Ultimate List of Open Source Software: Page 8

Posted December 21, 2010

Cynthia Harvey

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Ultimate list of open source software:

Accounting to Audio Tools // Backup to Cloud Infrastructure // Cloud Desktop to CRM // Databases to Developer Tools // Dictionary to Encryption // Emulators to Foreign Language // Forensics to Graphics Editors // Healthcare to Modeling // Multimedia to Network Simulation // Office to POS // Portable Apps to Smoking Cessation // Speech to Typing // Utilities to Web Editors

Open Source Software: Health Care

410. Medilig

Short for "Medical Life Guard," Medilig gives health care providers an easy way to track patients' health records. It works with open-source databases and helps health care providers avoid the high cost of closed health information systems. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Open Source Software: Human Resource Management (HRM)

411. Open Applicant

This app is specifically designed to help HR professionals and hiring managers find the best applicants for a job. Features include applicant tracking, candidate screening, assessment tests, background checks, application processing, resume parsing, reporting and more. The hosted version starts at $10 per month. Operating System: OS Independent.

412. Orange HRM

Designed for small or medium-sized companies, Orange HRM includes modules for personnel information management, employee self service, leave, time and attendance‚ benefits, and recruitment. The Orange Live SaaS offering adds other features and eliminates the need to deploy the software on your own servers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

413. WaypointHR

WaypointHR isn't as mature as Orange, but it does track personnel records and generate reports. In addition to the free version, it's available in an on-demand hosted version. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Software: Instant Messaging

414. Adium

Nearly identical to Pidgin (below), this app lets you connect with multiple IM networks from a Mac. Operating System: OS X

415. aMSN

As you might guess from the name, "aMSN" was built as an MSN Messenger clone before Microsoft changed the name to Windows Live Messenger. Key features include offline messaging, voice clips, emoticons, Webcam support and support for nearly 40 languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

416. Kopete

The instant messaging client for the KDE desktop lets you chat with friends on AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and other networks. Its capabilities include message encryption, archiving and "Metaconnect" which combines each of your friend's multiple IM addresses into a single listing. Operating System: Linux

417. Miranda IM

If you're looking for a fast, lightweight chat client, Miranda is for you. It supports more than a dozen of the most popular chat networks, including Facebook. Operating System: Windows

418. Pidgin

"The universal chat client," Pidgin lets you keep in touch with friends on 17 different IM networks, including AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo, and many others. It has millions of users and has won numerous awards. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X

419. Psi

Psi is an open-source IM client for the Jabber network, which includes GoogleTalk, LiveJournal, and a number of international networks. It’s completely customizable and supports about 20 different languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Software: IT Inventory Management

420. GLPI

This app creates a database that tracks all of the technical resources of your organization. It also includes some management functions that allows admins and help desk to staff track open jobs, respond to alerts, etc. Operating System: OS Independent.

421. OCS Inventory NG

This "next generation" inventory tool helps you discover all the hardware and software in use on your network, which you can then track with a tool like GLPI (see below). It can also help you easily deploy scripts or software across your network. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Software: Laptop Theft Prevention

422. A.L.A.R.M

Need to leave your laptop unattended for a moment? Plug your laptop into an A/C outlet and then lock it. If someone removes it from the power source, A.L.A.R.M. will play a loud noise—sort of like a burglar alarm for your laptop. Operating System: Windows.

423. iAlertU

iAlertU is like a car alarm for your MacBook, only better. If someone tries to swipe your MacBook, iAlertU will set off a loud alarm and even take a picture of the would-be thief and e-mail it to you. Operating System: Mac OS X.

Open Source Software: Library

424. Koha

Developed in New Zealand, Koha claims to be "the first open-source Integrated Library System." It boasts a very complete feature set, including modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more. Operating System: OS Independent.

425. OpenBiblio

While it doesn't offer as many features or the ease of use of some of the commercial package, OpenBiblio offers good, basic library management functionality. It works with most barcode scanners, and extensive help and other resources are available on the Web site. Operating System: OS Independent.

