Red Hat Software, Inc.
- Red Hat Software is a computer software development company that sells
products and provides services related to Linux, a freely available
UN*X-like operating system. Linux has all the features of any full-fledged
operating system, but the nature of Linux allows Red Hat to offer quality
software solutions at lower cost than other software vendors.
Red Hat's products are software tools for computing professionals. These
tools are being built cooperatively over the Internet. The Internet, in
addition to all its other uses, is the most advanced environment ever
devised for cooperative development of technical
Red Hat's role is to review, package, and develop these new tools, making
them useful for computing professionals who do not have the
time or interest to keep up with the cutting edge of development.
In the course of this work, Red Hat
We acknowledge the "freely redistributable" software movement's
important contributions to the development of the fundamental
technologies which define the Linux operating system. The
commercially licensed development model simply cannot compete with
the efficiency and effectiveness of the freely redistributable
software model for many software projects, including advanced
technical tools. Of the various free software licenses, we
feel that the Free Software Foundation's "General Public License"
(the GPL) is the most effective one, and Red Hat publishes its
own software under the terms of the GPL whenever practicable.
builds tools which we release as freely redistributable
publishes books, and
manufactures shrink-wrapped, pre-packaged versions of these
tools, making them accessable to the broadest possible range of
At the same time, in areas where the free software world has not
(yet) produced needed tools and applications, we believe that
helping vendors provide their commercial products on the free
Linux operating system provides a service to the free software
world, and so we work with leading commercial software developers
to assist them to port their products to Linux.
Red Hat Software is pleased to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the
Linux and GNU projects, and hope you will join us in supporting this
remarkable revolution in computer technology development.