January 4, 2001

SourceForge.net supports 100,000 developers in first year of service

Author: JT Smith

ACTON, MA -- January 4, 2001 -- Open Source Development Network
(OSDN.com), a division of VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX), today
announced that SourceForge.net, the world's largest ASP for Open
Source developers, now supports over 100,000 registered users. Since
its official launch exactly one year ago, SourceForge.net has expanded
its base of supported projects to more than 13,000, including major
projects such as MySQL, Tcl, Python, XFree86, KDE and Squid. (SourceForge and NewsForge are both owned by VA Linux.)To accommodate the rapid expansion of SourceForge.net, OSDN has added
significant resources to the site, including additional personnel,
bandwidth and VA Linux servers and storage systems. SourceForge.net's
user base has grown at an average rate of more than 30% per month.

Further, SourceForge.net has entered into a collaborative agreement
with University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's online library,
ibiblio (www.ibiblio.org), which will serve as a mirror and partial
ftp site for SourceForge.net. With its roots in the former SunSITE
(SunSITE.unc.edu) and MetaLab (MetaLab.unc.edu), ibiblio.org 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 SourceForge.net 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 SourceForge.net's ability to catalog, archive
and distribute Open Source software and documentation."

"The compatibility of the goals and key directions of SourceForge.net
and ibiblio, as well as complementary research and service interests,
make this relationship a great boost for the Open Source Community,"
said
ibiblio.org director Paul Jones. "Our relationship with
SourceForge.net
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 ibiblio.org
ibiblio.org, 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. ibiblio.org is
a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain, a non-profit
foundation, and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
(www.unc.edu) 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 sunsite.unc.edu and known more recently as MetaLab.unc.edu,
ibiblio.org was one of the first sites on the World Wide Web. ibiblio.org
is the home of the Linux Documentation Project (www.linuxdoc.org) 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
Linux.com),
the largest sites for collaborative Open Source development and support
(SourceForge.net and QuestionExchange), the most popular sites for Open
Source software distribution (Freshmeat.net and Themes.org), online
shopping for technical enthusiasts (ThinkGeek), a new print publication
(Open magazine), and community discussion forums and personalized
content
on the beta site for OSDN.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements about
future growth related to SourceForge.net, 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 SourceForge.net and
ibiblio.org'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 www.sec.gov.
Note: VA Linux Systems, "Open Source Development Network (OSDN),"
SourceForge, Slashdot, Freshmeat, QuestionExchange, ThinkGeek and
NewsForge are trademarks of VA Linux Systems, Inc. Linux is a
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other trademarks are
property of their respective owners.

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