Evaluate Open Source Software

11 May 2010

Open Source software selection starts with the creation of a short-list of open source packages, and the very next step is the evaluation of all candidates.

Read the dogfood label first.Read the dogfood label first.

Open source projects are planned, developed and maintained often using accessible Revision Control systems (e.g. Bazaar, CVS, Git, Mercurial or SVN), Collaboration (blogs, forums, IRC channels, mailing-lists and wikis) and Tracking Systems (e.g. bugzilla, GNATS, OTRS, trac). Despite going through them all can be time-consuming, those are the primary source of information to know more about an open source project. »

How to Find Open Source Software

29 April 2010

Discovering which open source software do you use maybe an “easy” game to play – using products like OSS Discovery Audit Edition scanning for over 330,000 open source projects to produce a baseline inventory of open source usage or also Krugle Basic providing basic code discovery and code duplication capabilities – but find useful open source packages can be trickier to master. »

Why Open Source Software Selection Matters

20 April 2010

SOS Open Source author: Roberto GaloppiniDespite open source exponential growth – the number of available open source programs double every 14 months – only a tiny fraction of famous open source projects are backed by vendors. Actually many thousands of open source projects – included those that are considered by ISVs, SIs and solution providers “enterprise ready” – are largely unknown among the general public. »

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