Survey.com Study Reveals Overwhelming Open Source Internet Infrastructure Market Share for Red Hat

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United States, May 22, 2000

Eighty Percent of Non-Linux Users Considering Red Hat for Open Source UNIX Solutions

Survey.com, the leading eResearch services company, unveiled a survey on Monday showing that 64.2% of IT decision-makers name Red Hat Linux as the primary open source UNIX distribution used by their organizationâeuro”garnering more than eight times the market share of the closest competitor. Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leading provider of open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, was also named by over 80% of respondents at organizations that do not yet use an open source UNIX operating system as the provider they are considering.

"The fact that IT professionals recognize Red Hat as their open source provider of choice--both currently and for the future--is a tremendous validation of the strong brand we have developed," said Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "As open source solutions gain momentum within the business world, Red Hat will continue the tradition of innovative products and reliable services that has brought it such remarkable market and mind share."

"These figures are a testament to Red Hat's aggressive marketing and business strategies," said Dave Trowbridge, senior analyst at Survey.com. "Red Hat has become a leader in the open source UNIX space, and the company's dedication to partnering with a wide range of vendors such as Dell and IBM will make it difficult for competitors to catch up."

The results of the syndicated survey, just completed by Survey.com, detail the usage, support and purchasing preferences of over 600 IT and management professionals at large companies throughout the United States, including many in the Fortune 500. Detailed results of the survey are available to the press on request. To see a chart of the market share results, visit http://www.survey.com/bidw/osumarketshare.html. Survey.com was the first company to do online market research; last year the firm completed more than 350,000 Internet-based surveys for IT, consumer, and entertainment market research studies.

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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