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Projects of the Week, July 25, 2016

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 05:12

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

FlightGear – Flight Simulator

Founded in 1997, FlightGear is developed by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute. FlightGear is used all over the world by desktop flight simulator enthusiasts, for research in universities and for interactive exhibits in museums. FlightGear features more than 400 aircraft, a worldwide scenery database, a multi-player environment, detailed sky modelling, a flexible and open aircraft modelling system, varied networking options, multiple display support, a powerful scripting language and an open architecture. Best of all, being open-source, the simulator is owned by the community and everyone is encouraged to contribute.
[ Download FlightGear – Flight Simulator ]


PDF Split and Merge

Split and merge PDF files with PDFsam, an easy-to-use desktop tool with graphical, command line and web interface.
[ Download PDF Split and Merge ]


K-Meleon

K-Meleon is a fast and customizable web browser that can be used instead of Internet Explorer on Windows. Powered by the same Gecko engine as the Firefox and Mozilla browsers, K-Meleon provides users with a secure browsing experience.
[ Download K-Meleon ]


Vienna

Vienna is an open source Mac OSX RSS reader with support for RSS/Atom feeds, article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa. Feeds can be accessed directly, or through a syncing service supporting the Open Reader API, like BazQux.com, FeedHQ.org, InoReader.com or TheOldReader.com. Development now happens on GitHub: https://github.com/ViennaRSS/vienna-rss
[ Download Vienna ]


Cream (for Vim)

Cream is a free, easy-to-use configuration of the famous Vim text editor for Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD. It uses common menus, standard keyboard shortcuts, and has extensive editing functions for the beginner and expert alike. UPDATE: Development has slowed recently due to the author’s full time endeavor to begin an architectural practice (http://SteveHallArchitecture.com). But the project still continues to build gVim installers and add minor features and bug fixes in the Cream source code.
[ Download Cream (for Vim) ]


gnuplot

A famous scientific plotting package, features include 2D and 3D plotting, a huge number of output formats, interactive input or script-driven options, and a large set of scripted examples.
[ Download gnuplot ]


Korora Project

Korora is an installable Fedora Remix Live DVD, which aims to provide a complete out of the box experience for new users, including support for multimedia content. It comes with choice of five desktops, being Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, MATE and Xfce all in 32 and 64 bit.
[ Download Korora Project ]


GeoServer

GeoServer is an open source software server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards: WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS and REST
[ Download GeoServer ]


FreeCAD

WARNING: FreeCAD has moved! FreeCAD code and release files are now hosted on github at https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD Only older files and code are available here. FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization. FreeCAD is based on OpenCasCade, a powerful geometry kernel, features an Open Inventor-compliant 3D scene representation model provided by the Coin 3D library, and a broad Python API. The interface is built with Qt. FreeCAD runs exactly the same way on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux platforms.
[ Download FreeCAD ]

Categories: Open Source

“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – September 2016

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 05:34

The vote for September 2016 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until August 15, 2016 12:00 UTC.


GnuCash

GnuCash is a personal and small-business finance manager with a check-book like register GUI to enter and track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. GnuCash is designed to be simple and easy to use but still based on formal accounting principles.
[ Download GnuCash ]


fldigi

Fldigi is a modem program for most of the digital modes used by radio amateurs today: CW, PSK, MFSK, RTTY, Hell, DominoEX, Olivia, and Throb are all supported. It can help calibrate a sound card to a time signal and do frequency measurement tests.
[ Download fldigi ]


NSIS: Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution. Being a user’s first experience with your product, a stable and reliable installer is an important component of succesful software. With NSIS you can create such installers that are capable of doing everything that is needed to setup your software. NSIS is script-based and allows you to create the logic to handle even the most complex installation tasks. Many plug-ins and scripts are already available: you can create web installers, communicate with Windows and other software components, install or update shared components and more.
[ Download NSIS: Nullsoft Scriptable Install System ]


TYPO3

TYPO3 is an enterprise class Web CMS written in PHP/MySQL. It’s designed to be extended with custom written backend modules and frontend libraries for special functionality. It has very powerful integration of image manipulation.
[ Download TYPO3 ]


Alt-F

Alt-F provides a free alternative firmware for the DLINK DNS-320/320L/321/323/325/327L. Alt-F has Samba and NFS; supports ext2/3/4, VFAT, NTFS and ISO9660 filesystems; RAID 0, 1, 5 (with external USB disk) and JBOD; supports 2/3/4TB disks; rsync, ftp, sftp, ftps, ssh, lpd, DNS and DHCP servers, DDNS, fan and leds control, clean power up and down… and more. Alt-F also has a set of comprehensive administering web pages, you don’t need to use the command line to configure it. Besides the built-in software, Alt-F also supports additional packages on disk, including ffp packages, that you can install, update and uninstall using the administering web pages Alt-F is still beta and is being developed and tested on a DNS-323-rev-A1/B1, a DNS325-rev-A1, a DNS-320L-rev-A1 and on a DNS-327L-rev-A1 hardware boards. Other models and boards are said to work. Support Forum: http://groups.google.com/group/alt-f Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/altfirmware
[ Download Alt-F ]


ThumbApps

We believe that free/open source software is enough, we don’t need pirated softwares on Windows. But most of these aren’t portables, or provided by PortableApps.com due to .NET dependencies, 64-bit etc. So we provide what’s missing here. Software publisher who wishes their portablized software taken down, can tip us through thumbapps.org or versapps@gmail.com. We promise to take it down without questions, but please be patient—we might not be able to respond promptly, but we eventually *will* …thanks for your patience, and sorry for being such a #naughty uploader

Categories: Open Source

Interview with Michael Krieger, Subject Matter Expert – Databases, SQL, Big Data, Storage and Industry Trends

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 02:34

SF: What topics are getting the most traffic when it comes to databases?

MK: Hot topics include hybrid structured/unstructured databases, especially growth of NoSQL for big data (and other non-structured) usage and emergence of cloud as viable repository for databases thanks to virtually ubiquitous bandwidth

SF: SQL 2016… Modernization and upgrade to SQL 2016, polybase, JSON (new capability w/in SQL 2016), open-source language – How they relate to databases and then SQL 2016?

MK: The emergence of JSON reduces the burden for data interchange, and is rapidly gaining popularity. This alone may drive some modernization, as will the larger shift toward open-source solutions for many parts of enterprise private or hybrid clouds (or whatever we call datacenters these days)

SF: Data warehouse + big data: Storage of big data, unstructured + structured data (hybrid model) – what is MongoDB doing?

MK: Mongo’s NoSQL/JSON/Open-Source approach has led to rapid adoption; some sources cite MongoDB as the most popular database for new data stores.

