Open Source Downloads: the Monster List: Page 2

Posted December 21, 2009

Cynthia Harvey

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Open Source Backup

51. Amanda

Currently protecting more than 500,000 computers, Amanda is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) open-source backup and recovery program. Importantly, it encrypts backup data both in transit and at rest. Several commercial vendors (notably, Zmanda) use Amanda to offer cloud backup services for users who prefer to store archived data off-site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

52. Areca Backup

Designed to be both flexible and simple, Areca Backup makes it extremely easy to archive your files and work with those archived files (browse, merge, track versions, etc.). It also gives users the option to encrypt backup files with strong algorithms. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

53. Bacula

While it's primarily aimed at enterprises and users with large networks, Bacula can also be used to backup a small home network or a single system. It's an excellent program (one of the most popular open source enterprise apps), but you need to be pretty tech-savvy to use it. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Biology

54. ByoDyn

Scientists building models of biochemical networks or pathways can use ByoDyn to estimate and analyze the parameters underlying these processes. In addition to the downloadable version, it can also be accessed online as a Web app. Operating System: Linux, OS X.

Open Source Blogging

55. LifeType

The LifeType blogging platform supports multiple users and multiple blogs from a single installation. It includes a WYSIWYG editor, integrated media management, a built-in spam filter, and podcasting support. Operating System: OS Independent.

56. Nucleus CMS

It bills itself as a Content Management System, but in reality Nucleus is primarily a tool for setting up a blog and hosting it on your own server. Features include a built-in commenting tool, URLs optimized for readers, and multi-lingual support. Operating System: OS Independent.

57. WordPress

Want to set up a company blog? WordPress offers three simple steps to get your blog online in just minutes, even if you're new to the whole concept. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Browsers

58. Chrome

Google’s browser aims to combine “a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.” Notable features include a combination Web address/search box, incognito mode, and a new tab page that includes screenshots of recently visited sites. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

59. Firefox

An independent study cited on the Firefox site claims that Internet Explorer users are vulnerable to threats 98 percent of the time while Firefox users are only vulnerable 2 percent of the time. In addition to being secure, Firefox is fast and highly customizable. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

60. K-Meleon

K-Meleon combines some of the best features of Firefox (tabbed browsing, speed, enhanced security) with some of the best features of Opera (mouse gestures). It also gives you the option of using an Internet Explorer favorites list, an Opera hotlist, and/or a Firefox bookmarks list at the same time. Operating System: Windows.

61. Tor Browser Bundle

If you're really paranoid about privacy or have other reasons for wanting to browse the Internet anonymously, the Tor Bundle will install with your existing browser for ultimate protection. When it's running, no one can tell what sites you are visiting, sites can't figure out your physical location, and you should be able to access sites that are blocked by governments or Web filtering software. You can also install it on a thumb drive for mobility. Operating System: Windows.

62. TorK

For Linux users, this Tor front-end lets you anonymously browse the Internet, send instant messages and e-mail, and more. Operating System: Linux.

Open Source Bulletin Board

63. phpBB

The world’s most widely used open source forum creation software, phpBB, lets you set up an online community in just minutes. It includes the ability to send attachments, create unlimited sub-forums, add custom BBCodes, and many other features. Operating System: OS independent.

Open Source Business Intelligence (BI)

64. JasperSoft

The creators of the "most widely used open source business intelligence" offer a host of BI products, including the comprehensive JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite, JasperReports report development library, JasperServer query and reporting server, JasperAnalysis interactive OLAP analysis, and JasperETL high performance data integration. The fee-based professional versions add Web 2.0, ad hoc query, and dashboard design capabilities. Operating System: OS Independent.

65. JMagallanes

This reporting tool can be used to create static reports, swing pivot tables for OLAP analysis, and charts. It reads SQL, Excel, and XML data and exports to PDF and Excel files. Operating System: OS Independent.

66. Mondrian

From the makers of Pentaho, Mondrian is a Java-based OLAP engine. That means you can use it to analyze large SQL databases without knowing how to write SQL. Operating System: OS Independent.

67. OpenI

With OpenI, you can easily visualize data from OLAP and relational databases and create your own reports, analyses, and dashboards. Future versions will support data mining models and Web data sources. Operating System: OS Independent.

