Red Hat Appoints Former Netscape CTO Eric Hahn to Board of Directors

Durham

United States, May 5, 1999

Industry Veteran with Experience Building Top Internet and Server Companies Joins Board of the Linux Market Leader

Red Hat® Software, Inc., the leading developer and support provider of the Linux operating system, today appointed to its board of directors Eric Hahn, former chief technical officer (CTO) of Netscape Communications Corp., which was recently acquired by America Online, Inc. (NYSE: AOL).

Hahn brings tremendous Internet and server experience to Red Hat and was instrumental in building some of the most successful technology companies. Prior to his position as Netscape's CTO, Hahn was general manager of Netscape's Server Products Division, overseeing product development for the company's enterprise, Internet and extranet servers. Hahn was instrumental in driving Netscape's support for Linux and its decision to release its own products as open source.

"Eric's experiences with Netscape and other leaders that helped propel corporations to the Internet are a tremendous asset to Red Hat," said Bob Young, CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "His insight will help Red Hat continue accelerating the adoption of Linux as an Internet and enterprise service platform and Red Hat as the preferred provider of Linux software and services to corporations worldwide."

Hahn joined Netscape following the company's acquisition of Collabra Software, Inc., which Hahn founded. Prior to Collabra, Hahn was vice president and general manager of the cc:Mail division at Lotus. He also held positions at Convergent Technologies, a manufacturer of PC and UNIX servers and software, and BBN Corporation, where he worked on the Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.

"Red Hat is an opportunity to literally change the way companies use software with the unique benefits of open source software," said Hahn. "Red Hat has become the market leader by providing tremendous value to their customers. I'm thrilled and honored to be able to work to advance this important new paradigm for building and delivering world-class software."

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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