☆ Is Apache Open-By-Rule?

The Apache Software Foundation is probably the most respected open source code community. Host to nearly 100 massively important projects like httpd, Subversion and Tomcat, it has thoughtfully and pragmatically built highly effective governance over a long period, tweaking its procedures so they work well without getting in the way of progress. Many thanks to […]

☆ Is Mozilla Open-By-Rule?

Host to the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird mail client among many other projects, the Mozilla Foundation is one of the largest and most significant open source projects. Long-term contributor and employee Gervase Markham has kindly provided the data for an open-by-rule scorecard for Mozilla. The goal of the open-by-rule benchmark is not to judge […]

☆ Is GNOME Open-By-Rule?

Dave Neary has kindly agreed to supply data for an Open-By-Rule evaluation of the GNOME Project, which develops and maintains one of the two open source graphic desktop environments most widely used on UNIX and Linux systems as well as a diverse and growing range of other software including notably mobile software. The scores are […]

☆ Is Eclipse Open-By-Rule?

The Eclipse Foundation is home to a family of projects related to enterprise software development. Its Executive Director Mike Milinkovic has very kindly supplied the data for an Open-By-Rule evaluation. In his submission Mike actually scored the first point higher and I reduced his +1 for “open” down to zero because the Board is controlled […]

☆ Is LibreOffice Open-By-Rule?

Charles-H Schulz from The Document Foundation submitted the data for a benchmark evaluation of LibreOffice. I have read his evaluations and added scores, giving a current evaluation of +5 for LibreOffice (on a scale of -10 to +10). This would firmly identify LibreOffice as open-by-rule. There is still some room for improvement, but that’s to […]

☆ More Ratings Please

Given the interest in my earlier article about a scorecard for open source and my own rough-and-ready benchmark proposal, I’d be interested in seeing how well the benchmark works at rating a variety of open source projects. If you’re familiar enough with a project to be willing to have your name associated with rating it, […]

☆ Rating OpenJDK Governance

I used to be a member of the Interim Governance Board for the OpenJDK project I helped Sun start to host an open source implementation of the Java platform under the GPL. For various reasons, the governance was never fully defined and the entire subject has been silent for over a year. There’s other context […]