Red Hat Announces $325 Million Stock and Debenture Repurchase Program

Raleigh

United States, October 27, 2006

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a $325 million Stock and Debenture Repurchase Program. Under the program, the Company is authorized to repurchase in aggregate up to $250 million of the Company's common stock and in aggregate up to $75 million of the Company's 0.5% Convertible Senior Debentures due 2024. Repurchases of common stock and Convertible Debentures may be effected, from time to time, either on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, as applicable.

"We believe this repurchase program is in the best interest of our shareholders," said Charles Peters, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. "It underscores our belief in Red Hat's future and represents an opportunity to enhance long-term shareholder value."

The timing and the amount of any repurchased common stock and any Convertible Debentures will be determined by the Company's management based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. Repurchases of common stock may also be made under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit common stock to be repurchased when the Company might otherwise be precluded from doing so under insider trading laws. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. Any repurchased common stock will be available for use in connection with its stock plans and for other corporate purposes. All repurchased Convertible Debentures will be retired and canceled.

The repurchase program will be funded using the Company's working capital. As of August 31, 2006, the Company had cash and investments in debt securities of approximately $1.0 billion.

Red Hat had approximately 191 million shares of common stock outstanding as of September 30, 2006.

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. The most trusted name in open source, CIOs and other senior-level IT executives have ranked Red Hat as the industry's most valued vendor for two consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. 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 applications, management, and middleware solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS). Red Hat is accelerating the shift to service-oriented architectures (SOA) and enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform. 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: http://www.redhat.com

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