SOURCE: OSTG

December 01, 2005 08:00 ET

SourceForge.net Launches New Site Design -- First Phase Optimizes Site Navigation and User Experience

Long-Term Site Strategy Includes Advanced Usability, Tools and Services for IT and Open Source Communities

FREMONT CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2005 -- SourceForge.net®, the world's largest Open Source collaborative development environment and download repository of Open Source applications, has launched the first stage of the site's strategic refinement aimed at enhancing functionality and users' experience through better navigation, a superior interface, and simplified tool access. SourceForge.net is part of the OSTG, Inc. (a subsidiary of VA Software Corp.) (NASDAQ: LNUX) technology network, which also includes Slashdot.org, Linux.com, freshmeat.net, NewsForge.com, ITManagersJournal.com, ThinkGeek.com, and AnimationFactory.com.

SourceForge.net currently hosts more than 107,000 registered Open Source projects and has reached an all-time high of almost 1.2 million registered users worldwide. This surge in growth has been fueled by the visibility of new projects posted by leading organizations such as NASA, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Salesforce.com, and by the impact of Open Source on the mainstream technology landscape as more enterprise IT managers adopt Open Source solutions for their businesses. SourceForge.net's unique value to the IT community is in providing a fully integrated resource for developers to create Open Source projects and applications, enabling IT professionals to participate in the enhancement of those projects, and giving IT professionals and technical enthusiasts the ability to evaluate those projects and applications in a trusted, collaborative environment.

"We continue to focus on defining and implementing strategic upgrades to make the site even more powerful and functional for our worldwide technology audience," said Jay Seirmarco, General Manager of SourceForge.net. "By advancing and streamlining the site's navigation, as well as enhancing the most frequently visited areas of the site, we are giving our users an even more robust environment to create projects, interact with the community, and evaluate Open Source applications for their organizations' IT infrastructure."

The enhanced site design is the first step of SourceForge.net's strategic usability refinements. Over the next few months, SourceForge.net will make numerous enhancements to the site, including a redesigned project categorization system, powerful new search options and new community-participation capabilities. This new and enhanced functionality will allow for even more of the active participation and interaction between users that has been the foundation for SourceForge.net and Open Source.

Launched in 1999, Sourceforge.net has been at the heart of the Open Source movement by providing robust development platforms and community interaction. By fostering free access to technical resources and information, and enabling individuals to interact, share and solve problems together, SourceForge.net has created a unique environment to facilitate the growth and legitimization of Open Source technologies. SourceForge.net was recently highlighted as a top collaboration site in BusinessWeek’s Best of the New Web Editors' Picks.

For more information about SourceForge.net, visit www.sourceforge.net. For press inquiries, contact penny.paul@bhgpr.com.

*All traffic projections based on internal audit data as of November 28, 2005.

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 Slashdot.org, SourceForge.net, ITManagersJournal.com, NewsForge.com, Linux.com and freshmeat.net. SourceForge.net is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 107,000 Open Source projects and nearly 1.2 million-registered users. OSTG also owns ThinkGeek.com, the leading retailer for innovative technology products, and AnimationFactory.com, a leading online-image content provider. The network serves more than 290 million page views and nearly 19 million unique visitors a month*. For more information, visit www.ostg.com.

VA Software Corp. (NASDAQ: LNUX) is at the center of today's technology revolution, fueling innovation by empowering the technology communities with information, community support and software. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG, Inc. and the creator of SourceForge® Enterprise Edition. SourceForge Enterprise Edition optimizes distributed development for Fortune 500 companies. For company information, visit www.vasoftware.com.

Slashdot, freshmeat and SouceForge.net 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.

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 are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include without limitation, statements regarding VA Software's and OSTG's commitment to enhancing and redesigning the SourceForge.net site and facilitating the growth and adoption of Open Source technologies. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from VA Software's or OSTG's current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: business considerations that may impact VA Software's commitment to further enhance and redesign the SourceForge.net site, facilitate the growth and adoption of Open Source technologies, and other risks detailed in VA Software's registration statement and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, actual results may vary, perhaps materially, from those contained in the forward-looking statements. 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 obligation to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

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