Open Source Software: Top Sites
Open source software download sites as well as "best of" collections of open source software.
The "mother lode" for open source projects, SourceForge hosts nearly 280,000 projects (at last count). It serves more than 2 million downloads a day and includes apps and tools in a wide variety of categories.
GitHub hosts both public and private projects that use the open source Git version control system. This "social coding" site currently hosts more than 1.7 million repositories, including many open source projects.
FOSS, funded by VirtualORGS, offers a good directory of open source software, as well as a number of pages dedicated to the philosophy and history of the open source movement. It also links to a directory of commercial open source software.
Maintained by Canonical, LaunchPad is particularly targeted at projects that run on Ubuntu. It provides hosting for more than 21,000 projects that use the Bazaar version control system./p>
Windows users can take some of the best open source apps with them on a portable thumb drive when they download the PortanleApps.com collection. You can also download portable versions of each included app separately.
All right, we'll admit it, this entry is a little self-serving. Datamation publishes "best of" lists for various categories of open source software every couple of weeks or so. Enter "open source software" in the search bar to find some of the most recent.
Open Source Windows
Open Source Windows offers short, simple descriptions of some of the most well-known open source apps for Windows, with links to each.
Open Source Mac
Open Source Mac is a slightly longer list that follows the same format as "Open Source Windows"—only highlighting open source apps that work on OS X.
Apache Software Foundation
The Apache Software Foundation currently sponsors nearly 100 enterprise-grade open source projects listed on this site. Many Apache projects, including the well-known HTTP Server, relate to Web-based technologies.
In addition to the well-known desktop environment for Linux, the KDE community has created many different types of applications, many of which run on multiple platforms. The link here will take you to the big list of KDE applications.
Frequently, Datamation puts together lists of top open source software. This time we've done something a little different and made a list of top open source Web sites.
Of course, literally thousands of sites and forums provide news and information about open source software. To narrow things done, we focused on sites that provide a lot of links of open source applications – the top places to download open source software.
These sites fall into several categories. The "project hosting" category includes giants like SourceForge that provide server space for open source code and allow downloads. The "directories" category includes sites that have created lists of open source projects and update those lists regularly, but that don't actually host the code themselves.
Sites that made a list of great open source software at some point in time but that don't update those lists on an ongoing basis are in the "best of open source lists" category. In the "collections" category, you'll find projects that have rolled a large number of open source projects into a single download. Because these sites also contain links to the individual applications they contain, they provide an excellent resource for finding good open source software.
And finally, sites that didn't fall neatly into one of these categories landed in the "miscellaneous" group at the end.
As with our other open source lists, if we missed some top sites that should be on our list, feel free to note them in the comments below.
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