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VA Software Releases New Generation Of SourceForge Technology

  • SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1 streamlines distributed development, management of outsourced projects and IT governance
  • New architecture greatly improves enterprise integration and extensibility
  • New user interface speeds adoption and time-to-productivity

FREMONT, California June 2, 2004 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX), provider of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, and parent company of OSDN, the largest technical network serving enterprise IT and development professionals, today announced the release of SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1, the latest generation of the industry-leading application for streamlining and managing distributed team software development.

"Software development with distributed teams is the norm within larger enterprises, especially with the growth of global-sourcing. Streamlining development operations and managing it effectively is a critical challenge," said Joseph Feiman, vice president and research director, Gartner, Inc. "To reduce the risks and hidden costs of distributed development, companies should consider solutions that give them effective visibility and control of distributed engineering activity while improving communication, collaboration and reuse to drive greater development efficiency."

Originally derived from the technology that powers SourceForge.net, the world's largest open-source software development web site with more than 81,000 projects and 850,000 registered users, SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1 is based on the next-generation SourceForge architecture initially released in late 2003. Designed with integration, extensibility, and higher performance in mind, SourceForge 4.1 is built on a platform-independent Java 2 Enterprise Edition™ (J2EE) architecture and also features a Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that includes an open API and complementary software development kit (SDK). This new architecture extends the value of SourceForge deployment within large enterprises, making it easier to integrate with a wide range of third-party applications, authentication systems, databases, software configuration management (SCM) systems, and in-house tools. SourceForge 4.1 is uniquely well-suited to serve as a centralized, secure platform for connecting, and providing a common view into disparate tools and systems. This enables project managers, developers and other team members to streamline and manage distributed development with less effort and more effectiveness. With SourceForge 4.1, companies gain a robust foundation for process improvement initiatives, IT governance, collaboration and reuse. In addition, SourceForge 4.1 remains a pure web-based application, a critical feature for remote team access, connecting with desktop productivity applications and mobile computing devices, and for reducing maintenance and administration costs.

A significantly enhanced and more intuitive interface makes SourceForge 4.1 easier to use and configure for specific requirements, while providing faster navigation for both new and experienced users. This contributes to even faster project start-up times and makes project teams productive sooner.

"Like many other organizations, VeriSign seeks to promote better collaboration between development teams in an effort to increase efficiency and streamline costs," said Matthew Shilts, vice president, product engineering, VeriSign Security Services. "The SourceForge 4.1 J2EE platform's improved integration features and enhanced user interface will help us achieve these goals by providing our teams with better visibility into their projects, allowing them to stay on schedule and budget."

"What we've done with SourceForge 4.1 is a huge step forward for our customers," said Ali Jenab, president and CEO, VA Software. "We have kept the best features of a very solid technical product and transformed it by making it much easier to use, integrate and extend. No matter how a company performs development activities in-house, outsourced, offshore, or a mixture or what tools they already use, SourceForge 4.1 will help them lower development costs and increase development efficiency."

SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1 is available for immediate shipment. Full, single user pricing starts at $2,725 USD.

About VA Software

VA Software (Nasdaq: LNUX) is the provider of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, the industry leading, web-based solution for streamlining and managing distributed software development. SourceForge improves communication, collaboration, and workflow coordination among multi-site teams 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. Numerous Fortune 1000 firms and more than 850,000 Open-Source developers use SourceForge technology to power their global development efforts.

VA Software is also the parent company of OSDN, the largest and most dynamic community-driven enterprise IT network on the Web. Every level of IT influencer, decision maker and buyer turn to OSDN sites to create, debate, and make or break IT news and tools. OSDN is the home of the award-winning news discussion site Slashdot.org; the world's largest open-source software development site SourceForge.net; Linux.com, and other popular sites. OSDN's traffic has reached an all-time high of 250 million page views and almost 15 million unique visitors every month. For more information on OSDN, visit www.osdn.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 or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Further information on VA Software is available at www.vasoftware.com.

Contact Information
Jan Liband
VA Software
510.687.7153, [email protected]

Rick Laubscher
Messagesmith
415.305.5242, [email protected]



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