30 Facts About Red Hat


Red Hat, Inc is an American IBM subsidiary software company that provides open source software products to enterprises.

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Red Hat has become associated to a large extent with its enterprise operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Red Hat provides storage, operating system platforms, middleware, applications, management products, and support, training, and consulting services.

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Red Hat creates, maintains, and contributes to many free software projects.

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Later Red Hat acquired WireSpeed, C2Net and Hell's Kitchen Systems.

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Red Hat acquired Planning Technologies, Inc in 2001 and AOL's iPlanet directory and certificate-server software in 2004.

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Red Hat moved its headquarters from Durham to North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina in February 2002.

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In 2007 Red Hat acquired MetaMatrix and made an agreement with Exadel to distribute its software.

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In 2012, Red Hat became the first one-billion dollar open-source company, reaching in annual revenue during its fiscal year.

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Red Hat is primary sponsor of Fedora Project, a community-supported free software project that aims to promote the rapid progress of free and open-source software and content.

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Red Hat operates on a business model based on open-source software, development within a community, professional quality assurance, and subscription-based customer support.

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Red Hat sells subscriptions for the support, training, and integration services that help customers in using their open-source software products.

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In September 2014 CEO Jim Whitehurst announced that Red Hat was "in the midst of a major shift from client-server to cloud-mobile".

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Red Hat engineers worked with the One Laptop per Child initiative to design and produce an inexpensive laptop and try to provide every child in the world with access to open communication, open knowledge, and open learning.

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Red Hat is the largest contributor to the GNOME desktop environment.

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Red Hat announced the release of Dogtail at the 2006 Red Hat Summit.

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Red Hat MRG is a clustering product intended for integrated high-performance computing .

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In 2007, Red Hat announced that it had reached an agreement with some free software and open-source companies that allowed it to make a distribution portal called Red Hat Exchange, reselling FOSS software with the original branding intact.

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However, by 2010, Red Hat had abandoned the Exchange program to focus their efforts more on their Open Source Channel Alliance which began in April 2009.

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Red Hat Single Sign On is a software product to allow single sign-on with Identity Management and Access Management aimed at modern applications and services.

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Red Hat operates OpenShift, a cloud computing platform as a service, supporting applications written in Node.

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Also Red Hat is the second largest contributor to Kubernetes code itself, after Google.

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Red Hat contributes, with several software developers, to LibreOffice, a free and open-source office suite.

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Red Hat has some employees working full-time on other free and open-source software projects that are not Red Hat products, such as two full-time employees working on the free software radeon and one full-time employee working on the free software nouveau graphic drivers.

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Red Hat is one of the largest contributors to the X Window System.

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Some Red Hat "products" have found their way from specifically Red Hat operating environments via open-source channels to a wider community.

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Red Hat Czech s r o is a research and development arm of Red Hat, based in Brno, Czech Republic.

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Red Hat chose to enter the Czech Republic in 2006 over other locations due to the country's embrace of open-source.

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In 2006, Red Hat India had a distribution network of more than 70 channel partners spanning 27 cities across India.

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Red Hat made the most acquisitions in 2000 with five: Cygnus Solutions, Bluecurve, Wirespeed Communications, Hell's Kitchen Systems, and C2Net.

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