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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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