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RED HAT APPOINTS SPECIALIST CHANNEL DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE LINUX MARKET

Red Hat, the leading provider of open source software, has appointed UniDirect,
as one of its official channel distributors. UniDirect specialises in providing
high-level software, hardware and services, with a particular focus on the
mission critical server market place. UniDirect will supply a full range of Red
Hat products to its customers through the channel.


Duncan Little, managing director of UniDirect commented: “We are starting
to see Linux used by many VARs for applications and services where before, they
have considered using NT. As software and services are our main area of
expertise, Red Hat Linux based systems will enable us to offer our customers
progressive and innovative business systems.”


Andy Dickens, European Sales Director, Red Hat Europe, said: “It’s
a pleasure to appoint UniDirect. Not only are they very strong in the
distribution channel, but they also provide a vast range of benefits through focused
customer support activities which actually bring business to the VAR, that they would
not receive under normal circumstances. By sourcing Red Hat Linux through
UniDirect, users and resellers can be assured of expert service and excellent customer
care.”


The range of software that is included in Red Hat Linux enables it to be used
as a server or desktop both in the work place or at home, offering extra benefits,
security and time savings. As a server, Red Hat has multiple capabilities and
can be set up for use as a Web server, e-mail server, DNS server, news server
and for multiple sites, with virtual hosting. All this can all be done without
the need for additional software.


Packages are offered to implement easy client/server relationships on composite
computer networks. UniDirect will offer the software needed for use as a
desktop client such as e-mail, browsers, publishing tools, calendars, Internet tools,
through Red Hat Linux 6.1. The standard user interface combines the power of
the X Window System with an easy to configure window manager.


Red Hat Linux 6.1 includes the official version of the operating system on
CD-ROM – this comes with a full guarantee and technical support, unlike
the downloadable version. A set of printed manuals are provided in the box set
and customers can choose between 30 days of telephone technical installation
support or 90 days of installation support via e-mail or fax.


Also included, with the Intel version only, is a Linux Applications CD-ROM,
featuring a set of binary-only tools from third party software developers.


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 UniDirect


UniDirect (UK) Ltd is positioned as a specialist distributor
for
technologically advanced products, sold through the channel. By developing a
structure and reputation for expert service and positive customer care,
building a progressive and innovative business system, UniDirect offers an excellent
opportunity to channel focused IT vendors.


In support of the sales team there is a dedicated product management which acts
as vendor representative within the company. The product managers are all
vendor trained and targeted and are all UniDirect employees, able to sell across the
range of products and services. This adds tremendous depth and flexibility to
the service we are able to offer the customer.


Duncan Little UniDirect (UK) Ltd. Tel: +44 (0)1788550000
Email: duncan@unidirect.co.uk

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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