Software whose source code is made available for use/modification/distribution as users or other developers see fit. Usually developed as a public collaboration and made available free of charge.

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Free, open source, cross-platform alternative to Skype [closed]

What free, open source, cross-platform alternatives to Skype are there that also don't contain banner ads (although a reminder for donations at shutdown would be acceptable)? Connecting to real ...
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Visio alternatives [closed]

I need an alternative to Visio for making diagrams (particularly signal processing block diagrams) that includes some kind of custom stencils + connection points. I just spent 2 hours learning bits ...
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Free PDF Editor for Windows [closed]

I have some PDF files that I need to change/edit, not view. I'm running on Windows. What is the best package to get this for free (either freeware or opensource, not trial/shareware)?
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Is Mac OS X open source?

I learned recently (on superuser) that Mac OS X uses the bash shell. I also know that OS X has a UNIX core. I was searching for information about OS X and Open Source on google, but what I found was ...
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Open Source alternative to FileMaker or Access?

I'm looking for an open source alternative to simple databases such as FileMaker or Access (something visual where you don't need SQL very much). I know of Base in OpenOffice.org but I think it is ...
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What is a free/open source tool to allow me to control another computer or use it as a second monitor? [duplicate]

I tried MaxiVista (their free trial) recently for using my laptop as a second monitor and it worked great. It also allowed me to control my laptop from my desktop PC. Does anyone know of a tool that ...
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How to merge audio and video file in ffmpeg

I want to merge an audio file (.wav or .au format) with a video file (.mp4 format). Please suggest me a open-source utility to achieve this. I want to merge these file to new .mp4 video file. An ...
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Are there any open source app virtualization solutions for Windows

I am looking for open source solutions that provide application virtualization for Windows! In other words an open source to ThinApp from VMWare. I have found several commercial options, but nothing ...
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Open-source software for writing fiction/novels? [closed]

I'd like to start working on a novel, and I've been looking into authoring software. I've been impressed with StoryMill on the Mac, but I prefer to support open-source alternatives. Does anyone know ...
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Is there a free (as in money) version of Redhat linux?

I've not dabbled with Linux for a while, but I need to, I am slightly outraged RedHat Linux is not free... or am I being dumb? Is there a free version available? If not what are the best ...
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Free HTML Image Map Editor for Windows? [closed]

Does anybody here know of any free tools for creating HTML image maps? Googling seems to only get me tools that are for pay.
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Any keystroke-launcher alternative to Launchy and Executor on Windows?

does anybody know a good an actively developed alterantive to the keystroke-launcher Launchy or Executor? Launchy seems no longer to be under development. Executor also seems not to be developed ...
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Recording Skype conference calls on OSX?

I am looking for an open-source way to generate an audio record of Skype conference calls under OSX 10.5 or higher.
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Looking for freeware or opensource CAD that can read and edit .dwg

We have an engineer who needs CAD software which can read and edit .dwg files (preferably that runs on Windows but I could probably argue for a *nix box if needed). Before buying a commercial license ...
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Extract first page from multiple pdfs

Have got about 500 PDFs to go through and extract the first page of. They then need to go through some time consuming conversion process so was hoping to try and save some time by have a batch ...
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What is the best free Gantt project tool out there? [closed]

I've gone through some of the other posts on superuser and some other online resources to find the answer to this question, but I'm not satisfied with anything I've found. Basically, I just need a ...
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Open source CRMs

I'm looking for an easy and extensible open source CRM solution, on top of which additional functionality can be developed. It should support: a web GUI & multiple user lead & customer ...
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Where to find Windows 8 Modern UI apps source code?

Or Metro UI As an amateur web developer I'm intrested in building native apps for windows 8 with HTML5 and CSS. But It would be nice to see the source code of the apps that I have and which language ...
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Open Source Screen Capture Software

Is there any open source software for video screen capturing?
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What is the difference between GNU's “Free Software” and “Open Source Software”? [closed]

I've always referred to free and open source software simply as "Open Source". However, some people have approached me saying that these two "things" (or philosophies) actually aren't the same at all. ...
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Is there an effective speech recognition application for Ubuntu?

I'm looking for something that works as well as the Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Windows Speech Recognition or MacSpeech Dictate - except for Ubuntu. Does such a thing exist?
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Web-based, open-source, schedule application for small team? [closed]

A friend of mine works in a small team (5 people) and they don't have any application to keep track of who is working on what. There are a lot of questions asked here about application for project ...
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Is there an open source alternative to Vector Magic?

I just discovered this wonderful tool, but I don't have $300 to blow. Are there any free, preferably open source, alternatives?
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How to contribute to GNU/Linux and free-software world with design skills but lack of programming skills?

I have very little programming knowledge but have plenty of design/graphic/branding/marketing/web skills (Architecture, web designing and e-commerce background). How best can I contribute to the ...
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Open source software to teach/learn a language? (not computer language)

I'm searching for open source software that can help me when I try to learn a new language, and then I'm talking about a human language like English, German and French. I'm thinking about stuff like ...
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Is there free OCR software that works well for source code?

