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VA Linux Systems

(LNUX)

was down 33.8% in preopen

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trading after it warned that its first-quarter loss would be 14 to 16 cents per share excluding items, worse than the Street's estimate of a 9-cent loss.

The Linux software maker said it anticipates lower revenue due to slower-than-expected sales growth from dot-com customers. But the company said it still expects to reach profitability before items by the end of calendar 2001.