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VA Linux Announces SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.0

SourceForge CSD Platform Accelerates Development, Centralizes Knowledge

FREMONT, Calif. November 6, 2001 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced SourceForge[tm] Enterprise Edition 3.0--the latest version of its collaborative software development (CSD) platform. SourceForge 3.0 introduces key features such as enterprise search, enhanced monitoring and reporting capabilities, as well as improved performance through database integration with Oracle®.

Providing engineering, R&D and IT development organizations with a centralized, integrated CSD platform, SourceForge Enterprise Edition helps companies accelerate software development by improving internal visibility and control.

"SourceForge helps our customers cope with their most critical software development challenges-from coordinating distributed development teams around the globe, to accelerating software development faster than their competition," said Richard French, senior vice president of marketing, VA Linux. "By enabling collaboration and automatically capturing developer interaction, SourceForge helps organizations maximize development productivity and create code more quickly, more efficiently and less expensively."

SourceForge enables automatic capture of software development activities, source code control, and collaborative efforts. The same web-based platform that empowers developers to be more effective also gives managers greater insight into development issues, activities and opportunities.

New Features in SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.0

SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.0 introduces significant enhancements, including:

  • Pervasive Search. Pervasive search capabilities allow virtually all information on SourceForge-from bug reports to Adobe PDF documents-to be indexed, updated and searchable.
  • Expanded Monitoring and Reporting. SourceForge 3.0's expanded monitoring and reporting capabilities help both development and business managers monitor the full spectrum of development activities through comprehensive and customizable reports.
  • Oracle Database Integration. With SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.0, VA now offers an Oracle database integration module for greater speed, scalability and increased performance.
  • Advanced Document Management. SourceForge 3.0 indexes and manages documents with greater security and flexibility, including document versioning.

In addition, SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.0 provides an enhanced automatic installer; improved source control and issue tracking integration; and flexible workflow capabilities.

Cornell's National Science Digital Library Powered by SourceForge

SourceForge was recently selected by Cornell University as the CSD platform for The National Science Digital Library (NSDL), a program aiming to establish a national digital library that will constitute an online network of learning environments and resources for science, mathematics, engineering and technology education at all levels. Cornell University is one of several entities working with the National Science Foundation in the creation of NSDL.

"The NSDL Project needed a solution that would both support a collaborative software development project distributed across the country, and create collaborative communities; SourceForge provides a comprehensive set of tools to complete both these tasks," said Dean Krafft, Senior Research Associate and Director of Computing Facilities, Computer Science Department, Cornell University. "SourceForge Enterprise Edition allows us to create a platform-neutral environment for both technical and non-technical users, and it's proven to be a very cost-effective solution."

SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.0 is scheduled to ship November 16. Further information is available at

About VA Linux

VA Linux Systems is the provider of SourceForge[tm], the collaborative software development (CSD) platform used by more than a quarter million developers worldwide. SourceForge Enterprise Edition helps engineering, R&D and IT organizations accelerate development by improving internal visibility and control through a centralized, integrated CSD platform. Information on VA's SourceForge enterprise software product, services and support is available at and at 1-877-VALINUX.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to technological trends in, and emergence of, collaborative software development, the future functionality, business potential, demand for, efficiencies created by and adoption of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, and competition, competitors, the bases of competition and our ability to compete, 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, competition with, and pricing pressures from, more established competitors, VA Linux's success in expanding its collaborative software development business, the risk that VA Linux's restructuring efforts will not succeed, VA Linux's ability to successfully attract, retain and motivate employees, the possibility of further deterioration in the general economy, rapid technological and market change and other risks detailed in VA Linux's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VA Linux's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Company's fiscal year ended July 28, 2001, copies of which may be accessed through the SEC's web site at

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