Open Source Software List: 2016 Ultimate List: Page 6

The ultimate open source software list, including games to website editors, office tools to education – nearly 1,300 open source software applications.
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Globulation 2

This real-time civilization-building strategy game aims to reduce the need for micro-management and allow players to focus on strategy. Single- or multi-player games and a level editor are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

GLtron

Inspired by the movie Tron, this movie features lightcycles that race around a futuristic track. It's an older game, but still playable. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

GnomeGames

This collection includes fifteen different casual games that you can play in five minutes or less. It includes Sudoku, a minesweeper game, Mahjong, a version of Reversi and more. Operating System: Linux.

GNU Backgammon

Based on a neural network, this backgammon game has an AI that is constantly improving its abilities. It not only allows users to play games, they can also use it to analyze and improve their gameplay. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Golems

If you can dream it, you can build it with this physics simulator. Create a robot, spaceship, bulldozer, cannon, mouse trap or whatever else comes to mind. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

H-Craft Championship

Pilot a futuristic vehicle around one of more than 28 different racetracks. Play against up to four other players on the same PC. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Android.

Hedgewars

This turn-based strategy game places a heavy emphasis on comedy as it follows "the antics of pink hedgehogs with attitude as they battle from the depths of hell to the depths of space." It supports up to 8 players and includes 31 environments, 48 set image maps, infinite randomly generated maps, 55 weapons, 280 different costumes and much more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS.

I Have No Tomatoes

From the makers of Those Funny Funguloids comes this self-described "extreme leisure time activity." The gameplay primarily involves smashing tomatoes. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

JVGS

Truly unique, JVGS features a stick-figure poet who travels through a landscape that appears to be drawn by hand in pencil. Eerie music and lines of poetry interspersed throughout the game give it a haunting quality. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

KDE Games

The KDE desktop for Linux (which can also be downloaded for Windows) includes a wide variety of arcade, board, card, dice, logic and strategy games. The collection includes a sudoku game, a golf game, a Breakout clone, Mahjongg, a version of Reversi, solitaire, a variation of Yahtzee, a minesweeper game, a version of Risk and much more. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Kernel Panic

In this real-time strategy game, systems, hackers and networks fight against each other in a digital landscape that resembles Tron. Unlike many other real-time strategy games, all resources are free, leaving players free to concentrate on battle. Operating System: Linux, Windows

The Legend of Edgar

This old-fashioned platform game follows the adventures of a young knight who sets out to rescue his father, battling monsters, overcoming obstacles and solving puzzles along the way. Play with the keyboard or a joystick. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Lips of Suna

Designed for mature audiences only, Lips of Suna features "violence, crude humor, nudity and other themes you can rarely see in other games anymore." The game world changes dynamically, and it's very customizable. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Liquid War

Highly unusual, this game invites players to control an army of liquid which they use to try to consume other players' armies. It has won some awards, but be aware that the graphics are fairly unimpressive. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

The Mana World

Still under development, The Mana World is a 2D Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). In order to play, you'll need to create an account and download the Manaplus client. It has only a few users however; at the time of writing 21 were online. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

MegaGlest

Forked from the original Glest, MegaGlest adds Egyptians, Indians, Norsemen, Persians and Romans to the original two Tech and Magic teams. It also offers better network multiplayer capabilities than its predecessor. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Micropolis

Based on the old Maxis SimCity code, Micropolis lets you manage existing cities like San Francisco, Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro or to create your own. It includes eight built-in scenarios for hours of open-ended play. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Minetest

If you've ever played Minecraft, Minetest will feel eerily similar. Explore, dig, build and craft objects in this nearly infinite world. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

NetHack

NetHack is a classic dungeon crawler that uses only the most minimalist graphics to represent maps, players, treasures, monsters and objects in the game. The ultimate goal: retrieve the Amulet of Yendor and escape the Mazes of Menace alive. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Classic Mac.

