Red Hat, Inc. is a multinational computer software company that designs, develops, and manufactures open source software products for enterprise applications. The company was founded by Bob Young and Marc Ewing in 1993 and is currently headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, US with several offices around the world.
The company currently designs, develops, and distributes many free software projects, applications, operating system platforms, OS distributions, management products, middleware, and other services. Along with its own developments, Red Hat also sponsors a Linux distribution called the Fedora Project. As of 2016, the company is recognized as the second largest contributor to the 4.14 version of the Linux kernel.