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Red Hat's Future Linux Desktop

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Red Hat is the strongest Linux company in the world when it comes to servers, but it has almost no presence on the desktop. That will be changing in 2012 with the reintroduction of a Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE)-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

It’s not that Red Hat has ever completely done away with the Linux desktop. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop is still available, but in the big scheme of Red Hat’s business, the desktop counts for little. That may be changing though as Red Hat gets ready to explore a server-based VDI thin-client desktop.

This revised desktop will use SPICE, which like Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Citrix’s Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), is a desktop presentation services protocol.

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What's up, Red Hat? More than “Whoops”. This is a disastrous mis-step. While the rest of the world is ramping up use of Android/Linux and GNU/Linux on the desktop, Red Hat is breaking things. IBM must be laughing. They know how to implement GNU/Linux desktops in enterprise. So does Canonical and Novell (if they still exist). So do I for that matter.

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