Red Hat Dominates Industry Awards In 2001

Research Triangle Park

United States, December 18, 2001

Open Source Leader Receives Recognition for Corporate and Product Excellence

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure, today announced that it received several prestigious awards from leading industry publications in the year 2001. These distinguished awards and high accolades highlight the continued growth of the Red Hat product line to provide customers the most complete open source solution on the market.

Most recently, Red Hat was named to the Deloitte & Touche "Technology Fast 500" roster of top tech companies that rally behind innovation, break down obstacles and systematically defy the odds. Red Hat was ranked number 140 out of 500 companies, jumping 53 places from last year's listing at number 193. In addition, Deloitte & Touche named Red Hat to their "Regional Fast 50" listing for North Carolina. Red Hat vaulted seven places from the 2000 nomination, and is ranked at number three for the region. The "Technology Fast 50" is a listing of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in a given geographic area based on five-year percentage growth.

In addition, Red Hat open source solutions overwhelmed the competition in several industry publications and events. These include:

  • Being a finalist in the 17th Annual Software & Information Industry Association Codie Awards. Red Hat Embedded Linux Developer Suite was chosen from more than 22 nominees as one of the best software development products.
  • Being named one of the "10 Hottest Certifications in IT" by CertCities for the Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCE) training courses.
  • The 2001 "Best Productivity Application" for Red Hat Database at LinuxWorld Expo.
  • The 2001 Network World "Readers' Choice Award for Best Distribution." Red Hat Linux received 69 percent of the votes from readership, far outdistancing the competition.
  • The 2001 C/Net "Editor's Choice Award for Best Distribution." This award was determined from a comparative review of top Linux distributions.
  • The 2001 PC Magazine "Editor's Choice Award for Best Distribution." Much like the C/Net award, this award was determined by a comparative review of six popular Linux distributions.
  • The 2001 Linux Magazine "Editor's Choice Award for Best Distribution."
  • The 2001 Linux Journal "Readers' Choice Award for Best Distribution." Repeating their win from last year, Red Hat received 30 percent of the votes from the readership.

"These awards validate Red Hat's leadership position in open source Internet infrastructure computing," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "The real winners here are Red Hat's dedicated customers. We will continue to broaden our product offerings to meet customer demand for high value, low cost solutions with the most comprehensive solutions the open source industry has to offer."

Red Hat was also named a "Company to Watch in 2002" by Intelligent Enterprise Magazine in the Infrastructure category. This prestigious award is given to 12 companies in each of four categories (Infrastructure, Intelligence, Collaboration and Integration).

To learn more about the complete end-to-end open source solutions from Red Hat, please see http://www.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

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