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Projects of the Week, January 16, 2017

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 06:15

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

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 ]


KaOSx

An independent small, rolling distribution, fully focused on KDE/Qt. Using pacman as package-manager.
[ Download KaOSx ]


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 ]


terasology-logoTerasology

Terasology is a free and open-source survival and discovery game set in a voxel world. Influenced by Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper, it offers a unique and enjoyable building and playing experience.

Terasology requires Java 8 and an updated graphics card driver.
[ Download Terasology ]


manjarolinux-community

[ Download manjarolinux-community ]


Peace Equalizer, UI for Equalizer APO

Peace Equalizer is a user interface for Equalizer APO http://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo by Jonas Thedering (version 0.9.1 or higher). Your equalizer configuration (audio preset) can be saved and activated by 1 click, hotkey, tray or desktop shotcut. Note: Your virus scanner can detect a virus in Peace.exe. This is a false positive, more info on the forum. Install by running downloaded PeaceSetup.exe. Almost all suggested features in the reviews are implemented! Thanks shak3800, Giorgio, makzmakz, rcn29, ptou, stelam, creyc, abberration and other Peace fans. For issues on virus scanners and their false positives go to the Wiki.
[ Download Peace Equalizer, UI for Equalizer APO ]


Skim

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. Skim requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
[ Download Skim ]


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 ]


DC++

This is a project aimed at producing a file-sharing and chatting client using the ADC protocol. It also supports connecting to the Direct Connect network.
[ Download DC++ ]

Categories: Open Source

Dont’s When Dealing with New Contributors

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 06:24

Open source projects are amazing in that practically anyone can come in and make a difference. But it can also be a burden for the exact same reason. Just ask project developers and maintainers.

If you have been or currently are a project developer or maintainer, this scenario may be familiar to you: you’re juggling a million things with your project and out of nowhere an external contribution comes in. You’re grateful of course, but you’re also sighing inside and thinking, great. More work for you. And you wouldn’t be wrong.

New contributions can come with a lot of work: reviewing patches and reworking code among others. But thinking of them in this negative way can lead to some bad decisions– decisions that can make open source projects a little less open and a lot more unwelcoming, sometimes even hostile. This is the one big mistake you do not want to be making.

New contributions help keep open source projects going. Developers should really avoid thinking negatively of them as this can lead to actions that keep new contributors away.

Purposefully Discouraging New Contributions

Unfortunately for some, this negativity and the bad practices that result from it can come instinctively or unknowingly simply to avoid “added” work. They’ll say they don’t want contributions; make it difficult for newcomers to make contributions; or purposefully make new contributors feel unwelcome.

The first thing that developers have to realize here is that doing these discouraging things will only hurt instead of help their project. They’re missing out on additional support that can only be beneficial to their project. They could be preventing the entry of a future maintainer. The second thing they need to realize is that these contributions are not really “added” work but work that is essentially part of every open source project. It may not always be the most important part, but it is still part of the project and of the open source process in general, so it should not be discouraged.

Blind to Bad Habits

Even if you don’t do things to purposefully discourage new contributors, there may be other things you’ve gotten used to doing that you didn’t know or notice are actually discouraging. For example: handing new contributors grunt work. It’s often instinctual for maintainers to hand these jobs off to newbies, and in many cases, it’s fine. However, this is not true for all. Some contributors have different motivations and expectations; others are more skilled than they let on. By simply handing them grunt work without consulting them, slowly but surely they will be discouraged to continue with the project.

Conversely, some maintainers expect newcomers to already know the ins and outs of the project, and ask too much of them too soon. This results in the newcomer feeling incompetent.

In these cases, it’s important for project developers and maintainers to properly assess the ability and expectations of newcomers and assign tasks appropriately. You can start by asking them to send in some patches, and review these patches. Simply communicating with them could even be enough to gauge where a new contributor would prove to be most useful within a project. By doing these things, newcomers will feel more fulfilled and be more likely to stick around and help, and the project will be able to benefit from maximizing the newcomer’s skills.

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, January 9, 2017

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 06:04

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

Pandora FMS: Flexible Monitoring System

Pandora FMS is an enterprise-ready monitoring solution that provides unparalleled flexibility for IT to address both immediate and unforeseen operational issues, including infrastructure and IT processes. It uniquely enables business and IT to adapt to changing needs through a flexible and rapid approach to IT and business deployment. Pandora FMS consolidates all the needs of modern monitoring (ITOM, APM, BAM) and provides status and performance metrics from different operating systems, virtual infrastructure (VMware, Hyper-V, XEN), Docker containers, applications, storage and hardware devices such as firewalls, proxies, databases, web servers or routers. It’s highly scalable (up to 2000 nodes with one single server), 100% web and with multi-tenant capabilities. It has a very flexible ACL system and several different graphical reports and user-defined control screens.
[ Download Pandora FMS: Flexible Monitoring System ]

atom-logo Atom
Atom is a text editor that’s modern, approachable and full-featured. It’s also easily customizable- you can customize it to do anything and be able to use it productively without ever touching a config file.
Atom is free to download and runs on Linux, OS X and Windows with support for plug-ins written in Node.js and embedded Git Control. It is based on Electron (formerly known as Atom Shell),a framework for building cross-platform apps using Chromium and Node.js.
[ Download Atom ]


