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RED HAT DEBUTS WIDE OPEN NEWS AT LINUXWORLD,ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THESTREET.COM

Editorially-independent Wide Open News Cuts Through Information Jungle, Offers One-Stop Shop for Linux/Open Source News and Analysis for Technology Professionals

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat(r), the market leader in open source solutions, today debuts Wide Open

News, an online resource for up-to-the-minute news and analysis on Linux and

open source software. Meantime, Red Hat and Wide Open News announced a new

content partnership with TheStreet.com, (NASDAQ:TSCM), a leading Web-based

provider of financial news, commentary and information staffed by an editorial

team of 80 experienced financial journalists.



Wide Open News, in beta since November, presents its full product today at

LinuxWorld (Booth No. 445.) Available at www.wideopen.com and www.redhat.com,

the site is geared for IT managers and other computer/ business professionals

seeking news, analysis and other useful information about Linux and open source

-- well-edited and well-organised in recognition of their busy workloads and

schedules.



TheStreet.com (www.thestreet.com) adds sophisticated Wall Street coverage of

Linux, open source, and other technologies for Wide Open News readers. "In

return, Wide Open News introduces TheStreet.com's top-notch financial content

to a readership likely to be interested in the kind of investment information

TheStreet.com's Web offerings provide," said Russ Mitchell, editor in chief of

Wide Open News.



"We're looking forward to a powerful partnership with Red Hat, a true pioneer

in the open-source movement," said TheStreet.com Chief Executive Officer Thomas J.

Clarke. "TheStreet.com's coverage of technology stocks is second-to-none, and

we're pleased to join forces with Wide Open News, which covers Linux from the

front lines."



Wide Open News is staffed by professional journalists. Editor in Chief

Mitchell, most recently senior technology writer for U.S. News & World Report, is guiding

Wide Open News' editorial development. Mitchell was formally managing editor of

Wired, Silicon Valley bureau chief of Business Week, and Vannevar Bush Fellow

at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recent Wide Open News editorial

hires include Anne Speedie, a former editor at Wired, as well as Patricia Krueger,

also a former editor at Wired and special projects writer for The Industry

Standard.



"Original Wide Open News content, complemented by a network of brand-name

content partners, will ensure that our readers receive some of the

best-written, highest-quality journalism on the Web," Mitchell said.



TheStreet.com joins established Wide Open News partners Salon, The Register,

and The Industry Standard.



Wide Open News is owned by Red Hat. Top Red Hat executives, recognising the

importance of unbiased reporting, are committed to editorial independence at

Wide Open News. "We wouldn't do it any other way," said Chairman Bob Young. To

anyone with doubts, Mitchell said, "Check us out. The proof is in the Website."



"Red Hat recognises the need to filter the incredible amount of open source

information available today and to meet these growing needs, Wide Open News was

created to deliver a comprehensive, unbiased news site,'' said Young. "Red Hat

supports the social principles of the open source movement. To ensure Wide Open

News adopts the same set of values and becomes a trusted source for

information, it employs an independent editorial staff.'' - ends - About TheStreet.com, Inc.

The Street.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSCM) is a leading Web-based provider of financial

news and commentary. The company's main site at www.thestreet.com will become

entirely free in the second quarter of 2000, augmented by a network of free and

premium sites.



About Red Hat, Inc. Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of

Linux-based operating system software (OS) and services. Based in Durham, N.C.,

Red Hat builds the most accessible and advanced server OS available anywhere

with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool.

Red Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms. Red Hat

Linux available directly from the company and through Red Hat's partner,

distributor and reseller programs, which include top PC and server

manufacturers like Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.



Red Hat Linux was named InfoWorld's Product of the Year for four years in a

row, was given a productivity accolade in Software Development's Jolt Awards, was

named an environment/desktop finalist in the Ziff-Davis European Excellence

Awards, won the editor's choice awards from the Linux Journal and Australian

Personal Computing magazines, and won the 'Just Plain Cool' award from

Australian Personal Computing magazine.



At March's LinuxWorld Expo, more than 8,000 members of the Linux community

voted Red Hat a 'LinuxWorld Favorite'. Red Hat Linux recently won a Product

Excellence award from Software Development Magazine.



LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of

Red Hat, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. 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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