If it wasn't for Corel's commitment to Linux, the channel's interest in it as a PC operating system wouldn't be so strong. At least, that's the opinion of CEO Michael Cowpland, in town to plug yesterday's launch of Corel Linux OS.
In an interview with ARN, Cowpland said that the channel's hesitation with full-scale adoption and promotion of Linux as a commercial alternative operating system is something of a "chicken and the egg situation".
"It's taken a company like Corel to make it happen," he said.
Corel Linux OS is now available from distributors Tech Pacific and Dataflow and is expected to retail for $79.95, with resellers yet to be appointed. Meanwhile, Corel's Office suite, which includes the Linux OS, is also available and costs $299.99.
Corel is currently in discussion with a number of leading vendors to bundle Linux OS as an alternative to Microsoft Windows, Cowpland said.
The company is also in the process of establishing its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Sydney, which, according to Cowpland, is an indication of its commitment to supporting the region.
Heading up the office is Sandie Overtveld, VP Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.