VA Linux Systems Introduces Breakthrough Entry-level Linux PC

Sub-$800 Linux PC Workstation for Software and Web Developers Offers Performance in a Compact Yet Expandable Package

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2000-- VA Linux Systems, Inc., a recognized leader in Linux and Open Source solutions, today launched the StartX(tm) SP2--an innovative entry-level Linux PC workstation for software developers, web developers and students. The StartX SP2 Linux PC introduces significant enhancements in performance and expandability, as well as multimedia capabilities and serviceability features that set it apart from other PCs in its class.

VA Linux Systems' StartX SP2 will be available starting at under $800, and can be ordered with either an Intel® Celeron® processor, or with an Intel® Pentium® III--a unique option for an entry-level PC.

The StartX SP2 offers the following benefits for software and web developers:

``The StartX SP2 is an affordable PC designed for software and web developers and other Linux users who want power and performance in an compact, flexible package,'' said Robert Patrick, director of product marketing for VA Linux Systems. ``The StartX SP2 responds to the needs of the rapidly growing number of developers using Linux as a platform. Our entry-level Linux PC complements VA Linux Systems' other offerings to developers, such as SourceForge[tm], the world's largest Open Source development center, which provides all the tools developers need to start and maintain Open Source projects.''

The StartX SP2 PC workstation can now be ordered on the VA Linux web site at

About VA Linux Systems

Since 1993, VA Linux Systems has been a recognized leader in advancing Linux and Open Source solutions. VA Linux provides a single point of contact for Linux systems, Open Source software, and world-class professional services and support. VA Linux Systems owns and operates SourceForge(tm), the world's largest Open Source development center, as well as and Headquartered in Sunnyvale, VA Linux is located on the Web at

VA Linux Systems was selected as one of Fortune Magazine's top ``Cool Companies,'' Red Herring's ``Top 100 Companies of the Electronic Economy'' and Upside's ``Hot 100 Companies.'' VA Linux was awarded the 1999 Linux Journal Editors' Choice Award for Best New Hardware, and was the only company to win multiple ``Show Favorite'' awards at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in March 1999 (in Computers and Science/Engineering) and again in February 2000 (in Hardware and Peripherals/Support Services).

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