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SourceForge Portal Edition Selected to Power HP Embedded Software Developer's Network

FREMONT, Calif. August 29, 2001 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced that its SourceForgeTM Portal Edition has been selected by Hewlett-Packard Company to power the HP Embedded Software Developer's Network (devnet).

SourceForge Portal Edition helps leading technology companies accelerate adoption of their technologies by cultivating external developer communities. Developer relations organizations at companies such as HP use SourceForge Portal Edition to provide third-party developers with the tools, resources and information they need to build applications for their hardware and software.

"Building and supporting a large, active developer community goes far beyond merely putting up a web site," said John T. Hall, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, VA Linux. "HP's devnet site showcases the strength of SourceForge Portal Edition as a standard platform for working with third-party developers and generating momentum around key technologies."

SourceForge Portal Edition offers companies a comprehensive, Web-based collaborative software development platform-the standard environment used by more than 230,000 developers on OSDN's SourceForge.net. The flexibility of the SourceForge platform enables companies to customize their sites and adapt SourceForge's look and feel to reflect their corporate identities.

The HP devnet site (http://devnet.hp.com/) supports third-party software development for HP's information appliances and the technologies that power these appliances. Through SourceForge Portal Edition, devnet's developer communities enable developers to extend the functionality of HP connected appliances through the creation of applications and e-services, as well as provide the essential building blocks for researchers and advanced developers to create HP Cooltown services and environments for next generation technologies.

"I would like to invite application and e-service developers to HP's rich community of connected Chai appliances," said William Woo, general manager, HP Embedded Software Operation. "Thanks to the SourceForge development platform, devnet will further accelerate our Chai development community with a collaborative environment and the tools which are essential for developer success. We're looking forward to growing the number of applications running on HP's connected devices."

Further information on SourceForge Portal Edition is available at http://www.valinux.com/sf/sf_portal/

About SourceForge

VA Linux now offers two editions of the SourceForge collaborative software development (CSD) platform to its customers:

  • SourceForge Enterprise Edition Installed behind corporate firewalls, SourceForge Enterprise Edition helps customers maximize efficiencies and cut costs by enabling collaborative software development. Major customers include R&D organizations in Global 2000 companies, as well as IT organizations.

  • SourceForge Portal Edition Developer relations organizations in leading technology companies use SourceForge Portal Edition to build external developer communities supporting their technologies.

Further information on SourceForge is available at http://www.valinux.com/


About VA Linux Systems

VA Linux is a provider of application software, featuring the SourceForge collaborative software development platform; Linux software development and consulting services; and OSDN, the Open Source Development Network.



Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the Company's: expectations of future growth and market acceptance of SourceForge software; demand for OSDN's SourceForge.net; and anticipated benefits from SourceForge Portal Edition. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: competition with, and pricing pressures from, more established competitors; VA Linux's success in expanding its CSD and OSDN businesses; the risk that VA Linux's restructuring efforts will not succeed; VA Linux's ability to successfully attract, retain and motivate employees; the possibility of further deterioration in the general economy; the rate of growth and acceptance of a software development model incorporating both Open Source and proprietary software; VA Linux's reliance upon strategic relationships with other companies and its ability to negotiate, close and implement specific terms relating to them; the enforceability of the Mozilla Public License; and rapid technological and market change. 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 www.sec.gov. VA Linux assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this news release.

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



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