How to apply evaluate opensource project?

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Just want to ask how would you read / learn / evaluate an open source project to see whether it is suitable to apply to your current system? Like what steps you guys taking, etc?


  • Github stars/how old the open source/latest stable release
  • does it come from trustworthy organization (apache, good company..)
  • does its well-documented and well-maintained
  • Features/documents and community.
  • is it actively developing (latest commit …)
  • read through its document & samples
  • try answer question: does it solve our problems?
  • Github issues & code.
  • Run small demo see how it works.
  • make plan to apply it into internal system / execute plan