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Red Hat

Red Hat
Company nameRed Hat, Inc.
Company typePublic (NYSE: RHT)
IndustryComputer software
Founder(s)Bob Young
Marc Ewing
HeadquartersRaleigh, North Carolina
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleHugh Shelton (Chairman)
Jim Whitehurst (CEO)
ProductsRed Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Directory Server
Red Hat Certificate System
Red Hat High performance Computing
JBoss Enterprise Middleware
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
Revenue(+) US$ 909.3 million (FY 2011)
Net incomeUS$ 87.25 million (2010)
Total assetsUS$ 1.870 billion (2010)
Total equityUS$ 1.111 billion (2010)
Employees3,200 (May 2010)
SubsidiaryMergers and acquisitions

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE - RHT) is an S&P 500 company in the free and open source software sector, and a major Linux distribution vendor. Founded in 1993, Red Hat has its corporate headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina with satellite offices worldwide.

Red Hat has become associated to a large extent with its enterprise operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux and with the acquisition of open-source enterprise middleware vendor JBoss. Red Hat provides operating-system platforms along with middleware, applications, and management products, as well as support, training, and consulting services.

Red Hat creates, maintains, and contributes to many free software projects and has also acquired several proprietary software packages and released their source code under mostly GNU GPL while holding copyright under single commercial entity and selling looser licenses. , Red Hat was the largest corporate contributor to the Linux kernel.

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