ShanaEncoder

ShanaEncoder is audio/video encoding program based on FFmpeg. Main Features – Both beginners and professionals can easily use the ShanaEncoder. – Fast encoding speed and quality of professional. – Closed caption, subtitle overlay, logo, crop, segment, etc… ShanaEncoder provides many features. – Support for H.264(High 10) decoding/encoding. – Support for unicode Source: https://shana.pe.kr/ffmpeg
[ Download ShanaEncoder ]


Netrunner OS

Welcome to Netrunner OS page on Sourceforge. Netrunner is a Debian based OS featuring KDE Plasma Desktop. Here you will find the latest releases for download as X86 ISOs and ARM IMGs.
[ Download Netrunner OS ]


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. ### New collaboration with Nextcloud, see https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-offers-caldav-synchronizer-for-outlook-users/ For possible enterprise support contact us here! ### Backport for WinXP available see below! ### German reviews in C’t and PC-Welt http://www.heise.de/ct/ausgabe/2015-27-Kurztest-Outlook-Add-in-3035256.html http://www.pcwelt.de/tipps/Google-Kalender-mit-Outlook-abgleichen-per-CalDAV-Synchronizer-9916911.html ###
[ Download Outlook CalDav Synchronizer ]


VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX (https://www.idrix.fr) and based on TrueCrypt 7.1a. It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. It also solves many vulnerabilities and security issues found in TrueCrypt. This enhanced security adds some delay ONLY to the opening of encrypted partitions without any performance impact to the application use phase. This is acceptable to the legitimate owner but it makes it much harder for an attacker to gain access to the encrypted data. All released files are PGP signed with key ID=0x54DDD393, available on key servers and downloadable at https://www.idrix.fr/VeraCrypt/VeraCrypt_PGP_public_key.asc VeraCrypt can mount TrueCrypt volumes. It also can convert them to VeraCrypt format. Documentation: https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/documentation FAQ : https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=FAQ
[ Download VeraCrypt ]


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 ]


SynWrite add-ons

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


DisplayCAL

DisplayCAL (formerly known as dispcalGUI) is a graphical user interface for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system. Calibrate and characterize your display devices using one of the many supported measurement instruments, with support for multi-display setups and a variety of available settings like customizable whitepoint, luminance, tone response curve as well as the option to create accurate look-up-table ICC profiles as well as some proprietary 3D LUT formats. Check the accuracy of profiles and 3D LUTs via measurements.
[ Download DisplayCAL ]

Categories: Open Source

January 2017, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – antiX-Linux

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 06:30

For our January “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected antiX-Linux, a fast, lightweight and easy to install Linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.

antiX provides an environment suitable for new and old computers, giving old computers a fresh new feel. It can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd. Its goal is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both new and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 256MB old PIII systems with pre-configured swap to the latest powerful boxes.

256MB RAM is the recommended minimum for antiX, and the installer needs a minimum 2.7GB hard disk size. Special XFCE editions made in collaboration with the MEPIS Community are available. Currently, antiX-16 comes as a full distro (c695MB), a base distro (c510MB) and a core-libre distro (c190MB) for 32 bit and 64 bit computers.

[ Download antiX-Linux ]

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, January 2, 2017

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 23:51

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

MediaPortal

MediaPortal turns your PC into a very advanced MediaCenter / HTPC. It allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more.
[ Download MediaPortal ]


Sky Chart / Cartes du Ciel

SkyChart is a software to draw chart of the night sky for the amateur astronomer from a bunch of stars and nebulae catalogs. See main web page for full download. This software is part of a full suite for astronomical observation: https://sourceforge.net/projects/ccdciel/ https://sourceforge.net/projects/indistarter/ https://sourceforge.net/projects/eqmodgui/ Requirement: https://sourceforge.net/projects/libpasastro/ See also: https://sourceforge.net/projects/indi/
[ Download Sky Chart / Cartes du Ciel ]


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 ]


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 respository 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 ]


VICE

VICE is an emulator collection which emulates the C64, the C64-DTV, the C128, the VIC20, practically all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610). It runs on Unix, MS-DOS, Win32, OS/2, Acorn RISC OS, BeOS, QNX 6.x, Amiga, GP2X or Mac OS X machines.
[ Download VICE ]


OpenFOAM+

[ Download OpenFOAM+ ]


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 ]


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

January 2017, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – Bodhi Linux

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 06:25

For our January “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected Bodhi Linux, a minimalist, enlightened Linux distribution. Project author Jeff Hoogland shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this project?
Jeff Hoogland (JH): When I was in college I started using the Enlightenment Desktop on all of my Linux computers. At the time there was no easy way to install Linux distributions that featured this desktop as their primary interface. In fact, many did not even have an up to date version of the desktop in their repositories.

This led to me regularly building E from source on my 4~ different computers I had at the time. Always looking to do things in an optimal manner I started creating my own packaged sets for the desktop and figured I might as well take the short bit of extra time required to spin up a live CD with said packages installed / configured nicely.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
JH: I think we accomplished our goal quite well. We aim to provide a fast / sleek user interface on top of the powerful and flexible Ubuntu base and that is exactly what we provide.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
JH: Unlike many Linux distributions we are not targeting novice users with Bodhi Linux. People who are looking for an operating system that will get the most out of their system resources will enjoy using Bodhi. From systems that need something slim, all the way up to modern gaming systems Bodhi flies on computers of all speeds. Just because your computer has 16gigs of RAM doesn’t mean you want your operating system using a large portion of it. The less resources your interface occupies, the more resources your applications you care about have access to.

