SOURCE: OSTG

June 28, 2005 16:00 ET

SourceForge.net Launches TechForge.com; Vertical Market Channels Focusing on Open Source Trends and Technologies

First TechForge Channel, Eclipse.TechForge.com, Delivers a Comprehensive View Into Eclipse Technology and Trends

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 28, 2005 -- OSTG (subsidiary of VA Software) (NASDAQ: LNUX) today announced the launch of its TechForge vertical channel strategy on SourceForge.net, the world's leading collaborative development and download site. The TechForge channels will provide IT professionals and developers with in-depth resources and information about specific vertical technologies. The first TechForge, Eclipse.TechForge.com, is a community site focused on the Eclipse Open Source platform, plug-ins and associated technology from SourceForge.net. It can be found at http://eclipse.techforge.com.

Eclipse.TechForge.com is designed specifically for IT and developer-users of Eclipse technology -- a widely used IDE which provides a foundation for constructing and running integrated software-development tools. Eclipse allows tool builders to independently develop tools that integrate seamlessly with others. Eclipse.TechForge.com features downloads, original editorials, reference content, and forums. Content is structured in an easy-to-digest, organized fashion, allowing for quick access to the most relevant content and downloads.

"Thanks to tight integration with SourceForge.net, TechForge and the Eclipse channel give the IT and development communities the same level of credibility, integrity and authority they've come to expect from SourceForge.net," said Colin Bodell, CTO for OSTG and VA Software. "The vertical channel strategy delivers content to users who have familiarity with that technology, and it's organized to enable them to swiftly get to the information and materials they need."

Eclipse.TechForge.com is produced and hosted by OSTG with original content and editorial oversight provided by nexB Inc. -- a leading Open Source company with expertise in developing 'open by design' business applications. nexB's mission is to open all phases of the software life cycle, from design through development and deployment, enabling companies to get the value promised by package software vendors. Visit nexB at www.nexB.com

Eclipse.TechForge.com also features information from, and links to, Eclipse.org, an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing an open platform for creating development tools. Eclipse.org members will receive special discounts on sponsorship opportunities providing them with direct access to market their solutions and services to the Eclipse consumer community. Visit Eclipse.org at www.eclipse.org.

"Eclipse.TechForge.com is an important new channel of information and collaboration for the Eclipse community," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc. "We look forward to working with OSTG and nexB to rapidly expand the distribution, usage and further development of Eclipse around the world."

"With more than 17,000 downloads a day, Eclipse information-overload has become a problem for users. It is this problem that Eclipse.TechForge.com is designed to solve," said Philippe Ombredanne, CTO of nexB. "The vertical TechForge channel makes Eclipse much more palatable to users: IT professionals can go into forums and ask questions about Eclipse or download Eclipse or the plug-ins directly, and people new to Eclipse can get up to speed without the sizeable learning curve this kind of technology presents."

Eclipse.TechForge.com is also the home to "EasyEclipse," which packages together the Eclipse IDE and leading Open Source Eclipse plug-ins. EasyEclipse is a pre-assembled, tested, documented and supported IDE that will save Eclipse users worldwide from having to download and build their own Eclipse IDE from component parts.

About OSTG

OSTG (Open Source Technology Group) is 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, TechForge.com, Linux.com and freshmeat.net. OSTG also owns ThinkGeek.com, the leading retailer for innovative technology products, and the MediaBuilder network, featuring 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. OSTG is a wholly owned subsidiary of VA Software Corp. Find out more about OSTG at www.ostg.com.

VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), OSTG's parent company, is at the center of today's technology revolution, inciting innovation by empowering the IT and development communities with information, community support and software. VA Software is the creator of SourceForge. SourceForge.net is the global nexus for the Open Source community with over 100,000 Open Source projects and more than a million registered users. SourceForge Enterprise Edition is used to manage and optimize distributed development across the enterprise. For company information, visit www.vasoftware.com.

Slashdot, freshmeat and SouceForge.net are registered trademarks of OSTG, Inc., in the United States and other countries. VA Software, OSTG, and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or product names are property of their respective owners.

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