Red Hat to Provide Support and Maintenance for AMD's "Hammer" Family of Processors

Research Triangle Park

United States, August 15, 2000

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced today that it will provide a Red Hat distribution for AMD's "Hammer" family of processors for the Linux community.

"Red Hat is excited about the AMD 'Hammer' family architecture and its 64-bit capabilities," said Paul McNamara, vice president of products and platforms, Red Hat, Inc. "AMD's approach to opening the x86-64 architecture to the development community enables open source software development, which is the core of the Red Hat development process. Launching the 'Hammer' family in this way will drive adoption in the Linux and open source community."

"AMD is thrilled with the prospect of leveraging Red Hat's expertise in the Linux community and is looking forward to working closely with them on the development of an x86-64 powered Linux distribution," said Richard Heye, vice president and general manager, AMD's Athlon Product Division. "Since AMD's x86-64 architecture adds 64-bit extensions to the existing x86 code base, Linux users will have the advantage and ability to continue using all of Red Hat's existing 32-bit software as they migrate to 64-bit applications."

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