Red Hat on What’s Going On With Red Hat Desktop Systems? An Update (emphasis added):
we have no plans to create a traditional desktop product for the consumer market in the foreseeable future
Somehow Slashdot reads this as Red Hat Avoids Desktop Linux, Says Too Tough.
Obviously not true, as the Red Hat post goes on to say they have an enterprise desktop product, a community supported desktrop distrubution, and an upcoming desktop product for emerging markets.
Other desktop related projects where Red Hat has been the primary developer, or a major contributor, include:
- X Revitalization effort (kernel modesetting, randr, dri2)
- Screen size control panel
- PolicyKit & ConsoleKit
- Gnome (screensaver, gvfs/gio, GtkPrint, etc)
- Liberation Fonts (with sponsorship of the Harfbuzz font shaper project)
- Theora encoder improvements
- Sponsorship of Ogg Ghost (successor to Ogg Vorbis)
- NetworkManager and Network driver work – developed by Red Hat
- OpenOffice.org 64-bit port
- OpenOffice.org integration into the rest of GNOME: Port to cairo, dictionary unification, print/file dialogs
- Bluetooth file sharing
- Ongoing hal maintenance and revitalization
- DBus and DBus activation
- Multiple power management activities:
- Tickless kernel
- Gnome power manager and the quirks list
- Suspend/resume enhancements
- Laptop backlight intensity autocontrol
- www.lesswatts.org project support (such as Powertop)
- AMD PowerNow!
- and of course, lots and lots of bugfixes!
Although I think 2001-2002 is the only time I’ve primarily used a Red Hat desktop (before I used Slackware then Debian, since I’ve used Mandrake then Ubuntu), I’m certain that many of the things that make using a free software desktop (any distribution) so nice today have been built by engineers at Red Hat. Thanks!