A long thread has started in the phoebe-list over at Red Hat, people arguing that Mp3 capabilities should/shouldn’t be included in Red Hat’s products. Mike Harris of Red Hat replied to the issue and gave a clear answer about the facts.The obvious answer to his remarks is that Red Hat could develop in-house a non-GPL mp3 player (could still be open source, just not GPL because of its restrictions) that could get distributed only with the commercial versions of the OS. But then, the question would be if this is a viable business decision to put a lot of effort, money and time on a piece of software that is not needed much in the markets Red Hat is after. Harries replied that Red Hat is not after the home desktop market:
“Microsoft *totally* dominates the desktop market, and
at this point in time going up against them head to head in
desktop space would be complete total utter suicide (IMHO).
There will be a time and a place for Linux on the home desktop.
When and where it will be, and wether it will be something that
can turn a profit remains to be seen. When Red Hat believes it
may be a viable market to enter, then I’m sure we will.
Personally, in my own opinion, I don’t think it will be viable
for at least 1.5 – 2 years minimum. There are however companies
out there that differ in opinion, and you can see them trying to
enter this space right now, and “take on Microsoft” so to speak.”
Please note that Red Hat is after the Corporate desktop instead.