Interview with Mike Cowpland, Corel CEO
Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and CEO of Corel Corporation, hardly needs an
introduction. An engineer by qualification, Dr Cowpland began his career at
Bell Northern Research in 1964. In 1985, he founded Corel one of the largest
software companies in the world. The company is now helping develop the fast
growing Linux platform; in fact, Corel plans to port a majority of its
applications to Linux. Mike Cowpland talks of his plans for Corel and his
views on Linux to FreeOS.com.
What is Corel doing with Linux?
Corel is basically offering really comprehensive solutions to Linux. We are
doing more than any other company and are also providing complete connectivity
to the Windows world. We have recently launched Corel Linux for the desktop.
This is currently available in North America and can be downloaded from our Web
site. We have made an extremely easy to use distribution that can be installed
even quicker than Windows. The user can also connect seamlessly to the all the
Windows files on the network including Microsoft public files. With the
announcement that we made a few weeks ago, he can also connect to Windows
applications to run those. If someone has the legacy applications that they
want to connect and still enjoy the benefits of Linux, they can do that by
having a single application server serving up the group. So you can have a
cluster of Linux desktops and one Windows NT server and they can all load up
their Windows applications from there and while using their own native Linux
applications on the desktop. So that provides a complete solution where we
provide the basic software, which is the browser, the office suite and the
graphic suite. Then they may have their human resource or accounting software
that they still have on Windows. They can run on their server without having
to run them on the desktop.
Will Corel become a Linux company in the near future?
Well, we are already very heavily a Linux company. That is supported by the
fact that we are we are the most popular download on the Web. If you look
at CNET the number one download site, we have been the number one Linux
download consistently so effectively we are already a Linux company. We are
introducing our Linux suite very shortly and that would give us more exposure
and capability in Linux.
Where do you see Linux 5 years from now?