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VA Linux Professional Services Teams with HP for Open Source Printing Software Development

SUNNYVALE, Calif. January 25, 2000 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced that VA Linux Professional Services has been selected by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) to develop and test HP LaserJet printer support under Linux(R) and Samba. VA Linux Professional Services will also manage and support this development as an open-source project on VA's SourceForge(tm), an application service provider for open-source developers.

"At HP, we strive to provide compatible and powerful HP LaserJet solutions for all operating systems," said Neal Martini, vice president and general manager of HP LaserJet Imaging Systems. "We are working with VA Linux using the open-source model to provide support for our customers that use Linux. Through the open-source development model, our customers can participate in developing successful printing solutions that will best serve their specific needs."

VA Linux Professional Services will help HP develop enterprise-class printing solutions for use in Linux and Samba printing environments. By involving the open-source community in the development of its Linux printing solutions, HP expands its powerful printing functionality and broadens its potential customer base.

"HP's decision to provide open-source printing solutions will enable HP to both support and leverage the power of the open-source development community," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems. "VA Linux Professional Services is proud to team with HP to provide support for HP LaserJet printers in Linux on SourceForge."

SourceForge offers Web-based tools and resources for open-source projects, and has grown into a focal point for open-source development. SourceForge entered a public test period in mid-November 1999 and now hosts over 1,300 open-source projects and more than 7,500 registered users.

For more information on the Initial Code Offering (ICO)(tm) of HP's LaserJet printing development on SourceForge, see:

About VA Linux Systems

VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) is a leading provider of Linux solutions for Internet infrastructure. Founded in 1993, VA Linux offers a single point of contact for Linux systems, software, service and consulting needs. VA Linux Systems' deep expertise in Linux and other Open Source solutions enables the company to provide optimized Linux systems, enterprise-level support and professional services. VA Linux maintains many leading Open Source web sites, including and SourceForge. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., VA Linux is located on the Web at

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to VA Linux performance of professional services for HP, and development of HP printer support under Linux and Samba, 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, VA Linux and HP's agreement on specific terms related to the project, the ability of VA Linux to attract and retain qualified personnel to perform the services, and industry trends related to printers and Linux. Investors are advised to read VA Linux Systems' Registration Statement on Form S-1, particularly the sections entitled "Risk Factors" for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.


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