SF: How are people searching for SQL Server? Is it just “SQL” or is it “SQL Server”? How are people referring to Microsoft products in the industry?

MK: We believe SQL still refers to the technology, while SQL Server refers to the MS product, particularly among Enterprise IT who view Oracle and SQL server both as SQL products.

SF: How is the industry talking about data? “Big Data” has been a trend – is it still? What about the storage of data?

MK: Big Data is getting bigger, thanks to the emerging IoT market, which will bring yet new ways for us to collect information. The plummeting price of storage – including SSD storage is also leading organizations to archive some data indefinitely, with the hope of utilizing not-yet-created analytics tools to mine existing data for new insights. Witness the cloud providers (like MS and Google) who offer unlimited storage to their enterprise cloud (O365, Google Apps) customers.

SF: What about enterprises specifically? Are there new trends in the industry we should be aware of?

MK: Security ALWAYS is number one, top of mind. Internet of Things (IoT) is bubbling up as are wearable devices. New cloud platforms for PaaS and agile development also are of interest. From a database perspective, the combination of JSON and NoSQL components driven by big, unstructured data will continue to put pressure on traditional database products.

SF: Thanks Michael.

MK: My pleasure.

MK image 1About Michal Krieger: Michael Krieger lends his industry perspective, product marketing and management expertise to a broad variety of high-tech clients including SlashDot Media. Michael has been on the leading edge of technology for over 40 years, starting as a software and hardware developer. He has since held executive roles in marketing, product management, business development and Technology Market Research. A pioneer in many fields, he led and participated in teams that developed one of the first mainframe to PC connections, one of the first Multiprocessor PC Servers, the first Blade Server, and one of the first Cloud Computing SaaS services while employed by tech leaders such as AST Computer, Hitachi, and FutureLink. Michael also served over a decade as VP of the Ziff Davis Market Experts where he developed integrated marketing programs for a who’s who of technology and consumer electronics companies. Michael has been a speaker at numerous trade shows including Interop, CloudSlam, Blade Server Summit and the late Comdex.

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, July 18, 2016

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 05:05

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

NSIS: Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution. Being a user’s first experience with your product, a stable and reliable installer is an important component of succesful software. With NSIS you can create such installers that are capable of doing everything that is needed to setup your software. NSIS is script-based and allows you to create the logic to handle even the most complex installation tasks. Many plug-ins and scripts are already available: you can create web installers, communicate with Windows and other software components, install or update shared components and more.
[ Download NSIS: Nullsoft Scriptable Install System ]


LXLE

Change is good but changing everything isn’t always great. Same is true for aging computers and their operating systems. Support is sometimes lost too quickly with a 6 month core release cycle. Graphics & Audio cards and chipsets get dropped along with other miscellaneous functions with programs or drivers that just go missing. We all like having updated software we certainly don’t like down time or loss of features and capabilities. I believe most aging hardware just needs the right system on it, and lets face it, it helps keep a couple bucks in your pocket if you can squeeze a few more years out of your current system; without sacrificing, performance, capability, usability and of course aesthetics. http://lxle.net/forums/
[ Download LXLE ]


NAS4Free

The NAS4Free operating system can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share computer data storage over a computer network. ‘NAS’ as in “Network-Attached Storage” and ‘4Free’ as in ‘Free and open source’, NAS4Free is the simplest and fastest way to create an centralized and easily-accessible server for all kinds of data! NAS4Free supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols/services: CIFS/SMB (samba), Samba AD, FTP, NFS v4, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorent, Syncthing, VirtualBox and noVNC, Bridge, CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol) and HAST (Highly Available Storage). This all can easy be managed by a configurale webinterface.
[ Download NAS4Free ]


The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library

The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library is a simple tool that helps C/C++ developers initialize extensions and write portable applications. GLEW currently supports a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Darwin, Irix, and Solaris.
[ Download The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library ]


Wine

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows sources to Unix and a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows binaries to run on x86-based Unixes.
[ Download Wine ]


ShanaEncoder

Source: https://shana.pe.kr/ffmpeg
[ Download ShanaEncoder ]


VoIP monitor

VoIPmonitor is open source network packet sniffer with commercial frontend for SIP SKINNY RTP and RTCP VoIP protocols running on linux. VoIPmonitor is designed to analyze quality of VoIP call based on network parameters – delay variation and packet loss according to ITU-T G.107 E-model which predicts quality on MOS scale. Calls with all relevant statistics are saved to MySQL or ODBC database. Optionally each call can be saved to pcap file with either only SIP / SKINNY protocol or SIP/RTP/RTCP/T.38/udptl protocols. VoIPmonitor can also decode audio.
[ Download VoIP monitor ]


antergos

The purpose of Antergos is to provide a modern, elegant and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions out there, Arch Linux. Antergos is easy to use and very customizable. It is open source, free and based on the fast and lightweight Arch Linux. Antergos uses the official Arch Linux package repositories and the AUR (user-submitted packages) along with its own software repositories. As with other GNU/Linux systems, Antergos is virtually free of viruses and spyware.
[ Download antergos ]


liteide

LiteIDE is a simple, open source, cross-platform Go IDE.
[ Download liteide ]

Categories: Open Source

Are You Open Source Contributor Material?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 05:25

Have you got what it takes to be a great open source contributor?

Contrary to what most would expect, being a good open source contributor doesn’t require a ton of experience or even expert coding skills. In fact, coding skills can be the least of your worries. To be a great open source contributor, one must possess skills and traits that go beyond technical know-how:

  • Writing skills

There are many who can code, but only few who can clearly convey in words what they’ve just done with code. And in practically every area of open source- from submitting patches to reporting bugs to discussing project applications- there is a need for clear, complete and easily understandable documentation.

This is why a strong writing ability is very important for contributors. Clear and effective writing is essential for making sure that users understand the software. And when users are able to understand it, they are more likely to use and contribute to it.

  • Proactive

As a contributor, you are called not just to be observant but to be proactive. This means that if you spot an error or bug, you don’t just report it, you also try and find a fix or submit a patch. But if you can’t fix it, simply submitting a bug report would already be a big help. The point here is that you should always find ways to contribute.

  • Patient

In any one project, you need to work with a number of different people who each have priorities and responsibilities of their own. So if you urgently need to fix a bug, you can’t expect people to just drop whatever they’re doing to help you. You have to wait until they finish their priority tasks. This is where patience really serves you well.

  • Kind and understanding

Different contributors have different levels of expertise. Some may already be well aware of the standards of inclusion for contributions, while others may not. It’s important for all contributors to keep this fact in mind, and therefore be understanding of one another and what each tries to contribute. If a contribution falls short of the standard, the contributor must be dealt with kindly and shown the proper way instead of being scolded and rejected. The latter will only discourage contributions to the detriment of the project.

