Free and open source software (FOSS) is omnipresent, making the need for OSSpal greater than ever. It can be difficult to find projects that meet the demanding needs of businesses, governments, and other organizations.
OSSpal is a community site aimed at helping people find open source software.The OSSpal project is the successor to the Business Readiness Rating (BRR), originally created in 2005. Our experience with the BRR taught us that quantitative evaluation of open source projects is valuable, but that people also want to draw on the opinions of others. Therefore, OSSpal adds user reviews to the BRR evaluation framework.
In the first phase of the new OSSpal project, the focus is on identifying high-quality FOSS projects and gathering evaluations of them. These projects are organized according to the IDC taxonomy for software. In subsequent phases, the project will address the creation of automated tools to extract project data from repositories and expanding the framework to facilitate comparison between FOSS and other software.
The name OSSpal is, in part, in memory of the late Murugan Pal, a co-founder of the Business Readiness Rating project.