How Red Hat got its name

Posted on in Categories Linux distribution, RedHat/Fedora Linux last updated December 19, 2006

Ever wonder why Linux company Red Hat is called RedHat?

From the article:
In an interview with Red Hat Magazine, co-founder Bob Young said that the red hat has long been a symbol of freedom, with revolutionaries in both America and France donning red caps during their uprisings.

“There is a tradition in western history of red being the symbol of liberation and challenge of authority,” he says in the taped interview.

As for the name Red Hat specifically, fellow co-founder Marc Ewing also had an affinity for red hats and wore his grandfather’s red lacrosse hat during his time at Carnegie Mellon.

Ever wonder how Red Hat got its name?

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