Red Hat Shares Could Rise 30% In a Year by Reuters @FortuneMagazine May 22, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Red Hat shares could rise 30% in a year as more companies use its server software, according to a report on Sunday in the financial publication Barron’s. Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat RHT , which distributes an open source computer system known as Linux, is growing its apps business which generated roughly 15% of annual revenue last year. Red Hat Claims $2 Billion Revenue Prize Red Hat’s apps business consists of an open-sourced platform for cloud computing called OpenStack; virtualization software which helps companies make better use of their hardware; and storage software. Red Hat is trying to use its strength in Linux to sell through products from its apps business to clients, Barron’s said. Revenue from Red Hat’s apps business last year rose 46% and made up the highest percentage yet of the company’s total revenue.