December 5, 2000

VA Linux launches 'SourceForge OnSite' enterprise solution

Author: JT Smith

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2000-- VA Linux Systems,
Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX - news) today announced the availability of
"SourceForge(TM) OnSite," a ground-breaking subscription service
built on the Web-based collaborative development system (CDS) powering, the world's largest Open Source development center.
Installed behind customers' corporate firewalls, SourceForge OnSite
provides a turn-key collaboration system--fully customized, implemented
and supported by VA Linux Professional Services--for enterprise-class
customers that want to leverage Open Source tools and methods for
software development. Agilent Technologies' central research lab is one
of the first VA Linux customers to deploy SourceForge OnSite to support
its geographically distributed development teams. (VA Linux owns NewsForge.)(For more information, see a story from InfoWorld.)

The SourceForge collaborative development system is a proven, powerful
platform, currently supporting more than 12,000 software projects
worldwide--including XFree86, KDE, Python and MySQL--and over 92,000
registered users via

Building Better Software, Faster
SourceForge OnSite provides an integrated toolset for centralized code,
project and knowledge management in a secure environment. By deploying
SourceForge OnSite, enterprise IT developers, independent software
and consulting firms can take advantage of significant efficiencies
enabled by SourceForge within their own companies: code re-use and
archives, enhanced communication within and across geographically
distributed development teams, and standardization on a single toolset.

a Web-based technology, SourceForge is cross-platform, customizable and
compatible with many existing development and support technologies.
SourceForge OnSite features include bug tracking, patch management,
management, source control, code sharing, communication, support/issue
tracking, document management, team productivity analysis and
reporting functionality.

"SourceForge OnSite provides an enterprise-class collaborative
development system that enables our customers to leverage SourceForge
internally, and focus on their core-competencies rather than worrying
about the maintenance and support of their development
said John "Tiberius" Hall, vice president of strategic planning,
VA Linux Systems. "With the rapid growth and proven success of as the world's largest ASP for Open Source developers,
many companies have expressed interest in deploying a customized,
supported version of SourceForge as a next-generation infrastructure
nabling more efficient software development within their

Agilent Laboratories to Deploy SourceForge OnSite
Agilent Laboratories, Agilent Technologies' central research
will be deploying SourceForge OnSite to provide its geographically
distributed development teams with an integrated, cross-platform
development environment. In reviewing various alternatives, Agilent
Laboratories sought a proven solution with extensive vendor support,
with the ability to scale enterprise-wide and support its mission to
develop cutting-edge technologies and business opportunities for

"The growth in both the size and scope of collaborative development
endeavors at Agilent Laboratories has created a need for a centralized,
scalable development environment, that supports geographically
teams," said William Shreve, director of Agilent's Systems and
Solutions Laboratory. "We are very impressed with the demonstrated success of
VA Linux SourceForge technology, and we anticipate that SourceForge
OnSite will become a tool for support of both collaborative development
and software technology transfer from Agilent Laboratories to Agilent
Technologies product groups."

More information on SourceForge OnSite is available at Further information on
is available at

About Agilent Laboratories
Agilent Laboratories, formerly part of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories,
is one of the leading technological research centers in the world.
Based in Palo Alto, California, Agilent Labs draws on the talents of
more than 450 researchers and support staff. The Labs conduct applied
research in communications, measurement, healthcare, and bioscience;
fundamental research in materials, microelectronics, optoelectronics,
fiber optics, and micromechanical systems; and basic research. Agilent
Labs is focused on driving growth and profit for the company's
through technology innovation.

Information about Agilent Laboratories can be found at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A - news) is a diversified technology
company with approximately 47,000 employees serving customers in more
120 countries. Agilent is a global leader in designing and
test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions,
and semiconductor and optical components. In fiscal year 2000, Agilent
had net revenue of more than $10.8 billion. The company serves markets
that include communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare.
Information about Agilent Technologies can be found on the web at

About VA Linux Systems
VA Linux Systems (Nasdaq:LNUX - news) is the world's Linux leader. The
expert provider of Linux and Open Source solutions for the Web, VA
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--whether they are e-businesses rapidly expanding their
Internet infrastructures, or technology companies leveraging the power
methodology of Open Source software development. As part of its
to expanding the Open Source community, VA Linux Systems operates the
Source Development Network (OSDN). A network of the leading Internet
for Open Source development, distribution and discussion, OSDN includes
SourceForge,, Slashdot and Founded in 1993 and
headquartered in Fremont, California, with offices across North
Europe and Japan, VA Linux is located on the Web at
Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating
to future growth of, market acceptance of the
collaborative development system and expected benefits of SourceForge
OnSite, 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
to, the ability of VA Linux to attract and retain qualified personnel
perform software development and services; VA Linux's continued ability
to maintain and support; industry trends related to
Open Source and Linux; competition with other companies; 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

Note: VA Linux Systems and SourceForge are trademarks of VA Linux
Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other
trademarks and product names are property of their respective owners.

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