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Opennet ships Red Hat Linux desktop

Opennet, the master distributor for Red Hat Linux in the Middle East, has announced the availability of the new Red Hat Desktop. The offering includes the core Linux operating system, open source business applications including an e-mail client, browser and a full-fledged office suite.

Opennet, the master distributor for Red Hat Linux in the region, has announced the availability of the new Red Hat Desktop, for the Middle East market. The Red Hat Desktop includes the core Linux operating system, open source business applications including an e-mail client, browser and a full-fledged office suite.

“The Red Hat Desktop will be made available in configurations which include either Red Hat Network Proxy or Satellite Servers,” says Tewfik Zitouni, managing director, Opennet. A proxy or satellite Server deployment enables several clients to be deployed and managed simultaneously and promises to simplify the ongoing security and management of systems.

Future enhancements to Red Hat’s desktop strategy will focus on productivity and interoperability with the support of key industry partners says Opennet. Partners such as VMWare, Real, Macromedia, Adobe and Citrix are working to certify applications to enable improved cross-functionality with other technologies.

Red Hat Desktop is available in packages of either 10 or 50 units for mass deployment includes: the US$2500 priced Red Hat desktop proxy starter pack, which comes with 10 Red Hat Desktop entitlements; 10 desktop management modules; one Network Satellite Server (includes Advanced Server edition) 30-days technical support and one year internet support. Red Hat Desktop Extension Pack, priced at US$3500 includes 50 desktop entitlements and all the services of the proxy starter pack. The enterprise-level Desktop Satellite Starter Pack is priced at US$13500.

According to Zitouni, Opennet sees very few technical barriers for user adoption. “From a technical perspective, it will be very easy to install using technologies developed by Red Hat such as KickStart. It is very simple to administer, manage and update thanks to the management modules and RHN Proxy/Satellite,” he says. From an end user perspective Opennet MEA will be assisting users with customised Express training for using the Red Hat Desktop.

“It is still early to have exact figures and studies, but we can already forecast a important advantage over standard deployments. One also needs to consider losses due to viruses and worms that are infecting virtually all Windows platforms. These security issues and financial losses are irrelevant to Red Hat Secure Desktop,” claims Zitouni.

At the launch of the desktop in London last week, Matthew Szulik, Red Hat CEO said, “Open source is now causing the enterprise to question traditional models of software and application availability. This is an architectural alternative that extends from devices, through the network and into the data centre, deployable and flexible without concern of lock-in.”

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