Open Source Checker

Last year we changed how the reports in our system were handled. Initially we wanted to use an open source library to generate PDFs. However there was a lot of concern over the license. We ended up using a licensed copy of Adobe to do the work. I wonder what other open source code is lurking in our code base?

Protecode has a new version of their System 4 tool out. It searches your project for uses of open source code. Then it identifies the licensing for that code. Talk about solving a problem in one fell swoop.

System 4 does this by having a repository of hundreds of thousands of open source projects. It also has some AI to make sure it does not get confused over code that looks similar to the open source projects. I'd would love to run the source code for all our apps through this thing. I wonder what that would reveal about our code base.