No Gravity

No Gravity takes players to the year 8002, where they must accomplish fifty-five missions in deep space. Note that this link takes you to the original open source version, but there are also paid sequel versions available for PSP, OS X, iOS, Android, Windows and Windows Phone. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Neverball

This mature game requires users to tilt the floor to move a ball through a level. There's also a new demo showing the game running on the Oculus Rift virtual reality platform. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Oolite

Oolite describes itself as "an open-world space opera." Inspired by the classic game Elite, it allows users to create their own story, whether they choose to become traders, pirates, smugglers, miners or space fighters. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

OpenArena

A clone of Quake III Arena, OpenArena is a multiplayer online first person shooter. It supports multiple game types, such as capture the flag, free for all, overload, harvester and others. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

OpenClonk

In this 2D game, you control clonks, "small but witty and nimble humanoid beings," as they mine, settle and battle. It is based on the shareware game Clonk. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Sonic

As you might guess from the name, this is an open source version of Sonic the Hedgehog. It features cooperative gameplay where players can control up to three characters at the same time. It also offers a level editor for those who like to create their own modified versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

OpenTTD

This open source take on Transport Tycoon Deluxe enhances the original with bigger maps, support for up to 255 players, new pathfinding algorithms, the ability to bribe local officials and much more. There's plenty of online help and even a manual to help new players master the game, and it's available in multiple languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Pax Brittanica

Gameplay is fairly simple on this submarine strategy game. Spawn ships and fight to keep your factory ship alive. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Pingus

If you loved the old game Lemmings, you'll probably love Pingus. It's very similar but features penguins instead of lemmings. It has 77 levels plus a level editor that lets you make your own. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Pioneer

Travel in time to the end of the 31st century. Pilot your own spacecraft throughout the galaxy, exploring and looking for fame and fortune by whatever means you choose in this open-ended game. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

PlaneShift

Still a work in progress, PlaneShift is another open source MMORPG. It features ten different playable races, unlimited professions, six "ways of magic," hundreds of spells, 3D graphics and much more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

PokerTH

The self-proclaimed "No. 1 open source poker app," PokerTH lets you play Texas Hold 'Em alone or against other players online. The online community at Poker-Heroes.com provides access to game servers, rankings and much more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.

Powermanga

This 2D vertical scrolling space shooter offers more than 41 levels to play. Avoid the meteors while battling more than 60 different kinds of enemy ships. It runs easily on old or low-powered systems as well as newer desktops and laptops. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Pushover

A clone of a game originally released in1992, Pushover requires players to move an ant through a level so that it knocks over all of the dominoes on the screen. Be careful—some of the dominoes don't fall the way you might expect. Operating System: Windows.

PySolFC

This huge collection of Solitaire games includes more than 1,000 variations on the classic card game. It includes multiple card decks, multiple background options, hints, statistics, unlimited undo and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Red Eclipse

Called "nothing short of stupendous" by reviewers, Red Eclipse is a self-described "casual arena shooter" that is somewhat similar to Unreal Tournament games. It includes features like Parkour, impulse boosts and dashing, and it has a built-in map editor. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Rigs of Rods

While most vehicle simulators treat objects as hard, solid bodies, Rigs of Rods has a unique soft-body physics engine that more accurately simulates real-world behavior. It has a huge and very enthusiastic fan base that is constantly creating new vehicles and terrains for the game. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Ryzom

Award-winning Ryzom is a very complete MMORPG with a full backstory, excellent graphics and unique gameplay. Players can choose to develop their skills, customize their characters and interact with the game world as they see fit. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Scrabble 3D

Highly customizable, this version of Scrabble lets you use the classic game board, the Superscrabble game board or your own custom board. It even supports 3D play. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Scorched3D

If you fondly remember the classic DOS game Scorched Earth or if you just love watching mountains blow up, Schorched3D is for you. Multiple online servers are available, including one just for beginners. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Secret Maryo Chronicles

If you remember the old 2D Mario Bros. games fondly, you'll probably enjoy Secret Maryo Chronicles. It offers great old-school jump and run gameplay with plenty of levels. Operating System: Windows, Linux

ScummVM

ScummVM allows you to port many classic point-and-click adventure games to nearly any platform you like, including many mobile platforms. Supported games include Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2, Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max, and dozens of others. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, and many others

Simutrans

Build a successful transportation company that carries passengers, goods and mail between various locations. This mature game offers multiple graphics packages to choose from, and you can also choose to connect to an online game to play with people around the world. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

SlipStream

Designed to support any type of vehicle that could be driven around a racetrack, SlipStream is more difficult to learn than some other vehicle simulators, but offers more realistic handling as a tradeoff. Operating System: Linux

Sonic Robo Blast 2

Inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog and built on the Doom Legacy engine, this 3D game features Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman in a new storyline. Both single- and multi-player modes are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Speed Dreams

A fork of TORCS (see below), Speed Dreams is a motorsports simulator with excellent graphics. This version uses a slightly different physics engine and has some cars, tracks and minor UI improvements that you won't find in TORCS. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Stendhal

Designed to be friendlier than some other MMORPGs, Stenhal has a "huge and rich world" with 2D graphics and "an old school feel." Explore the wilderness, fight dragons, complete a quest, become a hero. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

StepMania

Very similar to Dance Dance Revolution, StepMania challenges users to keep the beat of the music on dance pads or the keyboard. The game includes only a few songs, but you can find more in the forums on the website. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X, XBox.

