Red Hat Linux 6.1 for Compaq Alpha Now Shipping

Research Triangle Park

United States, January 12, 2000

Red Hat® Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leading developer and provider of open source solutions, today announced that Red Hat Linux 6.1 Deluxe for Compaq Alpha Systems is now shipping.

The latest release of the award-winning Red Hat Linux operating system incorporates easy installation, software update information and access, and improved system management capabilities. These new features enable users to harness the power of open source software in the demanding enterprise and Internet applications that run the day-to-day business of companies worldwide.

"Customers rave over the performance of their Compaq Alpha Systems running Red Hat, and they will really be impressed with the new ease of use features in Red Hat Linux 6.1," said Tim Yeaton, Vice President of Compaq's UNIX Systems Business Unit. "This release of Red Hat on Alpha is the result of the continuing close collaboration between the two companies."

Red Hat Linux 6.1 extends Red Hat's commitment to customer service and the strength of open source development by incorporating improvements that make it easier to install, maintain and manage Linux-based computing environments.

Features of Red Hat Linux 6.1:

  • Graphical installation

  • High availablility clustering for internet servers

  • Enhanced systems management with LDAP integration

  • Fast, easy access to updates from priority.redhat.com

  • Choice of popular graphical interfaces KDE or GNOME as your default desktop

  • Easy connection to the Internet with the new PPP Dialer

"We expect that the improvements in installation, service, support and performance built into Red Hat Linux 6.1 make it an asset to enterprise networks," said Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat. "Red Hat Linux 6.1 combines the power, stability and flexibility of Linux-based open source operating systems with tools and services to handle critical business applications that ensure the peace of mind for corporate users."

Red Hat Linux continues to receive prestigious awards from leading industry publications, highlighting the value, performance and support superiority of the Red Hat Linux operating system. Recent awards include Federal Computer Week's Government Best Buy, Computer Shopper's "Top 100 Products of 1999," and InternetWeek's InternetWeek Approved Award, which named Red Hat Linux "King of the Server Hill."

Red Hat Linux 6.1 Deluxe version for Alpha is available now for $79.95 from www.redhat.com/apps/commerce. This includes 180 day FREE priority FTP access, 90-day web-based installation support, reference guide, Getting Started Guide, 30 day telephone installation support, Workstation Bonus Pack, and PowerTools applications. More information on Compaq's Alpha Systems for Linux is available at www.compaq.com/alphaserver/linux.

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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