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Red Hat, Inc. (ticker: RHAT, exchange: Nasdaq) News Release - Monday, March 13, 2000

Red Hat's Open Source Embedded OS to Power
Post-PC Printer Device From Brother; Brother
Embraces Red Hat's Powerful and Flexible eCos OS
for Deeply Embedded Application

WIRE)--March 13, 2000--Red Hat(R), Inc.
(Nasdaq:RHAT), the market leader in open source
solutions, today announced that eCos(TM)
(embedded configurable operating system) is
powering Brother International Corp.'s recently
announced HL-2400CeN & HL-3400CN laser printers.

Targeted at deeply embedded applications (such as
automotive controls, cell phones, digital cameras,
pagers) with minimal resource footprint or strict
real-time behavior requirements, eCos is the only
open source Real-Time Operating System (RTOS)
that is tightly integrated with industry-standard,
commercially supported GNUPro(R) developer tools.
eCos is highly configurable, making it possible to
create the extremely small footprint required by a
new generation of post-PC devices with strict
configuration and memory requirements.

"The continued adoption of eCos is further proof of
Red Hat's success in bringing the power of an open
source development model and industry leading
support services to the post-PC embedded market,"
said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat, Inc. "eCos
provides manufacturers of post-PC devices with the
flexibility and expertise required to bring embedded
products to market in a cost-effective and timely

"We selected eCos for the new Brother HL-2400CeN
& HL-3400CN laser printer family because of its open
source licensing model and ITRON compatibility on
multiple microprocessors. The portability and design
of eCos make it easy to migrate applications created
for the HL-2400CeN & HL-3400CN family to future
platforms, regardless of our CPU choice," said Jeff
Sandler, Senior Product Manager, Printers, Brother
International Corp.

"As Gold Partners, we also gained access to Red
Hat's developer support services and engineering
expertise, which greatly increased the performance
of the HL-2400CeN & HL-3400CN laser printer family
and provided timely solutions to problems we
encountered during the critical hardware/software
integration phase."

An Embedded Linux Solution

The flexibility and configurability of eCos has made it
not only the choice for implementing ITRON
applications, but also an ultra-compact, real-time
vehicle for embedded Linux programmers. Although
eCos is not Embedded Linux, it can support EL/IX,
an embedded Linux compatability layer for
programmers that want to use the Linux API in
devices that are too small for a full version of Linux.
For more information about the EL/IX initiative, and
how eCos and Linux fit in the spectrum of Post PC
computing, visit

The eCos Real-Time Operating System

Architected as an open source RTOS, eCos is highly
customizable and adaptable, and can be easily
configured with the aid of the eCos GUI configuration
tool to meet exacting application-specific
requirements. Since eCos is an open-source
standard created by Red Hat, it inherently provides
engineers with maximum control, flexibility and
understanding, over all aspects of their embedded
solution. Red Hat provides a full range of eCos
Developer Kits, which are integrated with the latest
releases of GNUPro, support programs, and custom
engineering services.

eCos Availability

eCos is immediately and freely available as open
source code from From this
website, developers can download eCos
implementations for the ARM, Hitachi SuperH, Intel
x86, Matsushita AM3x, MIPS, PowerPC, and
SPARC microprocessor families and specific support
for the following derivatives: Cirrus Logic EP-72xx,
Fujitsu MB868xx SPARClite, Matsushita
MN10300/AM33, Motorola MPC8xx, Toshiba TX39
MIPS, Linux x86 Synthetic Target. In March the net
release of eCos will be expanded with support for
the following processors: ARM Thumb, Hitachi SH3,
Intel StrongARM, Intel x86, and NEC VR4300.

For more information on eCos or becoming an eCos
Gold Partner, contact a Red Hat sales representative
or Red Hat's office in Sunnyvale, Calif., at
+1-800-294-6871, +1-408-542-9600,,

About Brother

Brother Industries, Ltd. was founded in 1934 as a
manufacturer and distributor of sewing machines.
Today, its product line includes sewing machines for
home and industrial use, machine tools, as well as
information and communications equipment such as
printers and facsimile machines. Currently, Brother
has nineteen production facilities, six in Japan and
thirteen overseas, and thirty-six sales companies in
twenty-nine countries. The corporate headquarters
for Brother in the Americas are located in
Bridgewater, New Jersey. Additional information may
be obtained from the Brother fax-back system at
1-800-521-2846 or by visiting the web site at

About Red Hat, Inc.

Founded in 1994, Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT) is the
market leader in open source operating system (OS)
software, services and information, spanning
powerful enterprise and Internet servers to
next-generation devices and pervasive computing
platforms. Along with its award-winning open source
Red Hat Linux OS, Red Hat offers a full line of
services, including telephone support, on-site
consulting, developer training, certification programs
and priority access updates, making Red Hat a
leading resource for knowledgeable, innovative,
mission-critical open source solutions.

Red Hat is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
and has offices worldwide. Visit Red Hat on the Web
at For investor inquiries, contact
Lippert/Heilshorn at (212) 838-3777.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is
a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. 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, statements regarding
product plans and developments, 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, the ability to continue to
develop the Linux kernel and other software, Red
Hat's dependence upon an open source business
model, product plans and performance, reliance upon
independent third-party Linux developers,
management of growth, reliance upon strategic
relationships, expansion of Red Hat's business focus
and operations, the possibility of undetected
software errors, the enforceability of the GNU
General Public License and other licenses under
which Red Hat's products are developed and
licensed, the scarcity of Linux-based applications, 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, year 2000 compliance efforts
of Red Hat and of third parties on which Red Hat
depends, 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

CONTACT: Red Hat, Inc.
Melissa London, (919) 547-0012
Schwartz Communications for Red Hat
Bryan Scanlon or Paul Bugala, (781) 684-0770
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