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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 3:45 pm

Red Hat’s Desktop Moves Just a Calculated Strategy

Datamation has published my analysis of recent decisions made by Red Hat and how they can be justified given the status of the desktop in this fast-moving world. Several factors are being considered, including the fact that software gradually starts to reside on computing clouds and content then delivered to mobile devices and appliances. The myth of GNU/Linux on the desktop is a case of chasing moving targets in a world destined for mobility. Additionally, as I try to put it: “At this stage, neither Ubuntu nor Red Hat can penetrate the sector of mobile devices because the space is already very crowded with lesser-known specialists and integrators, from device manufacturers to large companies or consortia that make use of existing components.” I also explain why a company like Red Hat should concentrate on what it does best — notably servers — and rely on friendly allies to secure diversity in other areas.

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