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Ohloh Announces a Public Beta of Its Open Source Information Service

Ohloh announced the Public Beta of its new service. Ohloh's open source information service provides the most current software metrics and project information on open source software projects.

With this information prospective users of open source software can objectively determine what offering is right for them.

Ohloh collects hard project information from the project's source code and the source control system used by the project's development team. It constantly indexes open source projects so that Ohloh users have the latest information available on the projects that they view.

The system also provides a quick summary of how a project's metrics compare with other open source projects. It makes search easier, allowing users to search categories and projects quickly and reliably.

All of Ohloh's information is collected automatically. If a user suggests a new project, Ohloh can quickly get that project on the system and Ohloh actually indexes hundreds of open source projects every week.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.