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Builder.com.au:
10 questions to ask when selecting open source products for your enterprise
December 21, 2009 @ 17:43:33

If you're looking around for software to fill the needs of your company or group and your sights fall on Open Source software, Builder.com.au has a few suggestions for you to consider.

All open source projects, by definition, provide the end user with certain perpetual rights and freedoms in using, studying, modifying and redistributing the product. However, there is a lot of inconsistency in terms of the product quality, the governance model and the availability of support. Thus, when selecting open source components for your enterprise, it is important to do some background checks to ensure the open source product you have selected is compatible with your enterprise business model and IT standards. Below are 10 questions you can ask to evaluate open source maturity.

Among things on their list to consider are:

  • Are the open source licence terms compatible with my business requirements?
  • How well is the product adopted by users?
  • How is this project governed and how easily can I influence the road map?
  • Will the product scale to my enterprise's requirements?
  • Are there regular security patches?
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