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[3]: No mp3 support?
by chemical_scum on Thu 10th May 2007 16:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No mp3 support?"
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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 ;) .

I think there is a slow change in the paradigm. RH is after all developing a desktop client for the range from SMB to large corporation. It is not so much designed for running applications across the web to an outside supplier but to run them over the corporate intranet. More and more stuff comes this way from your Oracle client to the increasing success of Red Hat's partner Zimbra, in providing an alternative to Outlook and Exchange, using web based technology on an intranet.

JavaWebstart is a way to dynamically supply and update applications that remain available offline.

I find the need for inumerable installations of MS Office completely pointless and work creating for the IT staff that has to support this. If your office software is supplied across the network from a server, run remotely on a server or supplied as an intranet webapp, any of these approaches will simplify things.

As for data, at work I store all my documents and data on the corporate network for automatic backup, collaboration with colleagues and the ability to access it from any corporate computer. So even though I have a local copy of Office on my system if the network goes down I cannot do any productive work. We are all totally reliant on the network, the Windows desktop paradigm does not reflect this.

I think we are edging towards a paradigm that mixes the best of the "thick" PC desktop and the thin client philosophy. I think RH is thinking of the desktop from the server side as much as from the client side.

Edited 2007-05-10 16:22

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