SOURCE: VA Software

September 19, 2005 07:10 ET

Applied Biosystems Selects VA Software's SourceForge Enterprise Edition to Manage Distributed Development

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2005 --VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), a leading provider of software, information and community support for IT and development professionals, today announced that Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE: ABI), an Applera Corporation business, has selected SourceForge® Enterprise Edition to facilitate a distributed collaborative software development environment.

"We evaluated tool suites to enable a collaborative development infrastructure that enhances and supports our already successful development processes," said Bruce von Herrmann, vice president and general manager, informatics, Services & System Solutions division, Applied Biosystems. "SourceForge Enterprise Edition is an ideal tool that allows us to fully embrace the benefits of distributed development by unifying all of our development teams and tools throughout the full software development lifecycle."

Applied Biosystems, which has deployed over 180,000 life science instrument systems into nearly 100 countries, chose SourceForge Enterprise Edition because it offers better visibility into the status and health of development projects, effectively manages the tasks for team members in different locations and helps manage resources across multiple projects.

With SourceForge Enterprise Edition, diverse tools and processes are now connected together with a fully integrated set of project management, change management, and collaboration capabilities. SourceForge Enterprise Edition provides a consolidated development environment that links and automates processes, and enables more efficient use of existing IT and development resources. SourceForge Enterprise Edition also provides Applied Biosystems with a unified development platform for all their products and serves as a central facility for all project communication. Discussions are automatically archived into a growing knowledge base.

"As an instrument manufacturer with so many products containing embedded software, Applied Biosystems has the opportunity to enhance its software development programs by moving into an integrated distributed environment," said Darryll Dewan, group president, SourceForge Enterprise Software Business. "SourceForge Enterprise Edition provides greater project visibility, instills a project discipline with development teams and offers a mechanism to quickly reward successful projects and find ways to help projects in need."

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.® is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 100,000 Open Source projects and over 1 million registered users. SourceForge Enterprise Edition is an enterprise-grade version of SourceForge for optimizing and managing distributed development within the enterprise. For more information about VA Software, visit For more information about OSTG, visit

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