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VA Linux Names Ali Jenab President and Chief Operating Officer

FREMONT, Calif. February 20, 2001 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX - news) today announced the promotion of Ali Jenab to president and chief operating officer of the company. Mr. Jenab first joined VA Linux in August 2000 as senior vice president and general manager of VA's Systems Division. As president and COO, Ali Jenab will now have day-to-day operational responsibility for VA's business.

"Ali's proven management experience as a senior executive at Amdahl, as well as his experience with enterprise customers, will boost VA Linux's growth as an organization focused on enterprise-class solutions," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, CEO of VA Linux Systems. "Ali's stepping up as president and COO will give me an opportunity to focus on the strategic direction of the company."

A seventeen-year veteran of Amdahl Corporation, Ali Jenab served most recently as group president of Amdahl's Technology Division. Prior to being named as an Amdahl 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's promotion was one of several senior management changes announced by VA Linux today. Allen Ibara, who served as senior vice president and general manager at Kinetics prior to joining VA Linux in July 2000, was named VA Linux Systems' vice president of engineering. John T. Hall, who has served many roles at VA since joining in 1997 -- including vice president of strategic planning and creator of -- was named senior vice president of marketing.

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

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, and pricing pressures, from other companies; VA Linux's ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel; industry trends in Linux and Open Source; the effectiveness of VA Linux's ongoing restructuring; 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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