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U.S. Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Center Forecasts Software Development Efficiency with VA Software

Fleet Numeric Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) selects SourceForge® Enterprise Edition to improve project management, development processes and issue tracking

FREMONT, California, November 11, 2004 VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), a leading provider of software, information and community support to IT managers and development professionals, has announced that the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) has selected SourceForge Enterprise Edition, an application for managing distributed development, as a key part of its efforts to improve project management, boost software development efficiency and reduce costs.

FNMOC is the U.S. Navy's leading oceanographic and weather prediction group. It has a network of about 250 military and civilian scientists, meteorologists and developers, and processes more than six million observations per day, resulting in roughly 2.6 million daily oceanographic and atmospheric charts, analyses, forecasts and related data sets for United States naval operations worldwide. FNMOC recently chose SourceForge to improve project management and collaboration on its application development efforts, as well as to streamline software development processes, including the tracking and management of software feature requests, changes, approvals and updates.

Prior to selecting and implementing SourceForge, FNMOC used a host of in-house developed tools to track and manage features and projects. While these tools were adept at handling specific elements of FNMOC's development, the organization needed an enterprise-grade solution that could manage all aspects of software development, including reporting, configuration and planning. FNMOC's requirements for a more efficient development environment were heightened by the fact that it was performing a significant upgrade to its computing infrastructure. The exchange of its existing Sun systems to IBM Linux servers meant that FNMOC had to effectively manage the porting of a large of number of its applications from Solaris to Linux.

FNMOC selected SourceForge over solutions from several other vendors. One of the key selection factors in their decision was ease of use and installation since the majority of FNMOC's developers are scientists by trade and not programmers. Plus, as a secure, web-based solution, SourceForge saved FNMOC from having to install software onto individual computers. At FNMOC today, SourceForge supports 64 different projects and up to 200 users in multiple locations.

"Before we implemented SourceForge, our developers may have been wasting anywhere from 25 to 65 percent of their time due to various inefficiencies in our development processes," said Earl Ravid, Deputy Department Head of Operations at FNMOC. "Our organization has a large number of scientists and meteorologists who contribute to software development. Because they don't come from a programming background, they aren't readily familiar with reporting, tracking and other fundamental procedures. We needed a solution that was easy to install and use, would integrate with a host of disparate tools, and, with our ongoing transition to Linux, one that could handle multiple projects, spread across several locations. SourceForge Enterprise Edition has exceeded our expectations and even early skeptics are now benefiting from using the system."

"Hidden process inefficiencies can greatly impede an organization's development efforts and drive up costs. FNMOC had the vision to realize this and do something about it," said Darryll Dewan, executive vice president, worldwide field operations at VA Software. "SourceForge Enterprise Edition was created precisely for this purpose; to help organizations streamline development processes while giving them better visibility and control throughout the software development lifecycle."

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) and the creator of SourceForge. SourceForge.net is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 90,000 Open Source projects and over 950,000 registered users. SourceForge Enterprise Edition is a redesigned, enterprise-grade version of SourceForge for optimizing and managing distributed development across the enterprise.

OSTG, the cornerstone of the Open Source movement, is the leading online network for IT managers and development professionals. OSTG technology-focused sites include Slashdot.org, SourceForge.net, ITManagersJournal.com, NewsForge.com, Linux.com and freshmeat.net. OSTG also runs ThinkGeek.com, an online retailer of technology products, and the MediaBuilder network, featuring AnimationFactory.com. OSTG reaches more than 16 million visitors every month and delivers more than 250 million page views.

For more information about VA Software, visit www.vasoftware.com. For more information about OSTG, visit www.ostg.com.

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Jan Liband
VA Software
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