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RED HAT ANNOUNCES RED HAT LINUX 7.1 FOR ITANIUM PROCESSOR

Red Hat Linux 7.1 Supports 64-bit Architecture, Offers Increased Scalability and Flexibility for the Enterprise

Raleigh, NC

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, announced today the availability of Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the

Itanium(tm) Processor.



Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor features the Red Hat Linux 7.1 operating system with the new 2.4 kernel. This configuration supports the very large address space of Itanium-based systems and scales efficiently to eight or more Itanium processors running as a single system image. New configuration tools and security enhancements are also available in this new release from Red Hat.



Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor is designed for developing and porting applications that require superior performance on high-end servers and workstations. This release is equally suited to porting 32-bit applications or RISC applications to Itanium-based systems, as well as developing new applications for Itanium-based processor systems that are designed for superior performance on high-end servers and workstations for mission-critical reliability.



"Intel recognised very early that Linux was going to be a very important operating system in the future, and we are pleased that they chose to work with Red Hat as a strategic technology developer. Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor will enable the enterprise and technical computing communities to take full advantage of Intel's new technology running on the industry's standard Linux platform," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat.



"With the release of Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor, developers should be confident that the technology, support and leadership is in place to successfully develop, deploy and manage

64-bit Linux applications and services,"" said Victor Krutul, Linux Technology Mgr, Intel Corporation.



New Features and Benefits of Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor

* 2.4 Kernel positions Red Hat Linux as an enterprise class operating system. Provides significantly improved multiprocessor support, makes virtual memory effectively limitless, supports 64 GB of physical RAM, supports greater number of users and groups, includes revised scheduler to handle more processes, carries increased and improved device support, as well as an improved multi-threaded network stack and virtual filesystem.

* Heightened Security delivers secure default settings that keep ports closed and Internet utilities inactive until needed. A new firewall screen enables users to turn on or off as many features as desired for totally customised security.

* Configuration tools make system administration easier than ever with BIND (DNS), Apache and Print tool.

* Installer enhancements improve the user experience by providing a graphical Kickstart configuration tool for unattended installation.

* Desktop Functionality includes updated GNOME & KDE, popular graphical environments where users can choose their preferred desktop, and Mozilla, a Web browser, email client and news reader that provides a complete open source web and messaging client.

* XFree86 4.0.3 interface supports 2D and 3D graphics.

* USB support for "hot pluggable" devices.

* New 200-page Customisation Guide.



Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor will be available for download and from hardware partners in the coming weeks. For more information on Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor, please visit http://www.redhat.com/products/software/linux/7-1_itanium.html



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(tm) solutions.



Red Hat backs up their open source offerings with end-to-end services that include: Red Hat Professional Consulting focused on multi-platform 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, 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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