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Red Hat Announces Independent Y2K Compliance Certification

Official Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 for Intel have been certified as Year 2000 compliant by The Software Laboratory Limited.

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Red Hat Inc., (NASDAQ: RHAT) a leading developer and provider of open source Linux-based operating system (OS) solutions, today announced that Official Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 for the Intel architecture have been certified as Year 2000 (Y2K) compliant by The Software Laboratory Limited, a UK-based, third-party testing organization.

"Independent certification provides neutral, independent validation to ensure customers that Red Hat's powerful Linux-based OS solutions are fully Y2K compliant and will continue to operate smoothly into the next century," said Erik Troan, director of engineering at Red Hat, Inc.

The Software Laboratory independently ran 1,020 separate tests on Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 in a controlled environment at their head quarters in the UK. All testing was done isolated from any Red Hat influence or input. Both the Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 versions were tested exactly as shipped, with the addition of resources from Red Hats web site. The Software Laboratory rated Red Hat Linux versions 5.2 and 6.0 as "highly compliant" and a complete copy of the testing procedures and results as released by The Software Laboratory can be found at http://www.redhat.com/legal/y2k_statement.html.

About The Software Laboratory

The Software Laboratory was founded in August 1997 to facilitate the growing need for objective information, which would support the decision for timely deployment of mission critical IT systems for blue chip clients. The underlying concept, within integrity and independence, is a laboratory which provides a controlled environment for testing, which is readily available such that tests can be run in a reproducible manner, whilst a full audit trail is maintained. The use of a knowledge base of past practice is a key component, enabling development of ever-broadening professional standards.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

For further information, contact:

Bryan Scanlon or Liz Tobey

Schwartz Communications for Red Hat

Phone: (781) 684-0770

redhat@schwartz-pr.com

Melissa London

Red Hat, Inc.

Phone: (919) 512-0012

melissa@redhat.com

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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