Our mission is to be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way.
More than 2 decades ago, Red Hat had a spark of an idea—a vision for developing software differently. We believed that collaboration with an ecosystem of IT leaders, open source advocates, developers, and partners could create a better foundation for the future of IT—Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®.
But that was just the beginning.
Today, we deliver a comprehensive portfolio of products and services using the same open, collaborative business model and an affordable, predictable subscription.
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Since 1993, we've been helping customers navigate technology and business disruption through open innovation. At first, people said we were crazy—that open source would never succeed. But we proved them wrong.
Meet the team
The most respected and influential people at Red Hat are those who show passion for our mission and live it every day. A leader at Red Hat does not rely on their title to earn respect.Jim Whitehurst, President and chief executive officer, Red Hat
Open source communities are solving some of the most complex business and IT challenges today. The freedom to see the code, ask questions, and offer improvements back to the community: this is the open source way.
We participate in and create community-powered upstream projects.
We integrate upstream-projects, fostering open community platforms.
We commercialize these platforms together with a rich ecosystem of services and certifications.
A Red Hat subscription is more than the software. Red Hat customers get the latest software, trust that it's secure, and gain access to a community of experts making software the open source way.Learn more
We believe that the future of IT needs diverse voices and perspectives, so we're working to inspire the next generation to join the open source movement.
Women making an impact
Red Hat is an advocate for diversity in open source. We created and sponsor the Women in Open Source Award to recognize women who make an impact and encourage future generations to join the open source movement.Learn more
Open source in education
Red Hat promotes open source software, methodology, and culture in education.Learn more
We've been at the forefront of open source for more than 20 years. But it's not just about technology. Open source values like meritocracy, community building, and transparency are changing the way we approach business and life. See why openness is the default 21st-century innovation model.
Openness is a catalyst for change. Whether it's healthcare or education, open source principles are changing the way we live.Watch Open Source Stories
From DevOps to containers, the future of IT needs all of us. These are some of the big ideas Red Hat is thinking about.Read the topics
Successful organizations need open leadership. Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, explains how open organizations can encourage the best ideas.Learn about The Open Organization