Corel Announces No Charge Linux® Download

Special version of Corel® WordPerfect® 8 for Linux® Personal Edition to be available at no charge

Ottawa, Canada — October 23, 1998 — Corel Corporation today announced that president and chief executive officer, Dr. Michael Cowpland will announce a special no-charge download version of Corel® WordPerfect® 8 for Linux® Personal Edition during his keynote speech at tomorrow's Linux Expo in Atlanta. Information about the download version will be available from Interested users can preregister at this site for the application, which is expected to be available in November. When the download is available users will be contacted by e-mail with notice of where they can go to download the application.

This download version is the first stage of Corel's strategy to address the needs of the Linux community with high quality software applications for personal use only. The download version of Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux Personal Edition is the first in the Linux product series that also will include a shrink wrapped version, a Server Edition and, in the future, a full suite of applications. Further details and pricing will be announced in November.

"We have always been dedicated to creating software for multiple platforms and we are very happy to offer our customers a wide range of technological choices. We believe the development of software for emerging operating systems such as Linux will serve to create a fair playing field for all software developers," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation.

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