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Red Hat Linux Gets Straight A's

Red Hat Linux Professional 6.2 Selected as Leading Linux Distribution, and Receives the Computer Reseller News Editors' Choice Award

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leading provider of open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, today announced it received the Computer Reseller News Test Center Editors' Choice award for Red Hat Linux 6.2 Professional Edition. In this comparative review Red Hat received straight A's in scalability, reliability, feature set, ease of setup and channel program, with an overall rating of A+ awarded by Computer Reseller News.

"Red Hat's branding image helps solution providers struggling to demonstrate the advantages of this open-source wonder over another operating system," wrote the editors at Computer Reseller News. "As an established brand, Red Hat can take a more generalized approach than other Linux distributors.

"Some of the highlights of the Red Hat program include developer support for custom applications, extensive training and discounted advertising on the Red Hat Web site," the editors continue. In this review, Red Hat was compared to Caldera's OpenLinux eServer 2.3, TurboLinux's Server 6.0 and SuSE's Linux 6.4.

The evaluation of the management facilities focused on the management products included with the Linux distribution. Engineers looked into the quality of the management interfaces as well as the depth of management support provided. Important features such as remote-control support, browser-based management, documentation, and Web, database and file management capabilities all were assessed. Connectivity support with other operating system applications was also evaluated.

CRN Test Center engineers also evaluated the high-availability features, which are critical in today's e-commerce environments. Elements such as hardware and software RAID support, UPS support, journaling file system capabilities, server clustering, load balancing and service failover support were also tested.

"Once again a leading, independent publication has validated Red Hat's powerful open source solutions and services for today's enterprise Internet infrastructure," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat, Inc. "Red Hat consistently receives widespread industry adoption and praise for its technical excellence, leadership and knowledgeable, innovative solutions for Internet computing."

Red Hat, Inc. continues to receive substantial industry praise, including: Red Herring's Top 50 Public Companies; Red Herring's Top 100 Companies of the Electronic Economy; Network World's 10 Companies to Watch; Federal Computer Week's Government Best Buy; Software Development's Jolt Award; Information Week's Product of the Year; an Upside Magazine's Hot 100 Company and E-biz Winner; and InfoWorld's Product of the Year (four years in a row). A recent Harris Interactive Survey ranked Red Hat in the Top 20 "best regarded" companies and Top 10 companies demonstrating "vision and leadership."

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

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. 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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