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Frank Batten Resigns From Red Hat Board of Directors

RALEIGH, CAROLINE DU NORD

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the market leader in open source solutions, announced today the resignation of Frank Batten, Jr. from the Company's board of directors. Batten, Chairman of Landmark Communications, Inc., cited an interest in devoting his time to venture investment opportunities.

"I began my association with Red Hat as a venture investor, and have thoroughly enjoyed helping the Company grow to its current size," said Batten. "At this point, I believe the Company will benefit from having a director with the experience to guide it to the next level and beyond. I have every confidence that the board and management team will be able to continue to build on Red Hat's position as one of the world's leading open source software companies."

"Frank's contributions to Red Hat during his tenure on the Board of Directors have been invaluable. We wish him well, and thank him for his contributions and service," said Bob Young, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Red Hat, Inc.

Open Source and Internet Momentum

International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that Linux was the fastest-growing server operating environment in 1998, growing more than 190 percent in that year alone and capturing more than 15.8 percent of the 4.4 million revenue shipment server operating systems market segment. IDC also states that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users.

Apache is the number one Web server and runs more than 55 percent of the Internet's Web sites and the Sendmail messaging solution powers 80 percent of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Both Apache and Sendmail are included in the Red Hat Professional Edition and supported by Red Hat's services group. Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs.

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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