I still recall when Red Hat boycotted the KDE project due to alleged licencing problems,
heavily funded Gnome. This basically doomed their desktop efforts. Despite heavy corporate
(Eazel, Sun, Redhat, Simian, Novell...) funding and much money being put into Gnome, it still
has not reached the level of functionality present in the community effort KDE-3. There is a
lot of polish, but the foundations are shaky and furure progress slow.
Remember Mandrake? They started as Redhat plus KDE.
I think Redhat's experience and difficulties with marketing Gnome forever spoiled any Redhat
desktop efforts, as no one wanted to admit that they put their money on the wrong horse from
the very beginning. Even when any licensing issues Qt may have ever have had fell away, they
were too proud to admit their misunderstanding of user preferences.