Red Hat Releases Beta of Red Hat Linux for ItaniumTM-Based Systems

Research Triangle Park

United States, December 19, 2000

Beta Release of Leading Linux Platform Available for the Intel® ItaniumTM Architecture

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced today the immediate public availability of the Beta version of Red Hat Linux for ItaniumTM-based systems. This is the first publicly available beta from Red Hat for Intel's forthcoming release of an Intel® ItaniumTM architecture and is available for public download at Red Hat's ftp site: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/ia64.

Targeting the high-end server and workstation markets, the enhanced capacities of the Itanium architecture coupled with 64-bit Red Hat Linux provides the scalability and performance required in mission-critical applications and technical computing environments such as OLTP,data warehousing, and finite element analysis. With over 700 core software packages enabled in this OS including tools, databases and utilities, Red Hat provides the necessary level of support for the next generation of software development and deployment on Intel architectures.

Based on a pre-production release of the 2.4 Linux kernel, the ItaniumTM-based version of Red Hat Linux enables the enhanced performance and scalability of the Intel® ItaniumTM architecture and includes support for significantly increased memory and increased process limits required for enterprise computing.

Red Hat is working closely with Intel, OEMs, developers and ISVs to ensure that the release of Red Hat Linux for the Itanium processor coincides with the forthcoming release of the Itanium-based hardware and applications.

More information on becoming a member of the Red Hat Linux for Itanium architecture community, including support, training, and developer information can be obtained through Red Hat's Jumpstart program at http://www.redhat.com/products/IA64/Jumpstart.

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. The most trusted name in open source, CIOs and other senior-level IT executives have ranked Red Hat as the industry's most valued vendor for two consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. 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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