Summoning Wars

Play alone or with up to eight other people in this role-playing game. It offers plenty of battle action against thieves, bandits, necromancers, poachers and other baddies. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

SuperTux

Reminiscent of the Mario Bros. games, this jump-and-run sidescroller follows Tux the Linux penguin through a variety of landscapes. There's a 12-year-old version that runs on old PCs and a stable beta version with an official updated version due in December. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

SuperTuxKart

Downloaded thousands of times per week, SuperTuxKart is a very popular racing game that features Tux the Linux Penguin and his friends racing around a variety of tracks. The graphics and gameplay in the latest version are much improved from earlier editions, as you can see in the YouTube trailer for the game. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Tales Of Maj'Eyal: Age Of Ascendancy

This role-playing game attempts to update rogue-like games for the 21st century. Winner of multiple awards, it invites you to explore the continent of Maj'Eyal while battling against animals, monsters, trolls, giants, demons, zombies, necromancers, dragons and other evil forces. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

TaskWarload

This browser-based game has a deeper purpose than entertainment—teaching beginning programmers to code in the Lua programming language. Note that you'll need to be fairly technical and have access to a Web server in order to get the game up and running. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Teeworlds

This multi-player shooter features retro, cartoonish, 2D graphics and many different game modes. It supports up to 16 different players. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Those Funny Funguloids

Those Funny Funguloids calls itself "a space-flying-mushroom-picking-simulator," and that's a fairly apt description. It's a slow-moving, highly unusual game where you fly through space avoiding meteors and collecting mushrooms. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

TORCS

The Open Racing Care Simulator, a.k.a. TORCS, is one of the more realistic racing simulators available. There are multiple fan sites online, as well as regular tournaments. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Tremulous

Tremulous aims to combine the characteristics of a first-person shooter with the characteristics of a real-time strategy game. You play as either an alien or a human, and you win by eliminating the other team and destroying their ability to respawn. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, XBox.

TrueCombat

Set in the modern world, TrueCombat calls itself "perhaps the best free tactical-realism shooter. EVER." Gameplay always involves two teams facing off against each other, but there are multiple game types to play. Note that in order to use it, you will also need to download and install Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

UFO: Alien Invasion

Set in the year 2084, this strategy game requires players to defend earth from an invading alien army. According to the website, it "combines military realism with hard science-fiction and the weirdness of an alien invasion." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Ultimate Stunts

Based on the old DOS game Stunts, Ultimate Stunts is a car racing game that requires players to go through loops and corkscrews, jump over bridges and complete other hair-raising feats. This version also includes a track editor and multiplayer support. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Ultrastar Deluxe

Ultrastar Deluxe is an open source karaoke game similar to SingStar. Up to twelve people can sing along at once. It includes more than 10,000 songs and you can also use it with music you already own or create your own songs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Unknown Horizons

Rather than focusing on battles, this 2D real-time strategy game focuses on building a solid economy. Players become more powerful by implementing a wise tax strategy and trading with other cities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Unvanquished

A Tremulous fork, Unvanquished also blends a first-person shooter with a real-time strategy game. It has a huge team of international developers who publish updates very regularly. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

VDrift

This driving game attempts to simulate the physics of drift racing. The tracks and cars are based on ones you can find in the real world. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Vega Strike

Another 3D space simulator, Vega Strike invites players to trade, explore and fight in outer space. It also serves as the foundation for several related games, including Privateer Gemini Gold, Vega Trek and Pi Armada. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

VoltAir

The Fun Propulsion Labs at Google developed this Android app in order to show off the capabilities of their Liquid Fun technology. It's a colorful platform game with modern graphics and very happy music that can be downloaded from Google Play. Operating System: Android.

Warsow

More cartoonish than most other first-person shooters, Warsow pits rocketlaucher-wielding pigs against cyberpunks with laser guns. The action is fast paced with minimal gore, making it suitable for a wide range of ages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Warzone 2100

Humankind has been nearly annihilated by nuclear missiles. Can you rebuild the world while keeping your enemies at bay? It includes an extensive technology tree and both single- and multi-player modes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Widelands

Designed to be similar to Settlers II, Widelands is another civilization-building real-time strategy game. It's different from some similar games because it requires the player to develop a good system of roads and it allows the player to delegate and issue broad commands rather than instructing each citizen in what to do. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Called the "best multiplayer game ever" by one reviewer, this version of Wolfenstein is a face-off between the Axis and the Allies in World War II. It supports up to 32 players at once in multiplayer mode. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X. EDITOR'S PICK.

