Red Hat preps new desktop OS for low cost Intel machines

By Justin Mann on
Red Hat will be pushing Linux to new corners of the world, with the unveiling of a new desktop Linux product. Don't expect to be seeing it in your corner of the world, however, as they are crafting a particularly niche product aimed specifically at governments and small businesses that are in emerging markets. In particular, it's a project not dissimilar from their work with the OLPC project, aiming to place the OS on a low cost machine:

Red Hat Global Desktop is geared for customers including governments and small businesses in emerging markets. Intel is a partner in the design and distribution of the software, which is geared specifically for several Intel PC designs dubbed Classmate, Affordable, Community and Low-Cost for emerging-nation customers.
It's a bit of a focus-shift for the company, who is primarily known for their server products and services. They may, however, offer it in other markets in the future. Going further, it may be a way for them to get a foothold in markets that Microsoft cannot or isn't paying attention to yet. At the same time, the company hasn't forgotten their core, and is prepping a new iteration of RHEL designed to be easier to administer and make secure. There is definitely a lot brewing with them, which bodes well for further adoption of Linux in various environments.

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