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Mozilla and SourceForge Team to Improve Availability of Browser Source Code

SUNNYVALE, Calif. April 6, 2000 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced that, the organization that manages the Open Source development of the Mozilla browser, will be making its browser source code available on VA Linux Systems' SourceForge[tm], the world's largest Open Source development center.

The move will enable to offer developers an additional locale for fast downloads of its Open Source browser software at; offset the load on the original Mozilla source repository maintained by; and reach SourceForge's developer community, which currently stands at over 20,000 registered users.

The Mozilla project, which has seen surging developer and public interest in recent months, is scheduled to celebrate its second anniversary this week with the 3.0 in San Francisco tonight and the Mozilla Developer Meeting in Mountain View on April 7.

"As excitement for the Mozilla project continues to grow, we're extending the tools and services we offer our community," said Mitchell Baker, Chief Lizard Wrangler at "By making a copy of the Mozilla source code accessible via anonymous CVS on SourceForge, we hope to support and expand the rapidly growing audience of developers and users who are interested in helping to advance Mozilla development."

The number of registered users on SourceForge recently surpassed 20,000 and continues to grow, with over 3,300 Open Source projects currently hosted on SourceForge. SourceForge offers programming, project management and communication tools at no cost to Open Source developers, and serves as a central resource and repository for Open Source software.

"We're excited about the Mozilla project and the potential of Mozilla technology not only as an Open Source web browser for the Linux desktop, but also as a platform for future advanced Open Source Internet applications," said John T. Hall, vice president of services for VA Linux Systems. "SourceForge provides the resources and flexibility that Open Source developers need to plan and manage development. We're happy to have SourceForge contribute to the future success of Mozilla by making its source code more easily available to developers."

The Mozilla Developer Meeting on Friday, April 7 will be held on Netscape's campus in Mountain View, Calif., and is sponsored by Alphanumerica, Inc., a Web design, programming and strategy firm based in New York City. The event will be an opportunity for members of the Mozilla community to discuss recent developments and future directions for Mozilla. Information on the Mozilla Developer Meeting is available at RSVP is required via email to .

The 3.0 will be held on Thursday, April 6 at the Sound Factory in San Francisco. Further information on the party is available at

About ( is the group founded by Netscape Communications with responsibility for making Mozilla a successful open source project; it exists to support the entire Mozilla community. provides a central point of contact and community for those interested in using or improving the Mozilla code base.

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