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Sept. 5, 2000 -- No. 448

UNC-CH to announce multi-million gift from Red Hat Center to launch ibiblio project

Public announcement

Monday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.

Wilson Library’s Rare Book Room (second floor)

South Road, UNC-CH

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will announce the launch of ibiblio, a new World Wide Web site made possible by a multi-million gift from Red Hat Center, a private foundation based in Durham. ibiblio, dubbed "The Public’s Library" by organizers, will offer software archives, music archives, large text database projects and special exhibits. The site is dedicated to the open source philosophy, ensuring that anyone can copy and modify software.

Songwriter and musician Roger McGuinn, formerly of the Byrds, will participate in the UNC-CH announcement. McGuinn testified July 11 before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Future of Digital Music: Is There an Upside to Downloading?" (Click to McGuinn’s testimony at

UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser, Red Hat founder Bob Young and Paul Jones, founder of the university’s MetaLab site, also will participate in the announcement.

Red Hat Center is a private foundation endowed by Bob Young and Mark Ewing, the founders of Red Hat Inc. in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Red Hat Center was founded to promote and advance the principles underlying the open source movement.

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UNC-CH contact: Nancy Davis, 919-962-2011,

Red Hat Center contact: Jennifer Horney, 919-549-8388 ext. 225,

Ruder Finn Public Relations contact: Annie Geil, 404-760-1511,