Open Source Software List: 2016 Ultimate List: Page 9

The ultimate open source software list, including games to website editors, office tools to education – nearly 1,300 open source software applications.
Updated December 15, 2016 / Posted January 20, 2016

Cynthia Harvey

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Table of Contents

1083. Ubuntu

Ubuntu offers desktop, server, cloud, phone, tablet and IoT versions of its popular Linux distribution. Reported users include Amazon, IBM, Wikipedia and Nvidia.

1084. Ubuntu Privacy Remix

This Ubuntu variant runs from a CD and creates a secure environment for working with sensitive data. It's not meant to be installed permanently on a hard drive; instead, you use it when working with data that you don't want to be stolen or in order to prevent others (like a government entity) from monitoring your online activities.

1085. Ubuntu Studio

This Linux distribution was made for people who work with audio, graphics, video, photography or publishing files. It includes a wide range of tools for creative work, including many of those on this list.

1086. VectorLinux

The self-proclaimed "best little Linux operating system available anywhere," lightweight VectorLinux aims to be very fast and very stable. It includes tools that will be popular with advanced users but it also has an easy-to-use graphic interface for newbies.

1087. Xubuntu

Like Lubuntu, Xubuntu is a lightweight version of Ubuntu. It uses the Xfce interface, which is clean, modern and easy to use. It also runs well on older hardware.

1088. ZenWalk

Formerly known as "Minislack," ZenWalk is a lightweight distribution that focuses on fast performance and support for multimedia. It includes some special features that appeal to programmers, and the desktop version can also be tweaked to function as a server. Note that the website is organized like a forum, so it can be a little tricky to navigate.

1089. Zorin OS

Built specifically to attract former Windows users, Ubuntu-based Zorin is probably the Linux distribution that's the most similar to Windows. It includes a unique "Look Changer" that switches the desktop to look like Windows 7, XP, Vista, Ubuntu Unity, Mac OS X or GNOME 2, and it includes WINE and PlayOnLinux to allow users to keep using their Windows software.

Password Crackers

1090. Cryptohaze

Cryptohaze brings together three different tools for auditing passwords: two Muliforcers and a Rainbow Tables tool. It runs on most types of systems, including those with Atom processors and those without a GPU. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1091. John the Ripper

John the Ripper excels at detecting weak passwords, but you'll need a list of common passwords to use with it. A paid pro version is also available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1092. Ophcrack

If you need to recover a password that has been lost or forgotten, Ophcrack can usually do the trick. It relies on both rainbow tables and brute force techniques. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Password Management

1093. Encryptr

Encryptr can function both as a password manager and as an e-wallet. Built on the Crypton framework, it stores encrypted sensitive data in the cloud, decrypting data only on your devices. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.

1094. Entropass

Protect yourself online by using this browser add-on to generate and remember highly secure passwords. Unlike some other password managers, this one uses two-factor security: you choose any file to act as your private key when accessing a site, providing you with an extra layer of protection. Operating System: OS Independent.

1095. iKeePass

This apps ports the popular KeePass password safe for iOS. It saves all of your passwords in an encrypted database, so that you only have to remember one master password. It runs on both iPhones and iPads, and it is available through the App Store. Operating System: iOS

1096. KeePass Password Safe

Instead of writing down your passwords or, even worse, using the same one over and over, use a password safe. KeepPass stores unique passwords for every service or site in an encrypted database that you access with a single master password. Operating System: Windows.

1097. KeePassDroid

And this tool ports KeePass to Android. It doesn't automatically sync with the desktop version, but the website explains how to use Dropbox to gain that functionality. Operating System: Android

1098. KeePassX

This variation of the original KeePass supports Linux and OS X, as well as Windows. It also includes a password generation utility. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1099. MasterPassword

While most password protection apps rely on an encrypted database to store passwords, this app uses a unique algorithm to generate passwords on the spot. It requires no syncing, and passwords can never be lost. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS, Android

1100. PasswdSafe

There is a popular open source password safe for desktops called simply Password Safe. This tool ports that app for Android. A companion app allows syncing with a cloud service to support multiple devices. Operating System: Android

1101. Password Safe

Downloaded more than 4 million times, this Password Safe installs in just minutes. The desktop version is free or you can purchase the portable version for use on a thumb drive. Operating System: Windows.

