Network Magazine Names Red Hat Linux Product of the Year

Research Triangle Park

United States, April 26, 2000

Continues Widespread Industry Praise for Red Hat Products and Services for the Enterprise and Internet Infrastructure

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leader in open source internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that Network Magazine has named the Red Hat Linux 6.1 operating system (OS) Product of the Year in its May issue.

"Wherever it resides, the value Linux adds is changing networking," write Network Magazine editors. "Red Hat Linux has become the distribution of choice for enterprise customers. This phenomenon isn't based on Linux's easy, graphical installer, but rather for its comprehensive support, which includes a free installation hotline, and its many enterprise-oriented enhancements. Red Hat's Linux is the best, safest choice."

The Network Magazine award continues industry-wide praise for Red Hat Linux, including InfoWorld's Product of the Year for three years in a row. Other recent awards include: InformationWeek's "Product of the Year," Federal Computer Week's Government Best Buy, one of Computer Shopper's "Top 100 Products" and Software Development's Jolt Award. InternetWeek also named Red Hat "King of the Linux Server Hill," praising its unmatched technical support.

"Once again leading, independent publications have validated Red Hat's powerful open source solutions and services for today's enterprise Internet infrastructure," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat, Inc. "Red Hat continues to receive widespread industry adoption and praise for its technical excellence, leadership and knowledgeable, innovative solutions for Internet computing."

About Network Magazine
Network Magazine delivers information about network technology, product offerings, the competitive environment, and tangible user experiences to the IT managers and executives charged with the extremely complex tasks of designing, constructing, maintaining, upgrading, and managing the network infrastructure. On April 14, 2000 Network Magazine received a Maggie award as Best Computer/Trade Publication from the Western Publishing Association in a ceremony night in Los Angeles. This comes one year after winning the PC Expo: "Most Improved Trade Publication" with a circulation over 50,000.

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:

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