Red Hat Goes Global with New Desktop

Lora Bentley

The leading Linux distributor is keeping us busy with announcements from this year's Red Hat Summit. Along with the official launch of Red Hat Exchange, the company revealed a new partnership with Intel to develop a "global desktop."


Rather than another Windows clone, the Red Hat Global Desktop will be a "stripped-down version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5," reports Cutting the number of applications on the enterprise desktop by half -- from 1,500 to 700 -- decreases the hardware requirements for system builders, according to Red Hat's Gerry Riveros.


Intel is on board to lend its expertise on the target market, which is small businesses and governments in developing countries, and to help Red Hat certify all the different hardware that will be used. The goal is to provide the system "on as many hardware platforms as possible," and Intel can help Red Hat accomplish that.

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