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Linux Stock News Announces Full-Text of Exclusive Interview With Dr. Michael Cowpland.

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CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2000

Linux Stock News ( is pleased to announce availability of an exclusive interview with Dr. Michael Cowpland Michael Cowpland (born April 23, 1943) is a Canadian entrepreneur, businessman, and the founder and one-time president, chairman and CEO of Corel, a Canadian software company.

Cowpland was born in Bexhill, Sussex, England and obtained a BSc.
, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Corel Corporation (company) Corel Corporation - A software publisher best known for the CorelDraw application. Founded in June 1985 by Dr. Michael Cowpland, Corel Corporation was originally a systems integration company.  (Nasdaq:CORL CORL Corel Corporation (stock symbol)
CORL Coalition of Reef Lovers
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When asked, "What's next for Corel in the Linux world?", Dr. Cowpland stated, "We are continuing to port our flagship products to Linux -- including CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT. The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite will be ready to ship in July," he continued, "two months ahead of schedule and we will offer a free download of PHOTO-PAINT 9 for Linux in June. A retail version of Ventura 8.5 for Linux will also be available by the end of this year. We will evaluate (other) products and their marketing opportunities over the course of the next several months," said Cowpland.

"As well, we continue to improve Corel LINUX Corel Linux, also called Corel LinuxOS, was a Debian-based Linux distribution made by Corel that was released in late 1999. Corel later discontinued the distribution, but did not remove the former Corel Open Source Development website until March 2002.  OS, adding new features and functionality on a regular basis," added Cowpland. "We've made a few key announcements recently about bundling value-added third-party services into Corel LINUX OS like EBIZ's Linux-based ISP (1) See in-system programmable.

(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL and T1/T3 lines.
, which will give customers simple dial-up access to the Internet from their Linux machine.

"We've also announced five bundling agreements with ABS Computer, EBIZ EBIZ Electronic Business  Enterprises, Polywell Inc., Maxspeed Corporation and Computer Technology Link to bundle Corel LINUX OS and WordPerfect Office 2000 for the Linux OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  version on their systems." Cowpland also emphasized that he believes bundling deals are a key area that will further the adoption of Linux by mainstream markets and that Corel will continue to develop new opportunities in this area.

Dr. Cowpland noted later in the interview, "Corel has developed strong relationships with companies like and GraphOn Corporation. We can leverage these partnerships to provide an easy-to-use Linux OS designed for small and mid-sized businesses if that proves to be something our combined customers want."

Full text of the interview is available at

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