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SourceForge OnSite Wins Show Favorite Award at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

FREMONT, Calif. February 9, 2001 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX - news) today announced that SourceForge(TM) OnSite, its solution for collaborative software development in the enterprise, received top honors at last week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. SourceForge OnSite won the Show Favorite Award for Best Productivity Application. Produced by IDG World Expo, the latest LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York City was the largest to date.

Installed behind customers' corporate firewalls and integrated into their existing environments, SourceForge OnSite is a fully customized, scalable solution for companies with geographically distributed development teams. Through SourceForge OnSite, VA Linux Professional Services helps companies realize increased efficiency in software engineering by leveraging the best practices of Open Source for internal development.

"LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Show Favorite Award winners have been recognized by a panel of industry experts for outstanding product and service innovations that will help accelerate the growth of the industry," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "The award winners are the leaders and visionaries who are taking Linux to the next level -- in enterprise computing and in software development."

SourceForge OnSite is built on the proven integrated toolset powering OSDN's, the world's largest Open Source development center, currently supporting over 110,000 registered users and more than 15,000 software projects. Through SourceForge OnSite, VA Linux Professional Services provides a comprehensive suite of services to support enterprise-wide collaborative development including strategic consulting and assessments, integration and customization, training, support and maintenance.

Further information on VA Linux Professional Services' SourceForge OnSite service is available at

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Macworld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

About VA Linux Systems

VA Linux Systems 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 and storage -- 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 software in Internet infrastructure and enterprise-level 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,, Slashdot and Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fremont, California, with offices across North America, Europe and Japan, VA Linux is located on the Web at

In 2000, D.H. Brown Associates rated VA Linux Systems as No. 1 in overall Linux strategy among major systems vendors. Linux Journal awarded VA Linux its 2000 Editors' Choice Award for "Best Web Server." In 2000, Deloitte & Touche named VA Linux as one of the fastest growing technology companies as part of its prestigious Silicon Valley Fast 50 Program and its North America Fast 500 Program, based on percentage growth in revenues from 1995 to1999. International Data Corporation (IDC) ranked VA Linux Systems as a Top 3 Linux server vendor in the US in Q3 2000 based on factory revenue.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to future growth of, market acceptance of the SourceForge collaborative development system and expected benefits of SourceForge OnSite, 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 company's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel to perform software development and services; VA Linux's continued ability to maintain and support; industry trends related to Open Source and Linux; competition with other companies; 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

Note: VA Linux System, OSDN and SourceForge are trademarks of VA Linux Systems, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other trademarks and product names are property of their respective owners.

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