  • Thinks of what is best for the project

A good contributor thinks of what is best for the entire project and not only for himself. What does this mean? It means that the contributor must be judicious in choosing what to include in or exclude from a project. It means being able to strike a balance between new features and additional maintenance efforts and costs. It means knowing when to keep pushing for improvements, and when to let go of or hand off projects to others.

  • A team player

While some projects are handled by only one person, in most cases it is run by a core group of persons and supported by several others who occasionally make contributions. With this setup it is important for all contributors to be able to work harmoniously together and support one another. Every question and concern, even every broken patch submitted should be attended to with respect because behind every single one is a person willing to contribute and be part of the community. Everyone must foster a sense of community as this is a large part of what keeps a project alive and constantly developing.

If you possess most or all of the above, then you’ve definitely got what it takes to be a great contributor! If you currently don’t however, no need to worry. All these skills can be learned and developed, so there’s always a chance for you to still make meaningful contributions in open source.

Start Making Contributions with SourceForge

Think you’re ready to start contributing to open source? Then you’re in the right place. SourceForge is a haven for developers and eager contributors, with thousands of free and open source projects from which to choose and contribute. To find the perfect project to participate in and know the latest developments in open source, keep it here at SourceForge.

Categories: Open Source

SourceForge Outage Recap and Future Steps

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 01:47

Most of SourceForge Developer Services were unavailable starting July 12th 18:52 UDT and ending July 13th 17:10 UDT. Project Web services were initially taken down to clear up some disk errors. During this maintenance we experienced issues with the entire NFS infrastructure, forcing us to take the site offline and migrating to our Failover Environment. After extensive troubleshooting we were able to determine that the core issue was excessive latency in the internal DNS load balancer, which was causing RPC timeouts and preventing NFS clients from mounting. Upon re-configuring DNS resolvers, we were able to restore proper operation of the NFS infrastructure and resume normal operations.

We apologize for the interruption to the SourceForge Site and services during this period of time. We were able to report some information during the downtime via our SFNet_Ops Twitter feed which is included in our 500 error page. However, due to the complex nature of the issue we were unable to provide additional details or an ETA on when the issue would be fixed.

Moving forward, we are investigating latency issues in the internal DNS load balancer and re-configuring relevant portions of our infrastructure to prevent downtime in the future. We will also update the SFNet_Ops Twitter feed more frequently so users are not in the dark. Once again, we apologize for the downtime. Should you find any lingering issues with the site or have any other questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, July 11, 2016

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 05:18

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

The FreeType Project

FreeType is written in C. It is designed to be small, efficient, and highly customizable while capable of producing high-quality output (glyph images) of most vector and bitmap font formats for digital typography. FreeType is a freely available and portable software library to render fonts.
[ Download The FreeType Project ]


DVDStyler

DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application that makes possible for video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs. DVDStyler provides over 20 DVD menu templates, allowing you to create your own menu designs and photo slideshows. After you select your DVD label name, video quality, video format, aspect ratio, and audio format, you can select a template to add video materials to. DVDStyler’s interface supports drag-and-drop so you can add project buttons and movies around with ease. Some basic video editing operations such as trimming and cropping are also available.
[ Download DVDStyler ]


PostInstallerF

PostInstallerF will install all the software that Fedora Linux and others don’t include by default, after running Fedora for the first time. Its easy for a new user. PostInstallerF contains everything that you need for your daily computing. SPANISH PostinstallerF Instalara todo software que no se incluye por defecto. Es fácil para el nuevo usuario. No te compliques! ————————————————— *How to Install PostInstallerF* from a terminal (5 steps): —————————– * FEDORA 23/24 * —————————– 1) su 2) dnf -y install wget 3) rpm –import https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kuboosoft/postinstallerf/master/GPG/$(rpm -E %fedora)/RPM-GPG-KEY-postinstallerf 4) wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ https://raw.github.com/kuboosoft/postinstallerf/master/postinstallerf.repo 5) dnf clean all && dnf -y install postinstallerf
[ Download PostInstallerF ]


SuperTuxKart

SuperTuxKart is a kart racing game featuring Tux and friends. It is a fun-racer game, focusing on fun and ease of play.
[ Download SuperTuxKart ]


TYPO3

TYPO3 is an enterprise class Web CMS written in PHP/MySQL. It’s designed to be extended with custom written backend modules and frontend libraries for special functionality. It has very powerful integration of image manipulation.
[ Download TYPO3 ]


NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2)

Visit NAPS2’s home page at www.naps2.com. NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use. Scan your documents from WIA- and TWAIN-compatible scanners, organize the pages as you like, and save them as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and other file formats. Requires .NET Framework 4.0 or higher. NAPS2 is currently available in over 30 different languages. Want to see NAPS2 in your preferred language? Help translate! See the wiki for more details. This is a fork of the NAPS project with many improvements.
[ Download NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2) ]


GNS3

GNS3 is a graphical network simulator that allows you to design complex network topologies. You may run simulations or configure devices ranging from simple workstations to powerful Cisco routers. It is based on Dynamips, Pemu/Qemu and Dynagen. Go to GNS3.com for last releases.
[ Download GNS3 ]


Linux Mint Deutsch

Linux Mint ist eine auf Ubuntu basierende Linux-Distribution mit zusätzlichen Erweiterungen, die nicht in Ubuntu vorinstalliert sind. Linux Mint bringt unter anderem den Adobe Flash Player mit und kann MP3s und DVDs abzuspielen. Es werden Live-DVDs mit Cinnamon, LXDE, MATE, KDE und Xfce als Desktopumgebung angeboten.
[ Download Linux Mint Deutsch ]


digiCamControl

digiCamControl is an free and open source software. This allows you to save time by transferring images directly from your camera to your computer as you take each shot and allow to control camera shooting parameters.
[ Download digiCamControl ]

Categories: Open Source

July 2016, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – MediaPortal

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 05:20

For our July “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected MediaPortal, an app that turns your PC into a very advanced MediaCenter / HTPC. The team behind the project shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this?
MediaPortal Team (MT): MediaPortal was born in 2003 as a Windows port of XBMC (now Kodi). These days we can only guess the motivation behind it was to provide an open source alternative to Windows Media Center.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
MT: Absolutely, we achieved the original vision and so much more. MediaPortal is the de facto standard for 10 foot experience on Windows.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
MT: People wanting to replace all the consumer electronics boxes under their TV with just the one Microsoft Windows machine. The idea is that rather than having a DVR, a dedicated gaming console, optical media players or other media boxes you just have one Windows machine that does all that for you. You could even get rid of your cumbersome A/V receiver if you wanted too. Today’s systems like the famous Sonos PlayBar will let you do just that. MediaPortal brings everything together from live TV, to movies, to music, photo slide shows. MediaPortal enables users to make the most of their sophisticated TV sets notably by delivering 4K UHD and 3D content in such a convenient way.

