Marc Ewing

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Marc Ewing (born May 9, 1969) is the creator and originator of the Red Hat brand of software, most notably the Red Hat range of Linux operating system distributions.[1] He was involved in the 86open project in the mid-1990s.

Ewing graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. While at CMU, he was known to wear a red hat as he walked between classes. Because of his computer expertise, people would ask for help from the "man in the red hat." Ewing and co-founder Bob Young named their initial software after the hat, and the name Red Hat stuck.[2]

At the height of the dot com bubble in 1999, Ewing was briefly worth over 900 million dollars.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ewing, Marc (September 7, 1999). ""Red Hat Founder Maps Linux Game Plan"". CBS Interactive (Interview). Interviewed by Stephen Shankland, Cnet News. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Kobell, Rona (January 6, 2000). "'Red Hat buys Hells Kitchen Systems'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-30.

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