Red Hat gets user friendly

Red Hat Linux, one of the leading commercial Linux packages, is about to get a new user-friendly interface as part of a deal with Eazel.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 31, 2001

Red Hat has announced a deal to make Linux more user friendly. The leading commercial Linux will include graphical user interface (GUI) software in future versions, moving away from the complex interface in use at the moment to a more accessible format.

The deal, with Eazel, will integrate the Nautilus GUI to provide a network user environment, in a bid to attract more corporate users to the open source operating system. Nautilus creates an interface to files, applications and Internet based services, while maintaining the usual security and stability benefits of Linux.

“The alliance we are forming with Red Hat is an exciting step forward for Linux on the desktop,” said Stan Christensen, vice president and general manager of online services at Eazel. “Combining Eazel's Internet Services with the Red Hat Network creates a rock solid offering that is scalable for the enterprise and invaluable to individual desktop users. Our joint offering will accelerate the adoption of Linux on the desktop.”

"Our goal is to enable a ubiquitous Internet ranging from handhelds to servers by providing reliable, secure solutions at the lowest total cost," said Howard Jacobson, vice president of corporate development, Red Hat. "We recognize that proliferation of these solutions requires not only reliability and scalability, but it also requires an excellent user experience. We are happy to work with Eazel as a partner because we believe their strong heritage in developing superior user interfaces will further enhance the ubiquitous Internet."

A test version of Nautilus is available from

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