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VA Linux Systems Promotes Greg Orzech to Senior Vice President Of Worldwide Sales

FREMONT, Calif. February 28, 2001 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced that Greg Orzech has been promoted to senior vice president of worldwide sales. Mr. Orzech previously served as VA Linux Systems' vice president of North American sales. Greg Orzech will report directly to VA Linux president and chief operating officer Ali Jenab.

With more than 20 years of experience in sales and management, Greg Orzech first joined VA Linux in November 1999. Before joining VA Linux, Mr. Orzech served as vice president of worldwide territory sales at Synopsys. Prior to that, he served in various sales and management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corp., and Westinghouse Electric Company.

"Greg Orzech has played a major role in helping VA Linux start to penetrate and expand its presence in enterprise accounts, and has played a central role in selling SourceForge OnSite," said Ali Jenab, president and COO, VA Linux Systems. "We congratulate Greg on his promotion and look forward to his continued success, particularly as we intensify our focus on Open Source enterprise solutions such as SourceForge OnSite and network-attached storage."

Mr. Orzech replaces Robert Russo, who has resigned from his position as senior vice president and general manager of worldwide field operations to pursue other opportunities.

About VA Linux Systems

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 Linux servers and network-attached storage, 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. 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.net, Freshmeat.net, Slashdot.org, ThinkGeek and Linux.com. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fremont, California with offices across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, VA Linux is located on the Web at www.valinux.com

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 http://www.sec.gov.



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