Red Hat was one of the early commercial Linux distributions and, for years, its name was synonymous with Linux-based operating systems in North American markets. The open source company reached a milestone this week, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat's current President and CEO, published a blog post to mark the occasion. "When Marc Ewing and Bob Young founded Red Hat in 1993, it's hard to believe that even they could have imagined all of the ways open source - and Red Hat - would transform the technology industry. We continue to be awed by all of the incredible ways our customers are using open source solutions to grow and succeed and are looking forward to many more years of working with them to do this. We continue to be inspired by the innovations emerging from open source communities that are shaping the future of technology and are looking forward to continuing the contributions and collaboration that make us Red Hat." Red Hat has been unusually profitable for a company dedicated to supporting open source software, making nearly three billion dollars in revenue last year.