DesktopLinux.com: Desktop Linux Breaking Ground
Aug 15, 2003, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)
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"The most intriguing prospects for Desktop Linux may wait in the
halls of Raleigh-based Red Hat. Analysts and Linux observers have
labeled Red Hat an infrastructure and server company. Management
has guided the company like a good mutual fund manager. Don't count
them out of the Desktop market where they will more likely dominate
"The chief spokesperson for the leading Linux Company recently
explained Red Hat's position. Leigh Day said that Linux would
become ready for desktop competition when anyone can plug any
device like a video camera into the computer and it will work. Just
like Apple's OS X? Yes, she told me, just like OS X.
"Leigh also confirmed stories I read about Red Hat abandoning
the retail market. She explained that Red Hat changed its personal
Linux distribution to a development community. Red Hat wants its
desktop to benefit from the latest technology advances in the open
source community. As Doc Searls commented, 'so that Linux will have
all the device drivers of its competitors...'"