[svlug] Red Hat @ Linux Desktop

James Leone linuxcpa at netscape.net
Tue Nov 4 16:16:30 PST 2003

I saw this in another forum, so I am posting it here.

I just have to say that I disagree with what they have to say here.  My
guess is that there was too much of an emphasis on consulting for
revenue generation, rather then just making the product less manual out
of the box. That was the main reason I dropped Red Hat for SuSE as my
primary system.

I also feel that Red Hat should point its users towards another
distribution, rather then endorsing Windows. Mandrake is a good
distribution, made a lot of progress, much more user friendly for the
masses then I ever thought Red Hat was, but is hurting financially.
  They would be good sports in pointing their desktop customers that way
instead, so that the company can get on their feet. Stop the free
downloads of Mandrake. Debian, ok, its built by users, so it should be
gratis to users.


 > Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers
 > Munir Kotadia
 > ZDNet UK
 > November 04, 2003, 08:30 GMT
 > Red Hat's chief executive has said that Windows will remain the right
 > platform for home users, at least until Linux has had more time to mature

 > "Red Hat's chief executive has said that Linux needs to mature further
 > before home users will get a positive experience from the operating
 > system, saying they should choose Windows instead.
 > Linux is seen by Microsoft as its most dangerous competitor for
 > desktop operating systems, and after a number of high-profile cases
 > where government departments have switched from Windows to Linux-based
 > systems, the OS has been making some progress. However, Red Hat said
 > that the hype around desktop Linux is still mostly unfounded at the
 > moment.
 > Matthew Szulik, chief executive of Linux vendor Red Hat, said on
 > Monday that although Linux is capable of exceeding expectations for
 > corporate users, home users should stick with Windows: "I would say
 > that for the consumer market place, Windows probably continues to be
 > the right product line," he said. "I would argue that from the
 > device-driver standpoint and perhaps some of the other traditional
 > functionality, for that classic consumer purchaser, it is my view that
 > (Linux) technology needs to mature a little bit more."
 > Szulik gave an example of his 90-year-old father going to a local
 > retailer in order to purchase a computer with Linux: "We know
 > painfully well what happens. He will try to get it installed and
 > either doesn't have a positive experience or puts a lot of pressure on
 > your support systems," he said.
 > However, Szulik expects Linux to be ready in a couple of years after
 > it has had time to mature. In the mean time, he is adamant that
 > corporate users would be surprised by how much the operating system
 > has to offer. "Consumers want USB drivers and digital camera support;
 > but for the enterprise desktop, that is a little bit different -- that
 > area is ripe," he said. "We think that the enterprise desktop market
 > place is much more strategic and has buyers whose needs we can exceed."

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