"Linux software vendor Red Hat plans to fortify its desktop
Linux lineup by shipping Red Hat Linux 8.1 in April, a 32-bit
technical workstation this quarter and a full-fledged corporate
desktop in the next six to 12 months, the company confirmed.
"While the company plans to continue to position its Red Hat
Linux 8.0 as a consumer-oriented product, it is gearing up for a
corporate desktop in late 2003, said Mark De Visser, Red Hat's
chief marketing officer.
"'What you see in [Red Hat] 8.1 is how we are investing in the
technology required to get to the corporate desktop space,' said De
Visser, noting that the release, code-named Phoebe, incorporates
enhancements to the new BlueCurve GUI, and that the corporate
edition later this year will offer an e-mail client that can access
Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. 'These are all part of a family
of products that will expand over time and address desktops and
portals,' he said..."