Mindquarry is Dead; Long Live Mindquarry

Mark Twain reportedly once said "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."Mindquarry, an open source collaboration platform, has announced that they will stop supporting the commercial versions of their products, effective October 1st: "Mindquarry’s commercial offerings end."However, as an open source platform, the decision to stop offering commercial products doesn’t mean the project has to end.Lars Trieloff quickly noted:

. . . this is not the end of Mindquarry as an open source project. As long as there is a community that cares for Mindquarry I will continue to invest my time in Mindquarry.

It will be interesting to see how the community around the project reacts – whether community activity waxes or wanes as a result of the decision to stop offering commercial versions.

Open Source projects linking with EOS Directory

We have extended our EOS Directory to provide an easy approach to Open Source projects to link into “their” page. This will allow Open Source projects to profit from being listed on EOS Directory and have real time ratings on their own site. All it takes is to copy some HTML code. Many projects have been asked for this functionality. There are a number of things we are also working on, so stay tuned for some significant changes coming up.

To use the badge, select your project page and look for the badge graphic and code at the bottom of the listing.

Changing the rating procedure on EOS

After listening carefully to feedback from our user group we decided to change the rating procedure. We are currently implementing a new approach that will be launched soon. In our next version users will have to authenticate themselves (and therefore register before if they haven’t done so yet – it’s the same procedure as for the forums) – before they can rate. – To complement the rating people will receive both a feedback on what the rating actually means and the possibility to enter a comment to support their rating. With this we hope to receive valuable additional insights into usage experience and more objective rating input. We are interested of course to receive feedback from the user community on whether they like this new approach or not of course. The changes should be online in a few days.

The value of Ratings and the trouble with it

When we started to develop our Open Source Directory we were taking an Enterprise perspective from start on. We wanted to develop a tool that helps CIOs and IT decision makers to easily find and pre-select open source technology. For this purpose we defined our rating system. We went one step further with the online version and opened the platform for EOS users to also enter their rating. In an ideal world this “user rating” would follow the same rules and guidelines as the “Optaros rating”. Both the “Optaros rating” and the “user rating” are trying to assess the “enterprise readiness”. We defined 5 levels of “enterprise readiness”:4 stars:Product/projects matches or is superior to best – proprietary/closed source – available and widely used products. It has proven to be a standard in a specific category that you can’t pass.3 stars:Product/project is mature, fulfills the important requirements and is supported well, it is enterprise ready and conforms to typically found needs/requirements in enterprise production environments2 stars:The right tool for the many situations, more investigations needed, not top league yet. Weaknesses may be driven by technology or lack of functionality or support. A proof of concept is recommended.1 star:Not recommended (yet) to be used immediately in a broad and enterprise wide context, other than early proofs of concept or deployment in a controlled way (e.g. as component that understood by the developer)0 star:Not recommended to be used in an enterprise, probably not worth further investigation. These technologies are not shown in the directory at all.When looking at the “user ratings” people often seem to have only one objective, bumping up the technology to 4 stars. But it takes a lot to reach the 4-star-level in reality. With this we would like to ask people doing ratings to stick to the criteria defined and make a reasonable judgement.

EOS reaching first peak loads

Not only did we launch our EOS at 10:02 CET today, we also experienced already significant peak loads and had to fix a couple of things to make the site faster. We apologize for any inconveniences! We already gathered quite a lot of feedback from our first day users and will make sure we can incorporate many of the ideas as soon as possible. With postings on Heise Online and Heise Open we attracted many interested people from Germany. Matt Asay blogged on EOS as well and we hope many more will cover it.

Open Source Catalogue online (EOS)

When we started with our Open Source Catalgoue in 2006 we had no idea on how popular this ever could become. We are very excited that we have been able to create and publish a directory that is a reference for many people now around the world. Now we want to take it to the next level and bring it online. This will add tremendous value as only by gathering opinions and experiences from users and specialists around the world we will be able to increase the relevance and accuracy of the information. However this is also a challenge and we will need to feedback of our readers to tailor the site (EOS) so that it works best.

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