Red Hat history

Follow Red Hat's journey in this timeline, from the Internet's beginnings to the first free source code to present day at Red Hat.

1968
ARPANET founded. The precursor to the Internet, it allows researchers to share code and information.

1969
Ken Thompson, researcher at Bell Labs, writes the first version of UNIX.

1979
AT&T announces plans to commercialize UNIX.

1983
Richard Stallman announces the GNU project to construct a UNIX-compatible operating system from scratch for which the source code is freely available.

1985
Richard Stallman founds the Free Software Foundation. His GNU Manifesto is published in Dr. Dobbs's Journal of Software Tools.

1987
Andrew Tanenbaum releases MINIX, a version of UNIX for the PC, Mac, Amiga, and Atari ST. Source code included.

1989
The Free Software Foundation releases version 1 of the GNU General Public License.

1989
Michael Tiemann (Red Hat vice president, Open Source Affairs) co-founds Cygnus Solutions, the first business to provide custom engineering and support services for free software.

1991
Linus Torvalds releases the Linux® kernel.

Bob Young is introduced to free software and UNIX by the system administrators of the New York City UNIX Users Group (Unigroup).

1993
Bob Young incorporates ACC Corporation, a catalog business that sells Linux and UNIX software accessories and books, and distributes a magazine called New York UNIX.

1994
Marc Ewing creates his own distribution of Linux, which he names Red Hat® Linux. Released in October, it becomes known as the Halloween release.

1995
Young buys Ewing's business, merges it with ACC Corporation, and names the new company Red Hat Software.

Red Hat Linux 2.0 is released, and Red Hat officially unveils the new package management system called RPM.

1996
Red Hat opens sales and administration functions to North Carolina and opens corporate headquarters in Durham, NC.

1997
January
Greylock and August Capital invest $6.25 million in Cygnus Solutions and become the first venture capital firms to invest in a free software business.

May
Eric Raymond delivers "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" at the Linux Kongress in Germany.

The Red Hat training model and the term Red Hat Certified Engineer are first developed as the benchmark for technical skills required of Red Hat support partners worldwide.

July
Red Hat Linux 4.2 is released.

December
Red Hat announces Red Hat Linux 5.0, followed by the introduction of telephone technical support.

1998
January

Netscape announces plans to make the source code for Communicator free on the Internet.

February
The term open source is coined in Palo Alto, CA.

July
Oracle, CA, and Informix announce support for Red Hat Linux.

November
A lawyer for Microsoft brandishes a box of Red Hat Linux in an attempt to refute US Justice Department charges that the software giant has a monopoly on the operating system market.

December
The first formal RHCE® training course, class sessions and dates, and the RHCE exam are announced.

IDC reports that Linux installations grew by 212% from the previous year, outpacing growth rates of UNIX, Microsoft Windows NT, Netware, and all other server operating systems.

1999
February

IBM and Red Hat announce Linux Alliance.

April
Dell becomes the first major computer vendor to factory-install Red Hat Linux on servers and workstations.

Red Hat Linux 6.0 is released.

July
Red Hat expands European presence, opening offices in the United Kingdom and Germany.

August
Red Hat goes public, the eighth-biggest first-day gain in Wall Street history.

September
Red Herring names Bob Young one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 1999.

Red Hat announces expansion into Japan.

October
Red Hat releases Red Hat Linux 6.1.

November
Matthew Szulik is promoted to CEO.

Red Hat is named one of the top 20 Best Regarded technology companies and top 10 for Vision and Leadership in the Harris Interactive survey.

Red Hat acquires Cygnus, creating the largest open source company in the world.

2000
February

InfoWorld awards Red Hat with its fourth-consecutive Operating System Product of the Year award for Red Hat Linux 6.1.

IDC reports that Linux was the fastest-growing server operating system in 1999, capturing 25% of the server operating system shipment market.