1102. PWGen

Using easy-to-guess passwords is just as bad as using the same password all the time. PWGen creates strong passwords for you, so you won't be tempted to use "password" or "123456." Operating System: Windows

1103. Secrets for Android

This app not only stores encrypted passwords, it can also store other "secret" information, like account numbers. There is also a related version for PCs and a tool to sync your Android device with your PC. Operating System: Android

1104. Universal Password Manager

This cross-platform password manager runs on Android as well as desktop operating systems. It claims to be simpler to use than some other password safes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.

1105. XPrivacy

This "ultimate, yet easy to use, privacy manager for Android" prevents apps from getting access to your sensitive information, and if an app requires access to sensitive information, such as your location, in order to run, the app will actually feed it fake data. And BlackDuck named it a 2013 Open Source Rookie of the Year winner. Operating System: Android

PDF Tools

1106. jPDF Tweak

This Java-based app functions like a "Swiss army knife for PDF files," allowing users to combine, split, reorder, watermark or rotate pages. In addition, it provides encryption and digital signature capabilities. Operating System: OS Independent

1107. PDFCreator

This helpful tool allows users to create PDFs or image files from almost any printable file format. It also includes encryption and document merge capabilities. Paid and free versions are available. Operating System: Windows

1108. PDFedit

If you need to alter an existing PDF file, this tool does the job. It allows you to insert, change, delete or highlight text and edit graphics. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1109. PDF SAM

The "SAM" part of this project's name stands for "split and merge," and just as it suggests, it allows users to divide existing PDFs into separate documents or combine multiple PDFs into one document. It's especially useful if you just need to reorder the pages in a PDF. The paid enhanced version adds encryption and metadata editing capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1110. Sumatra PDF

The free Adobe software isn't your only option for reading PDF files. The Sumatra PDF reader offers similar functionality with a lighter footprint for faster performance. Operating System: Windows

Personal Financial Management

1111. Buddi

The "personal budget software for the rest of us," Buddi offers simplified financial management that's doesn't have as many features as Quicken but is easier for novices to use. The tutorials on the website offer all the help most people need to start tracking their income and expenses. Operating System: OS Independent

1112. dsBudget

This bare-bones budgeting application helps answer the question, "Where did my money go?" You can install on your local system, on a USB stick or on Dropbox. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1113. EclipseTrader

EclipseTrader includes real-time quotes, intraday and historical charts, financial news, analysis tools and integrated trading capabilities. Aimed at serious traders, it collects a wealth of information in a single location. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1114. Financisto

This open source Android app lets you track your budget from your smarphone or tablet. Key features include Quicken and CSV import, support for multiple accounts and currencies, recurring transactions, budgets and advanced reports. Operating System: Android

1115. Grisbi

This option can track finances for a small or home-based business in addition to personal finances. At the time of writing, the home page was under construction, but the software download is still available through SourceForge. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1116. HomeBank

Now nearly twenty years old, this financial management software is easy to use and can import and export to and from popular applications like Quicken and Money. Noteworthy features include duplicate detection, scheduled transactions, tagging, reminders, category splits, budgeting, dynamic reports, auto-completion and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1117. JGnash

This Java-based personal finance system features double-entry accounting, account reconciliation, PDF report generation, auto-completion, recurring payments, multiple currency support and more. It aims to be easy to use, accurate and flexible. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1118. JStock

JStock allows investors to track stocks on 26 world stock markets. Features include alerts, charting, market chitchat and cloud storage. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1119. KMyMoney

