Yesterday, Palamida listed the IP used in IP Amplifier 3.2 and launched IPIngredients.org, a Web site that includes other open source projects and applications that publish their IP components. Industry observers applauded the move.
Dana Gardner, principal analyst at research firm Interarbor Solutions, said the effort by Palamida is a good idea and is a bit surprised something like this wasn't brought up sooner. Knowing what's inside the code is a smart idea, he said, whether you're an ISV, hosting organization or an enterprise. "It makes so much sense based on liability, exposure to lawsuits, copyright issues, where you can go in terms of indemnifying your own customers," he said. "It's something of a coming-of-age issue with open source software in general and really across all software."