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Red Hat Appoints Former Netscape CTO Eric Hahn to Board of Directors

Industry Veteran with Experience Building Top Internet and Server Companies Joins Board of the Linux Market Leader

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Red Hat® Software, Inc., the leading developer and support provider of the Linux operating system, today appointed to its board of directors Eric Hahn, former chief technical officer (CTO) of Netscape Communications Corp., which was recently acquired by America Online, Inc. (NYSE: AOL).

Hahn brings tremendous Internet and server experience to Red Hat and was instrumental in building some of the most successful technology companies. Prior to his position as Netscape's CTO, Hahn was general manager of Netscape's Server Products Division, overseeing product development for the company's enterprise, Internet and extranet servers. Hahn was instrumental in driving Netscape's support for Linux and its decision to release its own products as open source.

"Eric's experiences with Netscape and other leaders that helped propel corporations to the Internet are a tremendous asset to Red Hat," said Bob Young, CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "His insight will help Red Hat continue accelerating the adoption of Linux as an Internet and enterprise service platform and Red Hat as the preferred provider of Linux software and services to corporations worldwide."

Hahn joined Netscape following the company's acquisition of Collabra Software, Inc., which Hahn founded. Prior to Collabra, Hahn was vice president and general manager of the cc:Mail division at Lotus. He also held positions at Convergent Technologies, a manufacturer of PC and UNIX servers and software, and BBN Corporation, where he worked on the Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.

"Red Hat is an opportunity to literally change the way companies use software with the unique benefits of open source software," said Hahn. "Red Hat has become the market leader by providing tremendous value to their customers. I'm thrilled and honored to be able to work to advance this important new paradigm for building and delivering world-class software."

About Red Hat, Inc.

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