The European Union is funding a project that will measure the quality of open source software code to prove whether it is suitable for enterprise and government deployment.
The Software Quality Observatory for Open Source Software project announced this week that it has received 3.2m euros ($4m) to create tools and services that will enable developers to assess the quality of their code.
The SQO-OSS project is led by the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece and also involves UK open source services firm Sirius Corp, the KDE project, software firms ProSyst Software GmbH and Klaravdalens Datakonsult AB, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
It aims to deliver plug-in quality assessment tools and software quality metrics, while there are plans to publish a league table of open source applications based on their quality. The results of the project are due to be released under a BSD-style license.
Source code analysis software vendor Coverity Inc launched a similar project in March, backed by funding from the US Department of Homeland Security.