Those Mad Hatters — Red Hat attracted powerhouse backers for Linux

“Observers say Red Hat could beat Microsoft at its own

“In recent months, Red Hat secured equity investments from
Compaq Computer Corp., IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Netscape
Communications Corp., Oracle Corp. and venture-capital firms
Benchmark Capital and Greylock Partners.

“Tim Howes, vice president and chief technology advisor of
Netscape’s server product division, said Red Hat provided what
Netscape customers sought: a Linux company that can provide
enterprise support.”


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