SF: What core need does MediaPortal fulfill?
MT: At the core of MediaPortal is the live TV, time shifting and recording functionalities, quite simply it’s the best DVR out there. You also get movie and music management functionalities and so much more through our vibrant community of plug-in developers, notably giving you access to all sorts of online video and music services.

SF: How can we get the most out of using MediaPortal?
MT: Get involved with the community. Share your ideas, software and hardware projects on our forums, publish your own plug-in or even contribute to the core code base. Thus you will yourself forge the future of this great project.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
MT: We have a really strong team of passionate and friendly individuals who manage to come together release after release and year after year, to deliver an extraordinary product. The key to MediaPortal success is the openness, the attention to detail and the dedicated staff forming this fantastic community.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
MT: Definitely, in fact it’s the key to a stable product and user satisfaction.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
MT: It’s really hard for us to tell. This project has been running since 2003 and most of the original staff is long gone already. That’s probably the greatest strength of Team MediaPortal: it’s ability to renew itself both at the technology level and at the human level.

SF: What helped make that happen?
MT: Team MediaPortal was able to renew itself thanks to staff dedicated to the maintenance and betterment of our online facilities.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
MT: SourceForge is an essential part of MediaPortal’s online presence. It helps give this project better visibility drawing users and potential contributors to our community.

SF: What is the next big thing for MediaPortal?
MT: Team MediaPortal’s major projects are MP1, MP2 and our TV service. We are continually working toward improving those products.
We are notably working toward adding MadVR support to MP1.
MP2 is making the final run toward its first golden release.
TV service is also getting a most anticipated new release following some major refactoring.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
MT: As long as it needs to.
MP1 is usually getting 3 to 4 releases a year.
MP2 should be starting a regular release schedule this year too.
The TV service (which is currently distributed as part of our MP client) should also be getting its own release schedule from next year.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
MT: Not quite, so anyone is welcome to join the community to help make it happen faster.
Good projects are always looking for talented contributors.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for MediaPortal?
MT: Well we are doing it all over again with MP2, it delivers a much improved architecture enabling great functionalities such as Picture In Picture (PIP) also called MultiView.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
MT: We are working on better BD-J support and MadVR rendering.
We would like to support HbbTV and other great features but we would need to staff up to make it happen.
It would be fantastic if we could strike up deals with content providers to implement their DRM policies and officially support them.
Be able to run MediaPortal on ReactOS would be great too, though we don’t have the resources to make it happen yet.

[ Download MediaPortal ]

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, July 4, 2016

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 05:25

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

LibreCAD

LibreCAD is a fully comprehensive 2D CAD application that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of satisfied LibreCAD users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, etc. https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD http://forum.librecad.org/ http://wiki.librecad.org/ http://translate.librecad.org/
[ Download LibreCAD ]


Octave-Forge

Octave-Forge is a central location for the collaborative development of packages for GNU Octave. The Octave-Forge packages expand Octave’s core functionality by providing field specific features via Octave’s package system. For example, image and signal processing, fuzzy logic, instrument control, and statistics packages are examples of individual Octave-Forge packages. GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation. Octave is normally used through its interactive command line interface, but it can also be used to write non-interactive programs. The Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable.
[ Download Octave-Forge ]


fldigi

Fldigi is a modem program for most of the digital modes used by radio amateurs today: CW, PSK, MFSK, RTTY, Hell, DominoEX, Olivia, and Throb are all supported. It can help calibrate a sound card to a time signal and do frequency measurement tests.
[ Download fldigi ]


GnuCash

GnuCash is a personal and small-business finance manager with a check-book like register GUI to enter and track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. GnuCash is designed to be simple and easy to use but still based on formal accounting principles.
[ Download GnuCash ]


antiX-Linux

antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.
[ Download antiX-Linux ]


Alt-F

Alt-F provides a free alternative firmware for the DLINK DNS-320/320L/321/323/325/327L. Alt-F has Samba and NFS; supports ext2/3/4, VFAT, NTFS and ISO9660 filesystems; RAID 0, 1, 5 (with external USB disk) and JBOD; supports 2/3/4TB disks; rsync, ftp, sftp, ftps, ssh, lpd, DNS and DHCP servers, DDNS, fan and leds control, clean power up and down… and more. Alt-F also has a set of comprehensive administering web pages, you don’t need to use the command line to configure it. Besides the built-in software, Alt-F also supports additional packages on disk, including ffp packages, that you can install, update and uninstall using the administering web pages Alt-F is still beta and is being developed and tested on a DNS-323-rev-A1/B1, a DNS325-rev-A1, a DNS-320L-rev-A1 and on a DNS-327L-rev-A1 hardware boards. Other models and boards are said to work. Support Forum: http://groups.google.com/group/alt-f Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/altfirmware
[ Download Alt-F ]


WinPython

WinPython is a free open-source portable distribution of the Python programming language for Windows XP/7/8, designed for scientists, supporting both 32bit and 64bit versions of Python 2 and Python 3. Since September 2014, Developpement has moved to https://winpython.github.io/
[ Download WinPython ]


ThumbApps

We believe that free/open source software is enough, we don’t need pirated softwares on Windows. But most of these aren’t portables, or provided by PortableApps.com due to .NET dependencies, 64-bit etc. So we provide what’s missing here. Software publisher who wishes their portablized software taken down, can tip us through thumbapps.org or versapps@gmail.com. We promise to take it down without questions, but please be patient—we might not be able to respond promptly, but we eventually *will* …thanks for your patience, and sorry for being such a #naughty uploader

Categories: Open Source

July 2016, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – iDempiere

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 05:30

For our July “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected iDempiere, a Business Suite ERP/CRM/SCM done the community way. Project leader Carlos Antonio Ruiz Gomez shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): Tell me about the iDempiere project please.
Carlos Ruiz Gomez (CRG): iDempiere is a complete Open Source ERP/CRM/SCM business solution for small-medium enterprises. It provides inventory management, order processing, accounting, reporting, customer relationship management. Full multi* software, multi-lingual, multi-organization, multi-tenant, multi-accounting, multi-currency.
The system has been designed in a way that changes are easy, even in production, allowing a fast implementation.
User interface can be adapted easily via an application dictionary that feeds a UI and a reporting engine.
Stable, based on Compiere which was SourceForge POTM in February 2004.
At this moment iDempiere is perhaps the only open source ERP done the community way.

