Linux enthusiasts will soon be able to download a free version of Corel Wordperfect 8 for personal use.
After making a couple of largely unsuccessful bids to corner the Java market, the Canadian software vendor is now directing its attention to another platform that has also been hyped as a possible replacement for Windows - the free sourcecode, Unix-like operating system Linux.
Many commercial software vendors have jumped on the Linux bandwagon in recent months, with companies such as Oracle, Sybase and Informix announcing Linux ports of their databases.
But most vendors, while praising Linux?s free sourcecode model, are not publishing their code and definitely not giving away their software for free.
Corel said it would let customers download a free version of Wordperfect for Linux, for personal use only. The software is sold for about $100 on CD-Rom. The company will also ship a shrinkwrapped version of Wordperfect for Linux, as well as a server based version. It intends to follow up with a full Linux applications suite.
WP 8 for Linux will be able to read multiple document formats, including Microsoft Word 97.
Details of Corel?s Linux application plans, as well as pricing, will be announced in November, when the free download will be available.
Corel is also venturing into Linux hardware, with the recently launched Netwinder line of thin clients and servers running Red Hat Linux.
People interested in a free copy of Wordperfect 8 for Linux can pre-register at http://linux.corel.com. They will be notified by email when the download becomes available, Corel said.
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