In January, SearchEnterpriselinux.com wrote about Optaros’ open source project guide, called the Open Source Catalogue 2007. At the time, the catalogue was a tome of information about the maturity of some of the more than 140,000 open source projects that are found around the Net today, mostly on repository sites like SourceForge.net. The hook was that IT managers, unlike developers, were probably not as up-to-date on these projects, and were at risk of getting behind one that wasn’t quite ready for the enterprise.
But the catalogue was a catalogue in every sense of the word: it was a physical thing that you downloaded and opened up on your desktop or — gasp! — PRINTED out to read on your couch. This isn’t the 1990’s anymore, and we geeks shun paper products, no?
Today, I received a call from Optaros telling me that the catalogue was now completely online and accessible at http://www.eosdirectory.com/. Oh, and it’s now called the Enterprise Open Source Directory. According to Optaros, the EOS Directory provides corporations with expert and user ratings, case studies, forums and requests for advice based on functionality, community backing, project trends and maturity of technology.
When I spoke with him in January, Bruno von Rotz, vice president for research and strategy, told me “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. We are convinced that it is the experience and the implementation knowledge of our consultants and the pragmatic approach in compiling the data that will make the catalog a useful tool when thinking about alternatives to existing technologies or starting a new implementation project.”
I checked out the site this afternoon, and it boasts a number of dashboards that track the most popular projects being researched on the site (which you can monitor with RSS). You can also access various topics, like operating systems and clients; communication infrastructure; and systems management; all via a nice Web 2.0-like interface. Each project listed gets a rating, case study information, and licensing information.
The catalogue is a good starting point for educating yourself about all sort of open source technologies out there today, including Linux. While it shouldn’t be your final source for IT decision making, it could complement the process. Being completely online helps too.