May
Red Hat Linux receives Network Magazine's Product of the Year and CRN's Editor's Choice award. Red Hat is named one of the Red Herring Top 50 Public Companies.

June
Red Hat and Dell create the One Source Alliance.

July
Netcraft Web Server Survey finds that Red Hat holds 70% of worldwide global Linux market share.

August
IDC names Red Hat the Linux market leader for second consecutive year with 52.4% of Linux shipments worldwide.

September
Red Hat Network launches and Red Hat Linux 7.0 is released.

2001
January

Linus Torvalds releases the highly anticipated 2.4 Linux kernel.

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy calls Linux a "better NT than NT" and says Solaris is Sun's implementation of Linux.

February
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer calls Linux a "cancer" and an "intellectual property destroyer."

April
Red Hat releases Red Hat Linux 7.1, the first release to incorporate the 2.4 kernel. Red Hat also launches Software Manager for Red Hat Network, providing real-time bug notification, security alerts, and software updates.

May
Microsoft Senior Vice President Craig Mundie announces shared source initiative, admitting there are benefits to sharing source code with developers and customers.

June
Microsoft's Ballmer calls Linux the biggest threat to Microsoft.

IDC predicts that worldwide relational database revenues on Linux and other open source platforms will grow from $42 million in 2000 to $7.8 billion in 2005.

July
Tiemann debates Microsoft's Mundie at O'Reilly Open Source Convention in a panel discussion to argue shared source vs. open source.

MITRE Corporation reports in a study funded by DISA that open source software is ready for use in government applications.

October
Red Hat Linux 7.2 is released.

Amazon.com, a major Red Hat customer, reports in a filing to the SEC that it cut technology expenses about 25%, from $71 million to $54 million, and attributes this primarily to the move to a Linux-based technology platform.

November
Red Hat proposes to provide free software to every school district in the United States if Microsoft pays for the computing hardware in an alternative to Microsoft's class-action lawsuit settlement plan.

December
Matthew Szulik tells the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Microsoft hearing: "Monopolist has seriously warped the technology industry."

Red Hat ranked 140 in the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500. Red Hat Linux earns editor's choice honors in PC Magazine, CNET, and Linux Magazine. Red Hat Linux selected as the reader's choice for top distribution in Network World and Linux Journal.

2002
January

IDC reports a 45-80% lower total cost of ownership for Linux on Intel architecture over RISC/UNIX environments.

RHCE program rated no. 1 IT certification program for overall quality in Fairfield Research survey.

February
Sun's McNealy dons penguin suit for speech at LinuxWorld.

Red Hat moves its corporate headquarters to North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC.

April
Dreamworks, a major Red Hat customer, reveals that hit film "Shrek" was rendered on Red Hat Linux servers. It also releases "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," the first animated film to be created entirely on Linux workstations and rendered on Linux servers.

Credit Suisse First Boston, a major Red Hat customer, reports a 20x increase in overall performance for their new Red Hat Linux-powered trading architecture.

May
Red Hat opens a major engineering and R&D facility in Westford, Mass.

Red Hat announces the Red Hat Alliance. Committed partners include Alias|Wavefront, BMC, Borland, Checkpoint, Computer Associates, Dell, HP, IBM, Legato Systems, Novell, Oracle, Rogue Wave, Softimage, Synopsys, TIBCO, and VERITAS.

Red Hat officially announces its entry into the enterprise with the Enterprise-Ready Linux event with partners Oracle and Dell.

Red Hat introduces the first enterprise-class Linux operating system: Red Hat Linux Advanced Server. Dell, IBM, HP, Oracle, and VERITAS announce their support of the platform.

June
Red Hat stock price, closing at $5.50USD per share, eclipses Sun Microsystems ($5.12USD per share) for the first time.

September
Red Hat Linux 8.0 is released, introducing new Bluecurve desktop.

IBM and Red Hat announce a global multiyear alliance to deliver enterprise Linux solutions.

