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RED HAT AND BULL SIGN DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

Bull Authorised to distribute Red Hat 6.1 and a large range of Linux Professional Services Through Express5800 Servers

Red Hat, the leading developer and provider of open source solutions, and Bull
have signed an agreement that names Bull as an authorised technical partner and
integrator for Red Hat products on Bull's Express5800 server range. The
agreement allows Bull to integrate Red Hat's software into its business and
enables Bull to offer its clients early loading of Red Hat 6.1 on its
Express5800 servers. Bull will also be able to deliver support and training
services as part of its GlobalCare services range, focussing on the
integration, administration and system support of Linux.


For Red Hat, this partnership is the first of many with a French IT company,
which will play a major role in providing solutions for companies across the
European continent.


Andy Dickens, European Sales Director for Red Hat Europe, says: "This agreement
is the conclusion of a relationship started last year and resulting in an
partnership which fully satisfies the two parties at a turning point for Red
Hat."


Jean-Philippe Chirarella, Vice- President for Intel Servers Business Unit for
Bull, comments: "This agreement very clearly embodies our intention to broaden
the spectrum of available solutions on our Express5800 servers. It also enables
us to meet the expectations of our clients who wish to become involved with
Linux."


Jean Rosnowski, Vice President of System Services Activity for Bull, adds: "We
are happy that Red Hat has chosen to work with Bull to allow Linux to develop
its presence in segments of the market such as administration or training,
through the high quality of services offered in GlobalCare." - ends - The Bull
Group Bull is an international IT group based in Europe with operations in
nearly 100 countries. In 1998, Bull earned revenues of 24.9 billion French
francs (3.8 billion euros) including nearly 60% outside France, its country of
origin. Bull offers a wide range of systems, infrastructure software and IT
services, through focused innovation, alliances with the best partners and its
own integration expertise. In its industry, besides GCOS mainframes, Bull is
recognised for innovative products: the Escala family of UNIX servers, the NT
EXPRESS5800 range, smart cards and software such as OpenMaster for secure
management of systems and networks. In IT services, Bull is ranked in Europe as
the third largest systems integrator and fifth in maintenance and support
services. Information on Bull is available at: http://www.bull.com.


About Red Hat, Inc.


Founded in 1994, Red Hat (NASDAQ:RHAT) is the market leader
in open source operating system (OS) software, services and information,
spanning powerful enterprise and Internet servers to next-generation devices
and pervasive computing platforms. 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 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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