Let's say I want to live a Google-free existence on the web. What are my best (preferably free, open source) alternatives to various Google products, including the search engine itself?
posted by deathpanels
on Nov 9, 2012 -
I am looking for a good, professional quality Open Source accounting software written either in C# (1st preference) or VB.NET. [more inside]
posted by inquisitive
on Mar 12, 2012 -
I moved into work in IT in my early 30's, and am now 35. I have had 2 Jr. DBA positions in that time period, although I do not have any database certifications. [more inside]
posted by ElisaOS
on Oct 8, 2011 -
I need some good "Free Libra Open Source Software" projects to nominate for my local Linux User Group any one have any suggestions? We seem to be running short on some worthy nominees.
List some good ones and a good reason why I should propose this to our LUG we have a fairly active and solid group.
posted by Chamunks
on Jul 31, 2011 -
Is there a program or set of tools, preferably free / open source, that can take a video file as input, analyze the video, and output the parts of the video which contain motion above some threshold? The output could either be a video file or a series of still images.
posted by Juffo-Wup
on Apr 11, 2011 -
Can you help me find a smartphone to give my dad for Christmas? All his colleagues seem to have gotten iPhones. He is somewhat of a Linux geek tough, so I'm thinking a phone more in that spirit. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil
on Dec 2, 2010 -
How can I contribute to the efforts of GIMP being able to open a 16 bit image? [more inside]
posted by figTree
on Aug 12, 2010 -
For museum and archives people: has anyone used Collective Access
for cataloging? Specifically, does it let you check things out to a user like a library catalog would? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants
on Jun 23, 2010 -
Are there any blogs about open-source hardware/software products? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Mar 14, 2010 -
We're looking for something like Hot or Not for project proposals. Instead of displaying a photo it will display info about the project and allow users to log in and rate projects. The system will keep track of overall ratings and rankings for projects in various ways and allow us to easily export the final results. [more inside]
posted by flug
on Feb 2, 2010 -
What's a good Windows XP open source/freeware sound recorder that is easy for someone with vision deficits to use? Suggestions for a microphone also welcome. Details and... [more inside]
posted by de void
on Jun 29, 2009 -
I'm looking for a list or reference to press releases/news articles about large corporations or government departments that have switched to Linux as a desktop platform. For example this week it was reported that the French police have 5,000 PCs running Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Apr 30, 2009 -
I'm involved in a group of small/nonprofit organizations that would like to financially support the starting of an open-source software application. While I am technically-minded, I'm not a programmer -- and I don't really know what to look for in one (hopefully to be found on MeFi jobs!). Help greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by liquado
on Apr 6, 2009 -
Is there such thing as an open source Kindle that uses texts from things like Project Gutenberg and the like? Perhaps after you bought the device the books would be free because they would all be out of copyright.
posted by samchase
on Mar 10, 2009 -
I have a Polycom VSX 7000 that we use for video conferencing. I'd like to capture video conference streams and publish to a web server (or youtube) for playback at a later time. (does not need to be in real time) What open source tools can I use to do this? Or can someone point me to a "how to" for this....
posted by purenitrous
on Feb 25, 2009 -
I'm looking into the Open source philosophy to programming seems to be quite an intricate and somewhat confusing setup. I am wondering why so many people put their energy into developing libraries for some open source project with seemingly no direct return. [more inside]
posted by figTree
on Jan 2, 2009 -
CanadaCellphoneFilter: How can I use a Google G1 Android phone on Canada's Telus network? [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly
on Dec 17, 2008 -
My company is looking to build a search engine to index our web site and I'm wondering if anyone has used any open package to do the task. Names, URLs, experience would be highly appreciated,
posted by seeminglee
on Aug 26, 2008 -
What content management system (CMS) does the site BNET.com use? Or, what is the currently available CMS that most closely matches the capabilities of this CMS? Bonus points to open source....
posted by omidius
on Aug 22, 2008 -
I need a Wiki or CMS that has a WYSIWYG editor for a site with about a 100 static pages, sorted into categories.
posted by andrewzipp
on Jul 11, 2008 -
Looking for your experiences with open-source accounting software. I am helping co-found a non-profit organization and need software that is free (if possible), easy to use for non-accountants, and preferably open-source. Someone recommended OSAS (Open Systems Accounting Software)
. Has anyone used these or any other programs they would recommend or not recommend?
posted by franklen
on Apr 22, 2008 -
Open source Wiki software!
