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Dec. ADVISORY/ Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding Microsoft Settlement

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.
WHO:   Red Hat, Inc., CEO Matthew Szulik

WHAT:  Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the
       matter of the anti-trust case settlement against Microsoft
       Corporation

WHERE: Dirksen Building, U.S. Senate Office Building, Room 106, 
       Washington D.C.

WHEN:  10:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) today announced that at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, CEO Matthew Szulik has been invited to testify on the proposed anti-trust settlement between Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), and the federal government. As an invited witness, Szulik will testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee as part of a panel comprised of noted legal, government and industry experts.

"The Court of Appeals was clear that Microsoft broke the law and engaged in anti-competitive business practices," said Szulik, CEO of Red Hat, Inc., in a statement prior to the testimony. "I feel it is important to express Red Hat's views to the Senate Judiciary Committee that any final agreement between Microsoft and the United States government must ensure that Microsoft will never again practice the same illegal tactics that brought about the government's original case. The recent decree from the Department of Justice is inadequate and we believe that the remedial proposals of the plaintiffs still litigating this matter in nine states is a more appropriate and reasonable conclusion of this legal process."

In a separate but related initiative regarding the class actions suits now underway in several states, Red Hat offered a counter-proposal to Microsoft's proposed settlement of the class action suits. Microsoft had proposed to donate software and hardware to the nation's 14,000 poorest school districts. Red Hat countered with a proposal to provide open-source software to every school district in the United States free of charge if Microsoft redirects the money it would have spent on software into purchasing more hardware for the nation's 14,000 poorest school districts. Additional information about Red Hat's proposal can be found at www.redhat.com/opensourcenow.

Senate Judiciary Committee Testimony Details

Panel testimony in the Microsoft matter will take place at 10:00 a.m. EST in the Dirksen Building, room 106. Broadcast coverage is not finalized at the time of this media alert, but C-SPAN or C-SPAN2 may cover the hearings live. C-SPAN will finalize its coverage plans at 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 11, 2001.

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