Red Hat and North Carolina State University Partner to Establish First Open Source-Based University

Students at NC State's College of Engineering to Standardize on Open Source Software


Red Hat®,Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), a leading provider of open source solutions for developing, deploying and managing Internet infrastructure, today announced an initiative with North Carolina State University, to standardize their College of Engineering academic computing environment (Eos) on open source technologies. The initial deployment will feature Red Hat Linux on Dell Optiplex hardware and will expose thousands of College of Engineering students to open source software.

This initiative is a continuation of Red Hat's University Program, announced in June, to bring the benefits of open source software to educational facilities worldwide, and is a combination of Red Hat's open source leadership, comprehensive resources and active university community outreach, and NC State's reputation as a leading and progressive engineering university. The partnership with NC State's engineering department enables the swift transport of Eos to an open source Internet infrastructure and expand teaching and development resources, while giving engineering students ready access to state of the art computing and development platforms.

"Forrester Research has projected that open source software will dominate the industry by 2004, just when today's freshmen are graduating. It is critical for us to help prepare them to be leaders in world dominated by open source software," said Thomas K. Miller III, Ph.D. Interim Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technologies North Carolina State University. "The NC State College of Engineering has enjoyed close ties to Red Hat from the beginning, particularly through two of our alumni, Erik Troan and Donnie Barnes, who joined the company shortly after it was formed. Our collaborations with Red Hat not only provide our students with a powerful and affordable platform that ties seamlessly into our campus network, but also a platform with which they can experiment, learn, and innovate in the world of open source."

"I'm excited to see them standardizing their academic computing environment on open source technologies," said Erik Troan, VP, Product Engineering for Red Hat. "The entire software industry is changing and embracing the open source development model. The Program helps these students move to the forefront of today's Internet computing technologies."

About Project Eos
North Carolina State University began to roll out Project Eos, named after the Greek goddess of dawn, in 1990 as the core of their academic computing environment. Eos is a combination of Project Athena from MIT and Project Andrew from Carnegie-Mellon, that creates a large scale distributed computing environment where engineering students can have instant access to their files and applications from any node. In 1990, the program used only expensive UNIX workstations because of the amount horse power required to run sophisticated engineering applications and operate in a complex networked environment. In 1994, NC State engineering student Donnie Barnes decided to take on the task of porting all of the key systems components of the Eos environment to Linux as his senior project. Now, on the 10th anniversary of Eos, the College of Engineering has deployed Eos/Linx (now officially known as Realm Kit for Red Hat Linux) as a fully integrated core platform (along with Solaris and Windows NT) in its students computing laboratories.

About the Red Hat University Program
Announced in June 2000, Red Hat's University Program made an initial donation of over $350,000 in open source software and tools, including GNU Pro Dev Kits and Source-Navigator IDE to universities including California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Georgetown University, University of Alberta, University of California at San Diego, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina, University of Washington; and the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, both in Canada. Whether in an administrative, educational, or research-oriented capacity, Red Hat seeks to provide various open source software and products to educational institutions interested in utilizing open source technologies. Universities may apply via email for the opportunity to participate in the Red Hat University Program at In addition, any inquiries regarding the University Program may be directed to



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