Red Hat Offers Desktop

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-05-10 Print this article Print

Red Hat Desktop is targeted at users running Windows 98, NT and 2000 who are anticipating the end of support for their Microsoft platforms.

Red Hat last week announced its new desktop offering, Red Hat Desktop, which the company said will be available this month and targeted at users running Windows 98, NT and 2000 who are anticipating the end of support for their Microsoft platforms.

The package includes the GNOME interface, 1.1, the Mozilla browser, the Evolution groupware client, and patch management and provisioning.

Red Hat Desktop will be made available in configurations that include either Red Hat Network Proxy or Satellite servers, which enable several clients to be deployed and managed simultaneously.

Read eWEEK Labs test drive of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0. Pricing will take two forms: for $2,500 a year, customers will receive a Network Proxy starter pack that contains a Network Proxy server, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server Premium, as well as 10 desktops and desktop management modules. The second option, for $13,500 a year, is the Network Satellite package.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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