Corel diversifies its Linux portfolio

Corel broadened its portfolio of Linux-based products on Tuesday by buying a 10 per cent stake in, a maker of customised videoconferencing solutions.

Under the terms of the deal, Corel will integrate's videoconferencing software into its desktop distribution of Linux, giving users worldwide an easier way to communicate and collaborate face to face.

"We view as the newest member of Corel's affiliate family, bringing expertise in voice, video, and data products and services," said Mike Cowpland, president and CEO at Corel. "We are aligning ourselves with as many key Linux players and initiatives surrounding Linux on the desktop as we can," he said. has primarily focused on solutions for the government, education, health care, aerospace, and financial markets.