68. OpenReports

This Web reporting solution generates dynamic reports from any browser and supports JasperReports, JFreeReport, JXLS, Eclipse BIRT, and OLAP. The fee-based professional version adds dashboards, alerts, and conditional report scheduling. Operating System: OS Independent.

69. Palo BI Suite

The Palo BI Suite includes three separate modules: Palo OLAP server for multi-user collaboration on BI data and analysis, Palo Worksheet Server for online spreadsheets with advance reporting capabilities, and Palo ETL server which extracts, transforms, and loads data from various sources. It's available in both the free community edition and the supported commercial edition. Operating System: OS Independent.

70. Pentaho

The Pentaho Business Intelligence suite includes modules for reporting, analysis, data integration, dashboards, and data mining that can be deployed together or independently. Users include U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Lifetime Networks, Terra Industries, Sun Microsystems, and MySQL. (Note that due to recent acquisitions, some versions of Pentaho software are partially closed source.) Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

71. RapidMiner

"One of the most widely used data mining and predictive analysis solutions world-wide," RapidMiner includes more than 400 data mining operators that can be used independently or combined. The fee-based enterprise editions add other business intelligence capabilities, as well as support and warranties. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Business Process Management/Business Performance Management (BPM)

72. Adaptive Planning

Designed to replace spreadsheet-based processes, Adaptive Planning includes budgeting, forecasting, and reporting capabilities. In addition to the free Express version, it's also available in commercial Corporate and Enterprise editions that can be deployed on-demand (hosted) or on-premise. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

73. ProcessMaker

Aimed at small-to-medium enterprises or strategic business units within a larger organization, ProcessMaker makes it easy for business managers with no programming experience to create models of business processes. It's Web-based and connects easily with existing ERP, BI, DMS, and CRM applications. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

74. uEngine

The uEngine BPM suite includes three separate components: BPM Foundation with a process engine and modeling tool; the process portal with personalization, single sign-on, and dashboard capabilities; and the BP Analyzer with OLAP analyzing and charting abilities. It supports multiple languages, including English, but because it is developed by a Korean company, parts of the Web site and interface sound strange to native English speakers. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Business Suites

75. ADempiere ERP Business Suite

ADempiere combines ERP, CRM, and supply chain management functionality into a single package that is similar to Compiere but managed by a community instead of a company. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, BSD, Solaris.

76. allocPSA

Designed for service organizations, its creators call allocPSA a "Professional Services Automation Suite." Key functions include a digital dashboard, project management, timesheets, financials, CRM, personnel, calendaring, issue tracking, document management, and reporting. Operating System: OS Independent.

77. Compiere ERP + CRM Business Solution

Compiere aims to make ERP and CRM easier to acquire, implement, extend, and change. In addition to the free Community Edition, Compiere is available in several different varieties—some commercial, some open source, some deployed on-site, and some available in the cloud. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, BSD, Solaris.

78. Dolibarr ERP/CRM

Aimed at small- to medium-sized organizations, Dolibarr manages products and services, stock, bank accounts, customers, orders, invoices, and more. It also includes several features aimed at non-profit foundations, such as member management and donation management. Operating System: OS Independent.

79. GNU Enterprise

GNU Enterprise contains a host of developer and ERP tools, including human resources, accounting, CRM, project management, supply chain management, and e-commerce features. Its modular design and open architecture make it easy to customize and easy to maintain. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

80. JAllInOne ERP/CRM

Despite its name, JAllInOne is primarily an ERP solution with some basic CRM functions. It provides all the standard ERP functionality and supports multiple users, multiple languages, and multiple companies. Operating System: OS Independent.

81. JFire

JFire includes ERP, CRM, e-commerce, and supply chain management functionality. Key features include support for global business (multi-language, multi-currency, multiple tax formulas), advanced user management, scalability, distributed architecture, web reporting, and issue tracking. Operating System: OS Independent.

82. Ohioedge

Ohioedge combines CRM and BPM features in a Java-based app. The site is light on documentation, but does include a helpful test drive that lets you see how the software can be used. Operating System: OS Independent.