This double-entry accounting package strives to provide the same features as commercially available software, and it comes very close to that goal. It's very easy to use and has an attractive interface. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1120. Money Manager Ex

Money Manager Ex (a.k.a. MMEX) offers a simple, user-friendly interface that includes "all the basic features that 90% of users would want to see in a personal finance application." Key capabilities include AES encryption support, budgeting, depreciation tracking, reminders, one-click reporting, cash flow forecasting and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1121. Yapbam

Short for "yet another personal bank account manager," Yapbam is a Java-based, portable personal finance manager. It now integrates with Dropbox, making it easy to sync your financial information if you use multiple devices. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Photo Albums and Tools

1122. Coppermine Photo Gallery

If you have your own Web server, you can use Coppermine to manage and share your photo collection with the world. It stores photo information in a MySQL database and allows you to organize your photos into online albums, upload photos, view slideshows and much more. Operating System: OS Independent

1123. digiKam

This powerful image manager for the KDE desktop aims to meet the photo organization needs of professional photographers. Key features include photo import, tagging, auto-transformations, a light table and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1124. Eye of GNOME

The official photo manager for the Gnome desktop, Eye of GNOME supports a wide variety of image file formats. It offers a basic set of capabilities that allow you to browse your images, view properties and metadata, and print your photos. Operating System: Linux

1125. gThumb

Also for Gnome, gThumb includes an image browser, viewer, organizer and editor. Advanced features allow image import, slideshows, converting among file formats, removing duplicate images, creation of Web albums and more. Operating System: Linux

1126. Gwenview

Another photo viewer for KDE, Gwenview makes it easy to browse and view images, while also offering some basic editing capabilities. It displays image properties and meta information, and it can also play videos and animations. Operating System: Linux

1127. KPhotoAlbum

Also for KDE, KPhotoAlbum aims to make it possible to find any photo on your drive in five seconds or less. It offers automated tools for annotating, categorizing, searching and viewing your pictures. Operating System: Linux

1128. RawTherapee

This project offers batch processing of raw photo files. It boasts "the most details and least artifacts from your raw photos thanks to modern and traditional demosaicing algorithms." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1129. Shotwell

This photo manager for the Gnome desktop makes it easy to import, organize, edit and publish your pictures. It offers basic editing features like cropping, rotation, red-eye removal, saturation, tint and temperature, and it integrates with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube. Operating System: Linux

1130. UFRaw

This utility can be used on its own or as a Gimp plug-in. It allows users to manipulate and view raw images and convert them to other formats. Note that like the other tools for working with raw images, you'll need to have some expertise to use this app. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


1131. Step

Step is an interactive physics simulator that allows students to explore classical mechanics, particles, springs, gravity, coulomb forces, collisions, sound waves and much more. It also includes an equation solver and a unit conversion tool. (Note that in order to use Step on Windows, you'll have to download KDE for Windows.) Operating System: Windows, Linux


1132. Open Source Poetry

This website offers tools to help you write your own poem or to collaborate with other poets on an open source creation. You can save your lines for your own reference or for others to use in creating new works. Operating System: OS Independent

Point-of-Sale (POS)

1133. Floreant POS

Designed to meet the unique needs of restaurants, Floreant offers features like kitchen print, food, ticket merge and split, cooking instruction, discounts, tips, gift cards, coupons and more. It was originally developed for a Denny's in New York and is now used in more than 25,000 establishments in 35 countries. Operating System: Linux

1134. Openbravo Java POS

Part of the Openbravo for Retail suite, this POS solution supports touchscreens, ticket printers, customer displays and barcode scanners, as well as providing product entry forms and reporting. Openbravo also sells paid solutions based on similar technology. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1135. POSper

A good option for small businesses and restaurants, POSper integrates with touchscreens and includes a sizeable list of features. The website includes a helpful demo of the app's backoffice operations. Operating System: OS Independent