Microsoft's Ballmer says that Microsoft does not plan to offer software for Linux.

December
The Red Hat Q3 financial report shows positive cash flow (GAAP) from operations for the second consecutive quarter and positive revenue growth for the third consecutive quarter.

META Group predicts that Linux will run on 45% of new Intel-based servers by 2006 or 2007, up from 15%. It also predicts that Microsoft will move some of its proprietary application enablers to Linux by 2004.

University of Hawaii student Warren Togami starts the Fedora Linux Project, which expands the availability and quality of packages for Red Hat Linux by providing extra repositories and policies created through collaboration of community volunteers.

2003
January

Red Hat Network registers its 1 millionth system.

Morgan Stanley, a major Red Hat customer, speaks at LinuxWorld about how a flexible architecture based on Red Hat Linux has allowed them to increase performance and reliability while decreasing costs. Red Hat reports that 8 of the top 10 global investment banks are customers of Red Hat.

Goldman Sachs reports that "Linux will have the greatest effect in the Datacenter, where mission critical functions (database, ERP, CRM, etc.) are run on higher-end servers and the majority of enterprise IT dollars are spent."

February
Red Hat launches Red Hat Academy to bring RHCE program to schools and colleges worldwide.

Red Hat achieves US Department of Defense COE certification.

March
Red Hat Enterprise Linux family of operating system products is launched, including server and workstation operating systems.

Sun's McNealy says his company can embrace Linux while still selling Solaris.

HP and Red Hat announce an expanded global agreement to deliver enterprise Linux solutions.

Goldman Sachs IT Spending Survey reports that Red Hat ranks first among software companies gaining share of IT dollars.

Tenth anniversary of the incorporation of ACC Corporation, the company that eventually became Red Hat.

September
Red Hat posts profits for the first time, for 2Q03 numbers.

Red Hat Linux and the Fedora Linux Project merge, creating the Fedora Project, a community collaboration of Red Hat employees and volunteers; Red Hat Enterprise Linux becomes a distinct downstream of the Fedora distribution, with maintenance and support available under a subscription model.

October
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 is released.

December
Oracle and HP set world record TPC-C benchmark result; first to top 1 million transactions per minute with clustered Linux servers.

Red Hat announces an agreement to acquire storage specialist Sistina Software for about $31 million in stock.

2004
January

Red Hat raises $600 million through a bond offering, bringing its cash reserves to about $1 billion.

May
Red Hat Desktop 3 is released, focused as Red Hat's first dedicated desktop product.

June
Red Hat Global File System (GFS) is released as a solution for files to be stored in a single file system shared by numerous servers.

August
The Red Hat Application Server—a server that works with other Java™ 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 2.0 (J2EE™) application servers from IBM, BEA, and Oracle—is released.

September
Red Hat acquires AOL's Netscape server software for around $25 million in cash.

October
The Yankee Group reports that Chicago Mercantile Exchange doubled the number of daily trades performed and cut hardware costs by 50% after migrating from Sun Solaris Systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

November
Red Hat opens its first office in China in the capital city of Beijing.

December
Red Hat is ranked first in value in Ziff Davis' CIO Insight Vendor Value Study surveying 1,050 U.S.-based IT executives.

Red Hat teams up with IBM to launch a joint Linux ISV Certification Support System in Europe, providing support for independent software vendors (ISVs) who wish to certify applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on IBM hardware and middleware.

2005
February

Red Hat establishes its government business to meet increasing demand for Red Hat products and services for global governments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 is released.

March
Red Hat reports its fiscal fourth quarter results, boasting $57.5 million in total revenue for the quarter, a year-over-year increase of 56%.

April
Italy's BPU Banka migrates 8,000 workstation clients from Solaris to Red Hat Desktop to achieve 50% cost reduction.

