10 years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Red Hat has been around longer than ten years, and Linux much longer than that.

Red Hat Linux first appeared in 1994, with an October release called—appropriately—Halloween. After that, a new version of Linux was released approximately every 6 months. ISVs and users struggled to support such a fast release cycle.

We pick up the story in 1997. Red Hat Linux is available online, and sold in stores as a boxed set of CDs—the operating system of choice for hobbyists, scientists, and forward-thinkers. It will grow to become much, much more.

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By 2011, more than 2.5 million Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions were deployed in a variety of enterprise uses worldwide. Linux is running businesses of all sizes, in both the private and public sector.

Today, Red Hat has more than 30 Linux and middleware courses, many with certification standards. RHCE remains the leading Linux certification in the industry.

28 stock exchanges across 24 countries run Red Hat Enterprise Linux to handle more than 50 percent of the world's trading volume.

In 10 years, Red Hat has captured both technology and business innovation, proven by the success of our company. And it's all built on the same subscription model. From Red Hat Enterprise Linux to JBoss middleware to virtualization to CloudForms, OpenShift, Gluster, and onward.

Our success is a result of community-powered innovation. We would like to thank you--all of you--for being part of our community of subscribers, users, partners, certified professionals, tinkerers, thinkers, and friends.

We look forward to the next decade, and the exciting new ideas it will bring.

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