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VA Software Appoints David Appelbaum Senior Vice President of Marketing

Industry Executive Brings 17 Years of Enterprise Software Marketing Experience

FREMONT, Calif. July 10, 2002 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX), provider of the SourceForge[tm] collaborative software development platform, today announced the appointment of David Appelbaum, 39, as senior vice president of marketing. Mr. Appelbaum will report directly to Ali Jenab, who in a separate announcement today was named VA Software CEO and president.

Mr. Appelbaum has more than 17 years of experience in the software industry, most recently having served as general manager, North American operations, for Autonomy, Inc. Prior to Autonomy, Mr. Appelbaum was vice president of product marketing and product management at Informix Software and before that, vice president of Oracle's NT Solutions Division. Throughout his career, Mr. Appelbaum has overseen major brand marketing campaigns and product rollouts for both the US and international markets.

"David Appelbaum brings a strong understanding of application development and enterprise software. His business acumen, charisma and track record of execution make him a natural choice to take the helm of VA Software’s marketing organization," said Ali Jenab, president and CEO, VA Software. "We are very pleased to welcome David to the VA Software executive management team, and look forward to working with him closely as we continue to drive the adoption of SourceForge in the enterprise."

Mr. Appelbaum succeeds interim senior vice president of marketing Richard French, who continues to serve as senior vice president and general manager of OSDN. OSDN, a subsidiary of VA Software and home of popular web sites such as and, was ranked among the top five networks in the latest Nielsen//NetRatings @plan advertising report.

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