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Red Hat Announces Validation of Red Hat Linux For Oracle

Validation Includes Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server

Raleigh, NC

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, today announced completion of the validation of Red Hat Linux 7.1 for Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server. In addition, the validation of Red Hat Linux with other versions of Oracle software products is expected to be completed by the end of September. As a result of these efforts, Red Hat will support Red Hat Linux for use with Oracle software and Oracle will support Oracle software on Red Hat Linux.



In addition to the work already completed to validate and test Oracle9i products, Red Hat will validate future releases of Red Hat Linux as technologically appropriate for Oracle software products.



"Red Hat Linux provides an excellent platform for our customers interested in deploying Oracle products on Linux," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Global Platform Partnerships, Oracle Corporation. "The validation and testing of Red Hat Linux and Oracle products delivers on our vision of providing enterprise class software and solutions on a widely accepted operating environment."



"This joint validation is further testament to the rapid adoption of Linux within the e-business and enterprise communities," said Howard Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Sales, Red Hat. "This effort cements an already strong commitment between Red Hat and Oracle to ensure optimal performance environments for customers working with Oracle and Red Hat Linux."



About Red Hat, Inc.



Red Hat is the leader in developing, deploying and managing solutions built on the benefits of an open source platform. The open source platform includes the Red Hat Linux operating system for mainframes, servers, workstations and embedded devices, GNUPro tools for developers, database, e-Commerce, secure Web server, high availability server and run-time solutions like eCos and RedBoot. For this platform, Red Hat provides end-to-end professional services including Professional Consulting, Engineering services, Enterprise Support services, and Global Learning services. Red Hat Network is the premier Internet based service that simplifies and integrates the deployment and management of these offers. More information about Red Hat is available at http://www.europe.redhat.com. 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, x439.



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