How SOS Open Source Evolved in its First Year

5 May 2011

SOS Open Source few days ago completed its first year of life, a good time to look back and and see where we have been and to recognize methods and technologies that have helped us on our journey.

SOS Open Source started back in 2009 as a solution to a customer problem: how to find, evaluate and compare open source projects. Having been looking for years at open source assessment methodologies, our first step was to grab the best from all the existing ones, possibly avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls. »

Which Linux Server Distribution?

4 April 2011

We have tried to provide a general guide to choose a Linux (server) distribution, gathering information about both Linux distro built by volunteers (eg.: Debian) and by vendors (Canonical, SUSE, Oracle, Red Hat, and others).

The document – at the moment available only in Italian – is organized as follows:

Linux: a trademark, a kernel, many distributions – some historical background on Linux name and its trademark, and how an elementary kernel in about 20 years gave birth to over 300 distributions.

Who does write Linux, Linus Torvalds? – an overview of who contributes to the development of Linux, , in order to better understand the quality and quantity of contributions made by various players. »

Open Source Application Lifecycle Management

4 February 2011

SOS Open Source formerly has been asked to choose a web project management platform first and then to identify an open source software configuration management tool. The ultimate goal was to assemble an open source Application Lifecycle Management suite.

This article is a short essay on a journey about how to select the right components and then integrating them to create an effective development platform. »

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