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                                  RED HAT, INC.

                      1999 STOCK OPTION AND INCENTIVE PLAN


         The purpose of this 1999 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the "PLAN")
of Red Hat, Inc. (the "COMPANY") is to provide stock options and other equity
interests in the Company (each an "AWARD") to employees, officers, directors,
consultants and advisors of the Company and its Subsidiaries, all of whom are
eligible to receive Awards under the Plan. Any person to whom an Award has been
granted under the Plan is called a "PARTICIPANT." Additional definitions are
contained in Section 8.


         a. ADMINISTRATION BY BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Plan will be administered
by the Board of Directors of the Company (the "BOARD"). The Board, in its sole
discretion, shall have the authority to grant and amend Awards, to adopt, amend
and repeal rules relating to the Plan and to interpret and correct the
provisions of the Plan and any Award. All decisions by the Board shall be final
and binding on all interested persons. Neither the Company nor any member of the
Board shall be liable for any action or determination relating to the Plan.

         b. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. To the extent permitted by applicable
law, the Board may delegate any or all of its powers under the Plan to one or
more committees or subcommittees of the Board (a "COMMITTEE"). All references in
the Plan to the "BOARD" shall mean such Committee or the Board.

         c. DELEGATION TO EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. To the extent permitted by
applicable law, the Board may delegate to one or more executive officers of the
Company the power to grant Awards and exercise such other powers under the Plan
as the Board may determine, PROVIDED THAT the Board shall fix the maximum number
of Awards to be granted and the maximum number of shares issuable to any one
Participant pursuant to Awards granted by such executive officers.


         a. NUMBER OF SHARES. Subject to adjustment under Section 3(c), the
aggregate number of shares of Common Stock, $.0001 par value, of the Company
(the "COMMON STOCK") that may be issued pursuant to the Plan is 6,500,000
shares. If any Award expires, or is terminated, surrendered or forfeited, in
whole or in part, the unissued Common Stock covered by such Award shall again be
available for the grant of Awards under the Plan.

         b. PER-PARTICIPANT LIMIT. Subject to adjustment under Section 3(c), no
Participant may be granted Awards during any one fiscal year to purchase more
than 3,250,000 shares of Common Stock.

         C. ADJUSTMENT TO COMMON STOCK. In the event of any stock split, stock
dividend, extraordinary cash dividend, recapitalization, reorganization, merger,
consolidation, combination, exchange of shares, liquidation, spin-off, split-up,
or other similar change in capitalization or event (not including the Company's
stock dividend approved by the Board of Directors on June 2, 1999), (i) the
number and class of securities available for Awards under the Plan and the
per-Participant share limit, (ii) the number and class of securities, vesting
schedule and exercise price per share subject to each outstanding Option, (iii)
the repurchase price per security subject to repurchase, and (iv) the terms of
each other outstanding stock-based Award shall be adjusted by the Company (or
substituted Awards may be made) to the extent the Board shall determine, in good
faith, that such an adjustment (or substitution) is appropriate.


         a. GENERAL. The Board may grant options to purchase Common Stock (each,
an "OPTION" and determine the number of shares of Common Stock to be covered by
each Option, the exercise price of each Option and the conditions and
limitations applicable to the exercise of each Option and the Common Stock
issued upon the exercise of each Option, including vesting provisions,
repurchase provisions and restrictions relating to applicable federal or state
securities laws, as it considers advisable.

         b. INCENTIVE STOCK OPTIONS. An Option that the Board intends to be an
"incentive stock option" as defined in Section 422 of the Code (an "INCENTIVE
STOCK OPTION") shall be granted only to employees of the Company and shall be
subject to and shall be construed consistently with the requirements of Section
422 of the Code. The Board and the Company shall have no liability if an Option
or any part thereof that is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option does not
qualify as such. An Option or any part thereof that does not qualify as an
Incentive Stock Option is referred to herein as a "NONSTATUTORY STOCK OPTION".

         c. EXERCISE PRICE. The Board shall establish the exercise price (or
determine the method by which the exercise price shall be determined) at the
time each Option is granted and specify it in the applicable option agreement.

