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= Maintenance =

OSS projects/tools are moving targets, and no software is bugfree or fulfills
every need. Choosing a tool for daily work requires the investment of time and
effort to learn the tool and fit it into one's workflow. Such an investment
should be future-proof, which calls into consideration the maintenance status
of a tool.

== Activity ==

Does the project seem alive? Note that e.g. sheer volume of mails on a list
may not be a good enough indicator, since a mature project may only see
discussion on the occasion of a found bug, or the like. A much better
indicator might be the responsiveness to such issues: how quickly are list
posts followed up on? How old are the bug reports? How responsive is the
maintainer/author/core team when prompted directly?

== Releases ==

How long are the release cycles and are they time- or feature-based? Does the
project release snapshots? Does it maintain separate releases for stable and
unstable/in progress code? Is the code repository public and is an effort made
to make sure the code checked in compiles and runs?

== Bug tracking ==

Does the project use a publicly available (and usable) bug tracker?
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