Open Source List Slights Lucene, Solr

June 13, 2012

Volunteering is good for the soul as well as the community. Makeuseof aims to direct those with a giving spirit in “The 10 Best Open Source Projects You Should Be Volunteering to Help With.” One question:why are Lucene and Solr missing from this write up?

Writer Saikat Basu prods:

“The success of Open Source projects has defied the old saying – too many cooks spoil the broth. . . .

“You aren’t a coder? Read 8 Ways To Help Open-Source Projects If You’re Not A Coder. You could be a writer, a designer, a translator, just a Facebook or Twitter junkie, or someone who wants to just donate money for the cause. There are different levels where you can put your two bits. And here are ten of the many open source projects where you can.”

The list is populated with some of the usual suspects, like Mozilla and Ubuntu. However, we take issue with the fact that two of our favorites seem to be missing: Lucene and Solr. Sure, their parent organization Apache is included, but each of these excellent projects deserves its own entry.

Irrelevant? Sure, to the uninformed. We think Lucene/Solr are important and warrant inclusion on a list of notable open source projects.

Cynthia Murrell, June 13, 2012

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