Square D Chooses Red Hat to Help Create Internet-Based Power Management Solution Running Embedded Linux

Research Triangle Park

United States, October 30, 2000

POWERLOGIC with Embedded Linux at the Forefront of Next-generation Power Monitoring and Metering Solutions

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), a leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure, today announced that it is working with Square D Company to design next generation, Internet-based power management solutions built on Red Hat Embedded Linux.

Much like the Internet experience empowers individual investors to quickly make informed decisions, Internet-based power management arms corporations with the tools and information necessary to deal with deregulation in the electrical power industry. In addition to the standard metering required of plant engineers, the new Square D POWERLOGIC system using Red Hat Embedded Linux can collect and deliver critical information to accounting, purchasing and resource management systems. The POWERLOGIC system also features an intuitive graphical user interface that lets users quickly collect, analyze and respond to power management conditions.

"Reliability was a key factor in our decision to use embedded Linux in our POWERLOGIC thin server devices -- electricity is a critical factor of production that cannot be taken for granted," said Andy Foerster, product marketing manager of Square D, which is based in LaVergne, TN. "Teaming with Red Hat, the industry leader, delivers us the open source expertise necessary to deploy new technology rapidly and efficiently to our customers."

Working with key semiconductor providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) and operators, Red Hat is focused on bringing to market embedded platforms that are deployed and managed with customizable and scalable Internet-based services that improve the reliability, security and performance of Internet-connected appliances.

"Our partnership with Square D demonstrates the growth, power and ubiquity of Red Hat Linux solutions." said Paul McNamara, VP, Products and Platforms for Red Hat. "Today, Red Hat Linux is capable of providing a complete end-to-end solution required in uniting remote devices with centralized computers."

About Square D
Located in LaVergne, Tenn., the Power Management Organization was created within Square D in 1989 to develop, design and market power monitoring and control systems and analytical services. The Power Management Organization offers a full range of products and services, including power monitoring hardware and software, lighting control hardware and software and a variety of engineering services.

Square D is a leading manufacturer and supplier of electrical distribution, automation and industrial control products, systems and services and is a key business of Schneider North America -- one of four geographic entities of Schneider Electric, headquartered in Paris, France. The company's four master brands -- Square D, Telemecanique, Merlin Gerin and Modicon -- are available from distributors around the world.

The full line of electrical distribution equipment includes circuit breakers, load centers, panelboards, switchboards, low and medium voltage switchgear, unit substations, transformers, safety switches, busway and wire management and power monitoring equipment. Services include equipment maintenance and repair as well as maintenance contracts and power management services.

For more information on POWERLOGIC products call 800-392-8781. Or visit the Square D POWERLOGIC web site at www.powerlogic.com.

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