         d. DURATION OF OPTIONS. Each Option shall be exercisable at such times
and subject to such terms and conditions as the Board may specify in the
applicable option agreement.

         e. EXERCISE OF OPTION. Options may be exercised only by delivery to the
Company of a written notice of exercise signed by the proper person together
with payment in full as specified in Section 4(f) for the number of shares for
which the Option is exercised.

         f. PAYMENT UPON EXERCISE. Common Stock purchased upon the exercise of
an Option shall be paid for by one or any combination of the following forms of

                  (i)  by check payable to the order of the Company;

                  (ii) except as otherwise explicitly provided in the applicable
option agreement, and only if the Common Stock is then publicly traded, delivery
of an irrevocable and


unconditional undertaking by a creditworthy broker to deliver promptly to the
Company sufficient funds to pay the exercise price, or delivery by the
Participant to the Company of a copy of irrevocable and unconditional
instructions to a creditworthy broker to deliver promptly to the Company cash or
a check sufficient to pay the exercise price; or

                  (iii) to the extent explicitly provided in the applicable
option agreement, by (x) delivery of shares of Common Stock owned by the
Participant valued at fair market value (as determined by the Board or as
determined pursuant to the applicable option agreement), (y) delivery of a
promissory note of the Participant to the Company (and delivery to the Company
by the Participant of a check in an amount equal to the par value of the shares
purchased), or (z) payment of such other lawful consideration as the Board may


         A. GRANTS. The Board may grant Awards entitling recipients to acquire
shares of Common Stock, subject to (i) delivery to the Company by the
Participant of a check in an amount at least equal to the par value of the
shares purchased, and (ii) the right of the Company to repurchase all or part of
such shares at their issue price or other stated or formula price from the
Participant in the event that conditions specified by the Board in the
applicable Award are not satisfied prior to the end of the applicable
restriction period or periods established by the Board for such Award (each, a

         B. TERMS AND CONDITIONS. The Board shall determine the terms and
conditions of any such Restricted Stock Award. Any stock certificates issued in
respect of a Restricted Stock Award shall be registered in the name of the
Participant and, unless otherwise determined by the Board, deposited by the
Participant, together with a stock power endorsed in blank, with the Company (or
its designee). After the expiration of the applicable restriction periods, the
Company (or such designee) shall deliver the certificates no longer subject to
such restrictions to the Participant or, if the Participant has died, to the
beneficiary designated by a Participant, in a manner determined by the Board, to
receive amounts due or exercise rights of the Participant in the event of the
Participant's death (the "DESIGNATED BENEFICIARY"). In the absence of an
effective designation by a Participant, Designated Beneficiary shall mean the
Participant's estate.


         The Board shall have the right to grant other Awards based upon the
Common Stock having such terms and conditions as the Board may determine,
including, without limitation, the grant of shares based upon certain
conditions, the grant of securities convertible into Common Stock and the grant
of stock appreciation rights, phantom stock awards or stock units.


         a. TRANSFERABILITY OF AWARDS. Except as the Board may otherwise
determine or provide in an Award, Awards shall not be sold, assigned,
transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered by the person to whom they are
granted, either voluntarily or by operation of law, except by will or the laws
of descent and distribution, and, during the life of the Participant, shall


be exercisable only by the Participant. References to a Participant, to the
extent relevant in the context, shall include references to authorized

         b. DOCUMENTATION. Each Award under the Plan shall be evidenced by a
written instrument in such form as the Board shall determine or as executed by
an officer of the Company pursuant to authority delegated by the Board. Each
Award may contain terms and conditions in addition to those set forth in the
Plan PROVIDED THAT such terms and conditions do not contravene the provisions of
the Plan.

         c. BOARD DISCRETION. The terms of each type of Award need not be
identical, and the Board need not treat Participants uniformly.

         d. TERMINATION OF STATUS. The Board shall determine the effect on an
Award of the disability, death, retirement, authorized leave of absence or other
change in the employment or other status of a Participant and the extent to
which, and the period during which, the Participant, or the Participant's legal
representative, conservator, guardian or Designated Beneficiary, may exercise
rights under the Award.


