Assessing Open Source Software Projects:

Gerald D. Neale

12/22/05


Interfacing your needs with existing open-source projects.


Assessing your needs:

  1. What is your perspective?

  1. What are your goals?

3) What are your resources; time, skill sets, funding?

Assessing existing Open Source projects

  1. Are there any direct matches that are “good enough”?

  2. Choosing among the matches.

  1. Building upon an existing project- “Indirect Matches”

  1. Forking an OSS project...

  2. Starting your own...


Comments:

Generally, open source projects are stable and do what they advertise provided that you sense an “active community” around the project.


An “inactive community”, Red Flags to watch out for:

  1. Suddenly, no releases for a long period of time.

  1. “Unbalanced community”