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IDG Veteran Patrick Ferrell Joins VA Software as OSDN General Manager

FREMONT, CA 04/05/2004 VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), today announced the appointment of Patrick Ferrell as SVP and General Manager of its media division, OSDN. Ferrell comes to VA Software Corporation with an extensive background in technology media, including ten years at IDG as the founder of GamePro magazine and the E3 Games Conference and Expo, the largest gaming conference in the world.

"We are confident that Pat will build on and extend OSDN's leadership position as the top resource for IT and development professionals," said Ali Jenab, VA Software's president and CEO. "OSDN has grown tremendously over the past several years. Pat's extensive leadership experience in expansion strategies, along with his solid media background, will enable us to continue to attract our high-quality audience while growing the business to the next level."

"OSDN is poised for exciting changes and accelerated growth that will be critical to our audience, advertisers and investors. I'm excited about the challenges and opportunities OSDN faces; over the next few months we'll continue to forge strategic partnerships, expand target and site offerings for our audience, while looking ahead to FY05," said Pat Ferrell, OSDN's general manager.

Mr. Ferrell replaces SVP and General Manager of OSDN, Richard French, who will be leaving VA Software to pursue other interests. VA Software CEO Ali Jenab commented, "Richard has been a key part of the VA Software and OSDN executive team and we appreciate the significant contributions he has made to our organization. We wish Richard well in his new endeavors."

About VA Software

VA Software (NASDAQ: LNUX) is the provider of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, the Web-based application that significantly increases a company\'s return on its investment in software development. SourceForge improves communication, collaboration, and synchronization amongst multi-site team members and gives managers real-time 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. Major Fortune 1000 firms and more than 820,000 developers use SourceForge technology to power their global development efforts.

About OSDN

OSDN, a wholly owned subsidiary of VA Software Corp., is the leading independent community-driven media network on the Web. OSDN publishes two world-renowned networks of Web sites: the OSDN technology network, which attracts every level of IT decision maker, influencer and buyer; and the MediaBuilder network, which reaches graphics and Web designers worldwide. OSDN sites include,,,,,, and Monthly traffic on the network has reached 225 million page views and 12 million unique visitors. For more information, visit

Note to editors: VA Software, OSDN and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. Slashdot is a registered trademark of OSDN in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or product names are property of their respective owners.

OSDN Press Contact:
L. Dickinson

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