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Redhat Linux History

October 2, 2010

Redhat LInux History :–

Red Hat History


ARPANET founded. The precursor to the Internet, it allows researchers to share code and information.


Ken Thompson, researcher at Bell Labs, writes the first version of Unix.


AT&T announces plans to commercialize Unix.


Richard Stallman establishes the Free Software Foundation at MIT. The GNU project to construct an operating system based on Unix but for which the source code is freely available, begins. Stallman also establishes the idea of “copyleft” and the General Public License (GPL).


Andrew Tanenbaum releases Minix, a version of Unix for the PC, Mac, Amiga, and Atari ST. Source code included.


Michael Tiemann (Red Hat Vice President, Open Source Affairs) co-founds Cygnus Solutions, the first business to provide custom engineering and support services for free software.


Linus Torvalds releases the Linux kernel.

Bob Young introduced to free software and UNIX by the system administrators of the New York City UNIX Users Group (Unigroup).


Young incorporates ACC Corporation, a catalog business that sells Linux and Unix software accessories and books and distributes a magazine called New York UNIX


Marc Ewing creates his own distribution of Linux which he names Red Hat Linux. Released in October, it becomes known as the Halloween release.


Young buys Ewing’s business, merges it with ACC Corporation, and names the new company Red Hat Software.

Red Hat Linux 2.0 is released, officially unveils the new package management system called RPM.


Red Hat opens sales and administration functions to North Carolina, opens corporate headquarters in Durham.



Greylock and August Capital invest $6.25 million in Cygnus Solutions, become first VCs to invest in a free software business.


Eric Raymond delivers “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” at the Linux Kongress in Germany.

The Red Hat training model and the term “Red Hat Certified Engineer” are first developed as the benchmark for technical skills required of Red Hat Support Partners worldwide.


Red Hat Linux 4.2 released.


Red Hat announces Red Hat Linux 5.0, followed by the introduction of telephone technical support.



Netscape announces plans to make the source code for Communicator free on the Internet.


Term “Open Source” is coined in Palo Alto, CA.


Oracle, CA, and Informix announce support for Red Hat Linux.


A lawyer for Microsoft brandishes a box of Red Hat Linux in an attempt to refute Justice Department charges that the software giant has a monopoly on the operating system market.


The first formal RHCE training course, class sessions and dates, and the RHCE Exam are announced.

IDC reports that Linux installations grew by 212% from the previous year, outpacing growth rates of Unix, Windows NT, Netware, and all other server operating systems.



IBM and Red Hat announce Linux Alliance.


Dell becomes the first major computer vendor to factory-install Red Hat Linux on servers and workstations.

Red Hat Linux 6.0 released.


Red Hat expands European presence, opening offices in the United Kingdom and Germany.


Red Hat goes public, the eighth-biggest first-day gain in Wall Street history.


Red Herring names Bob Young one of the “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 1999.”

Red Hat announces expansion into Japan.


Red Hat releases Red Hat Linux 6.1.


Matthew Szulik promoted to CEO. Red Hat Named One of the Top 20 “Best Regarded” Technology Companies, Top 10 for “Vision and Leadership” in Harris Interactive survey.

Red Hat acquires Cygnus, creating the largest open source company in the world.

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