SGI Names Paul F. McNamara Vice President of Open Source

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today
 announced that Paul F. McNamara has been named vice president of open source
 for SGI. In this role, McNamara, 39, will be responsible for formulating SGI's
 plans and guiding its actions as SGI strengthens its commitment to the
 Linux(R) operating system and the open-source movement. He will report to
 Kenneth L. Coleman, executive vice president of Global Sales, Service and
 Marketing, SGI.
     "SGI continues to demonstrate leadership in the open source movement
 through our contributions of core technologies such as OpenGL application
 programming interface and XFS file system software," said Kenneth L. Coleman,
 executive vice president of Global Sales, Service and Marketing, SGI. "Paul's
 experience will be enormously valuable in both guiding and evangelizing our
     Prior to joining SGI, McNamara was vice president of business development
 and later vice president of products and platforms for
 Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:   RHAT), where he was a key figure in Red Hat's meteoric
 rise to prominence in the computer industry. McNamara joined Red Hat in
 May 1998 and was responsible for negotiating and structuring Red Hat's
 industry-shaping relationships with Compaq, Dell, IBM, Intel, Oracle, SAP and
 others. McNamara was also a key architect of Red Hat's subscription-based
 business model.
     Prior to joining Red Hat, McNamara was president and chief operating
 officer of Asset Management Technologies (AMT), a software company that he
 founded in 1994. Prior to AMT, McNamara held a series of management positions
 at IBM. McNamara earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel
     "SGI has a hard-earned reputation for truly superior technology and has
 demonstrated a fundamental commitment to open source," said McNamara. "As SGI
 moves aggressively to build communities around the technologies it has
 pioneered, its customers and users will benefit from the broad base of support
 and accelerated innovation characterized by open-source development."
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. A strong advocate for open technology, SGI is
 committed to contributing technology from its core competencies in
 visualization and high-performance computing to the open-source community.
 Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is
 located on the Web at
     NOTE:  OpenGL is a registered trademark and SGI, XFS and the SGI logo are
 trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
 Torvalds. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
     CONTACT:  media, Richard Marshall of SGI, 650-933-8119, or,
 or SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.


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