May
Red Hat heads down to the Big Easy for the first annual Red Hat Summit in New Orleans, La. At the Summit, Red Hat announces the release of its Directory Server, based on technology assets acquired by the Netscape Security Solutions division of America Online in September of 2004.

June
Red Hat opens its second office in China, based in Shanghai.

Matthew Szulik receives the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 wins Operating System and Server Product of the Year at the 2005 Techworld Network Awards in London.

July
Red Hat, along with Sun Microsystems and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), helps to defeat a European software patent directive that, if upheld by Parliament, would have permitted the patenting of software.

The SANS Institute reports that Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers are less susceptible to network security holes than users of other platforms.

August
Red Hat and HP debut the industry-first open source blade bundle, in which Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat Network will be offered with HP BladeSystem.

Red Hat releases the Red Hat Certificate System as a part of its Security in a Networked World initiative.

September
Red Hat reports a 42% year-over-year growth rate with $65.7 million in revenue for its fiscal second quarter results. This compares to growth rates of -4.9% for Novell and 9.4% for Microsoft.

October
Red Hat releases its first performance-based security certification, the Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), as its latest milestone in the Security in a Networked World initiative.

November
Red Hat supports the University of North Carolina in hosting the UNC Symposium for Intellectual Property, Creativity, and the Innovation Process.

December
Red Hat is rated no. 1 in value for the second straight year in Ziff Davis' CIO Insight Vendor Value Study of US-based IT executives.

RHCE scores the top spot on the CertCities.com list of 10 Hottest Certifications for 2006 and is also named Best Linux/UNIX Certification in the CertCities.com Annual Readers' Choice Awards.

Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik is named one of the 50 most powerful people in networking by Network World.

2006
January

Red Hat teams up with the MIT Media Lab's One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative, officially announcing plans to drive the development of the operating system that will be included in inexpensive machines for developing nations and emerging markets.

March
Red Hat formally announces its Integrated Virtualization strategy to simplify virtualization deployment for customers.

Red Hat reports its fiscal fourth quarter results, boasting $78.7 million in total revenue for the quarter, a year-over-year increase of 37%.

April
Red Hat teams up with Intel to launch the Red Hat-Intel Solution Acceleration Program, the first of its kind to help customers plan for, accelerate, and optimize their deployments of Linux solutions.

Red Hat signs a definitive agreement to acquire JBoss®.

May
Red Hat continues global expansion with Red Hat Argentina and Red Hat Brazil.

June
Red Hat completes acquisition of JBoss.

JBoss releases JBoss Seam 1.0.

Red Hat acquires JBoss, Inc., the global leader in open source middleware.

July
Computer Business Review ranks Matthew Szulik second in its list of 10 Most Influential: Movers and Shakers.

Red Hat expands telecommunications solutions with its Telecommunications Partner Program.

August
JBoss positioned in Leaders Quadrant in Garnter's prestigious Enterprise Application Servers Magic Quadrant.

September
Red Hat launches integrated Linux-JBoss software stack.

Red Hat ranked #29 on Fortune's list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies.

October
Red Hat recognized on FORTUNE and Business 2.0 Magazine's fastest-growing company lists.

Red Hat releases Fedora Core 6.

November
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 2 becomes available.

Red Hat recognized as the fastest-growing company by DataQuest Top 20 Awards.

December
On December 12, 2006, Red Hat lists its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol RHT; Matthew Szulik rings the NYSE opening bell.

CIO Insight Vender Value Study ranks Red Hat third overall with a combined value and reliability rating of 77%.

2007
January

Red Hat launches Certified Service Provider Program.

February
Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform.

Red Hat readies virtualization for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat updates Red Hat Certificate System.

March
Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat launches operations in Mexico.

April
Red Hat acquires MetaMatrix.

Red Hat teams with the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Research Campus to bring the open source philosophy to campus.

May
Red Hat hosts third annual Red Hat Summit in San Diego, CA.

IBM and Red Hat announce the worldwide Enterprise Linux-On-Mainframe Program.

