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VA Linux Appoints Senior Vice President of Open Source Development Network

Industry Veteran Richard French to Lead OSDN

FREMONT, Calif. January 9, 2001 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced that it has named Richard French as senior vice president of its Open Source Development Network (OSDN) Division. Mr. French will report directly to VA Linux president and CEO Larry Augustin.

Richard French brings 25 years of industry leadership in marketing and development to OSDN, as well as a deep understanding of the Open Source community. Prior to joining VA Linux, Mr. French co-founded Tekrati, a company providing web-based industry analyst relations consulting services. Richard French previously held various senior management positions at Oracle Corporation, NetManage, Cincom and Groupe Bull. At Oracle, Mr. French was vice president of the Enterprise Platforms Division, where he directed product development, marketing and alliances representing annual revenues of more than $1 billion.

"Richard French combines proven management experience with a passionate commitment to advancing the Open Source development model, making him the ideal choice to lead OSDN," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems. "We look forward to working with Richard to grow and enhance OSDN in our ongoing effort to expand the Open Source community." Richard French holds a bachelor of mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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

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

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future expected growth for OSDN. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including competition with, and pricing pressures from, larger, more established companies; the effectiveness of OSDN's ongoing business strategy; and VA Linux and OSDN's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel. Investors should consult VA Linux's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for further information regarding these and the other risks of the Company's business. These documents are available at the SEC Website:

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