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Open Source Generic Tools


The following are links to selected 'open source' generic software tools for use by businesses and individuals in all industries:    Videos
  • Apache Software - Originally known for being an open-source web server solution, it has now grown into a large collaborative software community with a wide range of complementary projects and products.
  • Civic Commons - Helping governments build and use shared and 'open' technologies & tools to further improve public services.
  • Drupal - A widely used open source content management system (CMS) for web sites.
  • Fedora - An open source Linux-based operating system, coupled with a vast collection of community developed application software products.
  • Java - A free, portable programming language and/or software development platform originally created by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems.
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool.  It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.
  • Hadoop - An open-source software solution that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers.
  • JBOSS - An open source platform and development tools with everything you need to deploy, and host enterprise Java applications and services.
  • Libre Office - A comprehensive open source software suite of office applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet) similar to MS Office.
  • Linux - A widely used open source operating system for small and large scale computer systems originally created by Linus Torvalds
  • Mozilla & Firefox - A wide range of open source software products developed by the growing Mozilla 'open' development community. Products include the FireFox web browser, Thunderbird email, etc.
  • MySQL - An open source database management system (DBMS) that offers the full functionality of similar commercial products such as MS SQL, DB2, Oracle, etc.
  • OpenAI - An open source Artificial Intelligence (AI) suite of software tools.
  • OpenMeetings - Free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference on the web.
  • OpenNMS - An open source enterprise grade network management application platform.
  • Open Office - A comprehensive open source software suite of office applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) that provide very similar capabilities as MS Office.
  • OpenProject  - A free and open source project management software solution that can serve as a replacement for MS Project.
  • OpenSite Solutions - Providing a directory of high quality 'open source' alternative solutions to higher cost commercial products currently being marketed.
  • OpenStreetMap - An open source initiative to create and provide free geographic data, such as street maps, to anyone.
  • SourceForge - The world's largest open source software development web site providing free services and software to meet almost any need to users around the globe.
  • VLC - A popular free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most CD, DVD,  and many other files & streaming protocols.
  • Wikipedia - A free web-based encyclopedia that anyone can access, edit, or use.
  • Zimbra Collaboration - An open source email and calendar groupware software product.

Libre Office


* Check out Epoptes, an open source computer training lab management tool.



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The cost benefits of high-quality, free and open source software (FOSS) have come to outweigh former management and industry concerns about risks associated with 'rebel code'.



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