World of Padman

Based on the work of the cartoonist ENTE, Padman is a colorful, award-winning multiplayer game. It offers 23 maps and supports seven different game types. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

XMoto

Ride your motocross bike through a 2D landscape, collecting strawberries while avoiding the spiky "wreckers." It includes a level editor, and many players have contributed new levels that you can download from the website. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Xonotic

A fork of classic Nexuiz, Xonotic offers 25 different weapons, 25 official maps (plus many more made by other players), integrated statistics, a heads-up display and more. It's fun, fast-paced and addictive. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Yo Frankie!

Designed to showcase the capabilities of the Blender 3D animation suite, this game features graphics that are way above average for an open source game. It's a few years old now, but still well worth checking out. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Zaz

Shoot the balls so that three of the same color are together, and then they will disappear. It's an older game but still functional. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Android.

Zero Ballistics

Blending a first-person shooter with a tank game, Zero Ballistics offers unique gameplay set in the alps of Central Europe. It offers three different gameplay modes, six different skill levels and a variety of weapons. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Zero-K

"Massive robot armies fight an endless conflict" in this real-time strategy game. It includes more than 100 different kinds of units with realistic physics and a streamlined economic system. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Gateway Security Appliance

Endian Firewall Community

Downloaded more than 1.4 million times, the community version of Endian can turn a standard x86 system into a Linux-based UTM solution. The community version is designed for home users, but the company also sells business-class products that are based on the same technology. Operating System: Linux

Untangle

The Untangle NG Firewall offers a wide range of security functions including content filtering, web caching, policy enforcement, traffic inspection and reporting. Untangle also sells a supported version of its product and related solutions for various industries. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Genealogy

Gramps

Short for "Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System," Gramps has one of the best acronyms we've ever seen on an open source project. It's a professional-quality genealogical program with a very active user community and more than 1,100 pages of online documentation to help you trace your own family history. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

PhpGedView

Working on your family tree? PhpGedView makes it easy to collaborate online with the rest of your family to trace your genealogy. Note that you'll need your own Web server in order to set it up. Operating System: OS Independent

Geography/Mapping

Marble

This "virtual globe" goes far beyond basic mapping, integrating weather, photos, traffic and Wikipedia information. With the mobile versions (currently only for select Nokia phones, an Android version is in the works), it also becomes a turn-by-turn navigation system. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

OpenLayers

This alternative to Google Maps and Bing Maps provides free APIs that can put dynamic, JavaScript-based maps on any website. It's sponsored by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. Operating System: OS Independent

WorldWind

Very similar to Google Earth, this NASA-developed tool lets you view satellite imagery and maps for any location on earth. It also includes an API for developers who want to include WorldWind functionality within their own apps. Operating System: OS Independent

GPU

MIAOW

MIAOW (pronounced "me-ow") is the world's first open source GPU. It was created by a team led by Professor Karu Sankaralingam at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an academic project, and it has interesting implications for open source hardware in the future. Operating System: OS Independent

Graphics Editors/Animation Tools

Alchemy

Designed to help artists get their creative juices flowing, Alchemy has a deliberately limited feature set--no undo, no selecting, no editing. Art teachers can use it as a starting point to help students "sketch" new ideas before going on to create finished pieces of art using real-world media or more advanced applications. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Art of Illusion

While not quite as advanced as Blender, Art of Illusion is another good option for 3D animation. Highlighted features include "subdivision surface-based modelling tools, skeleton-based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials." Operating System: OS Independent.

Blender

Blender is a free, professional-quality 3D animation tool that has been used to create feature-length movies and video games. Paid educational materials and a cloud version are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

CinePaint

Although it is a raster graphics editor, not a video editor, CinePaint is specifically designed to be used for motion pictures. It offers a similar set of tools as Gimp, but it supports high bit-depth, which allows this app to be used for touching up individual frames of a film. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Dia

If you need to create an org chart or similar diagram, Dia is a free, easy-to-use tool that gets the job done. It includes special objects for flowcharts, UML diagrams and network diagrams, making it useful for many who work in IT. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Gmsh

