United States, February 27, 2001

Acquisition of Professional Consulting Service Adds to Red Hat's Global Capabilities For End-to-End Open Source Solutions

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, announced today that it has acquired Planning Technologies, Inc., an Atlanta-based professional consulting service company that specialises in infrastructure consulting for a wide array of clients, including enterprise, service providers and government.

Planning Technologies, Inc. has over 200 professional engineers and consultants. More than 60 percent of the staff has more than 10 years of technical experience and the company has a proven methodology for helping customers develop, deploy and manage network architecture. PTI clients include AT&T, Nationwide Insurance, Home Depot, Delta Airlines, BellSouth and a variety of government agencies. This acquisition continues Red Hat's business strategy to offer a complete open source solution for software, from devices to mainframes, and a full range of global services with Red Hat Network as the backbone for deployment and management.

"Customers around the world have been looking to Red Hat as the global leader in open source solutions to help them develop and deploy open source throughout their Internet infrastructure," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO, Red Hat, Inc. "This acquisition adds to Red Hat's complete continuum of open source solutions and delivers customers the front-end professional consulting services needed to make informed buying and deployment decisions about their network infrastructure."

"Red Hat has a tremendous vision, expertise and market lead as the platform for a new generation of Internet and post-PC solutions," said Jake Sanchez, CEO, Planning Technologies, Inc. "We are very excited to be able to leverage Red Hat's unique spectrum of open source solutions in providing even more comprehensive solutions for our customers."

The acquisition of PTI was made through a stock for stock exchange valued at $47 million and accounted for as a pooling of interests.

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, Red Hat Embedded, the award-winning RedBoot, custom engineering services, support and training to organisations in all embedded and Linux markets.

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About Planning Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, PTI is a rapidly emerging network business consulting firm that focuses on assisting its clients with the building of their network infrastructure. PTI's world-class consulting and engineering practices focus on enterprise clients, both commercial and government as well as Communications Service Providers. Since its founding in 1992, PTI has grown to more than 200 employees, including more than 180 professional engineers and consultants, sixty percent of whom have more than 10 years of internetworking experience. For more information about PTI, visit

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