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Red Hat Software was registered in North Carolina, the USA in 1995 as a result of cooperation between an entrepreneur Bob Yong and an IT specialist Marc Ewing. Yong was dealing with computer supplies by catalogue and noticed a growing demand for the Linux system provided by Ewing. The two professionals decided to join forces and founded a successful company providing open-source software. In 2018 it was acquired by IBM.

Meaning and history

Red Hat Logo history

1995 – 1996

The first logo of the company appeared at the outset of the company’s life, in 1995. The emblem depicted a rose-red top hat, considerably stretched vertically. Below it, there was the company’s name “Red Hat Software” written in a thin, horizontally compressed font. The colour of the wordmark was black.

1996 – 1997

Red Hat Logo 1996Next year, in 1996 the logo was changed for a more dynamic one. That was a black figure of a man walking forward in long strides and wearing a red hat on his head. The figure was placed on a square pineapple yellow background. This “running man” logotype was used on documents, manuals and for advertising purposes.

1997 – 1999

Red Hat Logo 1997A new version was developed in 1997. This time, it was a silhouette of a man’s head made in white with a red hat decorated with a black ribbon. This was placed in a circle inside a rectangle filled with circular stripes in indigo and lapis blue tones. To the right of the emblem, inside the rectangle, there was the brand name “red hat” in red colour and very thin and tiny font.

1999 – 2019

Red Hat LogoA modified version of this logo was introduced in 1999. The background colour was changed to scarlet red and the wordmark was made in white colour and in a bigger, thicker and much more readable font.

2019 – Today

Red Hat Logo-2019