This app describes itself as a "3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor." In layman's terms, it's a simple program for designing three-dimensional objects that offers some capabilities of a 3D graphics tool and some capabilities of a CAD tool. Operating System: Windows, Linux

GrafX2

Originally created for DOS systems, this app traces its inspiration to programs like Amiga's Deluxe Paint and Brilliance. This updated open source version has been ported for multiple operating systems, but it's still best at creating old-school 256-color graphics. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Inkscape

Suitable for use by professional graphic designers and other artists, Inkscape is a full-feature vector graphics digital illustration program. The website includes a wealth of helpful tools for using it, including an artwork gallery, tutorials, videos and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

K-3D

This open source 3D animation tool aims to be easy-to-use, powerful and flexible. It boasts a plug-in based pipeline architecture, procedural and parametric workflows, a node-based visualization pipeline, an advanced undo/redo system and standards support. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Krita

KDE's painting app can help you edit existing photography or art or create new digital artwork of your own. The interface is designed to mimic real world art supplies and painting tools. Operating System: Windows, Linux

LaTeXDraw

This simple drawing program creates images for use in documents created with LaTeX. It's best for mathematical or scientific images, charts, diagrams, etc. Operating System: OS Independent

Luminance HDR

This project provides a workflow for high dynamic range (HDR) images. It supports multiple file formats, including raw formats, and it includes helpful wizards that walk users through common tasks. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Pixelitor

This Java-based photo editor offers more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which aren't offered by any other tool. However, documentation for this project is a little light, so you'll need to have some experience with other photo editors in order to use it. Operating System: OS Independent

Pinta

Modeled after the freeware Paint.Net, Pinta offers advanced drawing tools and more than 35 adjustments and effects for manipulating your photos. Features include unlimited layers, full undo history and more. Operating System: Windows

sK1

Developed as a replacement for Illustrator and CorelDRAW, sK1 offers professional pre-press features, such as CMYK color separations, ICC color management and press-ready PDF output. It currently works on Linux only, but the project owner plan to port it to Windows and OS X. Operating System: Linux

Synfig Studio

Synfig Studio offers "powerful, industrial-strength" 2D animation software. It allows users to create film-quality work without having to draw each frame by hand. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Wings 3D

Wings 3D creates still graphics, but not animation. Designed to be both powerful and easy to use, it offers a wide range of modeling tools, a customizable interface, support for lights and materials, and a built-in AutoUV mapping facility. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Healthcare Integration Engine

Mirth Connect

Mirth Connect describes itself as the "Swiss Army knife of healthcare integration engines" and promises support for numerous healthcare data standards, including HL7. Commercial support is available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Hospital Information System

Care2x

Key features of this hospital information system include smart search, smart data validation, quick lists, one-key shortcuts and more. Check out the demo on the website to see it in action. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

OpenClinic GA

Designed for healthcare facilities with limited resources, this hospital information system has been implemented extensively in Africa. It supports multiple languages, and it integrates with Central African health insurance billing tools. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Human Resource Management (HRM)

OrangeHRM

Used by Lufthansa, Sandals, Red Hat, Stanley Black & Decker and many other companies, OrangeHRM calls itself "the world's most popular HR software." It comes in open source, professional or enterprise versions, and all three can be deployed via OrangeHRM Live, a hosting service powered by Rackspace. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

WaypointHR

WaypointHR software is available as an open source download or in a cloud version, which offers additional features. It places the emphasis on security and ease of use while tracking employee demographic information and employment records. Operating System: OS Independent.

Humanitarian Efforts

Commodity Tracking System (CTS)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) built this monitoring system to make sure that goods donated to humanitarian efforts, like medical supplies shipped to Syria, actually reach their intended recipients. It is said to be the first digital tool of its kind. Operating System: OS Independent

Internet of Things (IoT)

AllJoyn

Sponsored by the AllSeen Alliance, whose members include the Linux Foundation, Microsoft, LG, Qualcomm, Sharp, Panasonic, Cisco, Symantec and many others, AllJoyn is a "collaborative open-source software framework that makes it easy for devices and apps to discover and communicate with each other." It has supports bindings for C, C++, Objective-C and Java, and it includes per-to-per encryption and authentication. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS Arduino, others

Arduino

One of the best-known names among open source IoT projects, Arduino is a platform that encompasses both hardware and software. The software includes an integrated development environment (IDE) for writing code in the Arduino language.

Arduino Yún

Sold by Arduino's sister organization Genuino, this open source board includes two separate processors: the ATmega32u4 microcontroller that runs Arduino and the Atheros AR9331 that runs a specialized Linux distribution called OpenWrt-Yun. It includes 16 MB of Flash memory, 64 MB RAM, Ethernet, WiFI, USB and a Micro-SD card reader.

