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SourceForge.net Named PayPal ® Star Developer Site at eBay ® Developer Conference

World's largest Open Source development site earns distinction as "PayPal Service to the Community Star Developer"

NEW ORLEANS, LA., June 24, 2004 SourceForge.net (parent company VA Software; NASDAQ: LNUX), the world's largest Open Source collaborative development site, was awarded the eBay Star Developer Award in the PayPal category of Service to the Community yesterday at the 2004 eBay Developer Conference. The eBay Star Developer Awards are presented annually to recognize the talent and dedication of members of the eBay and PayPal Developers Programs.

The Service to the Community Award recognizes developers that work hand-in-hand with the PayPal developer program to improve offerings and site use, represent the needs of the greater developer community, and actively partner with eBay, PayPal and the development community as a whole.

"SourceForge.net has developed an innovative donations program for the more than 82,000 projects hosted on the site," said Dave McClure, director of the PayPal Developer Network. "The PayPal donations system on SourceForge.net is extremely beneficial to the developer community, because most Open Source projects make their software available for free and operate without a direct revenue source. This is an outstanding opportunity for the Open Source community to show their support in a tangible way, and PayPal is proud to be involved with this program."

SourceForge.net launched their donations program in December 2003 to enable the Open Source community give financial support to open source projects hosted on the site.

"We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our project donation system," said Patrick McGovern, director of SourceForge.net. "Open Source project administrators work hard to develop quality software for broad use. The SourceForge.net donations system allows these Open Source developers to receive financial support and community recognition for their countless hours and dedication. Paypal, with its backend API's and fraud detection system, provided us with a powerful solution to deploy the donation service to our 850,000 registered Open Source developers with ease and confidence. "

About the eBay Developer Conference

The eBay Developer Conference brings together members of the eBay and PayPal developer communities, eBay and PayPal staffers, e-commerce experts and exhibitors for two days of discussion and activities. Attendees learn about the latest development tools and technologies for eBay and PayPal, which will enable them to create software solutions that automate and accelerate business processes, and create greater efficiencies for buying and selling on the eBay and PayPal platforms.

About OSDN

SourceForge.net is part of OSDN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VA Software Corp. (Nasdaq: LNUX). OSDN is the largest independent, community-driven media network for IT and developers on the Web and 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 Slashdot.org, SourceForge.net, ITManagersJournal.com, DevChannels.org, Linux.com, ThinkGeek.com, and freshmeat.net. Monthly traffic on the network has recently reached an all time high of almost 250 million page views and 16 million unique visitors*. For more information, visit http://www.osdn.com.

* Publisher's own data; March of 2004.
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