Open Source Projects: 15 To Watch: Page 5

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12) Conduit
Conduit yields the unique potential for solving synchronization frustrations for users needing to maintain an exact duplicate of those same email messages, files, bookmarks contacts and even Webserver data on more than one PC.

Some other cool features that were released with version 0.3.0 include the ability to now sync Nautilus preferences, Fspot photos, iPod music and iPodNotes and improved two-way sync support as well. Again, this is still very much a beta product.

Reasons to watch this open source project: The single biggest reason to keep an eye on this program is because of how quickly they are moving forward with feature additions. Seriously, I see Conduit being the first to actually crack the Evolution PIM (personal information manager) puzzle for better synchronization with your PocketPC/Blackberry. Designed for Linux only.

13) Jabbin
Call Google Talk users who are using Windows, that's what sold me on this program. Setting up the program is fairly straight forward and I myself have had success with placing and receiving Google Talk voice conversations many times.

Reasons to watch this open source project: Jabbin keeps to a fairly active release schedule, appears to maintain their funding with the use of ads on the main website and – perhaps most importantly – is listening to the needs of their users. Another item of interest is the desire to make Jabbin a Video communication tool as well. Video Skype, anyone? Designed for OS X, Linux and Windows.

14) Gfreqlet
Designed to provide Ubuntu users with a cleaner method of working with the frequency and CPU usage of your notebook, Gfreqlet is a must have asset for any Ubuntu user running off of a notebook battery.

Reasons to watch this open source project: Considering battery updates and technology changes, I believe it will be up to programs like Gfreqlet to make sure Linux users have maximum GUI access to the usage their notebook CPUs gobble up with daily use. Designed for Linux only.

15) Referencer
Understanding that being able to locate documents is not always enough, Referencer empowers the end user to take document organization up a level. By allowing you to import existing bibliography files or simply create and tag existing ones, I see Referencer becoming a must have for those wishing to stay organized.

For anyone who submits articles or is trying to keep a variety of documents in play, using an application like this presents some very interesting possibilities. Adding over three hundred documents presents no problem at all. It's a metadata dream come true when dealing with more documents than time in my opinion.

Reasons to watch this open source project: With new document types beginning to roll out, and Open Office expressing promises to maintain usability on this ever-changing file format front, I believe we will see Referencer sticking to the forefront of these changes to make sure that as new formats are released, you will be able to keep them straightened up within a tight BibTeX file format for easier manageability.


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