426. VuFind

Designed by libraries for libraries, VuFind provides a Web 2.0 search portal with advanced features that make it comparable to most commercial packages, including faceted search, a "more like this" button, and social features. It also offers a very attractive interface and extensive help. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Software: Linux Desktop Environments

427. Gnome

What really sets Gnome apart from other Linux desktop environments is its usability. It also offers both developers and business users a lot of flexibility. Operating System: Linux

428. KDE Plasma Desktop

The KDE Plasma workspaces for desktops and laptops are notable for their use of widgets. Plasma looks good and offers plenty of flexibility and opportunity for customization. Operating System: Linux

429. LXDE

Short for "Lightweight X Desktop Environment," LXDE offers an extremely fast desktop for Linux/Unix systems that doesn’t consume a lot of power or memory. Because it can run on hardware with minimal specifications, it's also a good choice for cloud computing. Operating System: Linux

430. Xfce

Like LXDE, Xfce is designed for fast performance, and the components can be used together or separately. Its applications include the Mousepad text editor, Thunar file manager, Orage calendar, and Midori Web browser. Operating System: Linux

Open Source Software: Log File Monitoring and Analysis

431. AWStats

AWStats generates graphs from your log files so that you can analyze statistics from your Web, streaming, ftp, or mail server at a glace. It processes large files very quickly and supports most popular server tools. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

432. BASE

The "Basic Analysis and Security Engine," or BASE, use a Web-based interface to analyze alerts from Snort IDS. Features include role-based user authentication and Web-based setup. Operating System: OS Independent.

433. IPtables Log Analyzer

This app makes it easier to understand the log files from your Shorewall, or SUSE Firewall, or Netfilter-based firewall logs. It organizes rejected, acepted, masqueraded packets, etc. into an attractive HTML page. Operating System: Linux.

434. Snare

Intersect Alliance offers a number of different open source log file collection and analysis agents under the Snare brand name. A number of commercial products incorporate the Snare agents, including the Snare Server, which is available on the same site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

435. Splunk

Splunk can analyze data from any application, server, or device, making it possible to troubleshoot problems or investigate security incidents in a fraction of the time it would take otherwise. The enterprise features are free for 60 days, and after that you have to either convert to the free version or pay to keep using the full feature set. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

Open Source Software: Logic/Debate

436. Argumentative

Argumentative lets users create "argument maps," visual displays of the reasoning involved in creating a good argument. It's great for students studying persuasive writing, logic, debate, speech, social studies, and any subject that requires essay writing. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Software: Math

437. Apophysis

From the category of practically useless apps, Apophysis lets you create and edit algorithmically generated images known as fractal flames. If you don't want to go to the trouble of creating your own, you can also browse the library of user images. Operating System: Windows.

438. GeoGebra

Multiple-award-winning GeoGebra creates dynamic models useful for learning about geometry, arithmetic, algebra, and calculus. In addition to the downloadable version, you can also use the applet version while you're online. At the site, you'll also find extensive wikis, worksheets, and other help for math teachers. Operating System: OS Independent.

439. gnuplot

This command-line tool creates both 2D and 3D graphs from mathematical functions. Because it doesn't have a GUI, it's not as easy to use as most of the other graphing apps, but it does have extensive help available on the Web site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, and others.

440. GraphCalc

GraphCalc does everything a handheld graphing calculator would do, and it's easy to use. As the Web site says, "GraphCalc can be your first, last, and only line of offense against the mathematics that threaten to push you over the brink of insanity. It slices, dices, shreds and purees functions that leave other calculators wondering what hit them." Operating System: Windows, Linux.

