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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RE: Red Hat Don't Get the Desktop
by Lunitik on Thu 10th May 2007 15:17 UTC in reply to "Red Hat Don't Get the Desktop"
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People still use rich applications a huge amount, they still expect to be able to install off-the-shelf software and ISVs still expect to be able to develop that software. If you can't offer that, you're wasting your time.

That is true today, because that's what users are used to. I like the Shadowman article on the subject, it's analogy is Henry Ford's quote: "If I would have asked users what they wanted, they'd have asked for a better horse". People in general don't like change. For that reason, Online Desktop won't catch on for general desktops.

Translation: we just can't deliver a desktop of the scale that's required, so we're going to try and target it at specific and probably non-existent niches.

I'm a part of that niche, and so is your kid more than likely.

Then you'll fail - again. People buy, install and use rich client software all the time and you need the supporting infrastructure in your desktop to do that. The actual advantage in getting away from Windows is getting away from Windows' licensing model of creating distinctions between machines across the network. If you want to run an application from here on there, then do it, without licensing issues. That's where the advantage comes from, but you can't skimp.

Then let Ubuntu still drive the better horse forward. As for RedHat failing, they are by far the most successful company in the FOSS space, I think they're intelligent enough to know what they're doing.

RHEL actually has management tools, and graphical ones at that?

Some of the best graphical tools in the Linux space actually - only YaST and maybe Mandriva's Control Center is better, and that's only because they're perhaps more familier.

The current desktop paradigm has been around since the 80's and nothing really has changed. Local apps aren't going anywhere, but the desktop will be more focused on engaging and enabling online content. It will certainly make my life easier.

Seriously though, how much are ISV's really doing for Linux today? Not much, most of the software of relevance for Linux is built in the community. That simply isn't a good argument.

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