Red Hat, please just shut up about the desktop
Posted Apr 18, 2008 1:26 UTC (Fri) by grouch
Parent article: Red Hat: no desktop products coming
Generally, Red Hat is a refreshingly clueful company, but they have a collective brain blockage where personal use of GNU/Linux is concerned. From Szulik's infamous, clueless recommendation to the trademarking of an existing software project's name to the current blurb, Red Hat changes from an example of a corporation which values its supporting community to a bumbling, damaging idiot every time it upchucks something in the news about "desktop linux".
"[T]echnically savvy users" do not need Red Hat's interference. Lots of un-savvy users become savvy exactly through the use of GNU/Linux, which frees them from the monopoly which depends upon keeping them uninformed and dependent. There is no show-stopper technical requirement which prevents even those who have at best a partial understanding from using GNU/Linux. Even the most "technically savvy users" are ill-equipped to deal with the monopoly's product, but kids love Linux. (Strange, the kids in that last article love Fedora. Please don't try to tell them they're wrong, Red Hat. Just stay out of their way).
Please, Red Hat, continue your good work saving companies money, which saves me money as a customer, and make your profits, but just shut up about the use of GNU/Linux on the desktop. You obviously haven't gained a clue about it in all these years and you're just embarassing yourself by revealing your ignorance of the subject, plus interfering with the rescue of trapped 'newbies', each time you spout about the subject to a reporter.
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