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VA Software Appoints Darryll Dewan Executive VP of Worldwide Sales

Proven Leader Tapped to Drive Sales of the SourceForge Global Development Platform

FREMONT, California October 27, 2003 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX), provider of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, the award-winning collaborative software development and management platform for globally sourced development, and parent company of OSDN, the leading network of media and commerce sites that serve IT organizations, today announced the appointment of technology sales veteran Darryll Dewan as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Dewan will report to Ali Jenab, president and CEO of VA Software, and will be responsible for all software sales activities worldwide.

“We’ve made great strides with SourceForge Enterprise Edition,” said VA Software CEO Ali Jenab. “We’ve built a foundation of blue chip corporate and institutional clients, succeeding in our strategy of establishing SourceForge as a common platform for secure, efficient IT application development in globally distributed, mixedsourced environments. Darryll’s experience and talent will help us deepen and expand our customer engagements to make SourceForge the global development platform of choice for Fortune Global 500 enterprises.”

Dewan is a highly experienced technology sales executive with proven results at such companies as IBM, i2, Amdahl, and Oracle. He recently completed five years at i2 Technologies, where he rose to the position of executive vice president and president, global alliances and strategic accounts, managing 75 direct salespeople and executing a strategy that significantly increased penetration of channel sales and vertical industry market segments. At Amdahl, he served as general manager of North American sales, services and operations. Dewan’s relevant technology experience totals more than 25 years. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Notre Dame University.

"SourceForge is positioned to take off. It is the right product to deal with a major industry challenge: costeffectively managing and delivering application development in today’s mixed environment of onshore and offshore development and outsourced service providers,” said Dewan. “I’m delighted to be joining VA Software at this opportune moment, and look forward to working with the entire VA Software team to bring the benefits of SourceForge to many more companies.”

Greg Orzech, currently senior vice president of sales, will report to Dewan in a senior sales management capacity. “Greg has done a great job getting us this far,” said Jenab. “By adding Darryll’s skills to those of Greg and our Sales team, we’re greatly strengthening our ability for sustained growth.”

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About VA Software

VA Software (Nasdaq: LNUX) is the provider of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, the webbased application that significantly increases a company’s return on its investment in software development. SourceForge improves communication and collaboration among multisite team members and gives managers realtime visibility and control over their projects, regardless of location. SourceForge enables higher developer productivity and faster project completion, whether teams are in-house, outsourced, onshore or offshore. More than 750,000 developers use SourceForge technology to power their global development efforts.

VA Software also owns OSDN, the most dynamic communitydriven IT media network on the web. Every level of IT decision maker and buyer, from CIOs and CTOs to project managers and developers, turn to OSDN sites to create, debate, and make or break IT news, tools, technologies and techniques. OSDN is the home of the awardwinning news discussion site, the world's largest collaborative software development site,, and other popular sites.


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