Red Hat delays new OS again

Red Hat’s new Linux operating system has been delayed again, with rollout now tentatively scheduled for October at the earliest.

Red Hat delays new OS again

Global Desktop is a scaled down version of Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux Desktop 5 and is targeted at small businesses in developing countries.

The software had previously been pushed back to a September launch.

Chief Executive Matthew Szulik says that the software maker is still working to translate the software into foreign languages, make sure it is compatible with different PC hardware and work out some issues relating to licensing of the software in the package.

“You should see the production version roll out in the next 30 to 60 days,” Szulik says. “That’s the goal.”

Red Hat generally provides its software at no charge and makes money by providing technical support, upgrades and bug fixes. It makes most of its money selling Linux software that is used on server computers.

The company doesn’t plan to support the Linux PC software in developed countries, but Szulik says it can be freely copied and used anywhere in the world at no charge.

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