Red Hat Linux 6.2 Available for Compaq Customers

Red Hat and Compaq to Deliver Industry Leading Red Hat Linux Platforms through a Global OEM agreement for Red Hat Linux 6.2.

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Red Hat, Inc., the leader in open source internet infrastructure solutions, announced today an OEM agreement with Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE: CPQ) to provide the capability of offering bundled and pre-loaded Red Hat Linux 6.2 on Compaq servers, AlphaStations, and select Deskpro PC models. This expanded relationship continues the growing momentum and widespread industry adoption of Red Hat Linux. As evidence of this momentum, every Compaq ProLiant server is tested, certified and supported to run Red Hat Linux, as is every model within the AlphaServer DS and ES series, AlphaStations and select Deskpro PC models.

"Compaq's expanding commitment to Red Hat Linux illustrates the growing,momentum for open source and Internet solutions," said Billy Marshall, Sr. Dir., Product Management, Red Hat, Inc. "The combination of Compaq's powerful server and workstation solutions and Red Hat Linux delivers Internet and enterprise computing to our customers."

Through Compaq's channel partners, customers will be able to purchase a complete Linux solution featuring Red Hat. Today's agreement allows Compaq the added flexibility to meet customer specifications by offering Red Hat Linux either bundled with, or pre-installed on, all ProLiant servers and Linux certified Alpha-based servers and workstations and select Deskpro PCs. Building on Compaq's and Red Hat's industry leading technology and support, the companies will continue to explore opportunities to add value and to exceed customer expectations in the reliability, manageability and availability of running Red Hat Linux 6.2 on Compaq systems.

"Compaq gives customers the broadest range of robust, industry leading offerings to implement their Linux solutions," said Rick Becker, director of Software Marketing, Compaq Computer Corporation. "Red Hat's new Red Hat Linux 6.2 with exciting features like software RAID, coupled with Compaq products offer new levels of performance and reliability to meet the computing needs of customers worldwide."

Red Hat Linux 6.2 is part of Red Hat's complete family of operating systems (OS) for today's e-commerce servers and the growing number of embedded, Internet-enabled devices. The newest addition to Red Hat's line of award-winning Linux operating systems--the market leading open source operating systems---feature more powerful installation, support, availability and clustering capabilities critical to Internet infrastructures.


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