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VA Software Introduces SourceForge for CMM

Announces SourceForge Collaborative Development Process and Alliance with SSQC

FREMONT, Calif. February 25, 2003 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX) today unveiled the SourceForge™ Collaborative Development Process (CDP)a software development methodology delivering best practices for building best quality software.

Designed to leverage the development, collaboration and project management tools included in SourceForge Enterprise Edition, the CDP gives organizations the flexibility they need to implement processes that work. The SourceForge CDP provides a complete set of materials that address the needs of a wide range of development organizations:

  • New development organizations can use the SourceForge CDP as a roadmap for implementing best practices and procedures quickly for each stage of the application development lifecycle;
  • Mature organizations can use the SourceForge CDP to support their software process improvement initiatives and prepare for assessments based on industry standards such as the Software Capability Maturity Model (SW-CMM);
  • Organizations with more specific goals can use the SourceForge CDP as a framework that allows them to identify and focus on specific areas for improvement;

"We developed the SourceForge CDP in response to the growing demand for practical software process improvement solutions; the CDP itself builds on the successes our customers have had in using SourceForge," said Colin Bodell, senior vice president of product development, VA Software. "The SourceForge CDP provides a comprehensive model of the entire application development lifecycle and demonstrates how to implement software development best practices using SourceForge Enterprise Edition."

Unlike traditional process definitions that focus exclusively on theory, the SourceForge CDP provides both the practical methodology and the tools required to improve software process. The SourceForge CDP maps each of the Key Process Areas (KPAs) of the CMMthe de facto standard for assessing and improving software processesCMMto best practices for using SourceForge Enterprise Edition. In addition, the SourceForge CDP materialsincluding manuals, templates, worksheets, checklists, and sample policies and procedures¡Xcan be installed and referenced within the SourceForge application itself.

Further, VA Software Professional Services offers training, custom assessments and consulting to SourceForge customers that require additional services.

Alliance with SSQC

In related news, VA Software today announced its alliance with Software Systems Quality Consulting (www.ssqc.com)a software processconsulting firm based in San Jose, California. SSQC brings more than 10 years of experience in assisting software and systems providers in their engineering practices. VA Software and SSQC have agreed to partner on indepth consulting engagements to help companies fully leverage SourceForge Enterprise Edition in pursuing SWCMM Levels 2 and 3.

"SourceForge and the SourceForge CDP take a straightforward approach to software process improvement, backed up by proven tools to make it happen," said Bill Deibler, founding partner, SSQC. "We're very pleased to be working with VA Software and SourceForge in helping companies implement continuous process improvement."

Further information on how to order the SourceForge CDP is available at www.vasoftware.com.

About VA Software

VA Software (Nasdaq: LNUX), provider of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, is the leader in Development Intelligence. SourceForge is an integrated webbased application that combines software development tools with the ability to track, measure and report on software project activity in realtime. IT and software engineering organizations use SourceForge to manage application development more effectively, improve operational efficiency and build better quality software. Development Intelligence with SourceForge provides the information and infrastructure required to make software development a key driver of competitive advantage. VA Software customers currently using SourceForge include major organizations in financial services, defense and aerospace, manufacturing, communications and government. Information on how SourceForge aligns IT and business is available at www.vasoftware.com.

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

Note Regarding ForwardLooking Statements: This press release contains forwardlooking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding market and technological trends in the software industry, the anticipated customer benefits from SourceForge Enterprise Edition and the SourceForge Collaborative Development Process (CDP). Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forwardlooking statements due to various factors, including: rapid technological and market change; circumstances specific to a customer's environment; VA's ability to successfully attract, retain and motivate employees; VA's reliance upon strategic relationships with other companies; VA's success in meeting scheduled product availability dates; VA's ability to protect and defend its intellectual property rights; software errors; actions or announcements by competitors; and general industry trends. Investors should consult VA's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10K for the fiscal year ended July 27, 2002 and Form 10Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 26, 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 forwardlooking information contained in this news release.

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Eureka Endo
VA Software
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