1136. uniCenta

Downloaded more than half a million times, this solution was originally developed by a business in Europe that needed a POS system. A redesigned update is due for release very soon. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Privacy Protection

1137. AdBlock Plus

With more than 15 million uses, AdBlock Plus is one of the most popular add-ons available. It allows you to block all advertisements (and their related tracking cookies) or just "unacceptable" advertisements that don't meet the criteria specified by the app developers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1138. Basic Linux Privacy Tools

The We Are Hidden group packaged together this set of privacy tools for Linux users. It includes Proxy Chains, Putty, Tor, True Crypt and more. Operating System: Linux

1139. BetterPrivacy

This Firefox add-on protects against Flash cookies (a.k.a. "Super Cookies") that websites can use to track your activities even when you have cookies disabled. Note that if you play any online Flash-based games, you will need to have this add-on disabled in order to save your scores and game progress. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1140. Collusion

Want to see which sites and organizations are tracking your online activity? This experimental add-on for Firefox can show you. Note that because it's still in the early stages of development, Collusion can sometimes slow your browsing. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1141. Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster offers more detailed control over which sites can and cannot leave cookies on your system. It also makes it easy to see and manage the cookies already on your system. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1142. GoldBug

This secure communication app offers encrypted instant messaging, e-mail, file sharing and IRC. It also has the ability to authenticate users and supports emoticons. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

1143. HTTPS Everywhere

A collaboration the Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this Firefox and Chrome plug-in accesses sites via https instead of http whenever possible. As a result, it encrypts most of your communications with many websites. Operating System: OS Independent

1144. LBE Privacy Guard

The self-proclaimed "first privacy protection software for Android phones," this app blocks malware and adware and prevents your Android device from providing sensitive information to any apps. However, it is a little difficult to set up, and it requires a rooted phone. Operating System: Android

1145. Lightweight Portable Security

Used by the U.S. government, this project turns any PC (or Mac) into a secure computing node. When you plug in a USB drive containing LPS into your system, it enables secure, private Web browsing and prevents the system from downloading any malware. Operating System: OS Independent

1146. Lock Pattern Generator

You might think you are improving your smartphone security by setting a pattern lock screen, but most people use one of a handful of patterns that are easy to guess. This tool generates a random pattern (and helps you learn it) to improve your security. Operating System: Android

1147. Orbot

Essentially, Orbot is "Tor for Android." It connects users to the Tor secure internet browser when visiting websites, and it also allows other apps to connect to Tor in order to protect users' privacy. Operating System: OS Independent

1148. PeerBlock

If you are accessing a P2P network, you can use PeerBlock to prevent your computer from connecting with "known bad" computers, such as those serving spyware. It comes with a default list of blocked addresses or you can create one of your own or use a list created by other PeerBlock users. Operating System: Windows

1149. Places

Places is a platform for sharing messages, photos and files securely. It encrypts information end-to-end so that only the intended recipients can view it. The source code is available, and for now, the beta service is completely free although the company does intend to add paid services in the future. Operating System: OS Independent.

1150. Privoxy

Want to set up your own proxy server? Privoxy describes itself as "a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk." It can protect networks or standalone systems. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1151. Request Policy

This Firefox extension puts you in control of when cross-site requests are allowed. It can help you avoid tracking by marketing firms, and it can help prevent cross-site forgery attacks. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1152. Scotty

Scotty offers "a free open source proxy software for bypassing filter and censorship systems." To use it, you'll need a gateway (either your own Web server or one on Google App Engine) plus a Java executable on your local system which bypasses filters and encrypts communication. Operating System: OS Independent.

1153. Signal Private Messaging

Communicate securely with individuals or groups. Signal offers encrypted chat that uses your existing phone numbers and address book. Operating System: Android

1154. SUM

Short for "Secure Ultimate Messenger," SUM is a confidential, encrypted instant messaging program. Unlike many similar programs, it doesn't save messages on a server, providing an extra layer of security. Operating System: OS Independent.

