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Open Source Downloads: the Monster List: Page 6

Posted December 21, 2009

Cynthia Harvey

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Open Source Flashcards

251. FlashQard

With FlashQard, you can create flashcards to help students review just about any subject matter. It allows you to create different cards for different purposes, insert pictures, record answers, and it includes an "espeak" feature. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

252. The Mnemosyne Project

In addition to allowing you to create your own flashcards, this app uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine which card should appear next in order to maximize your learning (in other words, the cards you get wrong frequently will appear most often). If you use the software, you can also choose to upload your data to a research project studying memory. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

253. Parley

Part of the KDE Education Project, the Parley flashcard app stands out because of its extensive set of pre-existing flashcard files available for download. In addition to sets of cards to help you learn more than a dozen different languages, it also has cards to help you learn important dates, anatomy, music theory, chemical elements, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

254. Pauker

This flashcard app is designed to strengthen your ultra-short-term, short-term, and long-term memory. Because you create your own flashcards, you can use it to help you remember vocabulary words, capitals, important dates, and other facts. In addition to the standard version, it's also available in a mini version for mobile devices. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Foreign Language Instruction

255. jVLT The Java Vocabulary Learning Tool, or jVLT combines a flashcard-like tool with a dictionary and a quiz tool to help students learn a foreign language. You can input your own vocabulary list or use one of the downloadable files, which include German-French, Thai-English, French-English, practical Chinese, and several others. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

256. Zkanji

Zkanji is designed to help English speakers learn Japanese. It includes a dictionary, vocabulary lists, a study program, tests, and other helpful features. Operating System: Windows.

257. ZWDisplay

Input Chinese characters and ZWDisplay will show the pronunciation (in Pinyin) and the English translation. You can also use it to create flashcards and keep track of which Mandarin characters you've learned. Operating System: Linux.

Open Source Forensics

258. Live View

Live View creates a virtual machine from a raw disk image or physical disk. As a result, you can see and interact with a PC just as the user did, without changing the environment or endangering your own PC. Operating System: Windows.


Short for "Open Digital Evidence Search and Seizure Architecture," ODESSA contains a number of different tools for collecting and analyzing digital evidence. With more than seven years of development behind it, the project is fairly mature, and the site contains links to a number of other forensics-related projects. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

260. The Sleuth Kit/Autopsy Browser

Need to recover a deleted file? The Sleuth Kit lets you read deleted data from NTFS, FAT, FFS, and EXT2FS file systems. The Sleuth Kit contains command-line tools, and Autopsy provides a graphical interface to use those tools. Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, BSD, Solaris.

Open Source Games

261. Battle for Wesnoth

Just can’t get enough elves and necromancers? Then you’ll probably like Battle for Wesnoth, a turn-based strategy game that lets you choose to play a campaign scenario or challenge friends in multiplayer mode. It supports multiple languages, and recently released version 1.6.2 offers better graphics than previous versions. Operating System: Linux, Windows, OS X.

262. BosWars

In this real-time strategy game you must balance building your economy with creating an army in a futuristic setting. It can be played against the computer or against human opponents via LAN or the Internet. Operating System: Windows, Linux, BSD, OS X

263. Enigma

Enigma is a tremendously addictive puzzle game where you try to find matching pairs of “oxyd” stones. With 1,000 levels, it will keep you entertained for a long, long, long time. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X.

264. FreeCol

If you enjoy the game Civilization, you might want to check out FreeCol. In this turn-based strategy game that loosely mirrors the history of America, you begin with a few colonists adrift at sea and try to find new land and develop and independent nation. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

265. Frozen Bubble

The project developers claim that Frozen Bubble is “the most addictive game ever created,” and they may be right. This link will take you to the Windows version and will also connect you to the . Operating System: Windows, Linux

266. Nexuiz

Nexuiz is an intense first-person shooter that you can play alone or online in a multi-player deathmatch. The site has a video and plenty of screenshots so you can get a feel for the action before you decide if you’d like to download it. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

267. PokerTH

The latest version of this open-source Texas Hold ‘Em app lets you play against as many as 10 live or computer-generated players. It also now offers a more customizable interface with new card and table styles. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

268. Secret Maryo Chronicles

Anyone who’s played one of the Mario Bros. games (and who hasn’t?) will find this project very familiar. It’s a 2D jump and run game where you progress from level to level by avoiding obstacles and collecting coins, mushrooms, and moons. Operating System: Linux, OS X.

269. Scorched3D

This is a 3D version of the old DOS game Scorched Earth. In case you don’t remember how it’s played, you use your tanks to try to blow up your opponent’s tanks. The new version has much better graphics, as well as changing environmental conditions and the ability to network with 24 other online players at a time. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

270. 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.

271. SokoSolve

SokoSolve includes a library of Sokoban games, a puzzle game where you push (but never pull) crates into scoring position. Helpfully, this app also includes a solver for when a Sokoban game has you completely stumped. Operating System: Windows

272. StepMania

Very similar to Dance Dance Revolution, StepMania lets you perfect your dance moves and rhythm in the comfort of your own home. You can hook up dance pads if you have them, or you can let your fingers do the dancing on your keyboard. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X, Xbox.

273. SuperTuxKart

As you might expect, this 3D racing game features Tux, the Linux penguin. While the graphics aren’t nearly as impressive as what you’d find on a commercial racing game, SuperTuxKart still manages to be fun and is very easy to play. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, BSD.

