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VA Linux and Hewlett-Packard Host Open Source Printing Summit

SUNNYVALE, Calif. August 8, 2000 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced its successful collaboration with HP in launching the first Open Source Printing Summit. The Open Source Printing Summit was held recently in Sunnyvale, California, bringing together more than ten vendors and over fifteen major Open Source projects for an historic two-day industry conference.

Participants included developers and representatives of companies such as HP, VA Linux, IBM, Sun, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Okidata, Xerox and Microsoft, as well as developers from Samba, Ghostscript, LPRng, CUPS, PDQ, GPR, SysAPS, Linux Internationalization Initiative (Li18nux), XFree86, GIMP, GNOME, KDE, SourceForge, Red Hat, SuSE, the Linux Documentation Project and the IETF-Printing Working Group.

The Open Source Printing Summit was sponsored by HP and VA as part of the Open Source Printing Project (, which has been gaining momentum since its launch on VA Linux Systems' SourceForge® earlier this year. Since January, VA Linux Professional Services has been working with HP to improve HP LaserJet printer support under Linux and Samba, and to advance the quality and functionality of Open Source printing overall.

"In working with HP and the broader Open Source developer community on SourceForge, we realized that creating this program would enable developers and vendors to discuss the most pressing issues in Open Source printing today," said Marty Larsen, director of VA Linux Professional Services. "The Open Source Printing Summit has been a chance for the primary developers of Linux and UNIX printing technology to get together and plan a standards-based printing system for Linux and UNIX with richer functionality than was previously available."

Major topics of discussion included:

  • Vendor-community relations and printer driver development
  • Application support and standard printing APIs
  • Rendering, translating and image processing
  • Print spooler management
  • Font management and internationalization
  • IPP and other network protocols

"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. The Open Source Printing Summit highlights HP's leadership within the printing and imaging arena."

"The Open Source Printing Summit was a great opportunity for active developers to discuss problems, share insight and build the personal relationships that will help us collaborate effectively in the future," said Ben Woodard, VA Linux Professional Services engineer and co-developer of CEPS, the Cisco Enterprise Print System (

As a result of the Open Source Printing Summit, participants have agreed to form specialized working groups focusing on topics such as a common printing API and vendor-community relations. In addition, VA Linux Systems plans to host a Birds of Feather session to demonstrate further developments in Open Source printing at the 4th Annual Atlanta Linux Showcase (ALS) taking place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 10-14, 2000. Additional information on Open Source printing initiatives can be found at

About VA Linux Systems

VA Linux Systems is the expert provider of Linux and Open Source solutions for the Web. Founded in 1993, VA Linux provides a single point of contact for optimized Linux servers; Open Source software; and world-class professional services and support. VA Linux helps ASPs, e-businesses and Internet hosting providers build out their Internet infrastructure to meet the challenges of rapid growth. As part of its commitment to expanding the Open Source community, VA Linux Systems owns and operates a network of the leading Linux destinations on the Internet, including SourceForge, the world's largest Open Source development center, as well as, and Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., VA Linux is located on the Web at

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