber.org) into Corel LINUX. Jabber supports
the IETF's open model of integration with AOL, ICQ, Microsoft and
other instant messaging clients. Webb is also working closely with
Corel to create compelling value-added Web sites, commerce and
promotion services to its Linux customers.
"WEBB Interactive is excited to be working with Corel Corporation
on these very strategic fronts," said Perry Evans, president of Webb.
"Our industry-leading XML-based solutions will be designed to
integrate seamlessly with the Corel LINUX operating system."
eFax offers free phone numbers that allow members to receive
faxes via e-mail, and charges subscription fees for more advanced
services. The company is working with Corel to bring its eFax service
to Corel LINUX.
"Realizing the great momentum of Linux and Corel's central
position in this movement, eFax is excited to work with Corel to
optimize our eFax Microviewer and service offerings to support Corel
LINUX users," said Rudy Prince, chief executive officer of eFax.com.
GraphOn, is extending its thin server-based technology for 32-bit
Windows applications (code-named "jBridge") to include the Linux
desktop. This development will allow Linux desktop computers to
display Windows applications accessed over the Internet or other
network connections, as if they were running on their local desktop.
Together with GraphOn's GO-Global(tm) and GO-Joe(tm) already licensed
by Corel, support for Windows applications will allow Corel LINUX
desktop users the flexibility to run their existing Windows, UNIX or
Linux applications residing on remote servers without rewrites.
"GraphOn is excited to be working with Corel in the
rapidly-growing Linux marketplace," said GraphOn president and chief
executive officer, Walt Keller. "The combination of Corel LINUX, the
soon-to-be-released Corel office suite for Linux and GraphOn
server-based solutions offers a viable new choice for the desktop with
potential for a much lower cost of ownership. With the ability to
access Windows from Linux and Linux from Windows, businesses now have
far more flexibility and alternatives."
To ensure that Corel LINUX will offer strong connectivity to the
Internet, Corel is currently negotiating with several North American
ISP providers. Netscape Navigator and Adobe Acrobat Reader and many
other key applications will also be included in Corel LINUX to ensure
a full-featured, plug-and-play environment.
Corel expects to make further announcements regarding these
potential partnerships and others in the near future.
Corel Corporation is an internationally recognized developer of
award-winning graphics and business productivity applications.
Development of market-leading products such as the CorelDRAW(r) line
of graphics applications and the Corel(r) WordPerfect(r) Suite of
business tools is continually evolving to meet the demands of the
corporate, retail and academic markets. Committed to performance,
compatibility, value and open standards, Corel develops products for
the Windows(r), Macintosh(r), UNIX(r), Linux(r) and Java(tm)
platforms. Corel's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market(sm)
under the symbol CORL and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbol COR. For more information visit Corel's Web site at
Corel, WordPerfect, CorelDRAW, Paradox, jPdox and the Go Further
logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation or
Corel Corporation Limited. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. Windows
and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All
other product names are trademarks of their respective companies. All
other brands and products referenced herein are the trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.