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Red Hat Launches Linux Desktop

Red Hat will exploit its back-end security and management services to give its first major corporate desktop, Red Hat Desktop, a promising liftoff to the marketplace.

At a press conference in London early Tuesday, the Linux software leader launched its long-awaited corporate desktop bundled with Red Hat Network Proxy Server or Satellite Server to give the operating-system client differentiated security and management features from other Linux desktops and the Microsoft Windows/Office combination, Red Hat executives said.

Those servers enable multiple clients to be deployed simultaneously and offer simplified security and system management. The bundle is expected to be available within two weeks and will cost between $2,500 for 10 desktops and $3,500 for 50 desktops. The prices also include server software and enterprise subscription, Red Hat said.

The first desktop is based on updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 code due within weeks, Red Hat executives said.

At the London launch, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik announced that German insurance company LVM has begun pilot testing more than 8,000 Red Hat Desktop seats.

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