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Maxspeed’s Linux® Desktop Devices to be Bundled with Corel® LINUX® OS and WordPerfect® Office 2000 for Linux® OEM
Agreement with Corel Provides Versatile Linux-based Office Suite with Windows® Capabilities at Significantly Reduced Costs

Ottawa, Canada— April 18, 2000— Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CORL, TSE: COR) and Maxspeed Corporation today announced that the two companies have entered into an OEM agreement, which they anticipate will accelerate widespread use of Linux®-based office applications on the desktop.

Under the agreement, Maxspeed will bundle Corel® LINUX® OS and WordPerfect® Office 2000 for Linux® OEM with any one of the Maxspeed Thin Systems, bridging the hardware and software gap to enable Linux broad-based expansion into the office desktop environment.

“Partnering with one of the leaders in Linux desktop devices strengthens Corel“s vision to provide Linux on the desktop,” said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. “Excitement is building as more applications become available for use on Linux. Corel and Maxspeed are working together to give customers a more cost efficient alternative.”

“This agreement combining Linux-based hardware and software is a major step in bringing this highly desirable Linux operating system to the desktop,” said Wei Ching, president and CEO of Maxspeed. “Through agreements like this, Maxspeed intends to bring to customers Linux solutions that are comparable to Windows-based office suites. We anticipate a long and fruitful relationship with Corel.”

MaxStation®, MaxTerm UT and +One Station® desktop devices by Maxspeed allow multiple users to share one Linux server, eliminating the need for PCs on the desktop. These devices offer dramatic cost savings with greatly improved reliability, simplicity, enhanced performance, faster speed, and ease of installation versus Wintel-based PC networks.

The bundled Maxspeed hardware and Corel software will be available in late spring 2000.


Maxspeed is a leader in the emerging Linux desktop device market, serving replicated sites of large enterprises, point-of-sale and small businesses. Its MaxStation for Linux desktop solutions combine attractive cost-of-ownership with speed, simplicity, and ease-of-use unmatched by today's PCs. Palo Alto-based Maxspeed has been selling thin-client systems to well-known businesses nationally for more than ten years and can be accessed at

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This press release contains statements that are forward looking as that term is defined by the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results will differ due to factors such as shifts in customer demand, product shipment schedules, product mix, competitive products and pricing, technological shifts and other variables. Readers are referred to Corel’s most recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Corel, WordPerfect and the Go further logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation or Corel Corporation Limited. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Maxspeed, MaxStation and +One Station are trademarks of Maxspeed Corporation. All other products, fonts, company names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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