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Red Hat releases a virtual Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktop on AWS

The cloud Desktop-as-a-Service gains traction, as you can now run an RHEL WorkStation via any web browser from Amazon Web Services.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6
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Once upon a time, and it wasn't that long ago, "desktops" were terminals to mainframes or midrange computers running Unix. Then along came the PC, and everything changed. That is, until now. Today, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is making a comeback. And Red Hat is joining this trend with the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations (RHEL WS) on Amazon Web Services, announced Tuesday.

It's not the only one. Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, is now offering its Ubuntu desktop on AWS as well. And, if you've been watching closely, Microsoft has the same plan. 

Forget about Windows on your PC, Microsoft's plan going forward is to have you subscribe to  Windows 365 Cloud PC or the Azure Virtual Desktop. Microsoft doesn't care if you run "Windows" on a Windows PC, Mac, or old-school Linux desktop such as Linux Mint.

The same's true with Red Hat. The traditional desktop hasn't been a big part of Red Hat's business plans since it made the switch from Red Hat Linux to RHEL in 2004. Today, Red Hat will be happy for you to run RHEL WS via either an Amazon-provided NICE DCV, AWS's high-performance remote display protocol client, or your web browser of choice. 

NICE DCV supports both Windows and Linux remote environments. It's available with native clients for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. These native clients support up to 4K resolution, multiple monitors, and features such as stylus/touch support, USB devices, multichannel audio, smart cards, and file redirection. It can also work, albeit not as well, with any modern web browser. 

So, if you really wanted to run an RHEL WS from, say, your iPad Pro, you could. Whatever platform you use, you'll get a high-end RHEL WS desktop for running power-hungry workloads such as animation rendering or data visualization.

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This is a long way from when I used to write with vi on a VT-102 terminal attached to an AT&T 3B2 minicomputer. These AWS RHEL WS instances use GPU-accelerated hardware instances to handle graphics-intensive processes. It does this with powerful Amazon EC2 instances, including G-family accelerated instances with Graviton processors

This is far more powerful than traditional DaaS you may have used in the past, such as the Linux-based Chromebooks or Windows-enabled Critix. Red Hat and AWS can pull this off because of NICE DCV, AWS's high-end processors, and the growth of last-mile high-speed Internet. This service is not for anyone still using DSL!

No, this new Red Hat desktop take is meant for remote workers at animation studios, visual effects companies, and industrial design firms, who need workstation power at users' homes. This is a work-from-home offering for 21st-century high-end users. On this new platform, you'll have the same access to the full RHEL software suite and independent software vendor (ISV) applications. 

Want to give it a try? It's available today via the AWS Marketplace with support for both RHEL WS 8.6 GRID and Tesla drivers. With either instance, you're looking at an average price of 56.4 cents per hour. 

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