I'm looking to setup an open source wiki service very similar to wikipedia.org (but slightly different). However I know there is open source software available to download... [more inside]
posted by spinko
on Apr 20, 2008 -
Looking for open source spreadsheet templates I can use commercially (if it comes to that) for recipes, fitness programs and the like. Why? Because my excel skills suck. [more inside]
posted by cameron.case
on Dec 18, 2007 -
Hi, I would like some recommendations for (preferably open source or inexpensive) web based software that I can implement for my church. Everyone takes turns bringing refreshments, playing songs, etc... and there are waaaaay too many "Who can do it on Sunday the 16th? on Sunday the 26th?" e-mails going around and it gets very confusing to keep track. [more inside]
posted by apark
on Dec 12, 2007 -
Is there an open course codebase similar to ... Ask Metafilter? I have a fun idea for a specialized group Q and A blog, but I'm not much of a coder.
posted by clango
on Oct 15, 2007 -
Are there any websites or online communities in which people submit their 'ideas' for public use? [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy
on Oct 9, 2007 -
Where can I find comparisons of the time it takes for an application to become relatively mature (in feature set, and bugs) in comparison to its status as open or closed source?
posted by jackofsaxons
on Sep 3, 2007 -
What options are there for a real-time, open source, video streaming (ogg Theora?) codec/platform/service? I have heard of Flumotion
but was wondering if there are others like it in the US or Asia.
posted by gen
on Aug 26, 2007 -
I need some software that will take a PDF file (of a magazine) and produce an online version of it that does not require a PDF reader to view. [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick
on Jun 1, 2007 -
Is there an easy, preferably open source way of editing MySQL table contents? I was hoping for something which would let me use Excel (or OO Calc) to edit the live database. I need to search/replace many items in a poorly imported database. [more inside]
posted by Yavsy
on Feb 6, 2007 -
This is probably impossible but... Is there an open source client-server database that I can put on a shared Windows xp server without actually installing it? In other words simply copy up a bunch of files and have it work without going through a standard windows installation involving writing to the Registry etc... Actually i dont even care if its open source as long as it is small and relatively inexpensive. thanks in advance.
posted by rhcclark
on Jan 30, 2007 -
I've just received a fairly generous grant to create a clearinghouse for open source multi-media applications. What should I be thinking about now? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet
on Nov 27, 2006 -
I need to set up a community site that also has a Digg-like community news section, and am trying to find open source packages that will do the job. I looked at Pligg, but am wary of using it (reasons inside). I wonder if Drupal will work. Can you folks shed some light? [more inside]
posted by madman
on Nov 7, 2006 -
I want to introduce a group of students to how open source software is localized (translated). What I am looking for is some software (preferebly cross platform) which uses text/po/mo files to store the text strings for each language. [more inside]
posted by eatmytag
on Oct 4, 2006 -
Are there any polished open-source typing tests, either for Windows, or as a web app?
posted by Jairus
on Jan 31, 2006 -
Defensive patents for free and open source software: can I bind a specific type of license with a patent ? [more inside]
posted by a007r
on Jan 11, 2006 -
Open Source Software developers, how did you initially start working on open source software projects? [more inside]
posted by jsonic
on Nov 15, 2005 -
Can anybody recommend an open source 'external' site monitoring utility for *nix? By external, I mean the tool should sit on a server that's separate to the one the site being monitored is sitting on. The tool should make regular requests to the monitored site and should send an alert if the page is not returned within a specified time.
posted by jedro
on Sep 8, 2005 -