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For Immediate Release
Date: December 22, 1999
Contact: Craig Chapman
Phone: 610 734 1900
Corel Acquires Ownership Stake In Professional Service Group,
Strategic investment gives Corel stellar support capability for its
Ottawa, Canada December 22, 1999 Corel
Corporation (NASDAQ: CORL, TSE: COR) today announced that it has acquired
an ownership stake in LinuxForce Inc., of Philadelphia. Corel
has acquired one third of LinuxForce, with a three-year option
to increase the ownership position to two-thirds.
LinuxForce is a company organized to deliver a full-range of
technical services and support for Linux. This strategic investment will
allow Corel to deliver end-to-end Linux® solutions by combining
Corel's Linux product lines with a comprehensive technical and
professional services portfolio.
Corel recently released its Corel® LINUX® OS desktop operating
system and in just three weeks, more than 100,000 downloads were made
from CNET's download.com
site, where it remains the most popular Linux download. The shrinkwrap
versions of Corel LINUX OS will be on store shelves this week. Corel is
also currently developing office and graphics suites for Linux. Corel®
WordPerfect® 8 for Linux(r) has been hugely successful as a download,
and Corel's WordPerfect Office for Linux suite will be available in early
2000. The CorelDRAW® graphics suite for Linux will be available in
the summer of 2000.
"LinuxForce is a Linux services company that specializes in
supporting the Debian Linux distribution and since Corel LINUX OS is also
Debian-based, Corel and LinuxForce is a powerful one-two Linux
punch.," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer
of Corel Corporation. "Teaming up with LinuxForce means that we
will be able to easily offer professional services for Linux to assist
our customers in the deployment and integration of our Linux software."
Corel LINUX OS was also recently named CNET's "Editor's Choice" as the
best of seven major Linux distributions with the highest score of nine
out of 10. CNET's editors identified Corel LINUX OS as "your best option
if you want to run Linux as a workstation."
LinuxForce currently provides a full-range of service and
support options for the growing number of businesses that are switching
to the Linux system for critical areas of operations that require robust,
"This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for LinuxForce
because it will allow us to work with a company that is developing major
advancements for Linux ," said Charles B. Fleming, president and chief
executive officer of LinuxForce Inc. "Our goal with Corel is
to provide enterprises with a Linux experience that is more dependable,
less-costly and maintainable at quality levels not possible with other
operating systems that have been the norm until now."
To obtain information on Corel's Linux offerings, please contact
the Corel Professional Services Team at 1-877-864-7446 or email
For more information about LinuxForce refer to
or call the corporate offices at 1-610-734-1900.
Further details about this deal will not be disclosed.
Corel Corporation is an internationally recognized developer
of award-winning business productivity, graphics and operating
system solutions on the Windows®, Linux®, UNIX®,
Macintosh® and Java platforms. Corel also develops
market-leading, Web-based solutions including applications, contents,
e-commerce and online services. For access to these services and more
information go to www.corel.com or
www.corelcity.com.. Corel is
headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Corel's common stock trades on the
NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CORL and on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbol COR.
LinuxForce Inc. is a company of computer professionals with
a Linux base for support, service, and development activities. The
LinuxForce Hardware Division builds a line of high-end
Linux-driven Web Servers, File Servers and E-mail Servers. The
LinuxForce Development Division writes custom software necessary
to fulfill complex computing requirements. The LinuxForce
Consulting Division provides professional advice and system customizations
to businesses seeking a stable computer operating environment. For
more information about LinuxForce refer to www.LinuxForce.net or call the
corporate offices at 1-610-734-1900.
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