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VA Linux Systems' SourceForge Introduces Open Source Developer Access to Intel Itanium Processor Prototype Systems for IA-64 Linux

SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 26, 2000 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX), a recognized leader in Linux and Open Source solutions for Internet infrastructure, today announced that SourceForge(TM), the world's largest Open Source development center, is now offering developers access to Intel® Itanium(TM) processor prototype systems.

Access to Itanium processor prototype servers via SourceForge represents the first time that Intel has made these systems available for developer access on such a broad scale. Open Source developers will be eligible for access to Intel Itanium processor prototype systems via the Web, subject to accepting terms and conditions put in place by Intel and VA Linux. More information is available online at

"VA Linux Systems is the first to enable broad IA-64 Linux® developer access via SourceForge to Itanium processor prototype servers provided by Intel," said Ron Curry, director of marketing at Intel's IA-64 Processor Division. "VA Linux System's SourceForge provides an ideal forum for the Open Source community to access these systems and advance Linux software development for IA-64 platforms."

SourceForge currently supports over 29,000 registered users and hosts over 4,500 Open Source projects, and continues to grow as a central resource and repository for Open Source software. In March of this year, SourceForge launched its CompileFarm -- a unique service that gives Open Source developers an efficient way to build and test applications on multiple versions of the Linux and BSD operating systems over the Internet. The IA-64 prototype servers will be offered under the umbrella of the SourceForge CompileFarm -- just one of the many programming, project management and communication tools available at no cost to Open Source developers on SourceForge.

"SourceForge offers members of the Linux community an unprecedented chance to develop Open Source software for a pre-released processor architecture," said John T. Hall, vice president, VA Linux Systems. "By working with Intel to give developers early access to Itanium processor prototype systems, VA Linux, through SourceForge, gives developers a head start in compiling, testing, and optimizing their applications to run well on IA-64 Linux."

About VA Linux Systems

Founded in 1993, VA Linux Systems is a recognized leader in advancing Linux and Open Source solutions for Internet infrastructure. VA Linux provides a single point of contact for Linux systems, Open Source software expertise, and world-class professional services and support. VA Linux Systems owns and operates SourceForge(TM), the world's largest Open Source development center, as well as and Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., VA Linux is located on the Web at

VA Linux Systems was selected as one of Fortune Magazine's top "Cool Companies," Red Herring's "Top 100 Companies of the Electronic Economy" and Upside's "Hot 100 Companies" in 1999. VA Linux was awarded the 1999 Linux Journal Editors' Choice Award for Best New Hardware, and was the only company to win multiple "Show Favorite" awards at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in March 1999 (in Computers and Science/Engineering) and again in February 2000 (in Hardware and Peripherals/Support Services). International Data Corporation (IDC) recently ranked VA Linux Systems as a top five Linux server vendor in Q4 1999.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements about results of developer access to Intel Itanium prototype systems, 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; industry trends related to IA-64, Open Source and Linux; 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


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