441. Mandelbulber

If you're geeky enough to know what a Mandelbulb is, you might enjoy this app which renders 3D fractals. More information about the app can also be found on the FractalForums site. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

442. Maxima

Calling itself "a computer algebra system," Maxima graphs in 2D and 3D and performs differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors. It offers a barebones graphic interface, or you can run it in command line mode. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

443. TTCalc

This calculator doesn't graph, but it does perform a multitude of scientific operations using very large numbers. Unlike the Scientific Advantage product, it doesn't keep track of units, however. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Software: Mind Mapper

444. FreeMind

Great for brainstorming, keeping track of projects, or organizing research, FreeMind lets you incorporate text, symbols, arrows, and multiple colors in a document as if you were doodling on a white board or a scratch pad. It's such a unique piece of software that you really have to try it to understand what it can do. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

445. XMind

Similar to the better-known project FreeMind, XMind makes it very easy and intuitive to conduct brainstorming sessions and map the relationships between ideas. It also includes handy export features which let you convert files to PDFs, Word documents or PowerPoint presentations. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Software: Miscellaneous

446. AllChars

Do you use a lot of special characters in your documents or do you translate to different languages frequently? AllChars lets you add accent marks, copyright marks, and other special characters with a couple of easy-to-remember keystrokes. Operating System: Windows

447. BingoCardMaker

Elementary school and foreign language instructors often find that a game of Bingo breaks up the monotony of learning new vocabulary words. This app makes it easy to generate random cards from a set of images. Operating System: OS Independent.

448. eLibrary

If you have a growing collection of ebooks, you may have trouble keeping track of what you have. It automatically downloads your books' covers from the Internet and makes it easy to browse or search your collection to find the eBook you want. Operating System: Windows.

449. JDiveLog Want to try an adventurous hobby? How about Scuba? JDiveLog is a digital logbook for scuba divers with a huge list of features. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

450. Krecipes

Krecipes combines several New Year's resolutions into one app: it lets you try a new hobby (cooking), manage your caloric intake, and organize your recipes. It also lets you track and plan meals on a calendar and creates shopping lists. Operating System: Linux.

451. MisterHouse

If you really want to geek out, MisterHouse lets you control your home lighting, thermostat, curtains, phones, television, etc. with voice commands. You'll also need to install all the pre-requisite hardware on all the systems you want MisterHouse to control. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

452. Motion

Motion is a software-based motion detector. It monitors video feeds from one or more cameras and sends an alert when the picture changes. Operating System: Linux.

453. Numismatic

Looking for a hobby with an impressive-sounding name? Become a numismatist, otherwise known as a coin collector. This app can help you track your collection in a MySQL database. Operating System: OS Independent.

454. Storybook

Recently, I heard an interview with a novelist who wished he had a computer program to help him keep track of storylines and characters. It's not well known, but Storybook does just that for creative writers of all kinds. Operating System: OS Independent.

455. OpenDisc

Don’t want to take the time to download lots of individual open-source programs? OpenDisc combines a couple dozen of the most popular open-source apps for Windows (including many of those on our list) into a single download. For a fee, you can also receive OpenDisc on a disk. Operating System: Windows

456. Sweet Home 3D

Arrange your floor plan in 2D and then see what the finished room will look like. The Web site makes it easy to get started with handy tutorials and manuals. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Software: Modeling

457. ArgoUML The self-proclaimed "leading open source UML modeling tool" supports all standard UML 1.4 diagrams and comes in 10 different languages. Because it's based on Java, it runs on any platform, and it can export diagrams in six different file formats. Operating System: OS Independent

458. StarUML Designed as an alternative to Rational Rose and other commercial modeling tools, StarUML supports both the latest UML standards and Model Driven Architecture (MDA). It's very user-friendly and features a plug-in architecture. Operating System: Windows

Ultimate list of open source software:

Accounting to Audio Tools // Backup to Cloud Infrastructure // Cloud Desktop to CRM // Databases to Developer Tools // Dictionary to Encryption // Emulators to Foreign Language // Forensics to Graphics Editors // Healthcare to Modeling // Multimedia to Network Simulation // Office to POS // Portable Apps to Smoking Cessation // Speech to Typing // Utilities to Web Editors

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