83. opentaps

Short for "OPen source ENTerprise APplications Suite," opentaps combines ERP and CRM in a single integrated suite. Modules include inventory/shipping/warehouse, online store, CRM/order entry/marketing, POS, parties & users, AR/AP ledger, purchasing/planning, and product catalog. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix.

84. Plazma ERP + CRM

The Plazma Business Solution is primarily a CRM app with some ERP features. It manages accounts, contacts, sales, tasks, campaigns, and products and creates analytical reports. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

85. TNT Concept

Built by Spanish company Autentia for its own use, TNT Concept includes ERP, accounting, HR, BPM, and reporting capabilities. It's also the only ERP software we've seen that includes tracking for books on loan, which Autentia uses to manage its library of books available for employees to borrow. Operating System: OS Independent.

Open Source Calendar/Scheduling

86. Lightning/Sunbird

In addition to Thunderbird and Firefox, Mozilla also makes a calendar application. If you use Thunderbird for e-mail, Lightning adds calendar functionality similar to Outlook. If you don’t use Thunderbird, the Sunbird stand-alone calendar gives you most of the same functionality, except that it doesn’t integrate with e-mail meeting requests. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris.

Open Source Chemistry

87. Jmol

This java-based app lets students create diagrams of atoms, molecules, macromolecules, crystals, and more. The site includes a handbook and tutorials for helping you learn how to use the software. Operating System: OS Independent.

88. Kalzium

Kalzium contains more information about the periodic table of the elements than most high school students ever wanted to know. It also solves chemical equations, shows pictures of the elements, and includes a helpful glossary. Operating System: Linux.

89. ProtoMol

ProtoMol is a framework for molecular dynamics simulation. It's designed to be highly flexible, easily extensible, and to meet high performance demands. Operating System: Linux, Unix, Windows.

Open Source Classroom Management

90. iTALC

Short for "intelligent teaching and learning with computers," iTALC makes it easier for teachers to interact with students using PCs in the classroom or those joining from home via a VPN connection. With it, you can view a snapshot of every screen in the class, show students a demo from your screen, lock workstations (so students have to pay attention to you), send text messages, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

91. Mando

Mando lets you create an interactive whiteboard. If you have your computer connected to a camera and a projector, you can use your laser pointer to control the computer in front of the class, just as you would use a mouse at your desk. Operating System: Linux.

Open Source Collaboration/Groupware

92. Collabtive

This cloud-based groupware bills itself as an open-source alternative to Active Collab and Basecamp. Capabilities include project management, messaging and instant messaging, file management, time tracking, and role-based user management. Operating System: OS Independent.

93. cyn.in

Cyn.in sets itself apart by including social networking functionality such as micro-blogging (think Twitter), instant discussions, and a live activity feed for the desktop, as well as more traditional groupware features like wikis, blogs, file sharing, content management, calendar, etc. It's available in the free community edition, in a hosted SaaS version, or as a commercially supported virtual appliance. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

94. Group-Office

Group-Office online groupware includes a calendar, file sharing, basic CRM capabilities, and e-mail. The fee-based professional and hosted versions add project management and synchronization with mobile devices. Operating System: OS Independent.

95. IGSuite

IGSuite claims basic personal information manager (PIM), CMS, CRM, and ERP functionality, but its really best categorized as groupware. The Web-based app includes Webmail, calendaring, to do lists, file sharing, chat, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix.

96. OpenGoo/Feng Office

Calling itself an "open source Web Office," OpenGoo makes it easy to collaborate on text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, scheduling, e-mail, etc. from any browser. Feng Office is the fee-based professional version that includes support, upgrades, and automatic backup. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

97. phpGroupWare

Part of the GNU project, phpGroupWare includes more than 50 applications, supports 20 languages, and is used by tens of thousands of people everyday. Capabilities include contact management, e-mail, calendar, content and document management, project management, and an application programming interface. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

98. Simple Groupware

Built in sgsML for easy customization, Simple Groupware is a standards-based enterprise-ready groupware application. It offers email, calendaring, contacts, tasks, document management, synchronization with cell phones and Outlook, and full-text search. Plus, it’s simple to install, update, use, and adapt to your needs. Operating System: Windows, Linux


Short for "The Ultimate Team Organization Software," TUTOS includes a calendar, address manager, bug tracker, file sharing, mailboxes, and time tracking. Operating System: Linux.

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