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Red Hat Linux Beats Vegemite!

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Named the Network Operating System Product of the Year by InfoWorld Magazine and recipient of the "Productivity Award" from Software Development Magazine, Red Hat Linux, published by Red Hat, Inc. , has received the Editor's Choice Award for Best Linux Distribution from Australian Personal Computing Magazine (for more information, please see http://apcmag.com).

Announced in the most recent issue of Australian Personal Computing, the Editor's Choice award recognizes the increasing viability of the Linux OS. Acknowledged as the only alternative OS that is gaining in market share, Linux gives its users unlimited freedom and potential.

"The principal and common benefit of the Red Hat Linux operating system to our customers is the control that cooperatively developed, freely redistributable software gives them over their computer systems," said Robert Young, President of Red Hat Software. "Other OS vendors who publish under restrictive licenses simply limit the reliability and innovation of their products."

Robert Hart, Director of Support Services at Red Hat, Inc. will pick up the award in Australia, where he will be attending the Australian Unix User Group Conference, as well as meeting with Linux User Groups, CEOs, and potential Support Partners.

Said Hart, "Australian Personal Computing is an excellent, well-respected magazine. As an Australian, I'm really pleased to represent Red Hat at the Awards Ceremony."

Proving what Linux users have known all along, this award, as well as the other recent accolades heaped on the Linux OS, attest to the power, stability, and unlimited freedom that cooperative development gives Linux. And as the movement to give control back to the user grows, Red Hat Linux 5.1 continues to convince users and industry analysts of the unlimited potential of Linux.

About Linux

Linux is the freely distributable, cooperatively-developed POSIX-based, multi-user, multi-tasking operating system used worldwide. Linux is used as a high value, fully-functional UNIX workstation for applications ranging from Internet Servers to reliable workgroup computing.

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

Common with UNIX footnote

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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