Build it, and they will come. But maybe it's already built?
November 18, 2010 5:00 PM Subscribe
Is there a search engine for finding open source "clones" of various web services and software? For instance, I know there are open source projects (like Diaspora) that aim to mimic Facebook, and other open source projects that mimic Twitter... But how do I find out if there's an open source project that is trying to mimic the Meebo/Wibiya toolbar? Or some open source project that's trying to create a Groupon-like website?
posted by mhh5 to computers & internet (6 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Perhaps what I'm thinking of doesn't exist, but I think it'd be nice to be able to easily find all the open source projects that are trying to "clone" other software. I know Ostatic.com exists, but it doesn't quite seem like a very exhaustive search for open source projects... Or maybe I'm just under the mistaken impression that there are a lot of open source projects that are trying to do what other commercial software already does.