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Corel forms Linux Advisory Council

The company is putting more energy into its effort to boost Linux as a viable alternative to Windows, assembling a council to hash out issues regarding Linux's future.

Corel is putting more energy into its effort to boost Linux as a viable alternative to Microsoft Windows, assembling an advisory council to hash out issues regarding the commercial future of the upstart operating system.

The company said the first meeting of the Corel Linux Advisory Council will be next Monday and Tuesday in Ottawa, Canada, where Corel is based. The council's purpose is to deal with the growing pains of Linux as well as attempt to "provide a unified commercial voice in association with open-source partners," Corel said in a statement.

Linux founder Linus Torvalds is among the 25 members of the council. However, some prominent advocates of the open-source movement, such as Open Source Initiative founders Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens, are not.

Linux began as a noncommercial programming project by Torvalds and hundreds of other programmers, but the operating system is now entering the for-profit landscape. In the last year, the operating system has been embraced by many big-name hardware and software companies, and one seller of Linux, Red Hat, has filed for an initial public offering.

Corel's Linux effort is aimed at producing a consumer-friendly version of the Linux operating system in coming months, with versions of Corel's office applications to go along.

Though Corel plans its own Linux distribution, the council includes leaders from other companies and organizations that sell the Unix-like operating systems, including chief executive Bob Young of Red Hat, chief executive Ransom Love of Caldera Systems, and Debian project secretary Darren Benham.

The group also includes Linux International executive director and Compaq Computer employee John "Maddog" Hall, Zenguin president Scott McNeil, VA Linux Systems CEO Larry Augustin, Cygnus Solutions CEO Alex Daly, Gnome's Havoc Pennington, KDE's Cristian Tiberna, Wine's Alexandre Julliard, and the Linux Standard Base's Dan Quinlan.

Also on the list is TurboLinux CEO Cliff Miller, the company said.

As expected, TurboLinux today announced its official name change from Pacific HiTech, part of the company's effort to expand outside its base of popularity in Asia.

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