Open Source Generic Tools


The following are links to selected 'open source' Non-Education software products and tools:    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.
  • 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.
  • GeoServer - An open source Java-based software server that allows users to view, edit, share, and map geospatial data. It uses open standards set forth by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool.  It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SOFA Statistics - An open source statistics, analysis, and reporting software application.
  • 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.
  • SugarCRM - A commercialized open source customer relationship management (CRM) software suite.
  • TWiki - An open source enterprise wiki, collaboration, and web application platform.
  • 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.

Open Office


1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Higher Education Act to establish the first major federal student aid program. President Nixon expands the program in 1972 with the creation of Pell Grants for low-income students.


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Digitization of education is a relatively new phenomenon that is transforming the education sector. Corporations and academic institutions have joined forces to further pursue improvements in education through -
  • Virtual Universities & Online Courses
  • Web-based Education Portals
  • Open Source CourseWare
  • Open Access Text  Books
  • Open Source Education Software




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