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[ZDnet] Is it Microsoft or Ubuntu that scared Red Hat away from the desktop?

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I’m still digesting Red Hat’s announcement that the company won’t be focusing on the desktop market. But who is Red Hat really scared of - Microsoft or Ubuntu?

Here’s the meat of the announcement:

It’s worth pointing out what’s missing in the list above: we have no plans to create a traditional desktop product for the consumer market in the foreseeable future.

An explanation: as a public, for-profit company, Red Hat must create products and technologies with an eye on the bottom line, and with desktops this is much harder to do than with servers. The desktop market suffers from having one dominant vendor, and some people still perceive that today’s Linux desktops simply don’t provide a practical alternative. Of course, a growing number of technically savvy users and companies have discovered that today’s Linux desktop is indeed a practical alternative. Nevertheless, building a sustainable business around the Linux desktop is tough, and history is littered with example efforts that have either failed outright, are stalled or are run as charities. But there’s good news too. Technical developments that have become available over the past year or two are accelerating the spread of the Linux Desktop.

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They're not scared... they just have other interests (servers!). They don't want to pump money into this. It's a smart business decision not to go into the desktop market.
    
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As far as I know, Red Hat has always been, for the most part, a server OS company. Ya, there's Fedora, but they've never poured considerable investment into it (guessing).

As a company, they're getting their priorities in line.
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well i personally think ubuntu (debian linux) and windows do a good job selling their package/internal tracking systems. Yes, the windows registry sucks, but is easy for the every day joe. almost 0 upkeep. As for debian and especially ubuntu, the synaptic package manager is really useful and easy to control.

I think it is fine that RedHat is getting out of the desktop market, yum didn't really impress me all that much compared to synaptic. Besides, Ubuntu leaches off of all the already existant .deb packages and therefore thrives.
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