Press Release Index Supports 100,000 Developers in First Year of Service

FREMONT, Calif. January 4, 2001 Open Source Development Network (, a division of VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX), today announced that, the world's largest ASP for Open Source developers, now supports over 100,000 registered users. Since its official launch exactly one year ago, has expanded its base of supported projects to more than 13,000, including major projects such as MySQL, Tcl, Python, XFree86, KDE and Squid.

To accommodate the rapid expansion of, OSDN has added significant resources to the site, including additional personnel, bandwidth and VA Linux servers and storage systems.'s user base has grown at an average rate of more than 30% per month.

Further, has entered into a collaborative agreement with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's online library, ibiblio (, which will serve as a mirror and partial ftp site for With its roots in the former SunSITE ( and MetaLab (, has historically played a key role in helping to expand and improve the archiving of information on the Internet, with a significant library of Linux and Open Source software.

"The rapid growth of during its first year of service demonstrates the growing popularity of the Open Source development model across a wide range of platforms, as well as the popularity of the SourceForge toolset," said John "Tiberius" Hall, vice president of strategic planning, VA Linux Systems. "By working with ibiblio, we hope to further improve's ability to catalog, archive and distribute Open Source software and documentation."

"The compatibility of the goals and key directions of and ibiblio, as well as complementary research and service interests, make this relationship a great boost for the Open Source Community," said director Paul Jones. "Our relationship with will help us bring the state of contributor-run archives and libraries to a high level very quickly. There are no limits in sight."

About, the public's library, is home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet. ibiblio is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics and cultural studies. is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain, a non-profit foundation, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( with institutional support from the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. Founded in 1992 as and known more recently as, was one of the first sites on the World Wide Web. is the home of the Linux Documentation Project ( as well as a variety of other information sharing projects.

About OSDN

OSDN (Open Source Development Network), a division of VA Linux Systems, Inc., is the leading Linux and Open Source destination on the Internet. OSDN is a network and community outreach organization committed to accelerating Open Source software development, which also serves as a gateway for individuals and organizations worldwide to understand and join this revolution. Serving over 80 million page impressions to more than 3 million users each month, OSDN includes the leading Open Source sites for news, information and discussion (Slashdot, NewsForge and, the largest sites for collaborative Open Source development and support ( and QuestionExchange), the most popular sites for Open Source software distribution ( and, online shopping for technical enthusiasts (ThinkGeek), a new print publication (Open magazine), and community discussion forums and personalized content on the beta site for

Certain statements in this press release, including statements about future growth related to, 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 ability of VA Linux and OSDN to attract and retain qualified personnel to perform software development; results of and's collaborative efforts; industry trends related to Open Source and Linux; 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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