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VA Software Joins the Rational Unified Partner Program

VA Reaffirms Commitment to Rational Users

FREMONT, Calif. July 30, 2002 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX), provider of the SourceForge[tm] collaborative software development (CSD) environment, today announced its membership in the Rational Unified Partner Program. As a member of the program, VA will continue to enhance the integration of its flagship product, SourceForge Enterprise Edition, with RationalŽ ClearCaseŽ the industry-leading software configuration management (SCM) tool.

"The VA Software and Rational alliance formalizes our commitment to providing seamless integration between SourceForge and Rational ClearCase," said David Appelbaum, senior vice president of marketing, VA Software. "By enabling Rational ClearCase integration with SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.1, VA is able to enhance the development environments of customers with Rational ClearCase deployments."

The SourceForge collaborative development environment integrates tools for developers to build applications, and for managers to gain visibility into development activities across multiple locations, teams and participants. Providing a full palate of intuitive, web-based code management, developer management and knowledge management tools, combined with a rich set of project administration, monitoring and status reporting capabilities, SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.1 introduces integration with Rational ClearCase.

"We are pleased that VA Software has joined the Rational Unified Partner Program," said David Abelow, director of alliance marketing at Rational. "The integration of SourceForge with Rational ClearCase provides VA Software's customers access to the industry's leading software configuration management solution that manages change and complexity. Rational ClearCase liberates development teams from unproductive activities, enabling them to create higher quality software faster and meet their goals."

Current VA Software customers using SourceForge include Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin and Pfizer, as well as major organizations such as Sandia National Laboratories, Cornell University, Open SystemC Initiative and others.

Further information on SourceForge is available at http://www.vasoftware.com/

About the Rational Unified Partner Program

Rational Software Corporation provides a platform for software development that speeds time-to-market while improving software quality. This integrated, full-lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices, market-leading tools, and professional services to help organizations develop and deploy software. The Rational Unified Partner Program supports over 500 participating partners with tools, joint marketing opportunities, qualifications and training, to round out this open platform. The Rational Unified Partner Program ensures that Rational's partner products and services meet the high standards that customers have come to expect from Rational. Companies and individual technology consultants interested in learning more about the Rational Unified Partner Program, including details on how to participate, can visit www.rational.com.

About VA Software

VA Software is the provider of SourceForge(TM), the leading collaborative software development (CSD) environment used by more than 450,000 individuals worldwide. SourceForge Enterprise Edition helps IT and engineering organizations accelerate application development by integrating tools for developers to collaborate and for managers to gain insight into development activities across different locations, teams and participants. Information on VA Software's SourceForge enterprise software product, services and support is available at www.vasoftware.com.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the anticipated customer benefits from SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.1. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: competition with, and pricing pressures from, more established competitors; VA's ability to successfully attract, retain and motivate employees; VA's reliance upon strategic relationships with other companies and its ability to negotiate, close and implement specific terms relating to them; rapid technological and market change; and VA's ability to protect and defend its intellectual property rights. Investors should consult VA's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for its quarter ended April 27, 2002, for further information regarding these and the other risks of the Company's business. These documents are available at the SEC Web site: www.sec.gov. VA assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this news release.

Note to editors: VA Software and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and in other countries. Rational and ClearCase are registered trademarks of Rational Software Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.



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