Red Hat announces availability of Red Hat Exchange (RHX).

Red Hat releases Fedora 7.

June
Hill Air Force Base named first Red Hat Innovator of the Year.

Red Hat acquires Mobicents.

Red Hat enhances software-as-a-service capabilities in Red Hat Command Center to broaden system management infrastructure.

Red Hat joins the SCOPE Alliance.

July
Red Hat delivers JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 4.2.

August
Red Hat named no. 1 IT vendor to do business with by customers in Japan.

Red Hat accelerates application development and migration with integrated developer tools available in the beta release of Eclipse-based Red Hat Developer Studio.

September
Court of First Instance in Luxembourg confirms that competition law prevents a monopolist from simply using its control of the market to lock in customers and stifle new competitors in the matter of European Commission vs. Microsoft.

October
Red Hat announces the launch of the Red Hat Partner Center to simplify sales and renewals of Red Hat and JBoss solutions.

November
Red Hat announces Linux Automation strategy with the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1.

Red Hat announces that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is available on demand on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

Fedora 8 is released.

Red Hat and Platform Computing collaborate to deliver integrated HPC solution.

Red Hat and FIS deliver next-generation real-time core banking platform for Intel-based servers.

December
Red Hat ranked no. 1 most valuable software vendor by CIO Insight Study for fourth consecutive year.

Red Hat announces the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Messaging, Realtime, Grid (MRG).

Jim Whitehurst is named Red Hat president and CEO; Matthew Szulik remains as Red Hat chairman.

2008
January


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 wins SearchEnterpriseLinux.com Product of the Year Gold in the Linux Server Distributions category for leadership in virtualization.

Red Hat is recognized on Forbes' 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies list.

February
Red Hat announces the release of JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform.

JBoss World is held in Orlando, Fla.

March
Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 beta.

Red Hat builds on the JBoss Enterprise Acceleration initiative with the acquisition of Amentra.

April
Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers dramatic virtualization performance with HP Server and AMD processor technologies.

May
Red Hat launches JBoss Operations Network 2.0 to enhance enterprise middleware manageability.

NYSE Euronext chooses Red Hat solutions for its mission-critical financial trading platform.

Red Hat named no. 1 IT vendor for second consecutive year in Japan.

Fedora 9 delivers cutting-edge features and enhancements to community.

June
Red Hat announces the settlement of patent litigation involving Firestar Software, Inc. and DataTern, Inc., which includes broad protections for the open source community.

Red Hat hosts fourth annual Red Hat Summit in Boston, Mass.

Red Hat recognizes IBM and Raytheon as Innovator of the Year in the second annual Red Hat Innovation Awards.

Channel Insider names Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2008 Product of the Year.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Directory Server win SIIA CODiE Awards.

Red Hat announces that JBoss Enterprise Application Platform will be available in the cloud on Amazon EC2.

Red Hat announces plans to drive for open virtualization market leadership with the oVirt project beta.

Red Hat Enterprise MRG version one is available.

Red Hat open sources RHN Satellite code base under the Spacewalk Project.

Red Hat Enterprise Identity, Policy, Audit (IPA) version one is released; Red Hat announces acquisition of Identyx code base.

August
The Fedora Project announces a new scholarship program for college and university students active in open source communities.

September
Red Hat advances its virtualization initiatives by acquiring Qumranet, Inc.

October
Red Hat expands its SOA offerings with new management and next-generation ESB and rules features.

November
Red Hat is named public company of the year by the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA).

Ernst & Young names Red Hat's chairman of the board, Matthew Szulik, Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Red Hat-supported Fedora Project releases Fedora 10.

2009
January

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 is released.

February
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.1 is released.

JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 4.3 is available.

Red Hat and IBM celebrate 10 years of global partnership.

Red Hat announces it will work with Microsoft to ensure interoperability of respective virtualization platforms.

