Official Rules for the Red Hat Magazine Contest



To be eligible to enter the Red Hat Magazine Geek's Giveaway (hereinafter, "Promotion"), you must be a legal U.S. resident who is above the age of majority. Employees, officers, and directors of Red Hat, Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their households, are not eligible to participate in the Promotion. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. As applicable, you acknowledge that your employer is aware of and consents to your participation in this Promotion, and that your participation is in accordance with these Official Rules and does not violate your organizations policies and regulations.


The Promotion begins at midnight eastern standard time (EST) on December 3, 2006 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 18, 2006 ("Promotion Period"). All Eligible Entry forms must be complete and submitted electronically (at the URL listed below) by the end of the Promotion Period.


Red Hat, Inc. ("Red Hat"), located at 1801 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606, is the sponsor of the Promotion ("Sponsor").


To enter to win the Prize, you must send an email to between the dates specified in the Promotion Period. The email must contain your name, address, phone number, email address and you must provide your response (any digital media form is fine, i.e., a written entry, a video, photographs, etc.) to one of the contest suggested topics ("What I'd like to see in Red Hat Magazine," "The open source story you've never told," or a topic of your choosing ) for your Official Entry to be considered eligible. Red Hat will judge the entries based on creativity 50% and appropriateness to theme 50%. The winner will be selected based on the entry receiving the highest score. In the event of a tie score by two or more entrants, Judges will award the applicable prize to the entry submitted on the earlier date.

You may enter as many times as you would like. All entries become the property of Sponsor. They will not be returned or acknowledged. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due mail or e-mail, or for any computer-related, online, telephonic, or technical malfunctions that may occur. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft. By entering you agree to be bound by these Official Rules.

Sponsor will be collecting personal data about participants when they submit their email entry. Please review Red Hat's privacy policy at


Grand Prize:
Sponsor will award one (1) Grand Prize to the entrant who receives the highest score on their entry and winner will receive

Pepper Pad supplied by Red Hat
Build your own MP3 player from
Elephant's Dream Extended DVD
Magnatune gift pack

Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $877.00.

Second Prize:
Sponser will award one (1) Second Prize to the entrant who receives the second highest score on their entry and winner will receive:

Lego Mindstorm NXT
One year subscription to Make magazine
$25.00 Gift certificate from
XKCD t-shirt
Desination Earth dogtags

Total ARV $300.00.

Third Prize:
Sponser will award one (1) Third Prize to the entrant who receives the third highest score on their entry and winner will receive:

GP2X unit
Make magazine DIY altoid-tin USB charger kit
Make magazine t-shirt
USB Snowbot

Total ARV $250.00

All decisions on all matters pertaining to the Promotion are final. Limit one prize per person, family or household. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.


Selection of the winner will occur on or about December 22, 2006, from among all eligible entries received, and will be conducted at Red Hat corporate headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Prize winners will be notified by e-mail, on or about December 22, 2006. Grand Prize winner will have thirty days (30) days from notification to claim the prize supplied by Red Hat. Red Hat and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, agents, officers and directors, advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective officers, directors, employees and their respective agents will not be liable for unsuccessful efforts to notify a winner. The prize will be delivered by ground shipping within United States only within 7-9 weeks after winner notification. No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by winner permitted. Red Hat reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to substitute the prize for a prize of equal value should all or part of a prize become unavailable for any reason. All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. If the Grand Prize winners decline the prize, fail to claim the prize, are unavailable for prize fulfillment, or fail to abide by the Official Rules, Sponsor may select an alternate winner from all remaining eligible entries.


  1. Red Hat reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion.

  2. By participating, entrants and winners release Sponsor, its affiliated, parent, and subsidiary companies, its employees, agents and officers, advertising and promotion agencies, as well as all others associated with the development and execution of this Promotion, from and against any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from the Promotion and the awarding and use of the prize. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Promotion entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.

  3. By participating in the Promotion, entrants agree to all the terms and conditions of Red Hat privacy policies.

  4. Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; and (b) that the decisions of Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Promotion.

  5. Sponsor may publish the winning entry(s) in whole or in part via print or electronic media and at Sponsor's web site, with attribution to winner.

  6. Before being declared a winner, each selected entrant may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and where lawful a Publicity Release form(s) and return them to Sponsor within 14 calendar days of mailing. If Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release are not received, are incomplete or modified, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. If any prize or Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability or Publicity Release is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner will be disqualified and another winner will be selected.

  7. In all matters regarding this Promotion these Official Rules will be the binding terms and conditions. Rules, terms and benefits of this Promotion stated or communicated anywhere other than as set forth in this text of these Official Rules shall be non-binding. Sponsor is not responsible for representations, errors or omissions in any verbal or written or printed statements, documents or brochures about the Promotion made or supplied by any employee or agent or partner of Sponsor or Sponsor's agents that may differ or appear to differ from the Rules as stated herein.

  1. LAWS

This Promotion is governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina, without regard to the conflicts of law provisions. Promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by laws, including but not limited to jurisdictions with laws that would require registration, disclosure, filing, trust account, or posting of a bond or any other requirements that are not satisfied by these terms and conditions.


To obtain the names the Grand Prize winner, send a request, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to Red Hat, 1801 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606, Attn: Marketing Communications (Residents of Vermont need not supply postage).