A Corel representative said the company's online store will begin selling a "proof-of-concept" Linux-native version of WordPerfect on April 15. "This pilot project is designed to determine the feasibility of developing future Linux versions of WordPerfect or WordPerfect Office," the representative said.
Corel previously produced a Linux-native version of WordPerfect 8,, and offered a Linux-translated version of WordPerfect 9 in 2000, when Linux was still a cornerstone of the company's broader strategy.
Corel has since backed off Linux and chewed through a. It went private last year, in a by a San Francisco venture capital firm.
The company has alsoand laid off employees to focus on what the new owners consider its two key business segments: graphics software and WordPerfect.
WordPerfect made some notable market gains a few years ago, when major PC makers began preloading it on their low-end models, but the deals didn't create much profit. The company plans to begin sellinglater this month, promoting tools and interface enhancements that make it similar to Microsoft's market-dominating Office.
On the Linux side, WordPerfect will primarily compete with Sun Microsystems' StarOffice and its open-source offshoot, OpenOffice.org, which has made widely publicized gains lately with.