United States, January 25, 2001

Industry Veteran Joins With Linux Experts to Define and Safeguard Open Source Concept

Red Hat, Inc., the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, announced today the appointment of CTO Michael Tiemann to the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Tiemann has more than 15 years of experience as a developer, consultant, executive and advocate of open source software.

"Michael brings to the OSI Board a wide range of open source experience and Linux community perspective," said Eric Raymond, co-founder of OSI. "We have worked closely with many of the companies he's advised, and we look forward to Michael's continuous efforts to promote the value of open source and preserve the integrity of the OSI mission."

The OSI has worked extensively with the open source community to create an Open Source Definition, identify software licenses consistent with this definition and register the OSI certification mark. Software providers use this mark to identify software that meets the official Open Source Definition.

"I have always firmly believed that providing source code for others to read, modify and share is the most powerful way to advance software technology," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat. "I also understand that these freedoms must be defined and protected, and I look forward to being part of the team that upholds the standards of OSI definition and certification."

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat (Nasdaq:RHAT) offers users one single, trusted point of contact and a common plaform for developing, deploying and managing open source across Internet infrastructure and devices that connect to the Internet, ranging from small embedded devices to high availability clusters and integrated Web server/ecommerce OSes. The Red Hat Network, Red Hat's unique management technology, helps companies worldwide easily manage it all by delivering open source products, service, support and information on-line in real-time.

In addition to the award-winning Red Hat Linux server operating system, Red Hat offers Stronghold Secure Web Server and Credit Card Verification Software for secure e-commerce and is the principal provider of GNU-based developer tools and support solutions for a wide variety of embedded processors. Red Hat also provides run-time solutions such as Linux, eCos, Embedded Red Hat, the award-winning RedBoot, custom engineering services, support and training from to organisations in all embedded and Linux markets.

Red Hat is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and has offices
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headquarters based in Surrey, United Kingdom and offices throughout
Europe. Red Hat Linux is sold and supported through a number of major
distribution and industry partners throughout Europe and from

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the Ziff-Davis European Excellence Awards, won the editor's
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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 Favourite'. Red Hat Linux recently won a Product Excellence
award from Software Development Magazine.


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