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Jan Stedehouder

What are Red Hat's plan for the Linux desktop?

An interesting article about Red Hat’s strategic view on the Linux desktop market. Some highlights:

  1. the Linux desktop market is about small pennies, whereas the Linux server market is about big bucks,
  2. Red Hat focuses on making it’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux business desktop friendly, channeling the novelties to the free Fedora desktop;
  3. Fortune 500 companies want to move 25% of their desktops to Linux to replace Windows XP Pro, because of better TCO, the ability to take your virtual machine on a USB stick and to manage it via Red Hat’s management tools;
  4. Red Hat focuses on subscription licenses for a complete offering from server to desktop, the demand driven from the server end.

Practical Technology » Red Hat and the Linux Desktop 2008

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