Red Hat, Inc. is an American multinational software company providing open-source software products to the enterprise community. 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 also offers Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), an enterprise virtualization product. Red Hat provides storage, operating system platforms, middleware, applications, management products, and support, training, and consulting services.
Red Hat creates, maintains, and contributes to many free software projects. It has acquired several proprietary software product codebases through corporate mergers and acquisitions and has released such software under open source licenses. As of June 2013, Red Hat is the largest corporate contributor to Linux.
Founder Marc Ewing use to wear a red cap
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Red Hat Exchange
In 2007 Red Hat announced that it had reached an agreement with some free software and open source (FOSS) companies that allowed it to make a distribution portal called Red Hat Exchange, reselling FOSS software with the original branding intact. However, by 2010 Red Hat had abandoned the Exchange program to focus their efforts more on their Open Source
Utilities & Tools
Disk Druid – for disk partitioning
rpm – for package management
sos (son of sysreport) – a set of tools for collecting information on system hardware and configuration
sosreport – reports system hardware and configuration details
SystemTap – tracing tool for Linux kernels, developed with IBM, Hitachi, Oracle & Intel
RHEL 2 (Pensacola)
RHEL 3 (Taroon)
RHEL 4 (Nahant)
RHEL 5 (Tikanga)
RHEL 6 (Santiago)
RHEL 7 (Maipo)