SF: What core need does Bodhi Linux fulfill?
JH: Bodhi fills a nice middle ground between Linux distributions like Ubuntu (that come with a bulky desktop and lots of pre-installed applications) and something like Arch Linux that starts you with just a command prompt. We are just about as minimal as a fully-functional operating system can be without requiring use of a command prompt.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using Bodhi Linux?
JH: Using it as your operating system of course! And tweaking it to your heart’s content with all of our themes and extra modules.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
JH: Responding to feedback in a timely manner is ideal for building a community. I am very active in our user forums. Even when I do not have an answer to a question I make sure to try and point users in the right direction to find proper help with their issue.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
JH: While more releases are good for exposure to your project, I do think “updates for the sake of updating” that many projects do today is silly. With Bodhi our version numbers have meaning – whenever our first version number increases you know there is an entire base change for the operating system.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
JH: Getting recognition from the site DistroWatch jumped our traffic by a good deal. It’s the site many people use to search for Linux distributions based on different parameters.

SF: What helped make that happen?
JH: They list distributions once they have proven they are here to stay and are not just a flash in the pan. Having regular relevant updates and releases for several months got us this recognition.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
JH: SourceForge provides something for free that most places do not – bandwidth. Our operating system is smaller than most, but our five release discs are at least 600MB each. Multiply this by the over 7000 downloads we see per week and you are looking at over 15 TB of bandwidth which SourceForge provides us per month.

SourceForge also does a good job of making the data I provide above readily available to me as a project owner.

SF: What is the next big thing for Bodhi Linux?
JH: The next major change we have planned for Bodhi is a rewrite of our desktop’s settings panel.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
JH: Since Bodhi is powered by volunteers our timelines are never firm. All of our code is written on a “as time permits” basis. Ideally our new settings panel will be ready for inclusion in Bodhi by default by the end of 2017.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
JH: Time is our only bottleneck. We have a team of dedicated folks though who are more than capable of getting the work done.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for Bodhi Linux?
JH: I would use consistent naming schemes from the start for our repositories. We bounced between “main” and “stable” and “testing” and “unstable” for various things. With our 4.0.0 release we standardized to “b4main” and “b4testing” which will then change to “b5main” and “b5testing” with our 5.0.0 release in 2018.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
JH: Bodhi is a Live CD! This means you can load it up on a CD or a USB drive and give it a try on your computer without changing the contents of your hard drive. Give it a go and see how fast it is for yourself.

[ Download Bodhi Linux ]

Categories: Open Source

7 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Open Source Project Developers

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 06:16

It seems like only yesterday that 2016 begun and we were just about to see great changes happening with SourceForge. Now we’re at the end of it, readying ourselves for yet another year.

As fond as we are of the year that was, now is not just a time for remembering “Auld Lang Syne”, but also a time to prepare for what comes next. For open source project developers that means not only reflecting upon decisions and actions made, but also coming up with new resolutions that will define the future of open source projects.

If you’re currently handling an open source project and unsure of what these resolutions should be, here are a few suggestions for you:

  1. Mentor more. Investing in your team is investing in your project. When you put in the time and resources to help your team members become well-trained and experienced, you will no doubt see the positive effects on your project. Apart from mentoring your team members, encourage other, more experienced team members to be mentors as well. Create avenues for mentorship like meetings and lunches where new and interested developers can mingle with more experienced ones and learn from them.
  2. Continue your education. Just as with your team, investing in your own skills and knowledge is also investing in your project. Software development is continually changing, with new languages, frameworks and technologies emerging every year. Make sure you keep up with these changes by enrolling in online classes, or simply joining meetups. The more skills and knowledge you acquire, the more you can apply to the development of your project.
  3. Develop and refine your project metrics. These figures can show you what progress looks like for your project, and where to focus in order to better achieve your goals.
  4. Improve your documentation. Quality documentation is where all great contributions begin. This coming year, you could resolve to make yours more user-friendly and informative, and consequently encourage more people to contribute to the project.
  5. Find better ways to reach out to contributors. If you haven’t had much luck getting new contributors this year, then it may be high time to find new ways of reaching out to them in the coming year. Perhaps you need to be more vocal about needing help, and identify the specific areas where people can easily start making contributions. Or perhaps you need to vary your mediums of communication. Expressing your needs via social media or on a newsletter might just do the trick.
  6. Collect feedback- not only from users but from previous contributors as well. Find out why they stopped contributing, and if there are things you can do to make them eager to contribute again.
  7. Take a break. Perhaps you’ve been working too hard this year. If so, resolve to take some breaks in the coming year. Taking breaks can help you see the bigger picture, and spot important aspects of project development you may have missed. It also helps you to recharge. During these breaks you could choose to contribute to other projects, and by so doing learn something new and broaden your horizons. This can also help you to refocus and introduce you to a much needed change of pace.
Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, December 26, 2016

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 06:03

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

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 ]


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 ]


128px-brackets_icon-svgBrackets

Brackets is a free, modern open-source text editor made especially for Web Development. Written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets makes it easy for web designers and front-end developers to design in the browser. Its blend of visual tools ensures you get just the right amount of help when you want it without disrupting your creative process. It’s the better, easier and more enjoyable way of writing code.
[ Download Brackets ]


