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Red Hat Linux Garners Widespread Industry Praise

Wins Top 100 Products, InternetWeek Approved Award and Best Buy Awards from Top Internet, Government and Enterprise Computing Publications

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Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leading developer and provider of open source software solutions, announced that Red Hat Linux recently received prestigious awards from three leading industry publications: InternetWeek, Federal Computer Week and Computer Shopper. These distinctions highlight the value, performance and support superiority of the Red Hat Linux operating system.

The awards include:

  • InternetWeek's InternetWeek Approved Award, which named Red Hat Linux 'King of the Server Hill' and gave it straight A's for ease of installation, documentation/support and server and workstation functionality. "What truly sets Red Hat apart from the pack is still technical support. No other distributor offers the support options of Red Hat," wrote InternetWeek reviewers in the comparative review. Read the review, "Red Hat Still King of the Linux Server Hill," in its entirety at http://www.internetwk.com/reviews/rev111599-3.htm.

     
  • Federal Computer Week's Government Best Buy, which gave Red Hat Linux 6.0 excellent ratings for its administration, graphical user interface and features. "Red Hat Linux 6.0 is a great all-around choice for any number of enterprise problems," wrote reviewers. Read the full review, "Linux Rallies with Low-cost, Common OS Architecture," at http://www.fcw.com/pubs/fcw/1999/0712/fcw-revlinux-07-12-99.html.

     
  • Computer Shopper's "Top 100 Products of 1999," which noted that Red Hat Linux 6.0 installation tools and graphical interfaces put it at the forefront of the Linux revolution. "Complemented by Red Hat's terrific documentation and superlative service organization, it's deservedly the most popular Linux product on the market." Read the full article, "Red Hat Linux 6.0," at http://www.zdnet.com/computershopper/stories/reviews/0,7171,2390569,00.html

"Once again leading, independent publications have validated Red Hat's powerful open source solutions and support programs for enterprise organizations," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat. "They illustrate Red Hat's commitment to the highest levels of service to its customers and leadership as the definitive resource for knowledgeable, innovative, mission-critical open source solutions."

In addition, Cygnus Solutions' Code Fusion Integrated Development Environment (IDE) was awarded jointly with Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) Builder Xcessroy (BX PRO) the 1999 Linux Journal Editor's Choice Award for 'Best New Software Development Application' at the November COMDEX event. "(Code Fusion and BX PRO) provide what is essentially the first Visual C/C++ equivalent for Linux . . . (and) set an example for open source coders," the Linux Journal editors said. Read the full article , "1999 Editor's Choice Award," at http://www2.linuxjournal.com/cgi-bin/frames.pl/index.html. Red Hat plans to acquire Cygnus pursuant to a definitive merger agreement signed by the parties on November 15, 1999.

Open Source Momentum

 


International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that Linux was the fastest-growing server operating environment in 1998, growing more than 190 percent in that year alone and capturing more than 15.8 percent of the 4.4 million revenue shipment server operating systems market segment. Additionally, IDC states that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users.

 

Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq®, Computer Associates, Corel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle® and SAP®.

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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