Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot
Spencer F. Katt yearns for the flamboyant execs of the good old days."What ever happened to that crazy ol tech biz gang of mine?" lamented the Lynx. "Remember the good old days, when the players could be more interesting than the products?" Larry Ellison tried to kick up a ruckus last year with his bid to snatch PeopleSoft, but the fireworks fizzled when he got hitched this spring. After receiving a sizable dowry from Microsoft, vocal rival Scott McNealy almost seems ready to elope with Steve Ballmer. "And where are the one-time king and queen of Corel, Michael and Marlen Cowpland?" sobbed the Kitty. "They certainly livened up many a Katt party." Anyone hoping the new owners of Corel will be as flamboyant as the Cowplands or keep the companys focus on open-source- and Linux-based products may be disappointed. Corel, which was acquired last year by San Francisco-based Vector Capital Group, veered from open source when it abandoned its attempt to create a Linux-based alternative to Microsoft Office by selling its Linux desktop unit to Xandros in 2001.
Last year, Corel moved a mere 60 copies of an updated WordPerfect for Linux, which it sold as a proof-of- concept product on its eBay store for six months. The product is available for purchase and testing through Corels e-store for $25.