1155. Torbutton

This Firefox add-on makes it easy to turn Tor (see above) on or off for anonymous browsing. Note that when you are using it, you will not be able to access sites that use JavaScript, some CSS features, or Flash. Operating System: OS Independent

1156. Web of Trust (WOT)

Downloaded hundreds of millions of times, this popular add-on rates sites as green, yellow or red, depending on their reputation for security. It's available for mulitple browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Programming Languages

1157. Dart

Another Google language, Dart can be used to build Web apps or server-based apps. It describes itself as "class-based and object-oriented, without being dogmatic." Operating System: Linux, OS X

1158. ECL

Enterprise Control Language, or ECL, is the language developers use for creating big data applications on the HPCC platform. An IDE, tutorials and a variety of related tools for working with the language are available on the HPCC Systems website. Operating System: Linux.

1159. Go

First released by Google in 2009, Go is a static language somewhat similar to C but with garbage collection and some dynamic capabilities. The Go website describes it as "a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language." Operating System: Linux, OS X

1160. F#

Created by Microsoft, F# is a cross-platform "functional-first" programming language. The website includes a huge number of tools for learning the language and using it to write applications. Operating System: Linux, OS X

1161. Harlan

Many systems today include GPUs, which promise greater performance and lower energy use. Harlan is an attempt at a programming language designed specifically to take advantage of the capabilities of GPUs. Operating System: Linux, OS X

1162. Java

One of the two most popular programming languages in the world, Oracle-owned Java enables developers to write cross-platform applications. A huge array of related IDEs, libraries and related tools are available. Operating System: OS Independent

1163. Lua

Used by World of Warcraft and Angry Birds, Lua claims to the "leading scripting language for games." Developed by a Brazilian team, the name for this twenty-two-year-old language is the Portuguese word for "moon." Operating System: OS Independent

1164. Perl

Often used for Web development, Perl is now nearly thirty years old. It is object-oriented, procedural and functional, and it integrates easily with databases. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1165. PHP

Another popular Web language, PHP powers the server side of some of the world's most popular websites. It stands for "PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor," and it is maintained by The PHP Group. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1166. Pig/Pig Latin

Another Apache Big Data project, Pig is a data analysis platform that uses a textual language called Pig Latin and produces sequences of Map-Reduce programs. It helps makes it easier to write, understand and maintain programs which conduct data analysis tasks in parallel. Operating System: OS Independent

1167. Python

Known for being easy to learn, Python is a dynamically-typed language that emphasizes speed and code readability. Its core philosophy is expressed in twenty aphorisms, including "beautiful is better than ugly," simple is better than complex," and "special cases aren't special enough to break the rules." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1168. R

Similar to the S language and environment, R was designed to handle statistical computing and graphics. It includes an integrated suite of big data tools for manipulation, calculation and visualization. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1169. Ruby

Inspired by Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp, Ruby calls itself "a programmer's best friend." While its usage has declined somewhat recently, it's still one of the twenty most popular programming languages. It's dynamic, object-oriented and designed to seem "natural." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1170. Terra

Terra is a C-like language that can interoperate with Lua, but it can also be used alone. It's useful for high-performance computing. Operating System: Linux, OS X

1171. TypeScript

Microsoft first released this JavaScript variant in 2012. It works with JavaScript libraries and compiles to JavaScript code, but adds static typing capabilities and improved scalability. Operating System: OS Independent

Project Management

1172. Achievo

This Web-based project management tool includes time-tracking and scheduling capabilities. It's available in more than twenty languages, and support is available through third-party partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1173. dotProject

Another mature project, dotProject has been under development since 2000. Key features include an email-based trouble ticket system, hierarchical task list, discussion forum and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1174. GanttProject

Downloaded more than 20,000 times a week, GanttProject has been around since 2003. It allows users to create tasks and milestones, organize and prioritize tasks, create PERT charts and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1175. Onepoint Project

