Open-source software security vendor praises 25 projects

Open-source code security vendor Palamida is giving the thumbs-up to 25 open-source projects.

Palamida, a vendor that sells software and services around open-source software security and legal compliance, has named 25 open-source projects companies should not hesitate to use.

Some, such as the Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment) and the MySQL database, are widely known. But Palamida also included software like the FreeType font engine and script.aculo.us, a set of JavaScript libraries for Web 2.0-style applications and sites.

All the projects on the list are stable and enterprise-ready, Palamida said.

"If you aren't thinking about using open-source as part of your development process, you're putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage," said Theresa Bui Friday, vice president of product marketing and a co-founder of the San Francisco company.

Palamida thought it wise to distribute the 25 projects over a number of categories, since open source "has permeated up and down the stack," she said.

The company's announcement also reflects its changing business strategy.

Today, Palamida's software scans a customer's code base, determines which open-source software is in use, and provides information about associated licenses, known vulnerablities and available patches.

But when formed in 2003, the company initially focused on licensing issues, because most of its early customers were software vendors, Friday said: "Five years ago, the management issue was solely around licenses, and license terms and obligations."

Palamida subsequently began hearing that customers were sending the open-source licensing reports over to their security teams. "We realized these lists were useful to a different organization than IP management," she said.

Overall Palamida and its competitor Black Duck Software "have been moving into providing a tool for software development," said Redmonk analyst Michael Coté. "Instead of making sure your open-source code use is healthy from only a legal perspective ... the idea is to make sure that your overall use of OSS is healthy."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags open source projects

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?