274. UFO:Alien Invasion

In this futuristic sci-fi game, you and your secret organization must defend the earth against an alien invasion. While you hurry to maneuver your troops for tactical advantage in skirmishes with the aliens, you also have to try to uncover the secret alien plot in time to save humanity from certain doom. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

275. TORCS

TORCS stands for “The Open Race Car Simulator,” which also describes the game in a nutshell. It features 50 different cars, more than 20 tracks, and 50 opponents, and you can play using either joystick or keyboard. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Free BSD.

276. Ultrastar Deluxe

Think you belong on American Idol? Find out with Ultrastar Deluxe. You and up to six friends sing along karaoke-style as the music plays and you score points based on your pitch and rhythm. Note that you will need at least one microphone to play. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

277. Zombies

The objective on this turn-based game is simple: Kill the zombies before they kill you. Choose the level of blood and guts involved with the gore settings. Operating System: Windows, OS X.

Open Source Gateway Security Appliance

278. Endian Firewall Community

Very similar to Untangle (see below), Endian lets you create a gateway security appliance out of an old PC. It's easy to install and use, but does not come in a Windows version like Untangle. Endian does offer hardware and software appliances and support commercially. Operating System: Linux.

279. Untangle

Untangle gives you the option of connecting a PC to your network to use as a Linux-based network gateway or running the software in the background on a standalone Windows PC. In either case, the free option includes 12 different open-source apps for anti-virus, web filtering, anti-spam, VPN, and more. Commercially supported versions are also available. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Open Source Genealogy

280. Gramps

Genealogy continues to be one of the country’s most popular hobbies, and Gramps (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System) gives you many of the tools of more costly family tree tracking applications for free. It was developed by genealogists and offers a huge wiki of advice for how to trace your ancestry. Plus, its name is one of the best acronyms we’ve ever seen. Operating System: Linux

281. 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

Open Source Geography/GPS

282. Marble

Marble is similar to WorldWind (see below) and Google Earth, but in addition to satellite imagery, it also lets you explore maps of the world. Choose from topographic maps, street maps, temperature and precipitation maps, and flat, Mercator projection, and globe views. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X.

283. NavIt

NavIt is an open-source alternative for in-vehicle navigation. It works with multiple maps and is touch-screen friendly. Operating System: Windows, Linux

284. WorldWind

Developed by NASA, WorldWind allows you to access satellite imagery of any point on earth—or the moon. It's very similar to the better known Google Earth. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Graphics Editors

285. Art of Illusion

This 3D modeling and rendering studio boasts many of the features of much more expensive applications, including subdivision surface based modeling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials. Operating System: OS Independent

286. Blender

Want to create your own 3D animated movie? Blender lets you build models, render, and animate them just like the pros. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X. 287. Dia

Designed as an open-source alternative to Visio, Dia lets you create flowcharts and other diagrams using pre-defined shapes or ones that you draw yourself. When finished, you can export your creations to a number of file formats including eps, png, wmf, and others. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix.

288. Gimp

Similar to Photoshop, Gimp allows users to edit photos and other images. Features include layers, gradients, photo enhancement, color manipulation, digital retouching, and much more. For the Windows installer, see Gimp-win. Operating System: Windows, Linux

289. Inkscape

Inkscape lets you create vector drawings, like you would with commercial programs such as Illustrator and CorelDraw.You can use it to design your own logo, create diagrams, draw maps, and much more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

290. Paint.Net

This isn’t the Paint graphics program that comes included in your Windows accessories. Paint.Net is a full-fledged photo editor with features like layers, special effects, Bezier curves, and others that you usually only find on much more expensive software. Operating System: Windows

Open Source Human Resource Management (HRM)

291. ICeHrm

Still in the early stages of development, this HRM tool includes only basic features such as managing employee information and tracking leave. However, additional modules are due to be released soon. Operating System: OS Independent.

292. Latrix

Web-based Latrix can track both presence (when an employee has badged into the building) and attendance (when an employee is actually working) for multiple locations in multiple time zones. It also tracks employee leave, holidays, and handles shift work. Operating System: OS Independent.

293. Open Applicant

Open Applicant makes it easy to track and screen candidates for open positions. Key features include resume and e-mail screening, grading tools, online assessment tools, custom and standard tests, candidate matching, and more. Also available as a hosted service. Operating System: OS Independent.

294. Orange HRM

Orange HRM makes it easy to track employee information, attendance, leave, benefits, and recruitment. Add-ons, customization, support, and hosted service are available for a fee. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X.

295. WaypointHR

Another work in progress, WaypointHR can track basic employee data but does not yet have the capability to track more complicated data, such as leave and salary history. In addition to the free version, it's also available as a hosted solution, and additional modules, including HR intranet, online recruiting, online exit interviews, and others, are available for purchase. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Instant Messaging

296. Adium

If you're on a Mac, you won't be able to use the popular Pidgin app (see below), but you can use Adium, which offers a nearly identical feature set. Operating System: Mac.

297. aMSN

This MSN Messenger clone includes offline messaging, voice clips, custom emoticons, and more. It also offers webcam support and works with multiple languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, BSD, and others.

298. Kopete

KDE's instant messenger supports IM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and others. Among it's better features is a notification system can be tuned so that only your "important" friends can interrupt you. Operating System: Linux

299. Miranda IM

This IM client’s claim to fame is its small file size, which also makes it fast. Miranda IM supports most common chat networks, including AIM, IRC, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo, and, many more. Operating System: Windows

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