Integration company Optaros launched its Enterprise Open Source Directory this week. The online directory is a follow-up to the open source catalog the company released in January. According to company information, the EOS Directory
... bridges the gap between corporations seeking solutions through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and the open source community... with expert and user ratings, case studies, forums and requests for advice based on functionality, community backing, project trends and maturity of technology.
And ZDNet's Dana Blankenhorn thinks that's "a very good thing," to borrow a phrase from Martha Stewart. Wisely, he says, the company's not shying away from the licensing controversy that has rippled through the open source world in recent weeks. The EOS directory will clearly indicate the licenses under which each project is released, as well as whether the licenses are OSI-approved, Optaros' Dave Gynn told Blankenhorn.
A "visual cue" to OSI-approved licenses, Blankenhorn says, "will make this very good thing even better." That way, those who use the directory will not mistakenly assume that every project on the list meets with OSI approval. (All the projects listed there are, however, enterprise class, as defined by the directory's listing criteria.)