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VA Linux Appoints Senior Executive to Lead Systems Division

Former Amdahl Group President Ali Jenab Joins VA Linux as SVP and GM of Systems Division

SUNNYVALE, Calif. August 29, 2000 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX), the world's Linux leader, today announced that Ali Jenab has joined VA Linux as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Systems Division. Mr. Jenab will report directly to Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems, and will assume responsibility for engineering, operations and product marketing. Gregg Zehr, vice president of engineering, and Daniel Shore, vice president of operations, will report to Mr. Jenab.

A seventeen-year veteran of Amdahl Corporation, Ali Jenab served most recently as Group President of Amdahl's Technology Division. Prior to being named Group President, Mr. Jenab held several executive positions at Amdahl, including Vice President of Strategic Business and Vice President of Systems Marketing, responsible for marketing S/390, UNIX and NT server and storage products.

"Ali Jenab is an outstanding addition to the VA Linux executive team," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO, VA Linux Systems. "With his solid background in large-scale systems marketing, engineering and operations, Ali brings valuable experience that will help VA Linux as we enter a new stage of growth."

Ali Jenab holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of the Pacific and attended the Executive Marketing Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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--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,, Slashdot and Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with offices across North America and Europe, VA Linux is located on the Web at

Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to future growth of VA Linux, 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, strength of industry demand for Linux-based solutions; competition with larger and more established companies; VA Linux's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; industry trends in Linux and Open Source; 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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