Money Manager Ex

Money Manager Ex (mmex) is an easy to use, money management application. It is a personal finance manager. It can be used to track your net worth, income vs expenses etc. It runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
[ Download Money Manager Ex ]


JMRI Model Railroad Interface

Java interfaces and sample implementations for controlling a model railroad layout from a personal computer. JMRI is intended as a jumping-off point for hobbyists to build their own layout controls. Includes the DecoderPro and PanelPro applications.
[ Download JMRI Model Railroad Interface ]


Subversion for Windows

Win32 build of Subversion. These binaries are built using Visual C++ 6.0 Should work on all flavours of Windows from Win2000 to Win8 and 2008 Server including server variants (not all tested). (1.7.x does not work on NT4 due to APR using new functions). Modules for Apache 2.2.x and 2.4.x (1.7.6 and up) is included. Language bindings are NOT tested. Source code is found at the Apache Subversion site at http://subversion.apache.org/ Code in this project is just a “Build script” and patches for VC6
[ Download Subversion for Windows ]


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 ]


Emgu CV

Emgu CV is a cross platform .Net wrapper to the OpenCV image processing library. Allowing OpenCV functions to be called from .NET compatible languages such as C#, VB, VC++, IronPython etc. The wrapper can be compiled in Mono and run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
[ Download Emgu CV ]


FreeRTOS Real Time Kernel (RTOS)

Developed in partnership with the world’s leading chip companies over a 12 year period, FreeRTOS is the market leading real time operating system (or RTOS) in its class, and the de-facto standard solution for microcontrollers and small microprocessors. With millions of deployments in all imaginable market sectors (from toys to aircraft), FreeRTOS is trusted because it is professionally developed, strictly quality controlled, robust, supported, free to use in commercial products without a requirement to expose proprietary source code, and has no IP infringement risk. Pre-configured buildable applications that work “out of the box” are provided for each of the 35 processor architectures 18 tool chains that are officially supported. Training resources include RTOS tutorial books, and instructor led classes (both online and onsite). ARM Cortex (Cortex-M0, Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M3, Cortex-M4, Cortex-M7, Cortex-A9, Cortex-A5), Renesas, TI, Freescale, 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, etc.
[ Download FreeRTOS Real Time Kernel (RTOS) ]

Categories: Open Source

“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – February 2017

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 02:22

The vote for February 2017 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until January 15, 2017 12:00 UTC.


Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA

Maxima is a computer algebra system comparable to commercial systems like Mathematica and Maple. It emphasizes symbolic mathematical computation: algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and much more. For example, Maxima solves x^2-r*x-s^2-r*s=0 giving the symbolic results [x=r+s, x=-s]. Maxima can calculate with exact integers and fractions, native floating-point and high-precision big floats. Maxima has user-friendly front-ends, an on-line manual, plotting commands, and numerical libraries. Users can write programs in its native programming language, and many have contributed useful packages in a variety of areas over the decades. Maxima is GPL-licensed and largely written in Common Lisp. Executables can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android; source code is also available. An active community maintains and extends the system. Maxima is widely used: annual direct downloads exceed 300,000. Many other users receive it through secondary distribution.
[ Download Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA ]


fre:ac – free audio converter

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper for various formats and encoders. It features MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, and Bonk format support, integrates freedb/CDDB, CDText and ID3v2 tagging and is available in several languages.
[ Download fre:ac – free audio converter ]


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 ]


JasperReports Library

JasperReports Library, the world’s most popular open source business intelligence and reporting engine and JasperReports Server, the most popular open source interactive report server built-on JasperReports Library
[ Download JasperReports Library ]


net-snmp

Net-SNMP provides tools and libraries relating to the Simple Network Management Protocol including: An extensible agent, an SNMP library, tools to request or set information from SNMP agents, tools to generate and handle SNMP traps, etc.
[ Download net-snmp ]


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 ]


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 ]


gretl

gretl is a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in the C programming language.
[ Download gretl ]


Linux Diagnostic Tools

Project’s goal is to create better tools for diagnosing Linux systems. Diagnostics include first failure data capture, error log analysis, preventative testing, and system inventory gathering.
[ Download Linux Diagnostic Tools ]

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, December 19, 2016

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 06:04

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

iDempiere

iDempiere = OSGi + ADempiere iDempiere Business Suite ERP/CRM/SCM done the community way. Focus is on the Community that includes Subject Matter Specialists, Implementors and End-Users. iDempiere is based on original Compiere/Adempiere plus a new architecture to use state-of-the-art technologies like OSGi, Buckminster, zk.
[ Download iDempiere ]


Linux Diagnostic Tools

Project’s goal is to create better tools for diagnosing Linux systems. Diagnostics include first failure data capture, error log analysis, preventative testing, and system inventory gathering.
[ Download Linux Diagnostic Tools ]


ScpToolkit

ScpToolkit is a free Windows Driver and XInput Wrapper for Sony DualShock 3/4 Controllers. Installation is fairly simple and straightforward, but does require a few things: Microsoft Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 x86 or amd64, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package, Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Runtime, DirectX Runtime, Xbox 360 Controller driver (already integrated in Windows 8.x or greater), at least one supported Sony DualShock 3/4 controller and Administrator rights during driver setup.
[ Download ScpToolkit ]


