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Red Hat Training Surges

More than 4,000 Graduates in the Past Six Months Applaud Red Hat's High Value Hands-on Training and Certification Programs

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat® , Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT) the leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that over 4,000 engineers have completed Red Hat's Training and Certification program. Since the inception of formal training and certification programs in December 1998, over 4200 people have come through Red Hat's training courses including executives from Yahoo's Broadcast.com, Solar Systems Networks and Consolidated Telephone Co. Red Hat Services and select training partners, including Global Knowledge and IBM Global Services, administer the popular Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) course series, which is a hands-on, real-world training required to harness the power of Linux in the enterprise. Red Hat training and certification is available at over 200 training centers worldwide.

"The greatest benefit of Red Hat's training is that it's truly hands-on âeuro”âeuro” even the test at the course's conclusion," said Lee Heath, technical staff for Yahoo's Broadcast.com and RHCE graduate. "By the end, I hadn't just learned how to optimize my Linux experience, but I had earned the real-life experience as well. The RHCE course taught me about the Linux tools I needed to be more productive, and was comprehensive and appropriately difficult."

Red Hat's certification program is taught by experienced RHCE-trained engineers and offers more than traditional, multiple-choice written exams and "paper certifications." RHCE certification requires success on performance-based practical exams, in which users actually demonstrate the ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux, set up common network (IP) services, and perform essential administration, diagnostic tests and troubleshooting, among other internetworking and system administration tasks. Red Hat courses are available at levels appropriate for both beginners and networking professionals looking to migrate to open source solutions and build or expand their experience with Linux-based operating systems.

"As a Field Manager for Solar Systems Networking, Inc., every day I analyze and make decisions to meet my clients' growing network infrastructure needs. By attending Red Hat's RHCE program I am able to confidently review my client's Linux needs and provide them with the best of breed decisions as well as educate my staff," said Darrell T. McGuire, vice president of research and development for Solar Systems Networking, Inc. and RHCE graduate. "I was impressed with the level of human networking that Red Hat's RHCE 300 class provided as well as quality of information and the large attendance of excited, qualified engineers who were eager to learn."

"At Consolidated Telephone Co., all of our servers run on Red Hat Linux. I took Red Hat's RHCE to learn more about Linux," said Paul Davis, manager of Internet activities for Consolidated Telephone Co. and RHCE graduate. "My instructor for Red Hat's RHCE was outstanding. He demonstrated excellent knowledge of the material, along with the ability to convey his knowledge to his students. I would love to learn more about Linux, and wish the class lasted longer than a week."

About the Red Hat Certified Engineer Program

Taught by RHCE-trained engineers with considerable Internetworking experience, Red Hat's certification program offers more than traditional, multiple-choice written exams and "paper certifications." RHCE Certification requires success on performance-based practical exams, in which users actually demonstrate the ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux, set up common network (IP) services, and perform essential administration, diagnostic tests and troubleshooting, among other Internetworking and systems administration tasks. Red Hat courses are available for the entire RHCE Certification track, at levels appropriate for both beginners and networking professionals looking to migrate to open source solutions and build or expand their experience with Linux-based operating systems. Red Hat Services and select training partners, including Global Knowledge and IBM Global Services, administer the popular Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) course series.

According to IDC, IBM Global Services is the world's largest training provider. The first courses, including the RHCE exam, will be available at IBM Training Centers starting in the second quarter of 2000. Information on RHCE courses is posted at http://www.redhat.com/explore/training.html, http://db.globalknowledge.com/catalog/catcourse.asp?cat=11, and http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/spotlight/linux.html.

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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