Open Source - Generic Tools


The following are links to selected web sites offering free & open source software and tools available to any organizations or individuals.    Videos

Generic 'Non-Religious' Software Tools

  • 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.
  • GeoServer - An open source Java-based software server that allows users to view, edit, share, and map geospatial data. 
  • GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool.  It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.
  • Java - A free, portable programming language and/or software development platform originally created by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems.
  • 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 system, Sea Monkey, 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.
  • OpenDisc - A CD of open source software products being made available primarily to charitable, non-profit organizations, students, teachers, etc.
  • 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.
  • SourceForge - The world's largest open source software development web site providing free services that help people build software solutions to meet almost any need and share them with developers and users across 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  Media Player - A popular free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most CD, DVD,  and many other files & straming protocols.
  • Zimbra Collaboration - An open source email and calendar groupware software product.

Libre Office


* Check out some of these free and open source Creative Arts software & tools that might be of use in training, education, outreach, etc.



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