Red Hat unveils virtualization strategy for 2009; outlines plans to expand and enhance server, client, and management products with the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization product portfolio.

IDC ranks Red Hat overall leader in training and certification in a worldwide competitive analysis.

March
RHCE certification celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

JBoss Developer Studio 2.0 – Portfolio Edition is released.

April
Red Hat introduces Teiid open source data integration project in the JBoss Community.

Red Hat launches Open Source Channel Alliance to deliver the value of open source technologies to a large base of VARs and system integrators through an expanded partnership with SYNNEX Corporation.

Red Hat challenges Microsoft to publicly promise that patents asserted in the Microsoft vs. TomTom case will not be used by Microsoft for patent aggression against Linux.

Red Hat files a brief with the European Patent Office explaining that software patents hinder software innovation, and that there is a sound legal basis not to expand availability of such patents in Europe.

Red Hat partners with the Georgia Institute of Technology to release a worldwide study comparing and contrasting open source activity across 75 countries.

May
JBoss Enterprise Business Rules Management System (BRMS) Platform is available to help reduce development time to update applications and processes with the latest business rules and policies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 is available.

Red Hat leads an appeal by 18 technology companies of a Swiss government agency's award of a no-bid contract to Microsoft.

June
JBoss Operations Network 2.2 is available.

Red Hat announces its JBoss Open Choice strategy.

Fedora 11 is released to the community.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Beta is announced.

Red Hat announces Premier Cloud Provider Certification and Partner Program to enable wider enterprise cloud adoption.

July
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Beta is available.

Open Source for America launches with Red Hat as a founding member. The coalition serves as an effective voice in the US federal government on behalf of the open source development community and industry representatives.

Red Hat is selected for inclusion in the Standard and Poor's 500 stock index (S&P 500 Index).

Red Hat hosts the inaugural Open Source Cloud Computing Forum.

Red Hat named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Triangle Business Journal and Dallas Business Journal.

Red Hat is listed in Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index (S&P 500), which is widely regarded as one of the best measurements of the US equities market.

August
Red Hat launches enhanced partner program, redesigned to give business partners additional economic, sales, marketing, and technical benefits through the introduction of a new partner level and solution specializations.

September
Red Hat hosts the first colocated Red Hat Summit and JBoss World in Chicago, Ill.

Red Hat and the Fedora Project deliver a grant to Carnegie Mellon University to create an open source computer laboratory.

Red Hat launches its Catalyst Program aimed at leveraging routes to market through a collaborative and innovative marketing program.

JBoss Operations Network 2.3 is released in conjunction with the availability of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0.

Red Hat Network Satellite 5.3 becomes generally available as the first open source release of the product.

Red Hat launches JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) certification.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 is released, featuring Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization technology alongside of Xen virtualization technology for the first time.

Red Hat announces the open source Deltacloud project to enable a standardized management environment across multiple clouds, both public and private.

October
Red Hat submits an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court explaining the practical problem of software patents to software developers, and asking the Supreme Court to adopt the machine-or-transformation test set forth in the Bilski case.

Red Hat's Data Services Platform, MetaMatrix 5.5.3, achieves Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 2.

Red Hat and Microsoft complete testing and validation for the companies' corresponding virtualization platforms, allowing Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows to be deployed together, as host or guest, with full support from both companies.

Red Hat is ranked as no. 1 software vendor for value and reliability for fifth time in CIO Insight study.

November
Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager for Servers, offering a new choice in server virtualization and virtualization management to the market.

Red Hat announces expansion of its Advanced Mission-Critical Program for critical workloads on Linux with Hitachi partnership.

Red Hat's JBoss technology is recognized in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers.

Standard & Poor's Rating Services raised Red Hat's corporate credit rating from BB to BB+, marking Red Hat's third upgrade in just a 20-month period.

Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC upgrades Red Hat’s credit rating from “BB” to “BB+”

2010
January

Opensource.com launches as a content-rich site that explores what happens when the open source way is applied to the world beyond software development in business, education, government, law, and life.

