Red Hat Names Kevin Thompson Vice President of Operations

Research Triangle Park

United States, October 4, 2000

Consulting Industry Veteran Brings 12 Years Experience Advising Public and Private Technology Companies

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced today the appointment of Kevin Thompson to the position of Vice President of Operations. Thompson formerly served as a partner in the Global Technology Industry Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he directed stock offerings and oversaw mergers and acquisitions at public and private technology companies.

"Kevin's global experience in assisting rapidly growing companies is a strong plus for Red Hat, " said Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat.

Prior to his position at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thompson served as a senior manager for Arthur Andersen LLP for 10 years, overseeing public offerings and directing projects for multi-national companies in North America, Latin American and Southeast Asia. Thompson is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma.

"I am excited about the opportunity to help Red Hat achieve its tremendous potential by bringing to Red Hat the unique bled of operational and financial knowledge and experience I have gained in working with high-growth and multi-national companies," said Thompson.

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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