Red Hat Global Desktop to Appear in November

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-10-12 Email Print this article Print


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Consumers won't be able to "buy" this distribution, but PC customers outside the United States will be able to buy PCs preloaded with Red Hat Global Desktop. (

When Red Hat announced its upcoming Linux desktop at its annual summit in May, the company predicted the Red Hat Global Desktop would be out by September.

Now, delayed a bit, the new desktop Linux will be appearing in November, company executives are saying.

The delay was caused, Gerry Riveros, Red Hat senior product marketing manager for enterprise Linux, said in an exclusive interview with, by Red Hat's desire to support Intel's full PC hardware platform lines.

Originally, RHGD (Red Hat Global Desktop) was going to launch with support for only Intel's Classmate, Affordable, Community and Low-Cost PC lines.

"We decided that if we changed our release date by a few weeks, we could put in RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 5.1's vastly improved hardware support.

"With this, and our partnership with Intel, we could enable RHGD for the entire Intel hardware platform," Riveros said.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.


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