This application combines project management capabilities and portfolio management capabilities in a single package. It comes in personal server (free), group server (free), enterprise server (paid) and enterprise cloud (paid) versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1176. openXprocess

A good option for development teams, openXprocess includes features designed for agile and scrum methodologies. The organization also offers paid training in agile and scrum, and paid support is also available. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1177. Plandora

Like openXprocess, Plandora is best for application or software development groups. Key features include time tracking, request management, customized reports, customized KPIs, dashboard gadgets, knowledge base, risk management, budget management, agile board, resource capacity, surveys, SVN integration, and Gantt charts. Operating System: OS Independent.

1178. Project Libre

This award-winning alternative to Microsoft Project has been downloaded nearly 2 million times. It has a long list of users that includes IBM, Accenture, the U.S. Department of Energy, Cisco, ATI and AMD. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1179. Project.Net

This PPM tool has been included in Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Applications." Paid support, enhancements and training are available. Operating System: OS Independent

1180. Redmine

Web-based Redmine offers Gantt charts, calendar, per-project wikis, an issue tracker, newsfeeds and more. It also integrates with most version control systems, making it a good choice for development teams. Operating System: OS Independent.

1181. Taiga

Still in beta trials, Taiga is a project management platform designed to support agile development principles. In addition to the open source download, the company also offers a hosted service that is currently free; they plan to begin charging subscription fees in January 2016. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1182. TaskJuggler

Designed for "serious project managers," TaskJuggler claims to be "more flexible and superior to the commonly used Gantt chart editing tools." Key features include an optimizing scheduler, resource balancer, consistency checker, accounting and reporting capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1183. web2Project

Offering "real project management for real business," this Web-based tool can manage multiple projects, companies, departments and users. Key features include a modular infrastructure, built-in security, role-based permissions, project- and group-wide Gantt charts, and group calendar. Operating System: OS Independent.

RAID Controllers

1184. Mdadm

Built into the Linux kernel, mdadm makes it easy to create, manage and monitor storage arrays. It can also move spares between RAID arrays. Operating System: Linux

1185. Raider

With Raider, you can convert any Linux disk into a RAID array with software RAID 1, 4, 5, 6 or 10. It works with many of the most popular Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Linux Mint and others. Operating System: Linux

1186. RaidEye

RaidEye isn't so much a tool for creating RAID devices as for monitoring RAID volumes. It works with the AppleRAID software built into OS X. Operating System: OS X

1187. Salamander

Created to help Ubuntu users implement RAID on their systems, Salamander is a modified version of the standard Ubuntu installer. The name comes from the fact that it can regenerate data after a hard-drive failure the same way that salamanders can regrow limbs. Operating System: Linux

1188. SnapRAID

SnapRAID arrays can recover from up to six disk failures. The tool was built for home media servers or other environments with a lot of big files that rarely change. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


1189. BibleTime

Top-of-the-line Bible study tools like Logos can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but BibleTime offers many of the same capabilities for free. It provides searchable access to more than 200 Bibles, commentaries and related resources. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1190. Gnaural

It already does everything else--now your computer or smartphone can help you meditate. Using something called the “binaural beat principle,” Gnaural generates audio tones designed to get you in the right frame of mind for relaxation. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

1191. Noor

Noor doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles, but it does let you access the text of the Quran from your PC. It includes both the original Arabic and translations. Operating System: OS Independent

1192. Xiphos

Xiphos provides access to the same Biblical texts and resources as BibleTime—it just has a different interface. It also provides the capabilities for users to create their own modules such as journals, prayer lists and personal commentaries that they can share with friends. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1193. Zekr

This app provides access to the Quran and commentaries in a number of different translations. It's completely free and open source because its developers follow a very simple rule: "Never Profit Off The Prophet." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Remote Access/VPN

1194. Android-VNC-Viewer

Are you a help desk worker or do your parents call you a lot for help with their computers? This tool allows you to view and control desktop screens from your Android device. To use it, you will also need a VNC server like TightVNC, RealVNC, x11vnc or Apple Remote Desktop. Operating System: Android

1195. OpenVPN

Connect to your network securely using OpenVPN. It's available as a paid enterprise solution, a free download or as a cloud-based service. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS.

