Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 10th May 2007 01:53 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Red Hat Red Hat announced a new client product, Red Hat Global Desktop, at its annual Red Hat Summit tradeshow in San Diego. This move is designed, in part, to compete with Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop, which has achieved success in business desktop markets, and with Ubuntu 7.04, which will soon appear on Dell PCs. Some reporting about this can also be found at the company's magazine. Update: Elsewhere, talking security with Red Hat's Mark Cox.
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No mp3 support?
by Ricardo_NY on Thu 10th May 2007 02:16 UTC
Ricardo_NY
Member since:
2007-02-12

Cant play movies/dvds? No games?... Not on my desktop.

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RE: No mp3 support?
by cb_osn on Thu 10th May 2007 10:52 in reply to "No mp3 support?"
cb_osn Member since:
2006-02-26

I'm not sure why this guy got modded down. He makes a valid point.

I can imagine a day when we are all using web connected thin clients for productivity and communications and when we watch movies and play games on dedicated media systems.

But that day is not today.

Maybe Red Hat is on to something though. Prepare for the far future where Windows eventually loses its monopoly simply because the entire paradigm has shifted. Linux doesn't seem to have a chance at replacing Windows, but maybe it can be the underlying technology for the "next big thing."

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RE[2]: No mp3 support?
by dylansmrjones on Thu 10th May 2007 11:54 in reply to "RE: No mp3 support?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Nah, he is just a troll trying to start trouble based on the fact that Fedora doesn't support mp3 out of the box.

RHGD will of course be capable of mp3 playback but most likely one will have to install required packages to gain this functionality.

Besides that. The paradigm hasn't shifted. The Desktop is still the Desktop and data and software still needs to be stored locally. Only for very few small things can the net be used for collaboration (GMail and other irrelevant services - just another rehashed hotmail-clone ;) .

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RE: No mp3 support?
by gilboa on Thu 10th May 2007 12:59 in reply to "No mp3 support?"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll ignore the obvious flame bait for a second, and answer:

1. Previous versions of Windows (pre-WinXP) couldn't play MP3 either. Mind you, given the latest defeat Microsoft suffered from the hands of Fraunhofer (MP3 patent holder), I won't be surprised if MS decides to drop the MP3 support completely in future WMP versions.

2. Previous versions of Windows couldn't play DVD out of the box either.

3. Blaming RedHat for the U.S' broken patent system is not only mis-leading but borders on pure hypocrisy. Blame your local Parliament/Congress/etc member first!

4. Adding MP3 and DVD supports requires 3 steps:
a. Read the Fedora/RedHat/etc FAQ.
b. Add the appropriate software repository to your package manager.
c. Click on the missing modules.

5. Desktop doesn't necessarily means home entertainment PC - given the fact that >60% of the machines are sold with on-board graphics I can safely assume that most desktop machines will never be used to run full-screen computer games. (As opposed to Soliter, etc)

6. Among other things, I use my home workstation to run Quake 3, Enemy Territory, Quake 4, Doom 3, UT 2004 and X2. X3 (pre-ordered), Quake wars and UT 2007 are on the way. I assume that in your (very narrow) POV, these are not (?!?!) computer games?

- Gilboa

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RE[2]: No mp3 support?
by mallard on Thu 10th May 2007 16:01 in reply to "RE: No mp3 support?"
mallard Member since:
2006-01-06

1. Previous versions of Windows (pre-WinXP) couldn't play MP3 either. Mind you, given the latest defeat Microsoft suffered from the hands of Fraunhofer (MP3 patent holder), I won't be surprised if MS decides to drop the MP3 support completely in future WMP versions.

Actually, WMP has been MP3 enabled since version 5 (first shipped with Win98).

2. Previous versions of Windows couldn't play DVD out of the box either.

In fact, the ONLY versions of Windows that can play DVD OTB are XP Media Centre, Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate.
However, most OEMs bundle a DVD playback application/codec anyway, so nearly all new PCs can play DVD OTB.

Edited 2007-05-10 16:01

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