November 4, 2003

Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers

Red Hat's chief executive has said that Linux needs to mature further before home users will get a positive experience from the operating system,
saying they should choose Windows instead.

Linux is seen by Microsoft as its most dangerous competitor for desktop operating systems, and after a number of high-profile cases where government
departments have switched from Windows to Linux-based systems, the OS has been making some progress. However, Red Hat said that the hype around
desktop Linux is still mostly unfounded at the moment.

Matthew Szulik, chief executive of Linux vendor Red Hat, said on Monday that although Linux is capable of exceeding expectations for corporate users,
home users should stick with Windows: "I would say that for the consumer market place, Windows probably continues to be the right product line," he
said. "I would argue that from the device-driver standpoint and perhaps some of the other traditional functionality, for that classic consumer
purchaser, it is my view that (Linux) technology needs to mature a little bit more."



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