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Red Hat the First Distributor to Bring Cross-Platform Java Technology to Linux Community

Lets Users Worldwide Leverage Open Source Leader Red Hat as the Complete Trusted Source for Powerful Java- and Linux-based E-commerce and Internet Solutions

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leading provider of open source solutions, and IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a worldwide licensing and distribution agreement for IBM's Java software for Linux critical components of today's enterprise and e-commerce Internet applications.

Under the agreement, Red Hat will license and distribute IBM's Java Runtime engine, Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the IBM Developer Kit for Linux, Java Technology Edition. IBM's JavaTechnology will be distributed with the Red Hat Linux Operating Systems (OS) Enterprise Edition. Red Hat will provide worldwide support contact for users of the IBM Java Technology as they create and deploy Java-based Internet solutions on Red Hat Linux.

"Users worldwide can now leverage Red Hat as a complete, trusted source to help them quickly create and deploy Java-based, enterprise e-business applications for Linux," said Paul McNamara, General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit, Red Hat, Inc. "The combination of Red Hat's unmatched open source expertise and Java's write-once, deploy anywhere functionality lets companies effortlessly and confidently migrate e-commerce applications written in Java to the Red Hat Linux platform for maximum performance, scalability and stability."

According to research firm NetCraft, Inc. (www.netcraft.com), 29 percent of all public Web servers run on Linux, making Linux the most popular operating system for Web servers. International Data Corp. (IDC) also states that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users. "We are pleased Red Hat will distribute IBM's Developer Kit for Linux to bring Java's cross-platform capabilities to Linux," said Rod Smith, Vice President of Java Software, IBM. "Open standards and community source technologies are playing an increasingly important role in the evolution of e-business."

About Red Hat Services

From installation and configuration support to certification programs to consulting, Red Hat services set a new standard for enterprise-level support for Linux-based operating systems. Red Hat continues to grow its support offerings, including the international expansion of its popular Red Hat Certified Engineer training and certification courses for Red Hat Linux. Red Hat also offers Developer Training courses.

With more than 350 expert consultants, Red Hat and its partners offer Red Hat Linux consulting services, including: on-site consulting; strategy formation; planning; evaluation; classification and organization; training; implementation; recurring operations and audit. Red Hat Linux-based enterprise IT operations can choose anything from initial installation help to full, ongoing outsourced management of their complete Linux-based information management operation. Red Hat offers all the services needed to successfully install, integrate, manage and support open source solutions in today's rapidly growing enterprises.

Enterprises such as AutoZone and Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation have also chosen Red Hat for services. For more information about Red Hat services and support solutions, see www.redhat.com/products/support_solutions.html.

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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