Red Hat Unveils First Open Source Linux Development Tools for the New Intel Itanium Processor

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United States, February 16, 2000

GNUPro Tools Deliver Development Solution for Creating Next Generation of Open Source Applications for IA-64

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the market leader in Linux and open source solutions, announced today the immediate public availability of GNUPro tools for IA-64. The de facto standard compiler and debugger tools for native and embedded software development for IA-64 offers a pre-production development environment for creating applications on Intel's forthcoming ItaniumTM processor.

Red Hat is a founding member of the Trillian Project, which earlier this month released the source code for the Linux OS port to IA-64. GNUPro tools for IA-64 include the IA-64 Linux source code, Red Hat's industry-leading GNUPro compiler and other key software for rapidly-creating the next-generation of Linux-based applications for enterprise, Internet and scientific applications on the Intel Itanium processor. The release of the GNUPro tools for IA-64 marks the first time that both the Linux kernel and key development tools are available for a pre-production Intel processor.

"The continued fast-paced adoption of Linux requires the availability of applications as well as the tools that drive applications. With the GNUPro tools available immediately, application developers will be able to create open source applications that will be ready to run when Itanium is released," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat, Inc "The GNUPro tools leverage the success of our current service and support offerings for Linux and continue the vision of delivering the technology and services needed to design and build the next generation of Internet appliances and embedded devices."

The GNUPro tools for IA-64 are completely open source and are being released to the open source development community immediately via the Trillian Project web site at http://www.cygnus.com/ia64 . Concurrent with Itanium processor production, Red Hat will also offer packaged and supported tools bundled with the Linux kernel, email-based installation support and an annual subscription to priority FTP service, which includes product maintenance upgrades and convenient access to the latest Linux technology.

"This GNUPro developer tools release is a key element in the development of Linux software for the Itanium processor," said Ron Curry, marketing director, Intel's IA-64 Processor Division. "Ongoing optimization from Red Hat and significant contributions from the open source community will enable delivery of high performance Linux based solutions for the Itanium processor based platform later this year."

About GNUPro Tools
GNUPro, the commercial version of the open-source GNU tools, is a GUI-enhanced suite of software development tools based on the popular GNU standard. Today's software developers require development tools that allow them to deliver compelling applications on a broad range of platforms, and the GNUPro tools offer the most viable multi-platform software development environment in the industry. GNUPro enables developers to preserve, and easily recompile, program source code for execution across a broad range of hosts and processor architectures, including all key Intel processors, beginning with the Itanium, Celerontm, Pentium II and Pentium III processors, as well as the StrongARM processors.

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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