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Computer maker VA Linux Systems cranks up its Web site for discussions and information about all things Linux.

Computer maker VA Linux Systems unveiled its discussion and information Web site today.

Several companies bid for the site, and VA's plan won the company rights to the name, the company and the site's previous owner said in March.

Since then, has received about 100,000 visitors a day, despite the fact that it has had only placeholder information.

The new site will let users chat on the site in a model based on techie discussion site Slashdot, the company said. In addition, it will offer information on tuning Linux to work as fast as possible, technical and general information on Linux, and a list of Linux user groups.

Board members of the site include Rob Malda, Slashdot publisher; Nick Petreley, Linuxworld editorial director; Patrick Lenz, Freshmeat founder; Phil Hughes, Linux Journal publisher; Doug Kennedy, a vice president at Oracle, and Kurt Akeley, a vice president at SGI.

VA Linux Systems, based in Mountain View, California, makes computers running the Linux operating system, which resembles Unix but isn't owned by any company. Chipmaker Intel has invested in VA.