BOSTON Software maker Red Hat Inc (RHT.N) said
on Thursday it delayed its August release of a version of its
Linux software for personal computers that would compete with
Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT.O) Windows operating system.
Red Hat Global Desktop Linux will not be available until
September, product manager Gerry Riveros told Reuters in an
The product includes Linux operating system software and
other compatible programs for desktop and laptop personal
It is a niche market for Red Hat, which makes money
servicing software it develops for server computers.
Red Hat had said in May it was working with Intel Corp.
(INTC.O) on the desktop software, which it said would have
features comparable to Windows, include a wide range of
programs and would be sold with a one-year subscription to
Red Hat Global Desktop Linux is targeted for sale in
developing countries where government agencies and small
businesses cannot afford to pay for Microsoft's Windows
operating system. Its primary competitor will be Ubuntu Linux,
a free version of the operating system.
The new Red Hat product is being delayed so the company can
investigate adding technology to permit users to view a wide
range of video formats on their computers, including DVDs and
streaming media, Riveros said.
He couldn't be reached to elaborate on his three-sentence
email, which was in response to an inquiry from Reuters.
Officials with Intel familiar with the project couldn't be
reached for comment.
In May, Red Hat said its partnership with Intel was based
on the chipmaker's relationship with computer makers around the
(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)