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RED HAT EXPANDS INDUSTRY-LEADING RHCE PROGRAMME

Leader in Linux Training and Certification Adds Locations to Meet IT Demand for Certified Engineers with Proven Linux Competence

Raleigh, NC

Red Hat Inc., the leader in developing, deploying, and managing open source solutions, today announced further global expansion of the popular RHCE training and certification programme. Red Hat training is now available in 5 new US cities, bringing the total number of RHCE facilities to 17 cities around the United States. Beginning in May, Red Hat will offer Red Hat Certified Engineer courses and the RHCE Exam in Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, and Seattle, WA, in addition to the 12 other training facilities located in North America.



In Europe, Red Hat has expanded to Dublin, Madrid, Manchester and Rome, in addition to previously announced locations in Berlin, Essen, Guildford, Hamburg, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.



"Red Hat continues to bring RHCE training and certification to more cities in North America and Europe, providing our customers greater access where they live and work," says Peter Childers, vice president Global Learning Services. "We are pleased that IT professionals and their employers recognize the value and consistency of the RHCE Programme, as well as Red Hat's worldwide commitment to provide the highest quality training and performance-based certification on Linux systems administration, open source applications and development."



The RHCE programme is gaining attention as the most established Red Hat Linux training and certification programme, and the only performance-based certification for any OS. The programme, which granted the first RHCEs in January of 1999, tests and certifies the trainee's actual competency at Linux systems and network administration using Red Hat Linux servers on a live network.



More than 12,500 people have taken an official training course offered by Red Hat in the RHCE track. Of those people, over 5,000 have taken the RHCE Exam and 3,000 are now Red Hat Certified Engineers.



Red Hat provides verification services to RHCEs so they can verify their credentials to their employers or customers, at Red Hat Certification Central at /training/certifications/rhce/



Additional information on the RHCE programme, course descriptions, and facility locations is available at /training/ and /training/.



About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the leader in developing, deploying and managing solutions built on the benefits of an open source platform. These solutions include an open source product platform for devices to

mainframes, a complete end-to-end set of Professional Services, and the Red Hat Network as the Internet-based backbone for deployment and management of the products and services. Red Hat's open source platform includes the award-winning Red Hat Linux operating system platform, the Interchange e-Commerce platform, Stronghold Secure Web Server, Credit Card Verification software, High Availability Server, GNU-based developer toolkit for embedded development and embedded run-time Linux, eCOS and RedBoot solutions.



Red Hat backs up its open source offerings with end-to-end services that include: Red Hat Professional Consulting focused on multiplatform infrastructure and engineering services; Red Hat Engineering services for software development and porting of the operating system and for

embedded platforms and devices; Red Hat Enterprise support services for installation services and Web and telephone support and Red Hat Learning services for Linux certification (RHCE) and courses for Apache, Embedded systems, Advanced Developer and e-Commerce. Red Hat Network

provides Red Hat's unique managed services capability to deploy and manage open source products, services, support and management information on-line in real-time to more cost effectively and reliably maintain open source-based solutions.



Red Hat is headquartered in Research Triangle Park in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and has offices worldwide. For investor inquiries, contact Gabriel Szulik at Red Hat, 919-547-0012, x439.



Red Hat Europe was established in July 1999 with its European 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 www.europe.redhat.com/shop



FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS



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About Red Hat

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