How can I find listings of open source software that is ready for production use in a business?
For years Open Source software listings had developers as their audience. More recently end-users are looking for software and now enterprise (medium and large businesses) IT departments have been searching the Internet for usable software.
A long-time directory of Free and Open Source software is the Open Directory http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Open_Source/ and the Free Software Foundation has its directory at http://directory.fsf.org/
The OSDir.com directory at http://osdir.com/Downloads.phtml has user ratings of the software packages it lists.
Enterprise IT operations should be interested in the Enterprise Open Source Directory http://www.eosdirectory.com/ which lists itself as a beta site.
It is sponsored by Optaros, an integrator (http://www.optaros.com/) whose experience with the software in question has led them to list some 260 Open Source projects as either ready for enterprise IT or at least of interest to it. Based on this experience each project is given an Optaros Rating. The projects are further scored for their functionality, community strength and activity, maturity (stability), and general trend. The majority of the packages are increasing their scores over time, and Optaros solicits outsiders' experience and judgement on the software.
There is also a small library of enterprise-use case studies on the site.
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