Red Hat has announced that they have no plans to create a traditional Linux desktop product for the consumer market.
Lets look at Red Hat’s explantion of why:
…as a public, for-profit company, Red Hat must create products and technologies with an eye on the bottom line, and with desktops this is much harder to do than with servers. The desktop market suffers from having one dominant vendor, and some people still perceive that today’s Linux desktops simply don’t provide a practical alternative. Of course, a growing number of technically savvy users and companies have discovered that today’s Linux desktop is indeed a practical alternative. Nevertheless, building a sustainable business around the Linux desktop is tough, and history is littered with example efforts that have either failed outright, are stalled or are run as charities. But there’s good news too. Technical developments that have become available over the past year or two are accelerating the spread of the Linux Desktop.
In short? It’s too much money, and it’s too hard.
I really don’t think this is a bad move. Red Hat is great at what they do. Servers and development, and they do it as a business, for money. Contrary to the buzz in the community right now, there is nothing in the announcement that says Fedora will stop being worked on. Fedora is community driven, so there really is no worry as I see it. Fedora is a great free Linux desktop but it’s obvious which desktop player is leading the charge for the commercial Linux desktop; Ubuntu.