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VA Software and ThoughtWorks Partner to Help Enterprises Accelerate Adoption of Agile Development Methodologies

Companies to Integrate SourceForge Enterprise Edition and CruiseControl

CHICAGO, IL and FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/26/05 -- VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), leading provider of software, information and community support for IT and development professionals and global IT consultancy ThoughtWorks, Inc., today announced that the companies launched an alliance to jointly develop agile development solutions for enterprise customers. The two companies will offer a turn-key solution that integrates VA Software's SourceForge® Enterprise Edition, the leading collaborative development platform; CruiseControl, the popular continuous integration build tool open sourced by ThoughtWorks; and ThoughtWorks' best practices for agile and distributed agile development.

"We're pleased to team with the leading platform provider for distributed collaborative software development," said Roy Singham, ThoughtWorks' founder and CEO. "With this relationship, VA Software and ThoughtWorks can now offer clients the ability to transform their organizations through a complete and comprehensive solution that properly aligns business and IT. With the integration of CruiseControl with SourceForge Enterprise Edition, including commercial support, our software delivery and transformation best practices and consulting services, business and IT leaders now have a comprehensive solution to improve IT effectiveness."

CruiseControl will be the first continuous build system integrated into SourceForge Enterprise Edition. This solution is specifically designed to help clients address the competing forces of improving time to benefit, managing risk, and leveraging a globally distributed work force to improve both short and long-term cost effectiveness. The primary focus is on helping clients to deliver high value production software in 90 to 120 days.

"VA Software is absolutely committed to integrating best-of-breed solutions to improve the process of building software in today's global enterprises," said Darryll Dewan, group president, SourceForge Enterprise Software Business. "The combination of VA Software's SourceForge and ThoughtWorks' people and best practices is the ideal solution to enable our clients to deliver better software faster."

About CruiseControl and Benefit of Continuous Builds

CruiseControl has been available as a stand-alone project on VA Software's® open source community site since 2001 and continues to grow in popularity. To date, it has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

The practice of continuous integration represents a fundamental shift in the process of building software. It takes integration, commonly an infrequent and painful exercise, and makes it a simple, core part of a developer's daily activities. Integrating continuously makes integration a part of the natural rhythm of coding -- progressing steadily forward by taking small steps.

CruiseControl is a framework for a continuous build process. It includes, but is not limited to, plugins for e-mail notification, Ant, and various source control tools. A Web interface is provided to view the details of the current and previous builds.

About ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks is a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end global software development and delivery. The company's pioneering approach, which includes industry acclaimed agile best practices, helps CIOs maximize investment performance across their portfolio of complex, business critical applications, while reducing time and risk. ThoughtWorks' 700 professionals serve clients from offices in six countries including Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. ThoughtWorks' Web site is

About VA Software

VA Software Corporation (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

VA Software, OSTG, and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks 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 commitment to integrating best-of-breed solutions to improve the process of building software, the faster and better software delivery derived by VA Software clients when ThoughtWorks' people and best practices integrate with SourceForge Enterprise Edition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from VA Software's current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: inability of VA Software to commit to integrating best-of-breed solutions to improve the process of building software, inability of VA Software clients to derive faster and better software delivery when ThoughtWorks' people and best practices integrate with SourceForge Enterprise Edition, 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 as of the date hereof, and VA Software does 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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