                  (i) CONSEQUENCES OF AN ACQUISITION. Unless otherwise expressly
provided in the applicable Option or Award, upon the occurrence of an
Acquisition, the Board or the board of directors of the surviving or acquiring
entity (as used in this Section 7(e)(i), also the "BOARD", shall, as to
outstanding Awards (on the same basis or on different bases, as the Board shall
specify), make appropriate provision for the continuation of such Awards by the
Company or the assumption of such Awards by the surviving or acquiring entity
and by substituting on an equitable basis for the shares then subject to such
Awards either (a) the consideration payable with respect to the outstanding
shares of Common Stock in connection with the Acquisition, (b) shares of stock
of the surviving or acquiring corporation or (c) such other securities as the
Board deems appropriate, the fair market value of which (as determined by the
Board in its sole discretion) shall not materially differ from the fair market
value of the shares of Common Stock subject to such Awards immediately preceding
the Acquisition. In addition to or in lieu of the foregoing, with respect to
outstanding Options, the Board may, upon written notice to the affected
optionees, provide that one or more Options must be exercised, to the extent
then exercisable or to be exercisable as a result of the Acquisition, within a
specified number of days of the date of such notice, at the end of which period
such Options shall terminate; or terminate one or more Options in exchange for a
cash payment equal to the excess of the fair market value (as determined by the
Board in its sole discretion) of the shares subject to such Options (to the
extent then exercisable or to be exercisable as a result of the Acquisition)
over the exercise price thereof.

                  (ii) ACQUISITION DEFINED. An "Acquisition" shall mean: (x) any
merger or consolidation after which the voting securities of the Company
outstanding immediately prior thereto represent (either by remaining outstanding
or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving or acquiring
entity) less than 50% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of
the Company or such surviving or acquiring entity outstanding immediately after

such event; or (y) any sale of all or substantially all of the assets or capital
stock of the Company (other than in a spin-off or similar transaction) or (z)
any other acquisition of the business of the Company, as determined by the

                  (iii) ASSUMPTION OF OPTIONS UPON CERTAIN EVENTS. In connection
with a merger or consolidation of an entity with the Company or the acquisition
by the Company of property or stock of an entity, the Board may grant Awards
under the Plan in substitution for stock and stock-based awards issued by such
entity or an affiliate thereof. The substitute Awards shall be granted on such
terms and conditions as the Board considers appropriate in the circumstances.

                  (iv) POOLING-OF INTERESTS-ACCOUNTING. If the Company proposes
to engage in an Acquisition intended to be accounted for as a
pooling-of-interests, and in the event that the provisions of this Plan or of
any Award hereunder, or any actions of the Board taken in connection with such
Acquisition, are determined by the Company's or the acquiring company's
independent public accountants to cause such Acquisition to fail to be accounted
for as a pooling-of-interests, then such provisions or actions shall be amended
or rescinded by the Board, without the consent of any Participant, to be
consistent with pooling-of-interests accounting treatment for such Acquisition.

                  (v) PARACHUTE AWARDS. If, in connection with an
Acquisition, a tax under Section 4999 of the Code would be imposed on the
Participant (after taking into account the exceptions set forth in Sections
280G(b)(4) and 280G(b)(5) of the Code), then the number of Awards which shall
become exercisable, realizable or vested as provided in such section shall be
reduced (or delayed), to the minimum extent necessary, so that no such tax
would be imposed on the Participant (the Awards not becoming so accelerated,
realizable or vested, the "PARACHUTE AWARDS"; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that if the
"AGGREGATE PRESENT VALUE" of the Parachute Awards would exceed the tax that,
but for this sentence, would be imposed on the Participant under Section 4999
of the Code in connection with the Acquisition, then the Awards shall become
immediately exercisable, realizable and vested without regard to the
provisions of this sentence. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the
"AGGREGATE PRESENT VALUE" of an Award shall be calculated on an after-tax
basis (other than taxes imposed by Section 4999 of the Code) and shall be
based on economic principles rather than the principles set forth under
Section 280G of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder. All
determinations required to be made under this Section 7(e)(v) shall be made
by the Company.

