Red Hat Gets It – We Don’t Need/Want Futuristic Desktops

RedHat, which supplies tons of GNU/Linux desktops, intends to keep the classical model. Obviously, RedHat’s customers are doing a lot of work on large-screen monitors and find the classical desktop works well.
“The engineering director for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Denise Dumas, has said that the upcoming version of the company’s enterprise Linux distribution will use GNOME 3’s Classic Mode by default. Dumas was talking to TechTarget ahead of the 2013 Red Hat Summit that is currently ongoing in Boston. RHEL 7 is scheduled to be released in the second half of this year and Dumas says the decision to use Classic Mode instead of GNOME’s default interface, which she calls "modern mode", was made to not inconvenience RHEL’s enterprise user base – "the last thing we want to do is disrupt our customers’ workflows."”
see Red Hat confirms GNOME Classic Mode for RHEL 7 – The H Open: News and Features

Is RedHat Enterprise Linux about to become the new Ubuntu GNU/Linux? Face it. Searching for data is fun and profitable. Searching for applications is not. Users need to know where their applications’ icons are. On my system, I have thousands of applications but I mostly need just a few on speed-dial, with an icon I can see to click. The others I can find in a menu or by typing with no problem. Why do I need a search engine for my applications? That would just slow me down.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Red Hat Gets It – We Don’t Need/Want Futuristic Desktops

  1. bw says:

    Back in the old days, computers were things that big companies used to run their businesses more efficiently and were applied to financial transactions, payroll, tax calculations, inventory management, and similar business issues. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the idea of the PC took hold and it has evolved to today’s style of social activity with smart phones and tablets.

    As it evolved, the PC reshaped the look and feel of business computing as well and that has led to a mistaken interpretation that the two, business and personal computing, are firmly linked. That is not really the case, I think, and predicting the demise of PCs in business because people like to tweet and such on phones is going to lead to faulty predictions about markets and market directions.

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