VA Software rebrands as SourceForge

Former VA Linux refocuses, continues name game

Website operator and open-source development sponsor VA Software has decided to take on a new moniker-that of one of its best-known online destination, SourceForge. The change is effective immediately and is already active on the company's various online properties.

SourceForge Inc. began life as VA Research, later VA Linux Systems, and focused for much of the 1990s on hardware sales of Linux-based computer platforms. This was both a novelty for much of that period before Linux began receiving mainstream exposure, and a relatively high-value, specialist business as Linux distributions required more specialized expertise to implement. The company went public in 1999 with one of the most extreme valuations of the Internet bubble period, attaining share prices in hundreds of dollars before plummeting to earth.

In less than ten years as a public company, SourceForge is now on the third major iteration of its business model. In 1999 it was known first and foremost as a provider of Linux-based server hardware solutions, but by late 2000, particularly after the acquisition of, began reorienting itself away from hardware and into software and Web-based solutions, renaming itself VA Software in the process as it divested its server business. The company traded away its software business to last month and has been operating strictly as a Web property and e-commerce vendor since then. is its leading property, a site which hosts countless open source collaboration and development projects. and are among its other destinations. The company has enjoyed off-and-on profitability since 2006.

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now

Most Popular

cloud computing

Google Cloud snaps up multi-cloud analytics platform for $2.6bn

13 Feb 2020

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020
cyber attacks

Apple Mac malware detections overtake Windows the first time

11 Feb 2020