SF: What made you start this?
CRG: I enjoy writing code, solving problems, helping others to solve their problems, I can do that as a passion, as a hobby; and I had strong background on business software. With this open source ERP I found a way to join my background with my passion.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
CRG: Yes, iDempiere is a real software used in production in thousands of companies worldwide, with a strong community. We have further vision and goals to achieve, but I can say the original idea has been achieved successfully.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
CRG: All companies can benefit from iDempiere. The ERP brings control and organization. Companies using iDempiere avoid the big licensing costs associated with ERP and have complete control about adapting to their own requirements.

SF: What core need does iDempiere fulfill?
CRG: Managing the business and automating many back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. iDempiere ERP integrates operations from the whole company, including purchases, sales, inventory management, customer relationship, accounting.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using iDempiere?
CRG: Implementing ERP is always a big project, although iDempiere is stable and usable out of the box, we strongly recommend companies wanting to use it to hire a known company with experience on ERP implementations.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
CRG: The iDempiere community is strong, we usually hold in-person conferences bi-yearly, IRC meetings weekly, and constant communication via forums and other messaging mechanisms.
Credit attribution is a key value of our community and that’s why we usually recognize and [give] thanks to Jorg Janke as the creator of this amazing software and ideas, and we like to recognize the improvements that community added in Adempiere project, and also the learning that failing that project gave us to set up properly the community in iDempiere.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
CRG: Yes, we have been releasing official milestone versions every year, but thanks to continuous integration and with big help of SourceForge as our master release repository we are able to release automatically daily stable and development versions.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
CRG: We started the project in 2011, during 2012 Trek Global (company based in Vancouver, USA) held a conference with the key developers and we created a big wish-list with all kinds of things that we hated from the previous software and things that we wanted to add or improve to make the software more robust, multi-tenant and usable. After that, Trek Global sponsored a big team of analysts, developers and testers during more than 1 year to solve most of the list. That represented a big jump on the quality, robustness and usability of the application.

SF: What helped make that happen?
CRG: Trek Global believed in our vision of the project and community setup and decided to sponsor this big jump to make this software the best in its class.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
CRG: The hosting capabilities of SourceForge are by far the best at this moment, we made a judicious comparison against other open source hosting providers and found that the tools provided by SourceForge to distribute files are the best in its class, as well as the mirroring, speed of upload/download and statistics. All these capabilities have been key to helping us provide better services to our community.

SF: What is the next big thing for iDempiere?
CRG: iDempiere has a long term goal about modularity. Our main goal is to have a light core and separate all the business logic to be pluggable, extendable and replaceable. The project keeps evolving and achieving this shift will represent a big jump.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
CRG: As a long term goal it can take some time to achieve it, although our previous experience has demonstrated that with proper sponsorship these big goals can be achieved a lot faster.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
CRG: Not at this moment, we are in need of additional commitment and sponsorship to achieve those big goals.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for iDempiere?
CRG: We already passed that phase of redoing the project. I’m also one of the founders of Adempiere project and we learned from the failures on the community setup.
iDempiere project and its success is a consequence of the new setup, we fixed key things like ownership, decentralized version control, respect for community, protection for key contributors, and other values that have resulted in a successful and thriving project.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
CRG: It is very pleasant for me to see iDempiere as project of the month on SourceForge, my involvement on the former Compiere project was precisely because of the mention on SourceForge on February of 2004. Since then and thanks to this community activity on SourceForge I started studying the software and fell in love with the architecture and design, not just as an ERP but as a full featured fast development framework.

Carlos Antonio Ruiz Gomez is one of the Project Leaders of iDempiere alongside Heng Sin Low. Their key developers are Hiệp lê quý , Nicolas Micoud and Redhuan Daniel Oon .

[ Download iDempiere ]

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, June 27, 2016

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 05:13

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

Ultimate Edition

Ultimate Edition Linux, previously “Ubuntu Ultimate Edition”. We cater to a large base of *nix users including, but certainly not limited to gamers & low resource computers. We have a Ultimate Edition for virtually any user.
[ Download Ultimate Edition ]


Parrot Security OS

Parrot Security OS is a cloud friendly operating system designed for Pentesting, Computer Forensic, Reverse engineering, Hacking, Cloud pentesting, privacy/anonimity and cryptography. Based on Debian and developed by Frozenbox network.
[ Download Parrot Security OS ]


PyDev for Eclipse

PyDev is a Python Development Environment (Python IDE plugin for Eclipse). It features an editor with code completion, code analysis, refactoring, outline view, debugger, mark occurrences and other goodies – check http://pydev.org for more details). It’s kept going by community contributions, so, if you think it’s a worthy project, please contribute through http://pydev.org
[ Download PyDev for Eclipse ]


DxWnd

Windows hooker – intercepts system calls to make fullscreen programs running in a window, to support a better compatibility, to enhance video modes and to stretch timing. It is typically very useful to run old windows games.
[ Download DxWnd ]


Warzone 2100

You command the forces of “The Project” in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles. The game offers a full campaign with optional (but strongly recommended!), videos, battle against four factions, multi-player and single-player skirmish modes, and an extensive tech tree and a full unit designer. Multi-player is also cross-platform, battle your friends with any OS, Windows, Linux or Mac, it all works seamlessly! We also offer 100% portable Windows builds, take the game and install it anywhere! Our source repo is now at https://github.com/Warzone2100/warzone2100 If you are using linux, and want a .deb, then please get the latest version available from http://www.playdeb.net/app/Warzone2100 (They are not affliated with us, but they do have the latest builds!) Warzone 2100 works on both 32 & 64 bit Windows Vista or higher, 32 or 64 bit Linux, 32 or 64 bit Macs.
[ Download Warzone 2100 ]


Wings 3D

Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use (inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware).
[ Download Wings 3D ]


Password Safe

Password Safe is a password database utility. Users can keep their passwords securely encrypted on their computers. A single Safe Combination unlocks them all.
[ Download Password Safe ]


picoreplayer

piCorePlayer is an embedded Squeezebox player build on Tiny Core Linux with Squeezelite for your Raspberry Pi board.
[ Download picoreplayer ]


salix

Salix is a linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple and easy to use. Salix aims to be completely backwards compatible with Slackware, so Slackware users can benefit from Salix repositories.
[ Download salix ]

Categories: Open Source

“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – August 2016

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 05:37

The vote for August 2016 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until July 15, 2016 12:00 UTC.


