Thursday, April 17, 2008


Red Hat:

Perhaps most visible over the past year was our development of the software for the One Laptop Per Child project. With the design and first implementation completed successfully, Red Hat handed the finished project over to the OLPC organization last year (emphasis added).

Finished? Finished?

I've always gotten the impression, although nobody has told me directly, that creating a new desktop environment from the ground up was Red Hat's idea. It would fit with their intermittent quixotic forays in to cutting edge desktop concepts (e.g., Mugshot) which don't go anywhere, justifying their continued retreat into the enterprise market.

Full disclosure: I work for Mark Shuttleworth, of Ubuntu Linux, thus, a competitor.

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