Corel Inks Internet Appliance Deal for Linux

Trying to bolster its sagging fortunes, Corel on Tuesday announced a partnership agreement with Linux Technology to deliver a version of its Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux Suite in Internet appliances.

Linux Technology makes the Solution Box and the Office/Residential Gateway, two Internet appliance products. The Solutions Box, or S Box, can be operated as a stand-alone system while the Office/Residential Gateway requires networking support. Both are compatible with multiple platforms.

Under the deal, Corel will produce a North American version of Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux that will be bundled with every English version of Linux Technology's appliances.

"We think Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux has done well with the Internet appliances and we have already begun testing WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux on our new chipset. The results have been outstanding," said Dr. Ching Yung, chief executive officer at Linux Technology.

Linux Technology is an affiliate of PC Chips.

The agreement represents an extension of an earlier agreement between Corel and PC Chips to bundle the Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 for Windows with every motherboard package shipped by the PC Chips group of companies.

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