Matrix, a systems integrator firm in Israel, will be the primary distributor for Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, the companies said Wednesday.

Alex Pinchey, president of international operations for Red Hat, went to Israel for the announcement.

Matrix said it expects to generate $2 million a year in services and sales related to Linux.

“Red Hat has set itself the target of increasing its operations in the international arena and entry into Israel is part of the process of expanding our global activities,” Pinchey said in a statement.

“Red Hat has identified the growth in the field of Linux in the Israeli market and has therefore decided formally to enter this market. We have chosen to do so with Matrix, a strong and well-established company with a proven reputation in marketing software products, introducing and implementing technologies and carrying out projects. We believe that Matrix has the ability and the infrastructure to strengthen the Linux system and open code software in Israel.”

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