Linux – it continues to battle Windows

On servers, Linux is growing in use amongst businesses and is a formidable competitor to Microsoft server operating systems. However on the end user’s desktop, Microsoft Windows, still reigns.
Linux software vendor Red Hat, has recently released Red Hat desktop, which gives more ammunition for businesses (and consumers) to use Linux not only in their servers but also on their desktops. The main issue is that the Linux community must continue to court developers and get major applications ported to the Linux operating system.

CXO Today writes Linux¬’s answer to a user-friendly, feature rich, multi-app desktop Operating System, may have arrived well ahead of market predictions. Red Hat Desktop, the newest member of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family, was formally launched yesterday.
However, the release, according to industry watchers, is premature, as Linux is still in the process of roping in leading application software vendors to ensure maximum compliance with its systems. On the flip side, the move is expected to deliver a much-needed push to application developers refusing to look outside the Windows domain. Desktop applications today, have become virtual industry standards of sorts, and Linux is looking at the vendor community to extend complete support for its systems. Linux’s success on the desktop front relies primarily on supported apps, which are dictated by the early entrant Microsoft.

For existing users of Linux on the desktop, Red Hat’s latest offering is welcome news. But for those businesses – over 90% – that continue to use Microsoft Windows as their operating system, this latest offering might not mean too much.