Optaros has relaunched its Executive Open Source Directory as an online resource. Originally launched in January 2007 as a PDF document on their white papers site, the directory covered approximately 260 free and open source software projects. The valuations were based on hands-on experience from the Optaros developers and consultants and rated the projects from the perspective of functionality, maturity, community activity, and overall from an enterprise readiness point of view based.
Optaros is now relaunching the directory as an online interactive resource. They hope it will be more consistently up-to-date, and they're enabling external ratings, and case studies to be uploaded so customers and communities can directly participate. Optaros will maintain ultimate editorial control to ensure quality. RSS feeds are enabled to allow people to track projects or the directory at large.
I took the opportunity to interview Bruno von Rotz, VP Strategy & Research and country manager in Switzerland, about the development of the directory and have presented it as a podcast. I also interviewed Daniel Chalef, CEO at Knowledge Tree, an open source document management system company with a project in the directory since the original directory was created. I finish up the podcast with Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady on his views on the directory's evolution. The podcast is posted at LibSyn and available via the iTunes directory as well. (Comments and suggestions for future podcasts are welcome.)
Disclaimer: I was employed at Optaros as part of the management team from February 2005 until September 2006.