         f. WITHHOLDING. Each Participant shall pay to the Company, or make
provisions satisfactory to the Company for payment of, any taxes required by law
to be withheld in connection with Awards to such Participant no later than the
date of the event creating the tax liability. The Board may allow Participants
to satisfy such tax obligations in whole or in part by transferring shares of
Common Stock, including shares retained from the Award creating the tax
obligation, valued at their fair market value (as determined by the Board or as
determined pursuant to the applicable option agreement). The Company may, to the
extent permitted by law, deduct any such tax obligations from any payment of any
kind otherwise due to a Participant.


         g. AMENDMENT OF AWARDS. The Board may amend, modify or terminate any
outstanding Award including, but not limited to, substituting therefor another
Award of the same or a different type, changing the date of exercise or
realization, and converting an Incentive Stock Option to a Nonstatutory Stock
Option, PROVIDED THAT, except as otherwise provided in Section 7(e)(iv), the
Participant's consent to such action shall be required unless the Board
determines that the action, taking into account any related action, would not
materially and adversely affect the Participant.

         h. CONDITIONS ON DELIVERY OF STOCK. The Company will not be obligated
to deliver any shares of Common Stock pursuant to the Plan or to remove
restrictions from shares previously delivered under the Plan until (i) all
conditions of the Award have been met or removed to the satisfaction of the
Company, (ii) in the opinion of the Company's counsel, all other legal matters
in connection with the issuance and delivery of such shares have been satisfied,
including any applicable securities laws and any applicable stock exchange or
stock market rules and regulations, and (iii) the Participant has executed and
delivered to the Company such representations or agreements as the Company may
consider appropriate to satisfy the requirements of any applicable laws, rules
or regulations.

         i. ACCELERATION. The Board may at any time provide that any Options
shall become immediately exercisable in full or in part, that any Restricted
Stock Awards shall be free of some or all restrictions, or that any other
stock-based Awards may become exercisable in full or in part or free of some or
all restrictions or conditions, or otherwise realizable in full or in part, as
the case may be, despite the fact that the foregoing actions may (i) cause the
application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code if a change in control of the
Company occurs, or (ii) disqualify all or part of the Option as an Incentive
Stock Option.


         a.  DEFINITIONS.

                  (i) "COMPANY" for purposes of eligibility under the Plan,
shall include any present or future subsidiary corporations of Red Hat, Inc., as
defined in Section 424(f) of the Code (a "SUBSIDIARY"), and any present or
future parent corporation of Red Hat, Inc., as defined in Section 424(e) of the
Code. For purposes of Awards other than Incentive Stock Options, the term
"COMPANY" shall include any other business venture in which the Company has a
direct or indirect significant interest, as determined by the Board in its sole

                  (ii) "CODE" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as
amended, and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

                  (iii) "EMPLOYEE" for purposes of eligibility under the Plan
shall include a person to whom an offer of employment has been extended by the

         b. NO RIGHT TO EMPLOYMENT OR OTHER STATUS. No person shall have any
claim or right to be granted an Award, and the grant of an Award shall not be
construed as giving a Participant the right to continued employment or any other
relationship with the Company.


The Company expressly reserves the right at any time to dismiss or otherwise
terminate its relationship with a Participant free from any liability or claim
under the Plan.

         c. NO RIGHTS AS STOCKHOLDER. Subject to the provisions of the
applicable Award, no Participant or Designated Beneficiary shall have any rights
as a stockholder with respect to any shares of Common Stock to be distributed
with respect to an Award until becoming the record holder thereof.

         d. EFFECTIVE DATE AND TERM OF PLAN. The Plan shall become effective
upon adoption by the Board. No Awards shall be granted under the Plan after
the completion of ten years from the date on which the Plan was adopted by
the Board, but Awards previously granted may extend beyond that date.

         e. AMENDMENT OF PLAN. The Board may amend, suspend or terminate the
Plan or any portion thereof at any time.

         f. GOVERNING LAW. The provisions of the Plan and all Awards made
hereunder shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of
Delaware, without regard to any applicable conflicts of law.

Adopted by the Board of Directors on June 2, 1999.
Approved by the stockholders on June 3, 1999.

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