Jabber Open Source Project Selected Along With Linux(R) for Testing In New $24M Open Source Developers Lab

Lab Funding Provided From Industry Giants Including Hewlett-Packard Company,

Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Covalent, Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare,

LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux, VA Linux, Computer Associates,

Fujitsu, Hitachi, Miracle Linux and Mitsubishi Electric

Jan 26, 2001, 00:00 ET from Jabber.com, Inc.

    DENVER, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Jabber.com, Inc., provider of commercial
 Jabber(TM) Instant Messaging solutions and a subsidiary of Webb Interactive
 Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WEBB), today announced that the Jabber open source
 project has been selected as one of two projects for early scalability testing
 in the industry's first independent, non-profit lab designed for developers
 who are adding new business-oriented capabilities to Linux and Linux-based
     The lab, referred to as the Open Source Development Lab(TM) ("OSDL"), is
 supported by nineteen sponsor companies and has received more than $24 million
 in funding.  OSDL will operate from a new 11,000-square-foot computing center
 in the high-tech district west of Portland, Ore.  The lab will provide Linux
 and open source developers with access to high-end enterprise hardware and an
 open forum where they can build and test software for powerful servers and
 business computing environments.
     "It's amazing to witness the rate at which Jabber is being accepted and
 adopted across so many industries.  As demand for Jabber increases, we're
 pleased to have the opportunity to test our software on hardware and equipment
 not normally accessible to us in the open source community," said Jeremie
 Miller, founder of the Jabber open source project located at www.jabber.org.
     The first OSDL project is a scalability project designed to enhance the
 Linux operating system to support 16 64-bit processors with near-linear
 performance improvement.  The second project, identified with jabber.org, an
 open source movement for XML-based instant messaging, is focused on increasing
 Jabber's scalability on the Linux operating system.
     Andre Durand, founder of Jabber.com said, "This is a tremendous
 endorsement for Jabber.  To be one of the first two projects selected out of
 thousands of open source projects in existence today is an honor.  As these
 types of efforts enhance the Jabber open source technology, we expect to see
 an accelerated adoption of Jabber and an increase in demand for Jabber.com's
 commercial Instant Messaging solutions serving the enterprise and carrier
     Technology research firm International Data Corp. has found that
 38 percent of front-end Internet servers are shipping with Linux operating
 systems.  As overall IT costs increase as a result of data-centers moving back
 towards higher-end servers, profitability for hardware vendors increases as a
 result of the deployment of Linux-based systems.
     About Jabber.com
     Jabber.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Webb Interactive Services
 (Nasdaq:   WEBB), is the premiere provider of scalable Jabber Instant Messaging
 solutions, products and services targeting the enterprise and service provider
 markets.  Jabber is the only open source instant messaging (IM) platform that
 leverages XML technology and a distributed client/server architecture to give
 each company complete control over their IM services, applications and
 branding.  Jabber's robust development tools and extensible architecture make
 it ideal for deploying any application that requires real-time XML messaging
 and presence management.  Jabber's web site can be found at www.jabber.com.
     About Webb Interactive
     Webb Interactive Services Inc. provides innovative online commerce
 communication solutions that help small businesses generate leads, increase
 buyer-seller interaction and strengthen customer relationships.  Webb has
 pioneered an advanced XML-based technology platform, upon which application
 modules that lead the convergence of instant messaging and commerce are built.
 Webb's web site can be found at www.webb.net.
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 information, should be considered forward-looking and reflect management's
 current views of future events and financial performance that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ
 materially include, but are not limited to, the following:  general economic
 conditions and developments within the Internet and Intranet industries;
 product development and technology changes; competition and pricing pressures;
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