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Determining distribution maturity in open source software

Open source issues and strategies expert Maria explains the open source maturity model and criteria that should determine adoption of distributions.

What is the open source maturity model? How can my IT department decide when to adopt a distribution?

When people talk about the open source maturity model, they mean all the factors that go into deciding whether the project is ready for production use. There are a number of factors beyond the technology that you need to examine. Is there an active developer community, and is a stable structure (either a company or not-for-profit organization) in place to support the project? Is the documentation complete and professional? Is commercial...

support and training available? Has a third-party aftermarket developed? The answers to these types of questions will give you a sense for whether or not the project is ready for prime time.

This was first published in December 2005
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