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VA Linux Launches 'SourceForge Onsite' Enterprise Solution

FREMONT, Calif. December 5, 2000 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX - news) today announced the availability of "SourceForge(TM) OnSite," a ground-breaking subscription service built on the Web-based collaborative development system (CDS) powering SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source development center.

Installed behind customers' corporate firewalls, SourceForge OnSite provides a turn-key collaboration system--fully customized, implemented and supported by VA Linux Professional Services--for enterprise-class customers that want to leverage Open Source tools and methods for internal software development. Agilent Technologies' central research lab is one of the first VA Linux customers to deploy SourceForge OnSite to support its geographically distributed development teams.

The SourceForge collaborative development system is a proven, powerful platform, currently supporting more than 12,000 software projects worldwide--including XFree86, KDE, Python and MySQL--and over 92,000 registered users via SourceForge.net.

Building Better Software, Faster

SourceForge OnSite provides an integrated toolset for centralized code, project and knowledge management in a secure environment. By deploying SourceForge OnSite, enterprise IT developers, independent software vendors and consulting firms can take advantage of significant efficiencies enabled by SourceForge within their own companies: code re-use and archives, enhanced communication within and across geographically distributed development teams, and standardization on a single toolset. As a Web-based technology, SourceForge is cross-platform, customizable and compatible with many existing development and support technologies.

SourceForge OnSite features include bug tracking, patch management, task management, source control, code sharing, communication, support/issue tracking, document management, team productivity analysis and statistical reporting functionality.

"SourceForge OnSite provides an enterprise-class collaborative development system that enables our customers to leverage SourceForge internally, and focus on their core-competencies rather than worrying about the maintenance and support of their development infrastructures," said John "Tiberius" Hall, vice president of strategic planning, VA Linux Systems. "With the rapid growth and proven success of SourceForge.net as the world's largest ASP for Open Source developers, many companies have expressed interest in deploying a customized, supported version of SourceForge as a next-generation infrastructure enabling more efficient software development within their organizations."

Agilent Laboratories to Deploy SourceForge OnSite

Agilent Laboratories, Agilent Technologies' central research organization, will be deploying SourceForge OnSite to provide its geographically distributed development teams with an integrated, cross-platform development environment. In reviewing various alternatives, Agilent Laboratories sought a proven solution with extensive vendor support, with the ability to scale enterprise-wide and support its mission to develop cutting-edge technologies and business opportunities for Agilent Technologies.

"The growth in both the size and scope of collaborative development endeavors at Agilent Laboratories has created a need for a centralized, scalable development environment, that supports geographically distributed teams," said William Shreve, director of Agilent's Systems and Solutions Laboratory. "We are very impressed with the demonstrated success of VA Linux SourceForge technology, and we anticipate that SourceForge OnSite will become a tool for support of both collaborative development and software technology transfer from Agilent Laboratories to Agilent Technologies product groups."

More information on SourceForge OnSite is available at http://www.valinux.com/services. Further information on SourceForge.net is available at http://www.sourceforge.net.

About Agilent Laboratories

Agilent Laboratories, formerly part of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, is one of the leading technological research centers in the world. Based in Palo Alto, California, Agilent Labs draws on the talents of more than 450 researchers and support staff. The Labs conduct applied research in communications, measurement, healthcare, and bioscience; fundamental research in materials, microelectronics, optoelectronics, fiber optics, and micromechanical systems; and basic research. Agilent Labs is focused on driving growth and profit for the company's businesses through technology innovation.

Information about Agilent Laboratories can be found at http://www.labs.agilent.com.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A - news) is a diversified technology company with approximately 47,000 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent is a global leader in designing and manufacturing test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical components. In fiscal year 2000, Agilent had net revenue of more than $10.8 billion. The company serves markets that include communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare.

Information about Agilent Technologies can be found on the web at http://www.agilent.com.

About VA Linux Systems

VA Linux Systems (Nasdaq:LNUX - news) is the world's Linux leader. The expert provider of Linux and Open Source solutions for the Web, VA Linux offers a single point of contact for highly customized Linux servers and storage--featuring the industry's first Build-to-Order Software--as well as professional consulting services and support. VA Linux Systems' mission is to make its customers successful through the use of Linux and Open Source--whether they are e-businesses rapidly expanding their Internet infrastructures, or technology companies leveraging the power and methodology of Open Source software development. As part of its commitment to expanding the Open Source community, VA Linux Systems operates the Open Source Development Network (OSDN). A network of the leading Internet sites for Open Source development, distribution and discussion, OSDN includes SourceForge, Freshmeat.net, Slashdot and Linux.com. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fremont, California, with offices across North America, Europe and Japan, VA Linux is located on the Web at http://www.valinux.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to future growth of SourceForge.net, market acceptance of the SourceForge collaborative development system and expected benefits of SourceForge OnSite, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different from expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability of VA Linux to attract and retain qualified personnel to perform software development and services; VA Linux's continued ability to maintain and support SourceForge.net; industry trends related to Open Source and Linux; competition with other companies; and other risks detailed in VA Linux's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be accessed through the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov.



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