Red Hat has set up a new government business unit to sell Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform into the public sector.
The company has appointed Paul Smith to manage the global operation. Prior to joining Red Hat, Smith was vice-president of government operations at Veritas, which was recently acquired by Symantec.
Smith has also run government sales operations at Netscape and Oracle.
"Governments globally are looking for secure platforms to manage complex information systems and more effectively deliver services to citizens," said Matthew Szulik, Red Hat chief executive officer. "Establishing a new business unit with Paul at the helm will enable us to serve our government customers well."
Red Hat is expected to launch Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 later this month, which will fully supply the latest 2.6 Linux kernel.