United States, March 8, 2000

New Enterprise Product Line Offering Supported by Red Hat and Tested by Both Oracle and Red Hat Increases Linux Database Performance for E-Business and the Enterprise

Red Hat, the leading provider of open source solutions, and Oracle Corporation,
the largest provider of software for e-business, today announced the
availability of the Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition product line that has been
optimised for Oracle8i to support high-volume e-business and enterprise
applications. Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition for Oracle8i will be available
within 30 days through Compaq's and Red Hat's value-added distribution channels,
including Keylink/Pioneer and Hallmark/AVNet.

Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition for Oracle delivers on Red Hat's commitment to
provide reliable, scalable and highly available open source solutions in the
enterprise environment. Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition for Oracle offers
performance and usability improvements for enterprise-class database operations.

Performance and Usability Enhancements Raw I/O: Supports direct access to
disks to increase Oracle disk throughput, resulting in faster database access
and decreased memory pressure for more efficient use of memory. Large Memory:
Increases physical RAM used to 4 GB. 64-bit file I/O: Allows access to files
greater than 2 GB in size, enabling scalable database production servers.

Integrated Java Run-time Environment (JRE): Allows efficient configuration of
Oracle database systems from Linux desktop using Oracle's Java configuration
tools. Motif 2.1: Provides GUI libraries for Oracle development and
administrative tools.

"Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition for Oracle is a clear indication of Linux's
ascension into the most business-critical applications in the enterprise,'' said
Colin Tenwick, Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat Europe. "As we
continue to develop innovations with leaders such as Oracle, we will seek to
meet the growing demand for Linux in enterprise applications.''

"Once again Red Hat has delivered improved Linux database performance to the
growing number of corporate enterprises that demand the performance of Oracle8i
and the reliability of Red Hat Linux,'' said Michael Rocha, senior vice
president, Platform Technologies Division, Oracle. "Demanding e-business
environments need the scalability and wider data access made possible by this
new enterprise offering from Red Hat.''

"Customers are assured of successful system deployment when leading industry
players combine to provide value through integration,'' said Ray Villareal, vice
president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions and Services Group, Compaq
Computer Corporation. "Certified and supported solutions from Compaq, Red Hat
and Oracle mean that Linux customers can now implement their e-business
solutions at the lowest cost with minimum risk.''

Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition for Oracle includes enterprise incident-based
support and an annual maintenance subscription to ensure that production servers
are fully and consistently supported by Red Hat.

Pricing and Availability The Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition product line is a
collaborative effort between Red Hat and industry leading application providers
designed to deliver optimised solutions, incorporating support and simplified
configuration of well-known enterprise and Internet applications, to enterprise
customers. Red Hat and its partners then work together to produce a tested,
integrated and configured enterprise solution that assures maximum reliability,
performance and availability. In keeping with its commitment to open source and
the open source development community, Red Hat will continue to freely share all
modifications to the Linux OS with the open source community under public

Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition which has been optimised for Oracle8i will be
available within 30 days through Compaq's and Red Hat's value-added distribution
channels, including Keylink/Pioneer ( and Hallmark/AVNet

Available in the U.S. and internationally, the enterprise edition can be
purchased through value-added distribution channels and can be ordered directly

Open Source Momentum International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that
Linux-based operating systems were the fastest-growing server operating
environment in 1998, growing more than 190 percent in that year alone and
capturing more than 15.8 percent of the 4.4 million revenue shipment server
operating environment market. Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders
and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from
many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including
Compaq(r), Computer Associates, Corel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel,
Netscape, Novell, Oracle(r) and SAP(r). Red Hat Linux runs on Intel, Alpha and Sun
SPARC platforms.

About Oracle Corporation Oracle Corporation provides the software that powers
the Internet. For more information about Oracle, please call Oracle Public
Relations at 650/506-4176, or visit

About Red Hat, Inc. Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of
Linux-based operating system software (OS) and services. Based in Durham, N.C.,
Red Hat builds the most accessible and advanced server OS available anywhere
with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool. Red
Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms. Red Hat
Linux available directly from the company and through Red Hat's partner,
distributor and reseller programs, which include top PC and server manufacturers
like Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

Red Hat Linux was named InfoWorld's Product of the Year for four years in a row,
was given a productivity accolade in Software Development's Jolt Awards, was
named an environment/desktop finalist in the Ziff-Davis European Excellence
Awards, won the editor's choice awards from the Linux Journal and Australian
Personal Computing magazines, and won the 'Just Plain Cool' award from
Australian Personal Computing magazine.

At March's LinuxWorld Expo, more than 8,000 members of the Linux community voted
Red Hat a 'LinuxWorld Favorite'. Red Hat Linux recently won a Product Excellence
award from Software Development Magazine.

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Hat, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. All other names and
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