Red Hat Expands Linux Kernel Development Group

Research Triangle Park

United States, February 1, 2000

Adds Additional Technical Expertise Dedicated to Open Source Community Development of the Fastest-growing Server Operating System

Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leading provider of open source solutions, announced today that it has expanded its Kernel Development Group continuing to fuel the rapid advancement of the Linux OS for solutions ranging from powerful Internet servers to the next-generation Internet appliances and devices.

"Red Hat is the leading source of Linux and open source expertise and is entirely dedicated to the worldwide, community development of the Linux operating system," said Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat, Inc. "Our Kernel Development Group works with thousands of users, application developers and enthusiasts worldwide every day to enhance the Linux operating system and meet changing end user needs."

The work done by the Red Hat Kernel Development Group is submitted to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and head of Linux kernel development, for inclusion in the Linux kernel. An enhanced Linux kernel, the basis for the Linux operating system, is distributed freely over the Internet under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Red Hat builds and packages the Red Hat Linux operating system, which includes top applications and services to enterprise users worldwide.

"Red Hat has always had a strong kernel group, and I'm happy that they continue to make it stronger," said Torvalds.

The Red Hat Kernel Development Group
The Red Hat Kernel Development Group consists of 14 Red Hat employees who apply their superior Linux development skills to enhance the Linux kernel so it can meet the needs of a diverse and growing community of users. The group includes: Peter Braam, Zach Brown, Alan Cox, Richard Henderson, Harald Hoyer, Jakub Jelinek, Michael K. Johnson, Ben LaHaise, Doug Ledford, David Miller, Ingo Molnar, Stephen Tweedie, Alexander Viro and Wensong Zhang.

The expanded kernel development group is just one of Red Hat's many contributions to the open source community and development cycle. Red Hat is also engaged in the Trillian Project, a server and workstation industry open source collaboration that is porting Intel's forthcoming Itanium processor to Linux. As part of the Trillian Project, Red Hat is porting the GNUPro Toolkit (gcc, g++, gdb) and GNOME to IA-64, and including the IA-64 port in forthcoming editions of Red Hat Linux. In addition, Red Hat recently held a clustering technology summit, is a longtime contributor to the Mozilla project and created the Red Hat Center for Open Source, a non-profit organization that is a catalyst for the advancement of the social principles of open source.

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. The most trusted name in open source, CIOs and other senior-level IT executives have ranked Red Hat as the industry's most valued vendor for two consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. 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:

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