Originally Published: Monday, 23 August 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
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Red Hat Announces Independent Y2K Compliance Certification for Red Hat Linux

Red Hat announced that Official Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 for the Intel architecture have been certified as Year 2000 (Y2K) compliant.

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 1999--Red Hat(R), Inc., (NASDAQ:RHAT) a leading developer and provider of open source Linux-based operating system (OS) solutions, today announced that Official Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 for the Intel architecture have been certified as Year 2000 (Y2K) compliant by The Software Laboratory Limited, a UK-based, third-party testing organization. "Independent certification provides neutral, independent validation to ensure customers that Red Hat's powerful Linux-based OS solutions are fully Y2K compliant and will continue to operate smoothly into the next century," said Erik Troan, director of engineering at Red Hat, Inc. The Software Laboratory independently ran 1,020 separate tests on Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 in a controlled environment at their headquarters in the UK. All testing was done isolated from any Red Hat influence or input. Both the Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.0 versions were tested exactly as shipped, with the addition of resources from Red Hat's web site. The Software Laboratory rated Red Hat Linux versions 5.2 and 6.0 as "highly compliant" and a complete copy of the testing procedures and results as released by The Software Laboratory can be found at http://www.redhat.com/legal/y2k_statement.html. About Red Hat, Inc. Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of Linux-based operating system (OS) software and services. Based in Durham, N.C., Red Hat builds the most accessible and advanced server OS available anywhere with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool. Red Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms. Red Hat Linux is available directly from the company and through Red Hat's partner, distributor and reseller programs, which include top PC and server manufacturers such as Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Red Hat Linux was named InfoWorld's Product of the Year for three years in a row, was given a Productivity accolade in Software Development's Jolt Awards, was named a Desktop Environment finalist in the Ziff-Davis European Excellence Awards, won the editor's choice awards from the Linux Journal and Australian Personal Computing magazines, and won the "Just Plain Cool" award from Australian Personal Computing magazine. At March's LinuxWorld Expo, attended by more than 8,000 members of the Linux community, Red Hat Linux was voted a "LinuxWorld Favorite." Red Hat Linux recently won a Product Excellence award from Software Development Magazine. 6 Visit Red Hat on the Web at www.redhat.com. For investor inquiries, please call the Company's toll-free line, 888-REDHAT3. About The Software Laboratory The Software Laboratory was founded in August 1997 to facilitate the growing need for objective information, which would support the decision for timely deployment of mission critical IT systems for blue chip clients. The underlying concept, within integrity and independence, is a laboratory which provides a controlled environment for testing, which is readily available such that tests can be run in a reproducible manner, whilst a full audit trail is maintained. The use of a knowledge base of past practice is a key component, enabling development of ever-broadening professional standards. LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. CONTACT: Schwartz Communications for Red Hat Bryan Scanlon or Liz Tobey, (781) 684-0770 redhat@schwartz-pr.com or Red Hat, Inc. Melissa London, (919) 547-0012 melissa@redhat.com