Did Canonical Just Get Punked by Red Hat and Novell?

“I watched with my usual fascination as the news cycle built to
a shrill crescendo last week when both Novell and Red Hat each made
a point of announcing that they were not planning to put a lot of
effort into developing a desktop for the consumer model.

“One media outlet after another propagated the story theme: ‘Red
Hat drops plans for consumer desktop development’ Of course by the
second or third wave this story, like the game of Telephone, has
morphed into: ‘Red Hat Abandons Desktop! Aieee!’ Which industry
pundits immediately jumped on and used as ‘proof’ for their
long-waning arguments: ‘See? Even Red Hat sez that Linux on the
desktop is no work-y. Told ya so…!’