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Marc Ewing
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationComputer engineer, entrepreneur
Known forCreator of Red Hat Linux
Co-founder of Red Hat, Inc.

Marc Ewing is an American computer engineer and entrepreneur. He 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.

Early life

The son of an IBM programmer, Marc Ewing attended computer camps as a child, and spent time learning to write programs for Apollo and Commodore computers.[2] He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. While at CMU, he was known to wear a red hat.[1] Because of his computer expertise, people would ask for help from the "man in the red hat".[citation needed]


Following his college education, Ewing began work as engineer at IBM.[3] While at IBM, he spent substantial time customizing Linux workstation installations. From this work, he began the Red Hat Linux Project. Ewing and co-founder Bob Young named their software Red Hat after Ewing's red hat.[4]

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

Ewing left Red Hat, and co-founded the mountaineering-focused Alpinist quarterly publication in 2002.[5] He later began competing in desert racing, and co-founded the Riot Racing team in 2008.[6]


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ Leiby, Richard (March 15, 2001). "A Chain Of Riches". Washington Post. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Dyson, Esther (November 19, 1998). "Business Models" (PDF). Release 1.0. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Kobell, Rona (January 6, 2000). "'Red Hat buys Hells Kitchen Systems'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
  5. ^ "Rich kids The Google guys soar toward the top and a few humbled highfliers make comebacks". Fortune. September 20, 2004. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Riot Racing – Meet the Race Team". Dirt Life Magazine. Retrieved September 6, 2022.