Docutils: Documentation Utilities

Utilities for general- and special-purpose documentation. Includes reStructuredText, the easy to read, easy to use, what-you-see-is-what-you-get plaintext markup language.
[ Download Docutils: Documentation Utilities ]


net-snmp

Net-SNMP provides tools and libraries relating to the Simple Network Management Protocol including: An extensible agent, an SNMP library, tools to request or set information from SNMP agents, tools to generate and handle SNMP traps, etc.
[ Download net-snmp ]


PSeInt

PSeInt is a pseudo-code interpreter for Spanish-speaking programming students. Its main purpose is to be a tool for learning and understanding the basic concepts about programming and applying them with an easy understanding spanish pseudocode.
[ Download PSeInt ]


Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA

Maxima is a computer algebra system comparable to commercial systems like Mathematica and Maple. It emphasizes symbolic mathematical computation: algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and much more. For example, Maxima solves x^2-r*x-s^2-r*s=0 giving the symbolic results [x=r+s, x=-s]. Maxima can calculate with exact integers and fractions, native floating-point and high-precision big floats. Maxima has user-friendly front-ends, an on-line manual, plotting commands, and numerical libraries. Users can write programs in its native programming language, and many have contributed useful packages in a variety of areas over the decades. Maxima is GPL-licensed and largely written in Common Lisp. Executables can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android; source code is also available. An active community maintains and extends the system. Maxima is widely used: annual direct downloads exceed 300,000. Many other users receive it through secondary distribution.
[ Download Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA ]


JasperReports Library

JasperReports Library, the world’s most popular open source business intelligence and reporting engine and JasperReports Server, the most popular open source interactive report server built-on JasperReports Library
[ Download JasperReports Library ]


Nagios Core

Nagios network monitoring software is a powerful, enterprise-class host, server, application, and network monitoring tools. Designed to be fast, flexible, and rock-solid stable. Nagios runs on *NIX hosts and can monitor Windows, Linux/Unix/BSD, Netware, and network devices.
[ Download Nagios Core ]

Categories: Open Source

6 Tips to Motivate Your Project Development Team

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 06:13

Without developers, there can be no open source development. This fact, plain and simple is why it is so important to have good developers on your team.

But it’s not enough to just have skilled developers. You need to have motivated ones as well. Motivation is what brings out the best work in people. Sure, most developers are motivated enough when they start contributing to projects, but this eagerness can wear off in the long run. To keep project development going strong, it helps to always keep your team motivated.

So how can you motivate your team?

Offer Opportunities for Growth

Most open source developers aren’t very concerned with monetary compensation (from the project), but they do value new information and skills gained. New learnings and experiences serve as a form of compensation for the time and energy that they invest in the project. If they do not achieve any significant growth working on a project, they can become discouraged and discontinue.

Make sure team members are always poised for growth and improvement by providing learning opportunities like workshops, trainings and conferences. These not only benefit the team members but also the project itself when the learnings are applied here.

Give Them a Voice in the Project

When people feel that their opinions and ideas matter in a project, they become more motivated to work on it. So make sure you listen to your team members and consider their input when planning changes or improvements.

Provide the Tools and Technology They Need

Free lunches and other such treats may be good for team rapport, but they won’t necessarily motivate developers to write great code. With the latest technology and tools however, developers will be more eager to work on new releases and other developments.

Recognize Their Accomplishments

Sometimes all it takes to motivate someone is to have their accomplishments recognized. Make sure that you recognize your team’s achievements publicly, so everyone can know about it.

Give Them “Space”

No one likes being watched like a hawk while they work. Give your team the space they need to work freely, and also don’t take up too much of their time on meetings. While it may be good to communicate often, it’s counterproductive if it will only take up time that can otherwise be used for actual work.

View Them as Community Members First

They may be working for you or under you, but your team members are first and foremost community members. They are more than just their contributions, so make sure you value them as such. Be considerate of their personal needs and priorities, and treat them with kindness and respect. Remember that it is partly because of their efforts and assistance that your project has come as far as it has.

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, December 12, 2016

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 06:21

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

gretl

gretl is a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in the C programming language.
[ Download gretl ]


optikey OptiKey

OptiKey is an assistive on-screen keyboard designed to bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations. Completely open source and compatible with low cost eye-tracking devices, it is a great alternative to often expensive and complicated AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) products. It can also be used as an alternative to a physical keyboard or mouse.

OptiKey runs on Windows and works right out of the box once an eye-tracking device is installed. Without an eye-tracking device however it can still be used with a mouse or webcam.
[ Download OptiKey ]


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 ]


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 ]


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) ]


Avogadro

Avogadro is an advanced molecular editor designed for cross-platform use in computational chemistry, molecular modeling, bioinformatics, materials science and related areas. It offers a flexible rendering framework and a powerful plugin architecture.
[ Download Avogadro ]


pspp4windows

PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS. PSPP has both text-based and graphical user interfaces. Project page: http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/ See changelog: http://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=pspp.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/master For support: https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/pspp-users/ or e-mail: pspp-users@gnu.org For bugs: https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-pspp/ or email: bug-gnu-pspp@gnu.org For known issues: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=pspp
[ Download pspp4windows ]


