[lazarus] Very interesting

Michael Van Canneyt michael.vancanneyt at wisa.be
Thu Mar 23 11:01:00 EST 2000

On Thu, 23 Mar 2000, Michael A. Hess wrote:

> Greetings,
> Here is something that is very interesting. The following URL is a
> review of Corel WordPerfect Office 2000.
> http://www.linuxworld.com/linuxworld/lw-2000-03/lw-03-vcontrol_3.html
> The review of Office is interesting but that isn't what perked my ears
> up. It appears that the Office suite works using Wine. The big surprise
> involves Word Perfect. The Office suite comes with WP 9. The amazing
> thing is that they didn't continue with the Linux port of WP. They
> created a Wine version of WP 9. Even after going to all the effort of
> making WP 8 for Linux they have dropped it in favor or using Wine for
> their appliations.
> This makes me go Hmmmmmmmmm.
> If they opted to do this with a product that they had ALREADY ported to
> native Linux what will Corel's thinking be with Delphi. While it is true
> that comparing and office suite and a development environment isn't
> apples and apples but it does show a viewpoint about Corel that
> surprises me.

This has been announced some time ago in Linux Journal, I think.
(Or was it slashdot ?) it is well known that Corel was pushing
the development of Wine.

The Delphi people were also wondering about having the IDE run on wine
in an initial stage. If corel decides to push a little, that may be
exactly what we will be facing, much to my regret.

My guess is that it is an economical decision: Why keep 2 versions of
a product, if you can do it with one version + some additional libs ? 
(wine is, after all, just another library, albeit a big one.)

I think many application developers will follow this path; they proved
that wine is a grown-up product.

But from a developer's point of view I'm with you in your 'hmmmmm..'..


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