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TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory Selects VA Software To Reduce Application Development Inefficiencies

TNO-FEL standardizes processes and increases collaboration and reuse with SourceForge® Enterprise Edition

FREMONT, California November 4, 2004 VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), a leading provider of software, information and community support for IT and development professionals, has announced that TNO-FEL, one of the largest independent Information and Communications Technology (ICT) labs in the Netherlands, has selected SourceForge® Enterprise Edition to reduce inefficiencies and increase collaboration among its application development teams.

TNO-FEL is part of the Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research and has a network of 550 scientists, technologists and developers. The lab selected SourceForge over other competing applications because it enabled the organization to standardize development processes with a single solution, one that combines agnostic software configuration management (SCM) support, issue tracking and a software reuse platform.

Since deployment, SourceForge has allowed TNO-FEL to improve communication, visibility and control over specific tasks and projects, and has enabled accessibility and sharing of information within and across development teams. Today, TNO-FEL has more than 40 active projects being managed on SourceForge across a network of 100 users.

"Our developers use a range of systems for software configuration management. However, the lack of standardized procedures slowed reporting and made it difficult to recreate specific software baselines. Furthermore, we lacked the infrastructure necessary to support software reuse and were potentially wasting time and resources on duplication and rework," said Tom van den Berg, lead scientist in the Simulators Group at TNO-FEL. "SourceForge has improved our visibility and control over development processes."

"We understand that organizations like TNO-FEL are faced with increasing time and budgetary restraints, therefore boosting efficiency and productivity have become more important than ever before," said Colin Bodell, senior vice president and chief technology officer at VA Software. "With SourceForge Enterprise Edition, TNO-FEL can address these challenges by accelerating development processes and making better use of existing tools and systems."


TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory (TNO-FEL) is part of the Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research (TNO) - the independent knowledge organisation that builds a bridge between fundamental know-how and the everyday practices of government authorities and the business community. Whether it involves the Ministry of Defense, Public Safety, ICT, Transport and Logistics, Aerospace or Electronic Systems - all TNO-FEL's products and services - provided by 550 highly educated professionals - are leading edge. TNO-FEL invests a quarter of its annual turnover of EUR 55 million in the accumulation of know-how. Its solid knowledge basis, together with its multidisciplinary collaboration with 5,000 colleagues in other TNO institutes as well as representation in many national and international knowledge networks, enables TNO-FEL to go beyond state-of-the-art solutions. TNO-FEL envisages a strategic relationship with government authorities and the business community. The institute's products and services cover the entire societal 'information chain': from the collection of information (image, audio and data), through the transportation and processing of information, to its use and security. TNO-FEL, Making Information Work!

About VA Software

VA Software (Nasdaq: LNUX) is at the center of today's technology revolution and incites innovation by empowering the IT and developer communities with information, community support and software. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG (Open Source Technology Group), formerly OSDN, and the creator of SourceForge. is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 90,000 Open Source projects and over 900,000 registered users. SourceForge Enterprise Edition is an enterprise-grade version of SourceForge for optimizing and managing distributed development within the enterprise.

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