March
IBM selects Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as a platform in its new cloud computing service for development and test.

April
Amazon Web Services is announced as the first Red Hat Premier Certified Cloud Provider that enables customers to extend their Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions into the cloud simply and easily with Red Hat Cloud Access.

NTT Communications in Japan builds its new cloud computing and hosting service offering, BizHostingBasic, on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and becomes a Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is offered as a guest operating system for the NTT Communications service.

May
Fedora 13 is released to the community.

June
Red Hat hosts its sixth annual Red Hat Summit and JBoss World in Boston, Mass.

Red Hat extends subscription value with the launch of a new Customer Portal, designed to provide customers with a premium experience for accessing Red Hat knowledge and software across product lines and to encourage engagement with Red Hat to expand customer success with Red Hat solutions.

Red Hat announces availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2.

Red Hat Cloud Foundations, a major new offering family delivering comprehensive solutions for planning, building, and managing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) private and public clouds, is announced.

August
Red Hat announces developments in its Cloud Foundations portfolio that will promote consistency between enterprise applications and the cloud. Red Hat is the only open source vendor capable of delivering an open source, flexible cloud stack, incorporating operating system, middleware, and virtualization.

November
Fedora 14 is released to the community.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is released, offering enterprise IT a firm foundation for a virtualized and cloud-focused future.

Red Hat acquires Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. Makara's technologies will accelerate the development of Red Hat's comprehensive PaaS solution as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

December
Red Hat releases JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1.

2011
January

IDC ranks Red Hat Training in the leader category of the its “MarketScape: Worldwide IT Education and Training 2011 Vendor Analysis.”

February
Forbes ranks Red Hat 19th in its “America’s 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies” list.

March
Red Hat releases JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.1.

The Patent Board ranks Red Hat’s patent portfolio as the 50th strongest in the industry.

Red Hat hosts LATAM Red Hat Partner Conference.

HDI names Red Hat Global Support Services a top-3 finalist in the HDI Team Excellence Awards.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 sets new standard in storage performance.

Red Hat reports fourth quarter revenue of $245 million, an increase of 25% from the year-ago quarter.

April
Red Hat launches JBoss Developer Studio 4.

Red Hat introduces online user groups in the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Red Hat submits new JSRs to advance Java EE 7 as the application platform for the cloud.

Aon Hewitt names Red Hat “Czech Employer of the Year” in the large company category.

Red Hat completes six FIPS 140-2 certifications from the US government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

May
Red Hat hosts seventh annual Red Hat Summit and JBoss World.

Red Hat launches the JBoss Certified Developer program.

Red Hat introduces JBoss Enterprise Data Grid.

Red Hat introduces Red Hat OpenShift, a PaaS for developers.

Red Hat introduces Red Hat CloudForms for creating and managing IaaS private and hybrid clouds.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux becomes available via Amazon EC2 on demand and with pay-as-you-go pricing.

HP ProLiant BL620c G7 Blade Servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux KVM set record-breaking SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark result.

Seven technology industry leaders team together as founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance.

Association of Support Professionals (ASP) recognizes Red Hat Customer Portal as one of the top web support sites.

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1.

Red Hat launches Fedora 15.

June
Red Hat introduces TorqueBox 1.0.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux wins “Best Use of Open Source Technology” award at SIIA’s CODiE Awards.

Red Hat hosts fourth annual EMEA Red Hat Partner Summit.

Red Hat kicks off APAC Red Hat Forum.

Red Hat reports first quarter revenue of $265 million, up 27% year over year.

Red Hat kicks off LATAM Red Hat Cloud Tour.

Open Virtualization Alliance welcomes 65 new members.

Red Hat Training launches Red Hat Cloud Architecture course.

Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0.

July
Red Hat receives HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year award for cloud computing leadership.

