VA Linux Systems Bolsters Support Division

SAN MATEO (05/08/2000) - In a move to cash in on users' need to bolster their e-businesses, VA Linux Systems Inc. on Monday broadened its Professional Services Division (PSD) by adding new programs and engineering and business talent.

The support group's new program, called VA Linux ISP Jump Start Program, is intended to help users in the planning, design, and implementation of their Internet infrastructure solutions.

The group has also made moves to improve its expertise in a number of other areas including e-commerce, Web-server farms, Internet-based multimedia and streaming, Linux driver development, and open-source application development.

Company officials also announced they have recruited several more key engineers to its PSD, bringing to 40 the number of the number of engineers, business analysts, and other open-source experts it has hired over the last three months.

Recently, VA Linux Professional Services announced it had gained Precision Insight's engineering and project management team, which company officials believe brings critical expertise in the Linux kernel and multimedia infrastructure development. That team will help VA Linux Systems define its future strategy in open-source multimedia and streaming technologies for Internet applications.

Some of the key developers who have joined VA Linux Professional Services include: Daryll Strauss, widely acknowledged for his contributions in porting 3dfx Glide to Linux; David Dawes, president of the Xfree86 Project; Kevin Martin, who developed several X servers for Xfree86; and Brian Paul, the principal developer of Mesa, an open-source implementation of the OpenGL(R) API included in XFree86 4.0.

Also joining VA Linux Professional Services from Precision Insight are Jens Owen, Rik Faith, Jeff Hartmann, Gareth Hughes, and Keith Whitwell, all well-known developers actively leading and contributing to open-source multimedia projects.

VA Linux Professional Services has added notable open-source engineering talent in other areas as well, hiring developers such as Gerald Carter, a Samba Team member specializing in LDAP integration and Windows NT domain support and author of Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours, published by SAMS.

"VA Linux Professional Services has been successful in bringing together the finest talent in Linux and open-source development with the quality service delivery practices of experienced project managers and analysts," Marty Larsen, director of services for VA Linux Systems, said in a statement. "We intend to continue to drive growth in professional services and focus on delivering high levels of satisfaction to our Internet, e-business, and technology customers."

VA Linux Systems Inc., in Sunnyvale, California, is at www.valinux.com.

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