Red Hat Advocates True Interoperability and Competition



    RALEIGH, N.C., September 18 /CNW/ - Red Hat (NYSE:   RHT), the world's
leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the following
statement in favor of restoring competition following yesterday's decision by
the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg in the matter of the European
Commission vs. Microsoft:

    "Red Hat again congratulates the European Commission in yesterday's
judgement from the Court of First Instance in the Microsoft matter. Access to
interoperability information and the ability to provide alternative
technologies are essential elements to restoring the competitive landscape of
the information technology market. However, open source solutions, such as
those delivered by Red Hat, are critical to this competition.

    "Microsoft continues to deny open source providers access to and use of
the interoperability information that now clearly must be provided. Red Hat
strongly encourages the Commission to take the steps required to assure rapid
implementation of a remedy that gives broad and equitable access to Microsoft
interoperability information to all competitors, including open source
providers. Red Hat firmly believes that competition, not questionable patent
and trade secret claims, drives innovation and creates greater consumer
value," said Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
at Red Hat.

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    About Red Hat, Inc.

    Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is
headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. with over 50 satellite offices spanning the
globe. CIOs have ranked Red Hat first for value in Enterprise Software for
three consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red
Hat provides high-quality, low-cost technology with its operating system
platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and
Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise
Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting
services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

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"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current
expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any
statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact.
Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such
forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors,
including: risks related to the integration of acquisitions; the ability of
the Company to effectively compete; the inability to adequately protect
Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of
license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; risks
related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective
management of, and control over, the Company's growth and international
operations; adverse results in litigation; the dependence on key personnel as
well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form
10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange
Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein
under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition, the
forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the
Company's views as of the date of this press release and these views could
change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking
statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any
obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied
upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date
of the press release.

    LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT and JBOSS are registered
trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the US and other countries




For further information:

For further information: Red Hat, Inc. Kerri Catallozzi, 919-754-4268
kcatallo@redhat.com

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