50 Open Source Tools That Could Help You Find (or Keep) a Valentine: Page 4

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36. Kopete

Like Pidgin and Adium, this chat client from KDE also supports multiple networks, including AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu and Novell GroupWise Messenger. Other notable features include built-in encryption and archiving, integration with other address books and more. Operating System: Linux

37. Miranda IM

This extremely lightweight IM client boasts very fast performance, and you can run it from a USB thumb drive. It also works on multiple networks, including AIM, Facebook, IRC, Yahoo and several others. Operating System: Windows

38. Psi

Built for the XMPP network, Psi lets you chat with people on Google Talk and international IM networks that use the same protocol. It's fast and lightweight, and it offers encryption capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Blogging

39. LifeType

If you just can't keep your love to yourself, open source software can also help you blog about your budding romance. LifeType's features include a WYSIWYG interface, integrated media management, spam filters, mobile support and more. Operating System: OS Independent

40. WordPress

Used by more than 60 million bloggers, this incredibly popular blogging software can get you up and running in just five minutes. If you don't have your own Web server, WordPress is a good choice because hosting is easily available through WordPress.com Operating System: OS Independent

Schedule/Calendar

41. Makagiga

Make sure you don't forget about your Valentine's Day plans—plan ahead with Makagiga. This app offers a calendar and a journal, plus plug-ins for viewing images, adding sticky notes and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

42. RedNotebook

Another tool to help keep you organized, RedNotebook also combines a scheduler with a text editor so you can keep notes about your plans or record your thoughts like a diary. To make searching easier, this app also tags journal entries with word clouds. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Brainstorming/Mind Mapping

43. FreeMind

If you need to brainstorm some ideas for the perfect Valentine's Day date, try FreeMind. It makes it easy to use bubbles and arrows to show the links between ideas like you would on a white board, but the fold, unfold and follow link features let you include a lot more information that you ever could on a board. Operating System: OS Independent

44. FreePlane

A fairly new FreeMind fork, FreePlane offers similar functionality with a different application architecture and a more contribution-friendly philosophy. As a result, it offers several features that aren't in the original FreeMind. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

45. XMind

XMind humbly calls itself "the world's coolest brainstorming and mind mapping software and the best way to share ideas." In addition to the open source personal version, it also comes in a paid business version. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Online Gaming

46. Ryzom

Set 2000 years in the future, this MMORPG transports you to the planet Atys where battle is raging between the forces of nature and creepy techno-warriors. It's free to download and free to play through level 125; you can find the source code at the Ryzom Core dev site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

47. PokerTH

This open source version of Texas Hold 'Em has a larger user base that competes in tournaments through Poker Heroes. Note that the game does have users of both sexes and includes a separate "Lady-Heroes" ranking. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

48. Crossfire

This old-school role-playing adventure game offers more than 3000 maps filled with monsters, magic, treasures and more. You can host your own game with the server version or use the client version to connect to a public game. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

49. PlaneShift

Set in the underground world of Yliakum, PlaneShift is a role-playing fantasy game with humans, elves, dwarves and a host of stranger races. While the game is playable and completely free, note that it's still a work in progress. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

50. Myst Online

If you loved the original Myst series, you might also like this MMORPG based on the same concept. Much less combat-oriented that many other online games, this free open source game focuses on solving puzzles and rebuilding an ancient civilization. Operating System: Windows


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