SQuirreL SQL Client

SQuirreL SQL Client is a graphical SQL client written in Java that will allow you to view the structure of a JDBC compliant database, browse the data in tables, issue SQL commands etc.
[ Download SQuirreL SQL Client ]


UltraDefrag

UltraDefrag is a disk defragmenter for Windows, which supports defragmentation of locked system files by running during the boot process. It is easy to use without any complicated scripting or a huge load of configuration settings. You can filter the files processed by size, number of fragments, file name and path. You can terminate the process early by specifying an execution time limit.
[ Download UltraDefrag ]


Cyberfox

Cyberfox is a Mozilla-based Internet browser designed to take advantage of 64-bit architecture but a 32-bit version is also available. The application provides a higher performance when navigating your favorite pages. Compatible Windows Operating Systems: Windows 7/7 SP1 OS x86|x64 Windows 8/8.x OS x86|x64 Windows 10 OS x86|x64 (Windows XP Unsupported, Windows Vista Unsupported) Dedicated support forums. https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/index.php Dedicated Contact Forms. https://cyberfox.8pecxstudios.com/contact-us Profile Buddy: Transfer your profile from any Mozilla base browser. https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=350 Tell us what you think and write a review.
[ Download Cyberfox ]


SynWrite add-ons

Collection of add-ons for SynWrite editor.
[ Download SynWrite add-ons ]


Eclipse Tomcat Plugin

The Eclipse Tomcat Plugin provides simple integration of a tomcat servlet container for the development of java web applications. This project is a fork of the original Sysdeo Tomcat Plugin. Please use http://tomcatplugin.sf.net/update for installation.
[ Download Eclipse Tomcat Plugin ]


SWIG

SWIG is a software development tool that connects programs written in C and C++ with a variety of high-level programming languages. SWIG is used with different types of target languages including common scripting languages such as Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl and Ruby. The list of supported languages also includes non-scripting languages such as C#, Common Lisp (CLISP, Allegro CL, CFFI, UFFI), D, Go language, Java, Lua, Modula-3, OCAML, Octave, R and Scilab. Also several interpreted and compiled Scheme implementations (Guile, MzScheme/Racket, Chicken) are supported. SWIG is most commonly used to create high-level interpreted or compiled programming environments, user interfaces, and as a tool for testing and prototyping C/C++ software. SWIG is typically used to parse C/C++ interfaces and generate the ‘glue code’ required for the above target languages to call into the C/C++ code. SWIG can also export its parse tree in the form of XML and Lisp s-expressions.
[ Download SWIG ]


FileBot

FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your movies, tv shows or anime and downloading subtitles. It’s smart, streamlined for simplicity and just works. FileBot supports Windows, Linux and Mac, plus there’s a full-featured command-line interface for all sorts of automation.
[ Download FileBot ]


Smoothwall

Smoothwall is a best-of-breed Internet firewall/router, designed to run on commodity hardware and to provide an easy-to-use administration interface to those using it. Built using open source and Free software, it’s distributed under the GNU Public License.
[ Download Smoothwall ]


Manjaro Community Torrents

This project is for download the Manjaro Officials and Community releases using a bittorrent client (console or graphical)
[ Download Manjaro Community Torrents ]

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, June 20, 2016

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 05:16

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

UltraDefrag

UltraDefrag is a disk defragmenter for Windows, which supports defragmentation of locked system files by running during the boot process. It is easy to use without any complicated scripting or a huge load of configuration settings. You can filter the files processed by size, number of fragments, file name and path. You can terminate the process early by specifying an execution time limit.
[ Download UltraDefrag ]


Eclipse Tomcat Plugin

The Eclipse Tomcat Plugin provides simple integration of a tomcat servlet container for the development of java web applications. This project is a fork of the original Sysdeo Tomcat Plugin. Please use http://tomcatplugin.sf.net/update for installation.
[ Download Eclipse Tomcat Plugin ]


SMPlayer

SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can also play YouTube videos. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume… SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of MPlayer, SMPlayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play YouTube videos subtitles. Note: for those people complaining about malware in the windows installer: be sure you download SMPlayer from the official website. Our installer is completely safe and free of malware.
[ Download SMPlayer ]


Outlook CalDav Synchronizer

Free Outlook Plugin, which synchronizes events, tasks and contacts between Outlook and Google, SOGo, Horde or any other CalDAV or CardDAV server. Supported Outlook versions are 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. This project was initially developed as a master thesis project at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Software Engineering Degree program. Outlook CalDav Synchronizer is Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS), still you can support the project by donating on Sourceforge or directly within the About dialog of our Plugin. ### German review can be found in c’t 27/15 http://www.heise.de/ct/ausgabe/2015-27-Kurztest-Outlook-Add-in-3035256.html Another german review in PC-Welt http://www.pcwelt.de/tipps/Google-Kalender-mit-Outlook-abgleichen-per-CalDAV-Synchronizer-9916911.html ### ### New in version 2.0.0 Google native Contacts API support with mapping of Google contact groups to Outlook categories. ###
[ Download Outlook CalDav Synchronizer ]


GO Contact Sync Mod

+++HELP WANTED+++ If you want to support the project please email us! At the moment we have not enough free time to continue the development and answering of your questions. +++ NEWS +++ The newest versions of Google APIs client Library for .NET dropped support for .NET 4.0. Minimum requirement for GO Contact Sync Mod is .NET 4.5 which is not working on Windows XP. —————————————————– GO Contact Sync Mod synchronizes your Microsoft Outlook contacts with your Google Mail address book, including pictures, categories and notes. Since version 3.7.0 it also syncs your Outlook Calendar Appointments on demand to Google Calendar. This Mod fork adds many enhancements and bug fixes to the obviously dead project ‘Go Contact Sync’. Please find some guidelines how to sync your mobile phone contacts with Google Contacts here: http://www.google.com/mobile/sync
[ Download GO Contact Sync Mod ]


Vtiger CRM

Vtiger CRM enables sales, support, and marketing teams to organize and collaborate to measurably improve customer experiences and business outcomes. Vtiger CRM also includes email, inventory, project management, and other tools, providing a complete business management suite. Download Vtiger CRM here or sign up for a free 15-day free trial of the cloud-based application with free updates and support at https://www.vtiger.com/
[ Download Vtiger CRM ]


berryboot

Berryboot is a simple operating system installer and boot selection screen for ARM devices such as the Raspberry Pi and Cubieboard. It allows you to put multiple Linux distribution on a single SD card.
[ Download berryboot ]


TV-Browser – A free EPG

TV-Browser is a java-based TV guide which can be easily extended with lots of plugins. It is designed to look like your paper TV guide.
[ Download TV-Browser – A free EPG ]


Freeplane

Application for Mind Mapping, Knowledge Management, Project Management. Develop, organize and communicate your ideas and knowledge in the most effective way.
[ Download Freeplane ]

Categories: Open Source

The Importance of Picking the Right Open Source Community

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 05:30

In choosing a project to work on, there are many things you need to consider. You have to consider if the project is one you are genuinely interested in and use. You have to consider its reputation and track record. And you have to consider the technical aspects like features and frameworks.

Beyond these things however, there is one thing you need to consider most of all and that is the community. But why is this so?

