2.4 Kernel Pre-Production Release Available From VA Linux

January 12, 2001

NEWS BRIEFS

Fremont, CA — VA Linux Systems, Inc. announced the immediate availability of its first pre-production release of the new Linux 2.4 kernel, offered via ftp at ftp://ftp.valinux.com/pub/kernel/. The eagerly-awaited Linux 2.4 kernel, available as source code at www.kernel.org, is now also available as an executable binary compiled and packaged by VA Linux in the widely-used RPM and DEB formats.

The pre-production release now available through VA Linux Systems is designed to facilitate customer testing of the 2.4 kernel in a pre-production environment, in parallel with testing by VA Linux Software Engineering. Full production release of the 2.4 kernel on VA Linux servers and storage systems is expected later in 2001.

The 2.4 kernel provides enhanced performance and greatly expanded support for Internet and enterprise-level requirements. Some of the advanced features include:

— Improved multiprocessor performance

— Expanded system memory up to 64 GB

— Logical Volume Manager to spread large file systems over
multiple hard disks

— Ext3 journaling file system support

— Advanced power management

Some 2.4 kernel features, such as ext3 journaling file systems support, have already been incorporated into VA Linux products such as the 9205 NAS multi-Terabyte storage systems.

VA Linux Systems is an active contributor to Linux software development, providing code and features ranging from Intel (R) IA-64 functionality for Internet and database servers to SCSI and RAID drivers. Through its contributions to Open Source software projects, its operation of OSDN and its professional consulting services, VA Linux is focused on helping its customers leverage the power of Open Source.

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 SourceForge.net, Freshmeat.net, Slashdot and Linux.com. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fremont, California, with offices across North America, Europe and Japan, VA Linux is located on the Web at http://www.valinux.com .

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