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Corel Computer and Red Hat Software Announce Linux Operating System Partnership

Oct 27, 1998, 10:28 (0 Talkback[s])

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Corel Computer and Red Hat Software, Inc. today announced an agreement to bring the Red Hat(r) distribution of Linux(r) to the Corel Computer NetWinder(tm) family of thin-clients and thin-servers. Under the three-year agreement, Red Hat will port Red Hat Linux 5.1 and future releases of the software to the StrongARM(r) processor, the underlying architecture of the NetWinder.

``We are pleased to be able to offer our NetWinder customers the benefits of the award-winning Linux distribution from Red Hat,'' said Ron McNab, vice president and general manager of Corel Computer. ``The partnership will allow us to concentrate on our core business -- building one of the most powerful and easy-to-use thin-clients and thin-servers on the market.''

The agreement provides Corel Computer with the right to use the Red Hat distribution of Linux including the Red Hat name and logo on the NetWinder products. Additionally, Corel Computer has the rights to distribute Red Hat CD ROMs and printed documentation manuals to customers.

``I am pleased to announce that Red Hat Linux will soon be available on the exciting new NetWinder platform,'' said Robert Young, president of Red Hat Software. ``The partnership between Corel Computer and Red Hat adds to the growing momentum of Linux.''

Currently the NetWinder family is running a custom Linux distribution based on Red Hat 4.2. When available, NetWinder customers will be able to upgrade their systems by either downloading the operating system from Corel Computer or Red Hat, or by purchasing a CD ROM and manual from either vendor. Red Hat Software, Inc.

Red Hat Software, Inc., a leading distributor of the Linux operating system, Red Hat builds, maintains and provides technical support for the Red Hat Linux operating system. Linux runs on Intel(r), Alpha(tm) and Sun(tm) SPARC (tm) platforms.

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