uGet – Download Manager

uGet, the Best Download Manager for Linux. uGet is an Open Source download manager application for GNU/Linux developed with GTK+, which also comes packaged as a portable Windows app. uGet uses very few resources while at the same time packs an unparalleled powerful feature set. These features include a Queue, Pause/Resume, Multi-Connection (with adaptive segment management), Mirrors (multi-source), Multi-Protocol, Advanced Categorization, Clipboard Monitor, Batch Downloads, Individualized Category Default Settings, Speed Limiting, Total Active Downloads Control, and so much more! For the full Features list go to http://ugetdm.com/features – Quick Links – Blog: http://ugetdm.com/blog Support Forum: http://ugetdm.com/forum Tutorials: http://ugetdm.com/tutorials RSS Feeds: http://ugetdm.com/rss Gallery: http://ugetdm.com/gallery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): http://ugetdm.com/faqs
[ Download uGet – Download Manager ]


hyperion-project

Hyperion is an open source ambient light implementation controlled primarily by an Raspberry Pi. The main features of Hyperion are: 1. Low CPU load. For a led string of 50 leds the CPU usage will typically be below 2% on a non-overclocked Pi. 2. Json interface which allows easy integration into scripts. 3. A command line utility allows easy testing and configuration of the color transforms (Transformation settings are not preserved over a restart at the moment…). 4. Priority channels are not coupled to a specific led data provider which means that a provider can post led data and leave without the need to maintain a connection to Hyperion. This is ideal for a remote application (like our Android app). 5. HyperCon. A tool which helps generate a Hyperion configuration file. The tool will also remember your settings from the previous run. 6 Android remote control to set a static color. 7.Kodi-checker which checks the playing and screensaver status of Kodi
[ Download hyperion-project ]

Categories: Open Source

Don’t Let Your Project Suffer Because of Founder’s Mentality

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 06:04

If you want to build an open source project, you can’t let your ego stand in the way. You can’t rewrite everybody’s patches, you can’t second-guess everybody, and you have to give people equal control. ~Rasmus Lerdorf

There’s a certain mentality that can creep up and slowly destroy open source project development. It’s dangerous in a way that nobody really notices it’s there or that it is destructive, except at the very last moments. It’s the founder’s mentality.

Yes, sometimes the very reason a project can wither away is because of the founder. You might ask, “But how is this possible? Aren’t the founders of a project the people who want the project to succeed the most?” While this is true, the founder’s mentality can surface without the founder’s knowledge, and can grow out of his dedication to keep the project alive.

How the Founder’s Mentality can be a Bad Thing

Generally the creator of the project is the person who has the most drive and dedication to develop the project, and this is a good thing. However, it can turn bad once it hinders project development. But how does it do so?

  • The founder takes all the responsibilities upon himself. As the project founder you may feel quite attached to your project, and you may also feel the need to always be “hands-on” with every aspect. It’s hard to shake this practice off as most projects start that way: with the founder doing everything on his own. Even after some project growth, a founder may feel he must be there to implement every idea, answer every question, promote the project, fix every bug– but the fact of the matter is, he can’t. Chances are, he won’t be able to complete any one task thus hindering project development; and he’ll only end up stressed and overworked.
  • The founder makes all the decisions. Making the big project decisions are no doubt the responsibility of a project founder, but making all the decisions certainly isn’t. Some decisions can be handled by managers or other seasoned team members. Not all decisions have to go through the founder especially of an already established project. Such a practice can only stunt the growth of a project.

How to Grow Out of the Founder’s Mentality

  • Focus on what you’re good at. You may be good at several different areas of project development but let’s face it, you really can’t be doing them all. Learn to let go of some of these responsibilities and focus on the areas where your specific skills are most useful.
  • Delegate. It’s tough to hand over important aspects of project development to others, but if your project is to achieve continuous growth, you will have to do this. The key to doing this correctly is to make sure that you delegate tasks to the most competent and experienced members of your team, set proper expectations and make sure that the right processes are in place for them.
  • Trust your team. Delegation is just the beginning. You have to learn to let go of some of the reins and trust that your teammates are going to make the best decisions and actions. This trust starts by finding good, talented individuals; recognizing and nurturing their talents; and finally, developing a culture of trust and support.

Remember, just because you’re the project founder doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. Help your project grow by growing as a founder yourself, away from the grips of the founder’s mentality.

Categories: Open Source

December 2016, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – Tcl

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 06:22

For our December “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected Tcl, an interpreted language and very portable interpreter for that language.

Tcl is a very powerful yet easy-to-learn dynamic programming language that’s been widely used since its creation in 1988. It is highly embeddable and extensible, cross-platform and suitable for a very wide range of uses. These include web and desktop applications, networking, administration, testing and many more.

Open source and business-friendly, Tcl is a mature yet continuously evolving language. It is highly-rated among the projects featured on SourceForge, and has been nominated as “Community Choice” Project of the Month in previous months.

Learn more about Tcl by visiting their website.

