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VA Research Obtains Ownership Rights to Popular Linux.com Domain Name

San Jose, Calif., LINUX WORLD EXPO (March 1, 1999) — VA
Research Linux Systems (VA), the leading provider of Linux-based
hardware, software, service and support solutions, today announced
that it has obtained the ownership rights to the Internet domain
name, www.linux.com. The Mountain View, California-based company
secured the rights to the domain name from Mr. Fred van Kempen, a
Linux programmer from the Netherlands who has owned rights to the
domain name for several years.

VA plans to continuously update and maintain the Linux.com website
and turn the site into a community portal, a gateway to all of the
news, information, technical data, and software products that
interest the Linux community. The website will be guided by a Linux
advisory board, including: Forrest Baskett, chief technical
officer, SGI; Chris DiBona,
director of Linux marketing, VA
Research Linux Systems
; Geoff Harrison, president, Enlightened
Solutions; Phil Hughes, publisher, Linux Journal; Doug Kennedy, vice
president of alliances, Oracle
Corporation; Patrick Lens, founder, Freshmeat.net; Rob Malda, founder,
Slashdot.org; Nick Petreley,
editorial director, LinuxWorld.com; Fred van Kempen,
Linux consultant; and Leonard Zubkoff, chief technical officer,
VA Research Linux
Systems.

“VA is honored to be awarded the Linux.com domain name and to
represent the Linux community on the Internet,” said Dr. Larry M.
Augustin, president and chief executive officer of VA Research
Linux Systems. “We plan to develop the site into an informational
resource and software repository for the community, developers and
enterprise customers who are interested in adopting cost-effective,
reliable Linux systems.”

“VA has been dedicated to the Linux community since its inception
and I believe they will preserve the spirit of open source code
innovation as they build the Linux.com portal,” said Fred van
Kempen. “VA’s motivation for developing Linux.com best represents
the interests of the Linux community and for this reason I awarded
the domain name to them.”

“VA has a excellent track record of supporting the Linux community
with everything from hardware to bandwidth,” said Rob Malda, editor
of Slashdot.org.
“Slashdot.org is pleased to see VA continue this trend by
developing Linux.com into a high quality portal that will be
maintained by the open source community.”

VA is leading the growing migration of computer users from Windows
NT, NetWare, and Unix operating systems to Linux, an award-winning
system that offers users greater efficiency and scalability than
competing operating systems. Since its inception, the open
source-based system has been particularly popular with large
research institutions, universities and government agencies because
it offers a variety of scientific, engineering and imaging
applications. The operating system is also becoming increasingly
popular with Fortune 1000 companies, as well as a number of smaller
companies, which have realized the potential for significant cost
savings and improved system versatility with Linux. According to a
recent International Data Corporation study, the market share for
Linux jumped from 6.8 to an estimated 17.2 percent of server
operating system shipments in the past year.

VA Research Linux Systems is the leading provider of Linux-based
hardware, software, service and support solutions. The first and
fastest growing Linux systems company in the world, VA is a pioneer
in providing high performance workstations and servers to
enterprises and is at the forefront of the open source revolution.
Based in Mountain View, CA., the privately held company has been
profitable since its formation in 1993 and has gained a reputation
for innovation and responsiveness that is making it a leader in
full service Linux solutions. For more information contact VA at
www.varesearch.com or
888-LINUX-4U or by sending email to [email protected].

Press contact Info
Donna Sokolsky
Spark Public Relations
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