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Technology Industry Leaders Commit Enterprise Support for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server; Widespread Industry Support for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and Red Hat Enterprise Technology.

Business/Technology Editors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 26, 2002

At a product launch and customer event today in New York City, Red Hat(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world's premier open source and Linux provider, welcomed industry-wide support from key software leaders Oracle(R) (Nasdaq:ORCL) and VERITAS Software(R) (Nasdaq:VRTS), along with top solution and hardware server platform providers Compaq Computer Corp. (R) (NYSE:CPQ), Dell(R) (NASDAQ:DELL) and IBM(R) (NYSE:IBM). Executives from Oracle and VERITAS Software participated in the New York City launch of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server. All of these technology leaders have agreed to ensure enterprise application availability, performance optimization and integrated technical support for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

"Our enterprise customers require the best-of-breed in technology solutions, and the support of these software and hardware leaders takes the Red Hat Linux platform to a higher level," said Mike Evans, vice president of business development with Red Hat. "The combination of technical leadership, hardware support and application availability for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server gives enterprises the stable, secure and comprehensive high-value solution that it needs to be competitive in the changing global economy."

"We are excited to be working closely with Red Hat and believe that this collaboration will set the foundation for providing a better and more efficient solution to our customers," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Global Platform Partnerships at Oracle. "The work we're doing together will help us to successfully meet the increasing customer demand for Oracle technology offerings running on the Red Hat Advanced Server platform."

"Today's announcement builds on VERITAS Software's offering of VERITAS Foundation Suite(TM), the proven industry-leading storage virtualization software product, on Red Hat Linux," said Kevin Reinis, vice president of strategic and platform alliances, VERITAS Software. "VERITAS Software joins Red Hat and other key technology leaders to deliver the first enterprise-class storage solutions to an eager marketplace."

Red Hat Linux Advanced Server is the industry's first ISV-supported platform to deliver the full benefits of open source to the enterprise. Advanced Server and other future enterprise platform solutions combine the software and value-added managed services that deliver the management, application and security offerings enterprises need to efficiently migrate and manage thousands of servers across the enterprise. Red Hat Linux Advanced Server will be supported by the world's top enterprise software and hardware vendors, offering enterprise customers a new series of infrastructure solutions with tremendous price, performance and total-cost-ownership benefits for organizations migrating from expensive, proprietary UNIX platforms to Red Hat Linux on Intel hardware.

Red Hat Linux Advanced Server Supported by Key Partnerships

The new Red Hat Linux Advanced Server (see related release, March 26, 2002) has been met with strong support from the leading hardware and software vendors.

Compaq

"Customers want to deploy their enterprise applications on industry-standard platforms that offer superior performance and manageability, while reducing the total cost of ownership," said Judy Chavis, director of the Compaq Corporate Linux Program Office. "The combination of optimized Compaq ProLiant servers--the world's leading server in Linux shipments(1)--and Red Hat's Enterprise Platform Series delivers on these customer demands with the powerful hardware and software customers require for critical server deployments. Combined with our proven leadership and commitment to providing world-class Linux support and services, Compaq and Red Hat offer customers a winning solution for running Linux in the enterprise." ((1)International Data Corporation, Quarterly Server Tracker, Published 3/8/2002).

Dell

"Dell was one of the early supporters of Red Hat's efforts in the enterprise, and we've led the market in meeting customers' demands for Linux-based file/print, general-purpose and Web-serving applications," said Russ Holt, vice president and general manager of Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "Our enterprise customers are now turning to Red Hat Linux on Dell PowerEdge servers to meet their mission-critical business computing needs, including high-performance computing and database applications. We are committed to working with Red Hat to deliver the performance, value and reliability that comes with providing Red Hat Linux Advanced Server software on our Intel architecture-based servers."

IBM

"IBM and Red Hat are recognized leaders in the rapid enterprise adoption of Linux," said Richard Michos, vice president and business line executive, IBM eServer xSeries Linux. "IBM has worked closely with Red Hat to ensure that Red Hat's new Enterprise Platform Series exploits IBM's Enterprise X-Architecture features, delivered in our latest generation of industry-leading Intel servers, the x360 and x440. The combination of Red Hat Linux, IBM eServer and our broad portfolio of Linux-enabled software, will satisfy the most demanding needs for mission critical solutions for enterprise customers. Red Hat's new offering includes Java technology from IBM, which provides a foundation for Web Services applications running on Linux."

Additional technical details on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and value-added services are available on Red Hat's Web site at: www.redhat.com.

Pricing and Availability

Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and integrated services will be available in April from Red Hat, Inc. Pricing starts at $800 per server and up, based on the level of value-added services provided.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Please visit Red Hat on the Web at www.redhat.com. For investor inquiries, contact Gabriel Szulik at Red Hat, (919) 754-3700.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Forward-looking statements in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release that are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, management's plans and objectives for future operations, and management's assessment of market factors, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, reliance upon strategic relationships, management of growth, the possibility of undetected software errors, the risks of economic downturns generally, and in Red Hat's industry specifically, the risks associated with competition and competitive pricing pressures, the viability of the Internet, and other risks detailed in Red Hat's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be accessed through the SEC's Web site at http://www.sec.gov.
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