BeagleBoard

This organization offers several different open-source boards, all of which are about the size of a credit card. Their flagship product, the BeagleBone Black promises that users will be able to boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started with development projects in less than 5 minutes. Their boards can run Linux or Android.

Connect the Dots

This Microsoft Open Technologies project makes it possible to connect IoT devices and sensors to the Microsoft Azure cloud. It includes a variety of code samples and guides, including a sample end-to-end weather alert solution that uses an Arduino board, a Raspberry Pi and several Azure services. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

DeviceHive

DeviceHive is a machine-to-machine (M2M) communication framework for smart energy, home automation, remote sensing, telemetry, remote control and monitoring software and other IoT applications. It supports Java, C++, .NET, Python, Javascript, and other platforms.

Devicehub.net

This project aims to be "the go-to platform for makers" and "the universal interface for Internet of Things and M2M." It includes tools for data gathering and analysis, remote control and event-based alerting, and it allows users to control many different devices from a single dashboard. Paid enterprise versions and support are available.

Eclipse IoT Project

The Eclipse Foundation has a long list of IoT-related projects that include standards and development frameworks. The project also offers a wealth of videos, tutorials, sandboxes and other tools to help new IoT developers get started on their first projects.

Eclipse Smarthome

Although it's still a beta release, this iot.eclipse.org project seems very promising. It aims to build a flexible, open framework for connecting smart devices in living spaces. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Exciting Printer

This unusual project makes it possible to create your own small, internet-connected printer. Want to talk to the project owners? You can send a message or draw a picture that will be printed on the Exciting Printer in their office.

Flutter

Designed for hobbyists, students and engineers, Flutter offers a fast ARM processor and long-range wireless communication. It also includes built-in battery charging capabilities and a built-in security chip. It runs Arduino, and prices start at $36 for the basic model.

Freeboard

This project promises "ridiculously simple dashboards for your devices." It offers a widget-based, drag-and-drop development tool that makes it easy to track the data from your IoT devices. Both free and paid plans are available. Operating system: OS Independent

Intel Gallileo

While many IoT boards rely on ARM processors, Intel also offers a IoT development board known as Galileo. It's Arduino-compatible and boasts a wider range of ports than most similar boards.

IoTivity

Sponsored by the Open Interconnect Consortium, The IoTivity software allows for device-to-device connectivity. It is an implementation of the OIC's standard specification. Operating System: Linux, Arduino, Tizen

IoT Toolkit

This toolkit includes a smart object API gateway service reference implementation, an HTTP- to-CoAP semantic mapping proxy, gateway-as-a-service deployment, application framework, embedded software agents, semantic discovery and linkage, linked data compatibility, tools for multiple sensor net clients, and Raspberry Pi and cloud micro-instance deployment images. The project also sponsors a meetup group in Silicon Valley.

Kaa

Focused on speeding IoT projects, Kaa describes itself as "a production-ready, multi-purpose middleware platform for building complete end-to-end IoT solutions, connected applications, and smart products." It enables communication and monitoring between IoT devices and back-end infrastructure, and it can be easily deployed on Amazon's cloud. Operating System: Linux

KinomaJS

This JavaScript-based application framework helps developers build IoT apps for embedded and mobile devices. It also includes an XML programming interface. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Libsecurity

Part of IBM's developerWorks Open effort, libsecurity is a set of security modules that can be used by IoT application developers. It includes tools for secure storage, authentication, and more. Operating System: OS Independent

Local Motors Connected Car

Working with the AllSeen Alliance, Local Motors has developed a Rally Car, which they are using as the platform for their Connected Car project. The open source design includes an automotive grade Linux distribution, a Raspberry Pi board, several Arduino relay boards, and Octoblu open source software.

Mango

Mango automation software offers features like data acquisition, real-time monitoring, a high-performance NoSQL database, security and much more. It is available in both a free open source version and paid enterprise versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Microduino

Microduino offers a range of extremely small boards that are about the size of a quarter and start at just $8. They are currently taking orders for their new mCookie modules which stack like Lego blocks. A variety of extension boards and application kits are also available for purchase on the website.

Nimbits

Nimbits describes itself as "a Data Logging Service and Rule Engine Platform for connecting people, sensors and software to the cloud and one another." It includes server software, an open source Java library, an Android client and a public cloud that runs Nimbits Server.

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