Corel Corporation announced Wednesday that its Corel Linux operating system would soon be able to run applications for Windows over a network, sending its stock up almost 35%. This new version of Corel Linux should be available by mid-year, the company says.
"With the integration of GraphOn Bridges into the Corel LINUX OS it will be easy to enjoy the benefits and high reliability of Linux while having access to the most widely used Windows applications," said Michael Cowpland, president and CEO of Corel Corporation. "This will enable organizations to mix Linux and Windows desktops seamlessly which is a prime goal of Corel in our Linux development."
This capability isn't as far reaching as it seems: It requires a Windows NT Server on the network, installed with applications. Linux desktops will be able to run Linux applications natively and locally, but Windows applications are run over the network, in a manner similar to Terminal Services. In fact, Citrix already makes a Terminal Services client for Linux