Red Hat Global Desktop and Client Computing Roadmap announced

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Red Hat logo Red Hat has launched its latest client product dubbed Red Hat Global Desktop. Apart from this, the open source solutions provider also displayed a number of examples of its strategy of developing forward-looking solutions that alter the conventional notion of desktop computing for specific audiences and creating experiences that are more useful, more powerful and more accessible.

Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat said, “Users, requirements and technologies have changed so dramatically over the past few years that the traditional one-size-fits-all desktop paradigm is simply exhausted. Commercial customers are still begging for desktop security and manageability for their knowledge workers; consumers are rapidly adopting new online services and applications; and developing nations are looking for affordable information technologies that bypass traditional desktops entirely.” Stevens added, “Our strategy is to deliver technologies that are specifically appropriate to these varied constituents, all based on open standards.”

Global Desktop breaks through the price and performance barriers that have stopped several people from realizing the full benefits of state-of-the-art information technology. Red Hat’s Global Desktop delivers a modern-user experience with an enterprise-class suite of productivity applications. The company worked closely with Intel to make possible the design, support and distribution of Global Desktop to be as close as possible to the customer.

Further more, Red Hat and Intel are taking advantage of Global Desktop’s high performance and minimal hardware requirements to support a wide range of Intel’s current and future desktop platforms, including the Classmate, Affordable, Community and Low-Cost PC lines.

“To address the demand for Linux on desktop systems by our customers in emerging markets, Intel and Red Hat worked together to deliver a pre-certified, cost-effective solution for Intel’s reseller channel to extend their business value,” said Steve Dallman, General Manager, Intel Worldwide Reseller Channel Organization. “Running Red Hat Global Desktop on Intel processor-powered PCs provides full access to applications and rich experiences to users across local markets, education, small businesses and government agencies.”

The Global Desktop is not merely a consumer version of the recently released RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) Desktop 5. The RHEL Desktop 5 is meant for enterprises that need high levels of desktop security and comprehensive network-based management tools.

The Global Desktop seeks much of its inspiration and training from its participation in the OLPC (One Laptop per Child) project. By this it’s implied that the Global Desktop will make great use of ubiquitous online services and virtualization.

In addition, Red Hat also plans to evolve its Global Desktop over time that offers a new paradigm. At the summit, the Raleigh, N.C.-based leading Linux company also outlined its plans for a next generation online-based desktop code named “Sugar” that signals a radical departure from the traditional Windows client metaphor.

Red Hat’s future services-based client will seamlessly integrate Web-based services including virtual identities, authentication, real-time messaging and social collaboration through its “mugshot” social networking software. The Linux company has not slated a final date of delivery for the services-oriented client.

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