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RED HAT LINUX NAMED A 2001 FINALIST BY NETWORK COMPUTING FOR WELL-CONNECTED AWARD

Red Hat Makes Server Operating System Category Based on its Ability to Provide the Most Complete Software Infrastructure Needed for Enterprise Organizations

Raleigh, NC

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) today announced that Red Hat Linux was awarded finalist status by Network Computing, a CMP Media LLC magazine, for a 2001 Well-Connected

Award in the category of Server Operating Systems. The product was chosen for its innovative open source options, scalability and manageability necessary to bring the most ambitious Linux initiatives under the control of an integrated Internet computing platform.



"Red Hat is honored to be named a finalist for a 2001 Well-Connected Award," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO, Red Hat, Inc. "Network Computing's nomination further validates Red Hat's commitment to the highest levels of service to its customers and leadership as the

definitive resource for knowledgeable, innovative, mission-critical open source solutions."



Red Hat is being recognized for Red Hat Linux 6.2 Professional Server, part of Red Hat's complete family of operating systems (OS) for today's e-commerce servers and the growing number of embedded, Internet-enabled devices.



"No other annual awards program in the industry uses hands-on evaluations to choose its winners," said Fritz Nelson, Publisher of CMP's Network Computing. "Our editors worked at length to research and test the best offerings in the enterprise arena. Being named a Well-Connected Award Finalist is a true reflection of product quality rather than merely product popularity or marketing effectiveness."



About Network Computing



Network Computing (http://www.networkcomputing.com) is published by CMP Media, Manhasset, N.Y. From emerging companies to service providers, Network Computing defines the core issues facing people who manage technology in business - analyzing the critical decision points in

purchasing the products, technologies and services that achieve corporate initiatives. Twice a month 220,000 IT professionals turn to Network Computing to get the information they need to make the right purchase decisions.



About CMP Media LLC



CMP Media LLC (http://www.cmpnet.com) is a leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and consulting



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 their 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, N.C. and has offices worldwide. For investor inquiries, contact Gabriel Szulik at Red Hat, +1-919-547-0012.



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 http://www.europe.redhat.com/shop



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About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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