Or maybe youre more business-minded: do you need an open-source solution for ERP? Project management? Bookkeeping? CRM?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, keep reading. These 75 noteworthy projects each deserving of your love and affection will help you do everything from creating desktop widgets to avoiding repetitive-stress injuries to visualizing distant, exotic landscapes. Or at least dreaming of life beyond your cubicle
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This nifty utility replaces the Windows start menu, desktop icons, and even the file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and lets you launch documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with a few keystrokes. The feel of the interface is similar to using Google with autofill turned on. Operating System: Windows.
You may not have even realized that a folder size column isnt included in Windows Explorer, but its not. This simple project corrects that. Operating Systems: Windows 2000, NT and XP (Vista is not supported).
For Matrix fans, this desktop animation tool creates a streaming character effect similar to terminals in the Matrix. ZMatrix blends in with existing backgrounds or can be drawn over them. It is set to run with a low priority, so it doesnt slow other programs. Operating System: Windows.
This project is designed to help users with little or no programming experience develop desktop widgets. Essentially, this is Mac Konfabulator for the open-source crowd. This begs the question: why are they highlighting the non-technical user angle? How many low-tech OS users are there out there? Nonetheless, Super Karamba lets you build such cool widgets as an MP3 player, toolbars that display your favorite apps with custom icons, and Internet content widgets that display things like weather reports, headlines or sports scores. Operating Systems: Linux, BSD, UNIX.
Despite its many, many flaws, Vista does include some helpful features. One is how it graphically represents drives, showing at a glance their remaining free space. (In XP, you have to park your mouse pointer over the drive until it displays that information as text.) Vista Drive Icon brings that capability to Windows XP. It displays a blue bar underneath each drive, with the bar turning red when the drive nears full capacity. Operating System: Windows XP.
Openbravo is a web-based ERP system intended for the SME market. Features include procurement, warehouse management, project and service management, production management and financial management. Operating Systems: OS independent.
Built on Spring, Struts and Hibernate, this open-source project is an IT issue tracking system. Its intended for organizations with IT teams working independently and who may not always keep track of overlapping work or open items. Operating Systems: OS independent.
vtiger is a CRM project intended for SMBs. Its features include reports, multiple database support, sales management, and inventory management. Plug-ins are available to support Outlook, Word, and Thunderbird. Operating Systems: Linux, Windows.
This financial accounting software is intended for personal and small-business use. GnuCash tracks bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. Operating Systems: Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows.
Do you wish your online photo galleries werent tied to services constantly trying to sell you something? Gallery offers a good alternative. Gallery is an OS photo album organizer that helps you integrate photo management into your own website. Features include automatic thumbnails, resizing, automatic rotation and size defaults. Operating Systems: OS independent.
MediaPortal is media center software that acts as a front-end for PVR, pictures, music, video and photos. There are plenty of open-source media center projects out there. What distinguishes MediaPortal is that it actually runs on Windows (most others only run on Linux). Operating System: Windows
Digital cameras and open-source software dont play well together. Many camera manufacturers keep their communication specifications secret, tethering them to Windows or Mac. gPhoto2 provides the bridge between digital cameras and open platforms. Supporting more than 900 cameras, gPhoto2s features include image retrieval, USB image capture and remote control via PC. Operating Systems: Linux, UNIX, Solaris
K3b is burning software for open-source platforms. It can create data, audio, and mixed-mode CDs. It also supports CD ripping and formatting. Operating Systems: UNIX, BSD, Linux.
A media player for KDE3 (a KDE4 version is coming soon), Kaffeine is a full-featured player that supports most types of media, including digital video broadcasting. Operating Systems: Linux, BSD, UNIX.
Visualization and Viewers
As the name suggests, K-3D is 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plug-in-oriented procedural engine for all of its content. Operating Systems: Windows, UNIX, Linux, BSD, OS X.