Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Sep 2002 06:48 UTC, submitted by Cesar Cardoso
Red Hat "We see the desktop as only a piece of the entire operating system product; integration must extend beyond the desktop. We also believe that users care most about functionality and integration rather than the underlying technology. For these reasons, we have created a single desktop look and feel for Red Hat Linux rather than maintaining two unrelated configurations." Very good stuff over there from Owen Taylor, the Red Hat Desktop Team member.
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Why I don't understand RedHat Strategy
by Ecureuil on Mon 16th Sep 2002 14:00 UTC

Reading the essay by Owen Taylor, it seems to me that he thinks that the desktop user is switching commonly between windows manager (KDE / KWin and Gnome / Metacity) and that they should erase the differences between the two.

It is a bizarre idea. The windows manager is the more stable part of your desktop experience. I'm a KDE user but I want to try a Gnome application, I wont fire gnome, but run the application in KWin. If Red Hat was coherent they would ship only one desktop manager (Gnome, I presume) and when they think applications external to the Gnome project are better, modify them so they blend more easily and esthetically in their desktop. Shipping two windows managers nearly identical just create more complexity for the help desk.

I also don't understand why they don't give the option during installation to choose either vanilla KDE, vanilla Gnome or their Business Desktop. They would adress the new market of corporate desktop users while keeping their old clients happy.

All in all, it doesn't make a lot of sense. It looks like, Red Hat marketing forced the development team to include KDE (that's what the client want) and the development team which is strongly pro-Gnome found this bizarre compromise where they botch everything.
Owen Taylor also doesn't mention in his essay something other posters have mentioned : a strategy of 'best of the breed' that mix all kind of X applications create a system that is slow and bloated, it is certainly not the future.

Ecureuil