 

[ Download Tcl ]

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, December 5, 2016

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 06:05

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

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 ]


championify-logo Championify

Championify brings you the critical information you need to succeed in League of Legends by downloading all the latest items from sites like Champion.gg, Lolflavor, and KoreanBuilds and importing them into your game. Get the highest winning builds, most popular skills upgrades and more and achieve the best in League of Legends with Championify.
Championify is available in 39 languages, packed with new features and supports Windows and OSX.
[ Download Championify ]


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 ]


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 ]


vJoy

This project was originally designed to provide an open-source replacement for PPJoy. The product, at this point, consists of virtual joystick devices that is seen by the system as a standard joystick but its position-data is written to it by a feeder application. An existing feeder application that takes advantage of this product is SmartPropoPlus. If you are an application writer you can very easily write an application that controls a joystick (e.g. mouse-to-joystick, keyboard-to-joystick). If you are a beginner in device drivers you can take this code and enhance it to support more (or less) axes, buttons or POVs.
[ Download vJoy ]


fre:ac – free audio converter

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper for various formats and encoders. It features MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, and Bonk format support, integrates freedb/CDDB, CDText and ID3v2 tagging and is available in several languages.
[ Download fre:ac – free audio converter ]


Synology Open Source Project

Open source projects that are included with Synology DiskStation/RackStation series. The license used by these projects are different. Please refer to the LICENSE / COPYING / COPYRIGHT file inside each project or any announcement in source code.
[ Download Synology Open Source Project ]


Battle for Wesnoth Android Port

This is an unofficial android port of the PC game Battle for Wesnoth. Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based fantasy strategy game, featuring many addictive campaigns, lots of units, different races, AI controlled players, multiplayer gaming and much more.
[ Download Battle for Wesnoth Android Port ]


Freeciv

Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization.
[ Download Freeciv ]

Categories: Open Source

Apache OpenOffice Reaches Record Mark of 200 Million Downloads

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 06:28

Apache OpenOffice reached a milestone this week, gaining a record mark of over 200 million downloads. It’s an achievement that, according to Apache OpenOffice Vice President Marcus Lange “is an acknowledgment of the previous work and a great motivation for the future.”

Recently the project experienced a high demand for their most current release 4.1.3, which was released just last October. Lange mentions in the official blog post that there are still many ways to distribute Apache OpenOffice, but that it is safe to say that Apache OpenOffice has one of the highest user bases in the world of free software projects. For that, he is immensely grateful to the users and everyone who has supported them thus far.

SourceForge has long been a proud partner of the Apache OpenOffice community, and in support of their great accomplishment, we’ve decided to add Apache OpenOffice to our list of featured projects. For the entire week next week, you’ll find Apache OpenOffice right on our homepage. It’s our way of saying congratulations, and here’s to more great milestones to come!

Download Apache OpenOffice, or visit their blog to know more.

Categories: Open Source

December 2016, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – ReactOS

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:15

For our December “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected ReactOS, an operating system based on the best Windows NT design principles. The team behind the project shared their thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this project?
ReactOS Team (RT): ReactOS was started by a group of developers who, while impressed by the NT architecture of Microsoft’s Windows family, desired a more open development environment. They felt that not only would such an environment be beneficial to all developers that target Windows, providing insight into just how the underlying system actually works, but also provide a means to improve on the security and stability of the system by letting more people participate in its development.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
RT: We are still some ways to achieving complete application and driver compatibility with the NT5 family.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
RT: Software developers seeking to understand how Windows works under the hood, OS developers/hobbyists who want an example of a non-Unix style OS, and users who require an NT5 era Windows platform for application or hardware compatibility, and who want continued updates for security and the like.

SF: What core need does ReactOS fulfill?
RT: With Microsoft having end-of-lifed the NT5 family, including XP and 2003, users who would prefer that environment, or a much more lightweight Windows environment, would be better served by ReactOS when it is completed.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using ReactOS?
RT: Try it out on VirtualBox or VMware, and don’t go in expecting everything to be perfect yet. If you’re ready for some tinkering, or excited about the ability to customize everything, you’ll quickly find things to try or areas to take a deeper look at.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
RT: Probably the biggest effort to help build our Community started a couple [of] years ago when we defined a new Product-Community strategy. As our first milestone we launched a crowdfunding campaign letting the Community decide which apps they wanted to see start working in ReactOS. The main objective of this move was not just to raise some funding for such on-demand development but also striking news, reaching new users, showing them their opinion counts, and helping them to find that lot of software was already working. This, as planned, enlarged our Community but, even more important, it helped build a closer relationship with them. The new site released at the same time, and largely requested by the Community, has been proven to improve the first overall impression of the ReactOS product itself.
Since then, and as part of our second milestone, we created several scripts which share in our social channels a constant flow of information from all our services. The best fixes from our Jira bugtracker, the latest videos from our ReactOS Youtube channel, blog posts created by developers or official news from the ReactOS website are, among others, shared now automatically. Now the Community can track how ReactOS is evolving daily and interact in real time with it. These interactions help attract new members to the Community and enhance a closer relationship with the current ones. Nowadays we’re probably one of the most complete in sharing infra among the open source projects out there.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
RT: Very much so, we’ve increased our release frequency considerably this year and have seen a far greater influx of new users and testers on our forum. Word of mouth is our only advertising way and seems to combine perfectly with a faster release tempo.
At the same time, our current 3 months lapse helps to feel the difference in terms of stability and compatibility within releases.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
RT: We’ve had quite a few milestones in ReactOS’ history. The first time the OS booted by itself instead of being bootstrapped by DOS, the first time we were able to switch between two windowed applications, the first time network communications worked- there were a lot of big things over the course of the project.

