Day 2: Morning Keynotes: Corel
There was a long line to get in (even if it wasn't near as long as it got for
Linus' keynote). My guess is that from 1500 to 2000 people attended the keynote
(the guess is based on my doing a rough count of the number of chairs, and
looking at what percentage of the room was full)
Here are the key points from the presentation:
- They estimate the linux user base today at 12 million users
- They have 35 million wordperfect users, and got 600,000 downloads of
the freely available version of WP8 for linux
- They claim (I'm just using this word because I haven't verified this) to
have full microsoft office compatibility
- They are commited to open standards, like readable XML (not "binary XML"
that no one will be able to read, like microsoft is planning to do). By the
same token, they are against forced upgrades by constantly changing the
file formats (Wordperfect's file format hasn't changed in the last 3
- They plan to port all their applications to linux, either with native
ports, or through the use of Wine.
- They announced a Corel Linux Desktop
I found Michael Cowpland's presentation very interesting, and he convinced me
that Corel was commited to being a major commercial linux player.
Michael Cowpland, Corel CEO
They made several demos (check out the picture library for
more photos), including one of wordperfect, and one of the native windows
Quatro Pro running on Wine. They are now seriously helping the Wine project
in order to get all their apps to work on linux, some as native windows
binaries, and some as recompiled binaries that were fixed to work with wine
(they didn't go into that much detail, but that was my understanding).
All I can say is Thank you Corel!
You can also read
Huub Schuurmans' report and listen to a
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