High-Tech Titans Join Open-Source Network

BOSTON (08/15/2000) - High-tech industry titans Compaq Computer Corp., EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. all have joined as founding members the Open Source Development Network (OSDN), an organization committed to accelerating open-source software development, the companies announced Tuesday.

OSDN, a new division of VA Linux Systems Inc., will serve as a open source network and community outreach organization center. During the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose this week, OSDN will launch a beta site, OSDN.com, a Web site for open-source collaboration, distribution and discussion.

OSDN partners have agreed to provide equipment, training and funding for open source developers. Their assistance will aid the 50,000 registered users on SourceForge and the 60,000 users of Freshmeat.net, as well as the 3 million visitors to OSDN sites a month.

VA Linux Systems, in Sunnyvale, California, is at +1-408-542-8600 or at http://www.valinux.com.

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