Red Hat Features as Premier Partner to provide open-source software and technology content to Red Hat's news site

Published January 5, 2000 1:42PM (EST) (Nasdaq: SALN,, one of the Internet's leading media companies, today announced that it has become a premier partner on Red Hat's recently launched news site. Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT, is a leader in open-source operating system software, services and information and distributes the popular Red Hat Linux OS. Under the agreement, Red Hat's "Wide Open News" site will feature news and commentary from Salon Technology, one of the 10 sites on the network.

Salon Technology (, provides smart, opinionated coverage of Internet news and digital culture from today's best technology writers and has been widely recognized for its ahead-of-the-curve reporting on open-source software, including the now widely famous Linux operating system, led by senior technology writer Andrew Leonard. The site's award-winning journalism will complement the articles on "Wide Open News" (, Red Hat's news site, which was launched as a resource for those interested in the ongoing free software story.

"This deal weds two leaders in the open-source movement," said Michael O'Donnell, CEO and president of "Red Hat has established itself as the preeminent provider of software and services for open-source community. And Salon Technology has been at the forefront in delivering the latest and most in-depth coverage of this burgeoning movement. We are thrilled to partner with Red Hat in this way."

The agreement with Red Hat is the latest in a series of major distribution agreements for Internet users can now find the network's award-winning content on major portals and sites including Yahoo, Lycos, Alta Vista,, and CNet, as well as wireless devices such as the Palm Pilot and Windows CE using AvantGo.

ABOUT SALON.COM (Nasdaq: SALN;; AOL Keyword: Salon) is an Internet media company that produces a network of 10 original content sites and two communities -- Table Talk and The Well. was founded by David Talbot, former arts editor of the San Francisco Examiner. Premier advertisers and sponsors of include IBM, Lexus, Microsoft,, Intel,, and EDS. The network has relationships with 275 advertising sponsors. In September 1999, the site had 1.9 million unique visitors. recently announced an equity and content agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC. also has an e-commerce ticketing arrangement with and distribution arrangements for its books, news and technology content via Rocket eBooks and AvantGo. distributes its content to major online companies including America Online, Lycos,, Alta Vista, and CNet, and is syndicated to North American newspapers through United Features.


Founded in 1994, Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) is the market leader in open-source operating system (OS) software, services and information. Along with its award-winning open-source Red Hat Linux OS, Red Hat offers a full line of services, including telephone support, on-site consulting, developer training, certification programs and priority access updates, making Red Hat a leading resource for knowledgeable, innovative, mission-critical open-source solutions. Red Hat shares all of its software innovations freely with the open-source community under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The Official Red Hat Linux OS and related services are available directly from the company and through its partner, distributor and reseller programs. Red Hat is based in Durham, N.C., and has offices worldwide. Visit Red Hat on the Web at

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