Basic Significance
The most basic reason why it’s important to choose your projects based on the community is that your contributions will all be for naught if the community doesn’t really welcome them. As passionate as you may be about a project, and as robust as a project may be, any participation you have in it will turn void if you are treated as an unwelcome intruder.

This does not mean however, that a red carpet must be rolled out for you every time you make a suggestion or contribution. Different projects have different cultures and different ways of welcoming entrants. Some are open to a variety of contributions, while others are more restrictive and hold high standards to every subscriber whether new or old. Most would prefer the former, though some who are up for a challenge may prefer the latter. As the famous saying goes, “different strokes for different folks.” In the end, what is essential is that you feel part of the community.

The Weight and Worth of Community
But it’s not just that sense of belongingness that makes selecting the right open source community so important. Communities are the basis upon which all open source projects function and grow. A strong community results in a strong project, and of course you want to be a part of a strong project as strength leads to longevity. As PowerDNS author Bert Hubert once said, “Community is the best predictor of the future of a project.”

A good community also ensures that you are not only able to contribute to the project, but that you are also learning and developing your own skills and knowledge as the community grows. As Hubert has also said, “ What you will learn is the best predictor of how the project will serve you (and vice versa!) over the coming years.”

SourceForge and the Open Source Community
Here at SourceForge, we encourage everyone to cultivate and support their project communities. Communities play an integral role in open source. We know how important it is to choose the right community and so we always encourage everyone to do their part in creating truly open communities.

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, June 13, 2016

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 05:15

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

FileBot

FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your movies, tv shows or anime and downloading subtitles. It’s smart, streamlined for simplicity and just works. FileBot supports Windows, Linux and Mac, plus there’s a full-featured command-line interface for all sorts of automation.
[ Download FileBot ]


slackel

Slackel is a Linux distribution based on Slackware and Salix. It is fully compatible with Slackware and Salix but the difference is that it includes the current version of Slackware. So Slackware users can benefit from Slackel repositories. It is available in three editions, KDE, Openbox and Fluxbox. Slackel disc images are offered in two different forms, Installation disc image and Live disc image. Slackel is developed in Greece by Dimitris Tzemos.
[ Download slackel ]


Universal Media Server

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration. UMS is powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats. Check out the list of media renderers here: http://www.universalmediaserver.com/about/
[ Download Universal Media Server ]


Manjaro Community Torrents

This project is for download the Manjaro Officials and Community releases using a bittorrent client (console or graphical)
[ Download Manjaro Community Torrents ]


Tcl

Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an interpreted language and very portable interpreter for that language. Tcl is embeddable and extensible, and has been widely used since its creation in 1988 by John Ousterhout. Bug reports to http://core.tcl.tk/tcl/ Follow code development at http://core.tcl.tk/tcl/
[ Download Tcl ]


Hugin

With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.
[ Download Hugin ]


SynWrite add-ons

Collection of add-ons for SynWrite editor.
[ Download SynWrite add-ons ]


TenFourFox

This is the download repository for TenFourFox 24 and beyond, the Firefox port for Power Macintosh computers running 10.4 and 10.5. TenFourFox is not an official Mozilla product and is not a Mozilla-maintained build of Firefox. PowerPC forever! Our SF repo is only for hosting our current and future downloads at this time (thanks, SourceForge!); Github hosts our wiki, FAQ and issue tracker: https://github.com/classilla/tenfourfox/ Do not open trouble tickets here — they will be DELETED. If you are an end-user requiring support, please visit our Tenderapp support ticketing site: http://tenfourfox.tenderapp.com/ Read the TenFourFox Development blog for what’s next: http://tenfourfox.blogspot.com/
[ Download TenFourFox ]


Linux AIO

We bring you some of the major Linux distributions (Ubuntu and flavors, Linux Mint, LMDE, Debian Live, Fedora) with different desktop environments on one ISO file that can be burnt on one DVD / DVD DL or USB 4GB+/8GB+ flash drive. Every one of them can be used as Live system, with no need of installation on hard drive, or can be eventually installed on computer for full system experience.
[ Download Linux AIO ]

Categories: Open Source

SourceForge Singled out as ‘Shining Star’ in PCMag Column

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 05:15

In his column on PC Magazine, seasoned columnist John Dvorak hailed SourceForge as “the shining star” of freeware providers, as it promotes the unadulterated model of freeware amidst the many “onerous models” that have befallen the world of free and open source software.

In the column published just recently, Dvorak states how such models as crippleware, nagware and misdirection download services have caused the decline of free and open source software. Though these models were designed to increase profit, they only ended up propagating mistrust among freeware users. This he notes, is what is causing the “coming death” of freeware.

But he points out that SourceForge is keeping freeware alive by offering what it originally promised: free, quality open source products with no scams or misdirections. He concludes with a stellar recommendation of SourceForge: “My advice is to go [to SourceForge] and look for those handy utilities before looking anywhere else.”

While we certainly appreciate the commendation, we don’t totally agree with Dvorak’s view on the decline of open source software. Though the reputation of freeware has been marred by dubious models in the past, we’re confident that free and open source software will continue on and even expand its reach in the future.

Learn more about the strides we’ve made so far and what you can look forward to with SourceForge. You could even have your say on developments to come by taking part in our conversation here.

Categories: Open Source

Introducing the SourceForge Internet Speed Test

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 23:29

Today we launched the SourceForge Internet Speed Test. This speed test is designed to test your current Internet connection speed for Latency/Ping, Jitter, Download Speed, Upload Speed, Buffer Bloat, and Packet Loss. Upon completion, the results will explain which types of services your connection is capable of handling, as well as additional reports about your connection. The speed test is an HTML5 speed test, so it does not require Flash or Java, and works on all devices including tablets and smartphones. You can try the speed test here.

Speed Test

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, June 6, 2016

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 05:27

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

SQuirreL SQL Client

SQuirreL SQL Client is a graphical SQL client written in Java that will allow you to view the structure of a JDBC compliant database, browse the data in tables, issue SQL commands etc.
[ Download SQuirreL SQL Client ]


SWIG

SWIG is a software development tool that connects programs written in C and C++ with a variety of high-level programming languages. SWIG is used with different types of target languages including common scripting languages such as Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl and Ruby. The list of supported languages also includes non-scripting languages such as C#, Common Lisp (CLISP, Allegro CL, CFFI, UFFI), D, Go language, Java, Lua, Modula-3, OCAML, Octave, R and Scilab. Also several interpreted and compiled Scheme implementations (Guile, MzScheme/Racket, Chicken) are supported. SWIG is most commonly used to create high-level interpreted or compiled programming environments, user interfaces, and as a tool for testing and prototyping C/C++ software. SWIG is typically used to parse C/C++ interfaces and generate the ‘glue code’ required for the above target languages to call into the C/C++ code. SWIG can also export its parse tree in the form of XML and Lisp s-expressions.
[ Download SWIG ]