1196. OpenVPN for Android

This VPN client allows you to connect to your corporate server or other VPN server from your Android device. It's a great tool for securely accessing enterprise networks. Note that in order to use it, you will also need a VPN server tool, such as OpenVPN. Operating System: Android

1197. TightVNC

This remote control application allows users to interact with a system in one location while using a system in another location. In addition to its telecommuting uses, it's also useful in many help desk situations. Operating System: Windows, Linux

1198. UltraVNC

UltraVNC offers similar capabilities as TightVNC. Key features include file transfer, video driver, optional encryption plugins, MS logon, text chat, viewer toolbar, viewer auto scaling, multiple monitor support, auto reconnection and more. Operating System: Windows

Recipe Management

1199. Gourmet

Gourmet helps you organize your recipes. It imports recipes from multiple formats, including websites, plus it generates shopping lists and counts the calories in the meals you're making. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Report Authoring


WIKINDX combines tools for tracking bibliographic information with tools for collaboratively authoring papers. It can be deployed on a single system or on a Web server, and it knows how to format entries for the most popular style guides, including the Chicago Manual, APA and others. Operating System: OS Independent

1201. Zotero

Zotero stores research information where you found it—in your browser. It's a Firefox plug-in that automatically collects and organizes your research so that you can easily search it later. Operating System: OS Independent


1202. ROS

Short for "Robot Operating System," ROS offers a set of open-source libraries for controlling robots. It includes device drivers, libraries, hardware abstraction and other capabilities. Operating System: Linux, OS X

School Administration

1203. Akura

Akura was designed for a "college" (which equates to a K-12 school in the U.S.) in Sri Lanka and serves many Asian institutions. It's won many awards, and it's particularly popular with religious schools. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

1204. OpenAdmin

Popular with schools around the world, OpenAdmin has been downloaded more than 29,000 times. It's Web-based and can be used for a single school or to manage multiple schools within a district. Operating System: OS Independent.

1205. Open-School

This web-based school management system "focuses on excellence and evolution in the field of education" with an emphasis on supporting the latest trends. It comes in both a free, open source version and a paid, supported edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

1206. openSIS

This open source school management software claims to increase student achievement and teacher performance. It is available in the open source version, a Pro version for small to medium-sized districts, and a highly scalable, cloud-based Surge version for large districts. Operating System: OS Independent.

1207. SchoolTool

Designed for schools in the developing world, SchoolTool runs on Ubuntu and has been translated into numerous languages. The latest update can track skills, outcomes and standards, which is helpful for complying with regulations in many areas. Operating System: Linux.


1208. OpenBEL

Although the project was originally begun by Selventa, the Linux Foundation now manages this effort aimed at creating a programming language "representing scientific findings in the life sciences in a computable form." The BEL part stands for Biological Expression Language. The project includes a framework, an editor and a navigator. Operating System: Linux

1209. Open Source Malaria

This is another example of the open source movement spreading beyond software. It's an open science effort to find a cure for malaria. It's hosted on GitHub, and anyone can contribute. Operating System: OS Independent

1210. OpenWorm

This unusual project is dedicated to building the first digital life form—a virtual version of the C. elegans nematode. They have code for several projects available through GitHub, or you can contribute simply by joining in on a Google Hangout discussion. The entire project (as well as the code) is guided by open source principles. Operating System: OS Independent

Screenplay Writing

1211. Celtx

Celtx bills itself as an "all-in-one system for video and movie planning." The main website primarily promotes the online service, but it is still possible to download the source code for the open source version. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

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