SF: What helped make those happen?
RT: All of the milestones we’ve achieved have been due to the hard work and very often tenacity of our developers and testers. Some of these guys had to get very creative in solving the problems they encountered in trying to develop an OS from scratch. Also we can’t thank enough the support of our donors. Since we don’t have any company supporting our development, they are the ones helping to hire new developers and paying our server bills.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
RT: All of our releases are done through SourceForge, helping us to reduce the cost of distribution of our product. The metrics that we get from the downloads provide us with a good idea of where our prospective user base is from.
These metrics help us to understand our users’ behaviour: Are they willing to test bootcds or livecds? Are we attracting more users release after release? How does it affect the downloads, a faster release cycle as we’re doing now? How does a particular marketing action done affect the ReactOS downloads? How is the inertia (download of old releases) evolving?
But also it helps us to predict the expected visitors in our website for the next releases so we can ensure the needed resources for the peak days.
Handling and analyzing correctly this data proves to be an amazing way to discover the health of the project and summed to the rest of our analytics helps to draw a roadmap of our actions.

SF: What is the next big thing for ReactOS?
RT: There are several next big things coming pretty soon. The first one is the integration of the results from this year’s Google Summer of Code. Also we’re working hard on having Word 2010, Java RE and Google Chrome supported, since they are the apps selected by our Community in the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make those happen?
RT: So far we’ve been fairly fortunate this year, contributions and manpower have been quite steady and we expect to get the improvements in without too much fuss. With that said, ReactOS is on its way to reach Beta status. Beta supposes a jump in quality and for such we’ll need to place full time developers to reach it. Reaching Beta is not as costly as one may think but some extra resources will be needed.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for ReactOS?
RT: ReactOS took a few shortcuts in its early days to try to achieve as many user-visible improvements as possible. Those hacks have been the source of considerable headaches as the team implemented more functionality correctly.
Looking back, we probably should have fought that particular temptation and done the software engineering right the first time around.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
RT: ReactOS is now hiring!. Thanks to the donations and contributions from our Community we’re planning to hire a new developer. So if you are skillful in Windows APIs or you are willing to help us in fixing bugs, you can just drop an email here.
Feel free to follow the progress of our current hired developer, Hermès, through his blog posts, discover what’s coming in the next release, or join the Community in Twitter, Facebook or Telegram.

[ Download ReactOS ]

Categories: Open Source

Introducing HTTPS for Project Websites

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:54

We are very excited to offer HTTPS web hosting to all projects. With a single click, projects can opt-in to switch their web hosting from http://name.sourceforge.net to https://name.sourceforge.io Project admins can find this option in the Admin page, under “HTTPS”, naturally

Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, November 28, 2016

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 06:35

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

LibreCAD

LibreCAD is an open-source cross-platform 2D CAD program, which is translated in over 30 languages. http://translate.librecad.org LibreCAD is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. License: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html Source: https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/releases Track the latest development: https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/milestones https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/commits/master Create bug reports and feature requests: https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues Get help: – http://forum.librecad.org – http://wiki.librecad.org
[ Download LibreCAD ]


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 ]


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 ]


DisplayCAL

DisplayCAL (formerly known as dispcalGUI) is a graphical user interface for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system. Calibrate and characterize your display devices using one of the many supported measurement instruments, with support for multi-display setups and a variety of available settings like customizable whitepoint, luminance, tone response curve as well as the option to create accurate look-up-table ICC profiles as well as some proprietary 3D LUT formats. Check the accuracy of profiles and 3D LUTs via measurements.
[ Download DisplayCAL ]


SynWrite add-ons

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


plantuml

PlantUml allows to quickly create some UML diagram using a simple textual description language.
[ Download plantuml ]


TrouSerS

TrouSerS – An open-source TCG Software Stack implementation.
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Berryboot Updated OS Images

This is the biggest list of OS images for Berryboot. All these images have been tested before public availability. The original OS images were downloaded from their respective official websites, I did not modified any data of the original nor converted OS images. I convert most of the OS images by using this method: http://www.berryterminal.com/doku.php/berryboot/adding_custom_distributions. RetroPie and others already have OS images for Berryboot, I just compress it and serve as a mirror. Fedora OS images were converted by using this tool: https://github.com/sjenning/rpi2-fedora-image-builder. I’m not part of the Berryboot project, I’m just a web developer with a Raspberry Pi 2. I cannot offer full support on these images. However, if you find any issue, please contact me and I’ll look into it. You can request OS images at: http://berryboot.alexgoldcheidt.com/request-os-images/
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VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX (https://www.idrix.fr) and based on TrueCrypt 7.1a. It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. It also solves many vulnerabilities and security issues found in TrueCrypt. This enhanced security adds some delay ONLY to the opening of encrypted partitions without any performance impact to the application use phase. This is acceptable to the legitimate owner but it makes it much harder for an attacker to gain access to the encrypted data. All released files are PGP signed with key ID=0x54DDD393, available on key servers and downloadable at https://www.idrix.fr/VeraCrypt/VeraCrypt_PGP_public_key.asc VeraCrypt can mount TrueCrypt volumes. It also can convert them to VeraCrypt format. Documentation: https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/documentation FAQ : https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=FAQ
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“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – January 2017

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 03:03

The vote for January 2017 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until December 15, 2016 12:00 UTC.


MediathekView

Das Programm MediathekView durchsucht die Mediatheken verschiedener öffentlich-rechtlicher Sender (3Sat, ARD, ARTE, KiKa, MDR, ORF, SRF, ZDF etc.), lädt Beiträge daraus herunter oder spielt diese ab (mit VLC Media Player oder mit einem Programm eigener Wahl). Es können auch Sendereihen/Serien abonniert werden. Unterstützung Eine finanzielle Unterstützung für die Unkosten der Infrastruktur wird gerne angenommen

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