I was searching for advertisements that I recalled seeing in the Linux Journal back in the mid 1990s that was put out by Red Hat about their upcoming release of Red Hat Linux. Fortunately, I could find my copy of those LJ publications and so, for posterity sake, here are two advertisements. The first one is a half-page ad that appeared in the June/July 1994 edition and specifically calls out to CS/EE and Math students! Interesting. Notice also that the email address to contact is firstname.lastname@example.org! Whois says that redhat.com was registered 1994-05-26.
I guess as the take up increased, Red Hat could afford a full page advertisement and this time brandishing “Quality Linux” and RHS Linux as the product name. This is from the October 1994 edition of Linux Journal. I like the fact that the ad mentions “For details, finger or send email to email@example.com”. When was the last time you read “finger” for info? Ah, the simpler days of the Internet.
Say what you will, I think the Tall Top Hat logo is pretty cool!
Update: Based on a request from a fellow Red Hatter, I scanned through a few more LJs and found another ad from August 1996. It’s a full colour back cover advertisement but this time with a man rushing and holding onto his hat. Here you go: