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RED HAT LINUX IS TOP OF THE CLASS

Technology First for New UK School - Opens Today

Parrs Wood High School, the first school to be opened this millennium, has chosen Red Hat Linux as the operating system upon which the entire school will run. Based in Manchester, Parrs Wood is one of the first new City Learning Centres as part of the Government?s initiative to provide local communities with access to information technology within schools. It is also the only school in the UK to have digital TV access, with its Website available through digital TV.

With Internet access in every classroom, Parrs Wood will offer its 1,800 students unparallelled information technology advantages. There will be video conference links to seven other European schools, enabling students to talk to their counterparts, plus remote technology allowing all local primary schools to be electronically linked to the library and technology laboratories.

Head Teacher Iain Hall commented: ?We are delighted to be launching phase one of Parrs Wood school today with the support of Red Hat. Red Hat Linux enables educational institutions to save money and broaden the opportunities of information technology to all schools - something to which we are committed as an organisation. It also offers better performance than can be achieved with traditional operating systems.?

Colin Tenwick, VP and General Manager, Red Hat Europe, said: ?Parrs Wood is a technology-first in terms of its positive commitment to the application of information technology and Red Hat is pleased to be able to support this extremely innovative school. Red Hat Linux is the ideal operating system for education, enabling schools to enjoy the benefits of a stable, problem-free system without disruption and downtime.

?We see new technology as underpinning education and we aim to provide schools like Parrs Wood with the software services and support to create sustainable learning environments for the future.?

 

About Red Hat, Inc.

Founded in 1994, Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT) is a market leader in open source operating system (OS) software, services and information. Along with its award-winning open source Red Hat Linux OS, Red Hat offers a full line of services, including telephone support, on-site consulting, developer training, certification programmes and priority access updates, making Red Hat a leading resource for knowledgeable, innovative, mission-critical open source solutions.

Red Hat shares all of its software innovations freely with the open source community under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The Official Red Hat Linux OS and related services are available directly from the company and through its partner, distributor and reseller programmes, which include top PC and server manufacturers such as Compaq, Dell, Gateway, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics.

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.

Red Hat and the Official Red Hat Linux OS have received industry praise. Recent accolades include: Red Herring's Top 100 Companies of the Electronic Economy, Upside's Hot 100 Companies, Network World's 10 Companies to Watch, Federal Computer Week's Government Best Buy, Software Development?s Jolt Award and InfoWorld's Product of the Year for three years in a row. Red Hat was also voted a "LinuxWorld Favorite" by the attendees of the two most recent LinuxWorld Expos, winning Best Server Distribution at the August show.

Red Hat is based in Durham, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Visit Red Hat on the Web at www.redhat.com. For investor inquiries, contact Lippert/Heilshorn at (212) 838-3777.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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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