Ottawa-based software maker Corel Corp. has sold its Linux division to a privately held startup, a move that ends Corel's commitment to developing its own desktop version of the open-source operating system.

A newly formed company called Xandros reportedly will pay $2 million in cash for Corel's Linux unit, a division that comprised about 14 percent of Corel's total business as of January 2001.

Speculation about the buyer of Corel's Linux division had circulated in media reports since last January, when the company's new chief executive, Derek Burney, said

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