A week after announcing second quarter losses and a 20 per cent workforce reduction, Corel is finally shipping its first network computer.
This is the first product to come out of Corel?s NC project. In 1996, the Canadian software company ventured into the hardware market when it announced plans for a Personal Digital Assistant and a Video NC. Both were to run Corel?s abortive Corel Office for Java suite. The hardware plans were revised multiple times along the way.
Now, Corel is attempting to hop on the Linux freeware Unix bandwagon. The Corel Netwinder is designed to run Red Hat Linux, a commercial version of the free sourcecode, Unix-like operating system.
Rather than a general purpose NC, the first Netwinder system, the DM, is billed as a development platform. It will come with Linux sourcecode and development tools.
The DM is based on a 275MHz Strongarm SA-110 microprocessor, with 32 or 64Mbytes of Ram and a 810Mbytes to 3.2Gbytes hard disk. The system will come with built-in microphone and speaker and NTSC/PAL in- and output. It will run Red Hat Linux 4.2 with some Corel designed additions.
Prices will range from $569 for a diskless model to $869 for a device with a 3.2Gbytes drive. A monitor is not included.
In July, Corel will follow up with a dedicated Web server, the Netwinder WS. Future Netwinder family members will include a diskless terminal replacement and a Java based NC.
Corel will also ship a Linux version of its Wordperfect office suite that will run on the Netwinder.
The Netwinder NCs were developed in Corel subsidiary Corel Computer. However, in a restructuring announced last week, Corel Computer is being reintegrated into its parent company. In the same restructuring, Corel is closing down its offices in Orem, Utah.
Corel spokesperson Oliver Bendzsa said it is not yet certain when the Netwinder will be launched in Europe. Historically, European product launches have often trailed north American availability by many months at the company.
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