Red Hat releases JBoss Application Server 7.

August
Red Hat OpenShift becomes first to deliver Java EE 6 via PaaS.

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization beta.

September
SAP AG certifies Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to run SAP business applications.

Open Virtualization Alliance membership reaches more than 200 members, more than 50% of which are focused on cloud computing.

Red Hat reports second quarter revenue of $281 million, up 28% year over year.

October
Red Hat acquires Gluster, Inc., a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions.

Red Hat introduces award-winning Arquillian 1.0.

Triangle Business Journal names Red Hat as one of the “Best Places to Work.”

Red Hat hosts fifth annual APAC Red Hat Partner Conference.

Red Hat releases JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.2, JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.2, and JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform 5.2.

Red Hat affirms commitment to AMQP as company’s strategic open messaging protocol.

Velociti Partners ranks Red Hat No. 1 for JBoss customer satisfaction.

Red Hat hosts fourth annual NA Red Hat Road Tour.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 on HP ProLiant DL980 G7 establishes new SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark with highest overall performance.

Apertura ranks Red Hat the 9th best company to work for in Argentina.

Red Hat joins Facebook’s Open Compute Project.

November
Investor’s Business Daily ranks Red Hat 7th in its “Top 10 New America Companies” list.

Forbes ranks Red Hat 7th in its “Most Innovative Growth Companies” list.

Red Hat launches Fedora 16.

Red Hat certifies SGI servers with the largest x86 server configuration to date for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat kicks off EMEA Red Hat Cloud Tour.

Red Hat OpenShift provides comprehensive lifecycle support for Java in the cloud.

December
Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 achieves large-scale Linux configuration results certified on 2-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark.

Red Hat releases first integrated scale-out storage product, Red Hat Storage Software Appliance, for unstructured data.

Red Hat launches JBoss Operations Network 3.0.

Red Hat launches JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.

Red Hat announces oVirt project, the open sourcing of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization management system.

Red Hat reports third-quarter revenue of $290 million, up 23% year over year.

Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC upgrades Red Hat’s credit rating from “BB+” to “BBB-”

2012
January
Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0.

Red Hat establishes the GlusterFS Advisory Board focused on expanding the reach of the GlusterFS project, a freely available version and foundation of Red Hat Storage.

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.1.

Red Hat extends the production lifecycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 from 7 to 10 years in response to enterprise customer demand.

February
Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Application Platform achieves Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4+), the highest assurance level that is recognized globally by all signatories under the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement for this category of solutions.

Apache Deltacloud graduates to top-level project.

Red Hat updates open cloud strategy.

Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid subscriptions can be extended to Amazon EC2 via Red Hat Cloud Access.

Red Hat announces the first official release of the oVirt project with oVirt 3.0, an integrated virtualization platform that offers advanced virtualization management capabilities.

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8.

March
Red Hat announces beta availability of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 and JBoss Developer Studio 5.

April
Red Hat announces availability of Red Hat Storage 2.0 beta.

Red Hat unveils the beta version of the Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 6.

Red Hat becomes an official member of the OpenStack development community.

Red Hat releases Fedora 17, the "Beefy Miracle", for "taste testing."

Red Hat announces the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3.

Red Hat celebrates the tenth anniversary of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and highlights the most significant innovation deliveries of a decade of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

May
Red Hat and IBM achieve top security certification for KVM Hypervisor on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM Servers.

Red Hat unveils its enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) roadmap and strategy.

June
Red Hat announces the general availability of Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat's open hybrid management program.

Red Hat announces global availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3.

Red Hat introduces JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.3, providing a comprehensive platform for business rules, processes, and complex event processing (CEP).

Red Hat announces that Red Hat OpenShift is the first Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to support the Java EE 6 full profile in the cloud.

Red Hat announces the global availability of Red Hat Storage Server 2.0.

Red Hat announces it will acquire FuseSource from Progress Software Corporation.