March 01, 2007 16:00 ET

Slashdot Introduces Firehose

A Next Generation Approach to Content Aggregation

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 -- (part of the OSTG, Inc., technology network, a wholly owned subsidiary of VA Software Corporation) (NASDAQ: LNUX), the top-ranked technology and cultural news site*, today announced the release of the Slashdot Firehose interface, a new content aggregation and management system that enables potential Slashdot content to be drawn from user submissions, bookmarks, journal entries, and RSS feeds in addition to the existing Slashdot editorial process.

The Firehose interface expands content aggregation to include expanded data collection, increased user participation, and a versatile user interface that provides rich streams of news and information to Slashdot users. Firehose enables users to submit content in a few different formats. Users can submit news anonymously via "Slashdot This." While logged in as a user, viewers can bookmark sites, post comments, and create user journals for Slashdot consideration. Content generated by users, or from popular systems like Slashdot, Reddit,, Digg, and Google, can automatically feed content into the "Firehose" for users to read, discuss, and rate. Slashdot editors will review feedback to select the best stories for posting to the Slashdot front page. The new criteria for selection are based on a combination of a popularity system and Slashdot editorial guidelines.

"Firehose is a completely unique approach that melds user generated content, RSS feeds and the current Slashdot submission process to provide an innovative, constant, steady flow of news and information to Slashdot users," explained Slashdot Executive Editor Jeff "Hemos" Bates. "It represents a next generation approach to content aggregation that allows for increased user participation and feedback."

A wide range of "views" of Slashdot ranging from a general search to a highly targeted, front-page search are now available with Firehose. These different "views" of Slashdot are based on several possible criteria created by users to filter news based on time, submission type, topical section, and popularity. These user preferences can then be used to create "views" that may be subscribed to via RSS or browsed via the user page allowing for grass roots community leaders and specific subsets of Slashdot stories to emerge.

In addition to better communication between editors and readers this system will also allow all content submitted to Slashdot to host a discussion so that readers will be able to discuss all material submitted to the site rather than just what the editorial staff selects. The combination of community driven content and a consistent editorial process promises to deliver varying levels of content for all users depending on individual user preferences.

About OSTG Inc.

OSTG, Inc. (Open Source Technology Group) is at the cornerstone of the Open Source movement and the leading online network for IT managers and development professionals. OSTG's technology-focused sites include,,,, and is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 142,000 Open Source projects and over 1.5 million registered users. OSTG also owns ThinkGeek, Inc., the leading retailer for innovative technology products. The network serves more than 32 million unique visitors a month**. For more information, visit

*Source: Neilson//NetRatings @Plan; rankings compared to Tech Web, IDG, CNET, and ZD, Winter 2007

**Based upon Google Analytics and Omniture data for January 2007

VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), the online media, software, and e-commerce leader in community-driven Open Source innovation, is the parent company of OSTG, Inc. For company information, visit, Slashdot, freshmeat and are trademarks or registered trademarks of OSTG, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. VA Software, OSTG, and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product names herein are the properties of their respective owners.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Slashdot Firehose interface and any expected benefits therefrom. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: business considerations that may impact Slashdot's commitment to utilize the Firehose interface. Investors should consult VA Software's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,, including VA Software's registration statement and the risk factors sections of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2006, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2006, for further information regarding these and other risks of VA Software's business. All forward looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to VA Software and OSTG as of the date hereof, and VA Software and OSTG do not assume any obligations to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

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