I am trying to convert the screenshot given in this Stack Overflow question to a textual representation. I already did it by hand, but I'd like not to have to do that sort of thing again in the ...
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Simple, powerful and stable Firmware for LinkSys WRT54GL

I have just bought a Linksys WRT54G router, which has the ability to load custom firmware. As there are lots of them around the web, Can anyone recommend a FOSS simple, powerful and stable firmware ...
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Open Source IRC client software [closed]

What is a good example of an Open Source IRC client for Windows or Linux? If not, something free and extensible will do. The reason I would like this to be open source is that I wouldn't mind being ...
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Using non-proprietary document format

I am going to be migrating to Xubuntu; I have a question on docx formats. I have quite a few hundred proprietary docx files. I want to be able edit them w/o the formatting getting destroyed and ...
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LaTeX Equations in MS Word/OpenOffice?

How can I turn something like: \[ H = \sum_{x \in X} p_x \log p_x \] into an image file that can be used to place into a MS Word or OpenOffice Document?
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Is there a list of what open source software is installed with Snow Leopard?

is there a list available of what development tools are installed with Snow Leopard? I can just go poking around and see what's installed in a haphazard way, but it would be helpful to have a ...
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Verifying that open source software hasn't been tampered with

I'm about to download some OSS software, and I would like to ensure (with a reasonable degree of certainty) that it hasn't been tampered with to insert malware. Specifically, it's a password manager ...
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Is there an accounting or ERP package that runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac?

Is there an accounting or ERP package, either closed- or open-source, that has clients that run on Windows, Linux, and Mac? It does not matter if it is a free or paid solution. It must also be a ...
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OpenOffice Vs Microsoft Office 2007/2010 [closed]

I have been asked to summarise the pros and cons in connection with the choices between Microsoft Office Vs OpenOffice. I have a broad idea of what needs to be said. However I would like to open a ...
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Technique & Toolset for creating e-Books [closed]

What are the opensource options available for creating professional looking e-books? Are there a set of techniques/best-practices for this? Please give inputs or direct me to precise sites that ...
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Windows freeware/opensource video editor

I've googled and googled and googled, but I can't find a decent FREE windows video editor. Does anybody know one?
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Recommended media server software for FreeBSD for UPnP/DLNA [closed]

The list of media servers on Wikipedia is a bit overwhelming and I've had experience with firefly not being well maintained with regards to keeping up with newer standards. My specific need is being ...
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Monitor the network shared folder?

I am looking for freeware/open source application which can monitor the shared folder on local network. I did use some freeware application , But stupid enough to forget its name :) Thanks in ...
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Low-cost video streaming distribution system

I work at an animal shelter. We want to mount one or more network "kitty cams" or "puppy cams", so that visitors to our website can view live video streaming of our animals. Our upstream bandwidth ...
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What FLOSS DB design tool for Linux would you recommend?

I want to find a relational DB design tool for Linux, that could export DB schema for MySQL, SQLite and PostreSQL at least. And it should be handy, of course. Good-looking GUI is also a plus ;-) I use ...
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open source free software program for screen shots

I am looking for open source software for screen shots. It would be nice if it is similar to snagit.
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Looking for open-source NAS software [closed]

I've got an AMD 64-bit Phenom x3 chip and will be dedicating my computer to all-NAS functions. Mobo has 6 SATA connectors & 2GB. Can you recommend NAS software that can handle staggered spin-up; ...
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Almost every Inkscape extension yields an error in Mac OS X

I've run the latest few versions of Inkscape (currently landed on "0.47+devel"), and have been having trouble with the Extensions menu. So far, in every version of Inkscape I've tried, nearly every ...
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Are there alternatives to TextExpander on Mac OS X?

I'm looking for a open source alternative to TextExpander (or TypeIt4Me or Typinator) -- not because I'm cheap, but because I'm interested in the source code. It therefore doesn't have to be as ...
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Any good free/open source zip repair tool? [closed]

Is there any simple & freeware program to fix corrupted zip files for windows platform ? I've lot of corrupted zip files and would like to recover some of the files from it
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Final Cut Pro - Open Source Alternative

I am looking for open source alternatives to Final Cut Pro. It is appreciated if you provide at least the following info: name of the software operating system strong points weak points Note: If ...
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Routing all Internet traffic through home network

I'm looking to establish a connection between my computer at school and my computer at home for the purpose of routing all Internet traffic across this connection. My school monitors my Internet ...
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What is wrong with the TrueCrypt license?

I was thinking about securing some data on a laptop running Ubuntu with something like TrueCrypt, but I noticed that I could not apt-get it even though it is "open source". So I searched the web for ...
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Open source alternative of Acrobat Editor to prepare a PDF form (eg a smart resume) which can be filled out by the recipients

I am looking for an open source alternative toAcrobat Editor to prepare PDF forms which can be filled out by the recipient. So far I tried pdf editor in Linux mint 14 but it didn't work. Does anyone ...
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Open source software for web cam surveillance

I want to find a cheap solution for video surveillance, and I'm considering web cams. However, there's tons of software for web cams out there, and I have no clue what is good and what is not. Here ...