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OSNews: Sun, Red Hat Linux and the Corporate Desktop

Nov 19, 2002, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

[ Thanks to KernelDev for this link. ]

"This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris.

"It is already known that Sun will soon be releasing a desktop version of Unix for corporate customers. The project has the codename 'Project Mad Hatter'. Many news sites jumped on the matter early with headlines like 'Sun is after Microsoft Windows,' but Moffitt tells us that Sun is only after the corporate desktop and not home and individual users (yet a version of the OS will be available for individual purchase). It was revealed to OSNews that this version of Unix desktop will be nothing more than the popular latest offering of Red Hat 8.x, with the Evolution mail client, Mozilla and OpenOffice.org, or Star Office if the client chooses.

"We asked the hot question of the day: 'why would someone buy your version of Red Hat Linux instead of downloading it for free from the web, or even purchasing it directly from Red Hat...?'"

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