BluestarLinux

Bluestar Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution, built with an understanding that people want and need a solid Operating System that provides a breadth of functionality and ease of use without sacrificing aesthetics. Bluestar is offered in three edtions – desktop, deskpro and developer – each tailored to address the needs of a variety of Linux users. Bluestar can be installed permanently as a robust and fully configurable operating system on a laptop or desktop system, or it can be run effectively as a live installer and supports the addition of persistent storage for those who choose not to perform a permanent installation. A Bluestar Linux software repository is also maintained in order to provide additional tools and applications when needed or requested. Bluestar provides the following features: Up-to-date Kernel Wide Variety of Applications – Always Current Versions Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
[ Download BluestarLinux ]


packfilemanager

This is the Total War pack file manager project, starting from version 1.7. A short introduction into Warscape modding: http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?620537-Warscape-Modding-Primer Join the PFM user group on Steam to receive update notifications: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/pfm_users
[ Download packfilemanager ]


Free Manga Downloader

The Free Manga Downloader (FMD) is an open source application written in Object-Pascal for managing and downloading manga from various websites. This is a mirror of main repository on GitHub. For feedback/bug report visit https://github.com/riderkick/FMD
[ Download Free Manga Downloader ]


strace

strace is a diagnostic, debugging and instructional userspace tracer for Linux. It is used to monitor interactions between userspace processes and the Linux kernel, which include system calls, signal deliveries, and changes of process state. The operation of strace is made possible by the kernel feature known as ptrace.
[ Download strace ]


OS X Portable Applications

OS X FOSS portable applications are packaged so you can carry around on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (or also on your internal hard disk), taking your preferences with you.
[ Download OS X Portable Applications ]


winPenPack: Portable Software Collection

winPenPack is a project that aims at collecting the most frequently used and most popular open source applications made portable, so that they can be executed without installation from any USB Flash Drive or Hard Disk. The winPenPack suites offer a wide range of portable applications like office tools, internet tools, multimedia tools, development tools, security applications and other frequently used utilities. Everything you need, completely free, open source and portable!
[ Download winPenPack: Portable Software Collection ]


CMU Sphinx

CMUSphinx is a speaker-independent large vocabulary continuous speech recognizer released under BSD style license. It is also a collection of open source tools and resources that allows researchers and developers to build speech recognition systems.
[ Download CMU Sphinx ]

Categories: Open Source

June 2016, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – Pandora FMS

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 05:53

For our June “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected Pandora FMS, a flexible monitoring system ready for big environments. Sancho Lerena and Axel Amigo, the people behind the project shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this?
Pandora FMS (PF): First of all I would like to thank you for this opportunity! We are very excited to be part of the selected projects for June.

Back in 2003, Sancho Lerena (current CEO of Ártica ST, vendors of Pandora FMS) was working as a senior specialist consultant in one of the biggest banks of Spain. He found that the in-place monitoring lacked several aspects, and a lot of time and human resources were being spent because of it. One year later, in August 2004, the first public version was published (v 0.8).

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
PF: Yes, and much more. In almost 12 years, we’ve improved a lot from our first approach. Now we know that “monitoring” today involves much more than classical servers or network: now we are talking about ITOM, BAM and APM. Pandora’s capabilities today are far from those of the first version, and we will continue improving our vision and features with each version.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
PF: Pandora FMS is an all-purpose monitoring solution, focused on ITOM, APM and BAM mainly. It can be used by Open Source users who want to monitor a Raspberry, to SMB’s with a small datacenter, and even MSP’s to provide monitoring as a Service (MaaS). And also in a pure on-premise deployment in huge companies like Rakuten- that’s one of our best success stories.

SF: What core need does Pandora fulfill?
PF: ITOM, APM and BAM: Which means IT operation infrastructure, application performance monitoring, and business activity monitoring. In IT we love acronyms

Categories: Open Source

June 2016, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – Movistartv

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 05:13

For our June “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected Movistartv, an add on for XBMC/Kodi that allows for a virtual Movistar + TV decoder for different OS. Victor Juidiaz, the developer of Movistartv, shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this?
Victor Juidiaz (VJ): At the beginning I bought the raspberry just for fun, and to use it as a media center.

Then I realized I could incorporate the IPTV Movistar decoder as another functionality of the media center.

I installed TVheadend on the raspberry but there were too many functionalities that were exclusive of the operator (cloud recordings, automatic channel search…) so I decided to develop a specific element only for this operator by myself.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
VJ: Yes indeed. The initial project was not so ambitious, but now and then new ideas emerged and I introduced them, improving, in some cases, the operator’s own functionalities… but it’s always possible to improve even more.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
VJ: Any of the Movistar TV users (more than 2 million users at present).

SF: What is required to make Movistartv work?
VJ: Actually the requirements are quite limited. It works through Kodi, so it can even work with the Raspberry limitations.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using Movistartv?
VJ: The best way is by installing it and integrating it with the Kodi repository and adding the recorded series to the local repository or to the cloud (used as a video repository, with a scrapper for TV series).

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
VJ: This project is somewhat atypical, since it wasn’t initially planned as a team project but as a personal one, so in fact it is a personal challenge to me. It is also a way to acquire knowledge of other languages (c++ and python) and a way of self-learning.
The team coordination has been done day by day, at work. But now it should be different.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
VJ: The truth is that sometimes the better way to build the community is by meeting the new functionalities that they request. This makes the project improve a lot.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
VJ: When it was published something real big happened. It started as a personal “living-room” project for me, for my family and house, and then it became something bigger: I shared it with the whole community.

SF: What helped make that happen?
VJ: Well, I just met a point in which I realized that the functionalities that I offered could even replace the operator’s decoder.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
VJ: The opportunity to publish and especially the communication with the users through the forums; those specific forums for queries, questions, answers, comments and so on were so good!

SF: What is the next big thing for Movistartv?
VJ: Right now I am working on a sports “multicamera” machine, on a short term project. On a longer term project I would like to develop a way for all the clients connected to a remote server of MovistarTV, to connect from everywhere, I mean from any location.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
VJ: At the end of the year I expect the transition to a client-server architecture to be complete.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
VJ: Sure, but the main problem here is the spare time I need for this. But I have the knowledge to start it, and I enjoy the research part and learning more.

SF: If you had to do it over again, is there anything you would do differently with Movistartv?
VJ: No.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
VJ: Only that my wife and daughter have been really patient and I want to thank them for that. Also thank them for the time I’ve had for the development of the project. Thank you for enduring all the restarts and errors and the testing of the different versions of it.
The success of this project is mostly due to their patience.

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Categories: Open Source