If you haven't yet seen the recently-released "Open Source Catalogue
" (which requires registration) it's definitely worth your time - it's a grid comparing different open source projects in various topic areas, with some introductory text describing the report methodology and an attempt to describe what is happening with open source software.
Optaros' Open Source Catalogue 2007 lists some 260 "projects" in four software categories (operating systems and infrastructure, application development and infrastructure, infrastructure solutions and business applications). The selection and the rating system is based on the experience of Optaros' worldwide consulting and integration work force, substantial research and evaluations, as well as interaction with open source communities and companies. At the end of the day, the selection and evaluation will always be somewhat subjective, even when the analysis and the decisions were made as objectively as possible. However, we are convinced that it is the experience and the implementation knowledge of Optaros' consultants as well as the pragmatic approach in compiling the data that will make this catalogue a very useful tool when thinking about alternatives to existing technologies or starting a new implementation project and identifying suitable frameworks or solutions. The Open Source Catalogue is not intended to replace detailed evaluation or proof of concepts, but provide some help to conduct a first selection.
A couple of points:
- Aside from the obvious quibbles (what does "enterprise-readiness" mean anyway?) it's interesting to see how OSS Java projects continue to grow and flourish - remember when "open source Java" was an oxymoron?
- Hibernate, JBoss, Tomcat and Eclipse are OSS standard bearers in their respective areas. [Editor's note: It's also interesting that no application server got more than three out of four points for maturity. I wonder why, since some of the application servers have been around virtually forever?]
- The report corroborates the economic arguments I made in "There Is No Open Source Community."
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