A new standard model for rating open source software is being proposed by an alliance including Intel and US university Carnegie Mellon.
The Business Readiness Ratings (BRR) scheme aims to enable enterprise adopters and developers to rate open source software in a transparent and standardised way. 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 certification firm SpikeSource.
BRR's advocates argue that the quality of open source software is variable: some is suitable for mission-critical work, but other applications are less mature and could present risks.
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 said.
The sponsors are now inviting feedback to help shape the standard to make it useful to both enterprise adopters and open source developers.
Alliance proposes quality rating model