Red Hat, Novell skip consumer Linux desktop

By on April 18, 2008, 6:59 AM
The two largest vendors of Linux distros to the enterprise market, Red Hat and Novell, have both independently confirmed this week that they have no plans to market a consumer desktop Linux product in the near future, citing limited opportunities in this market due to Microsoft’s overwhelming dominance.

Instead the companies will continue to place its bets on software that works with server products aimed at businesses and developers. Moreover, Red Hat said that their Red Hat Global Desktop (RHGD) product for emerging markets has been delayed for an unspecified time, due to business issues. This will come as disappointing news to many open source supporters, especially with Linux now becoming a regular choice in emerging markets as the popularity of low-cost laptops continue to grow.




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captaincranky said:
They're not going to make any inroads to the desktop market until they get together with the software industry (particularly games), and give the enthusiasts what they want. If you could get Crysis and Photoshop for Linux, there'd be a Windows desertion en masse.Everybody's pretty fed up with M$ at the moment, you'd think they'd be smart enough to strike while the iron's hot! Well, maybe not, they are execs after all.
captaincranky said:
The fact that Novell isn't going to go after the desktop market should surprise no one. I thought that's why M$ bought them, to prevent competition.
windmill007 said:
I agree I might switch if there was actual programs and game for linux just the same as for windows. Sure there are some but I mean the majority..Till then..sadly have to stick with windows. I just wish there was someway that all windows programs worked nativly with linux. no emulation or anything. And it should be as easy as windows. Sure its almost there but almost won't getcha anywhere.
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