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European consortium to prove quality of Open Source software

A consortium consisting of leading European Open Source projects, consultants and research bodies has secured EU funding to measure the quality of Open Source software.

Software Quality Observatory for Open Source Software (SQO-OSS) has raised €2.47 million to build tools that will enable software companies and Open Source projects to benchmark the quality of their application's source-code and prove its suitability for enterprise deployment.

The project aims to address one of the perceived barriers to entry in the adoption of Open Source software - proof that software which is free and publishes its source-code can out-perform expensive, brand-marketed software.

Lead by the Athens University of Economics and Business, consortium participants include UK-based Sirius Corporation, KDE e.V. and ProSyst in Germany, KDAB in Sweden and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The project will:

* Deliver a plug-in based quality assessment platform, featuring a web and an IDE front-end.

* Develop a set of software metrics that will take into account quality indicators from data that is present in an Open Source project's repository.

* Publish a league of Open Source software applications, categorised by their quality.

* Release its output under the BSD licence to stimulate business interest.

Professor Diomidis Spinellis, Project Lead said: "An industry matures when its products become standardised commodities. Through the objective evaluation of open source projects, SQO-OSS will provide many smaller and less known projects with the visibility and respectability they deserve."

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.