A new standard model for rating open source software is being proposed by an alliance including chip manufacturer Intel and a US university.
The Business Readiness Ratings (BRR) scheme aims to enable enterprise adopters and developers to rate open source software in a transparent and standardised way.
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The idea is to devise a rating system that could be a trusted, unbiased source for businesses trying to decide whether open source software applications are mature enough to adopt.
The initiative is backed by Intel, Carnegie Mellon University’s centre for open source investigation, O’Reilly CodeZoo and open source certification firm SpikeSource.
BRR’s advocates argue that the quality of open source software is variable: some is suitable for businesses’ “mission critical” work, while other applications are less mature and could present risks. But companies evaluate the software using ad hoc, homegrown assessment methods.
BRR would standardise this analysis – and help developers create software geared towards business use, the project’s backers argue.
The sponsors are now inviting feedback to “help shape this standard to make it useful to both enterprise adopters and open source developers”.
For more information or to comment see http://www.openbrr.org/