We (my ESL company in Beijing) are looking for a cross-platform (the person in charge of editing is using a mac, which...I...never...NO! and thus stems our problem), open-source, multi-lingual publishing software to support an in-house magazine we're trying to get started. It's gotta be something similar to InDesign, but it also has to be something we can train staff on who aren't, y'know, proficient in English. Any ideas? [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for open source software that will allow me to take a large amount of XML, do searches of it through a web interface (especially allowing selecting trees or tags for narrowing searches), and return HTML-formatted results. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good open source alternative to Navicat for MySQL? [more inside]
How do I find what open source project (or nonprofit) might be a "client" for a tutorial or training (instructional design project) that's for university credit? [more inside]
Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement? I would like to have my own journal displayed on my own site and besides some usual requirements, I have one or two that seem to be difficult to satisfy. [more inside]
Anyone had success with the micropledge.com funding service? I'm curious to know if anyone has had success funding a project (or having a project funded) through micropledge.com.
I need a decent alarm clock for my PC. [more inside]
Whole-room voice control of lights using open-source software. Can it be done? Has it been done? [more inside]
Legalfilter: Who really owns an open source project? [more inside]
I'm looking for an open source MP3 (or OGG) player for creation of educational listening drills. Must be portable, and flexible for creation, editing, burning of playlists and queues -- details on its use in here... [more inside]
Has anybody already done the work of configuring GnuCash for an Australian small business? If so, what's involved in electronic submission of a BAS, and is there an easy way to transfer records to an accountant who thinks QuickBooks is the Only Thing? No more inside.
Is OLAP my answer? Someone on a stats listserve I subscribe to mentioned OLAP in passing as an approach for managing lots of smaller data tables in a sane/integrated way. I've tried googling around and reading the info on various OLAP/BI project pages. I've since looked briefly at the Pentaho suite (Mondrian, and what was Kettle et al), JasperIntelligence, SpagoBI, and Palo OLAP...briefly only because I'm not quite that technically adept to see for sure how they work and whether these types of applications do what I want them to, given that I'm not coming from what I imagine a "typical" BI user's perspective/needs might be. At this point, my head is spinning a bit. [more inside]
Does anyone know of similar online solution to Google Notebook that one can host on their own servers? I use Google Notebook every day to archive notes and web clips, but I would like to keep my information secure, private, and under my control. [more inside]
Anyone know of any good open source packages for WAP / WML traffic analysis / analytics? [more inside]
Open source software for a professional web design company. [more inside]
I want a fully-featured instant messaging system (not just the client, and with support for webcams, etc.) that is open source. Ideally I would like to find one that exists, but I am willing to look into starting one. Any suggestions or advice for what to look at and/or how to go about it is welcome. [more inside]
Know of any good non-hosted free or open-source polling applications? [more inside]
Do open-source/out-of-copyright language textbooks exist? If yes, how would one go about locating/identifying them? [more inside]
I have a Garmin GPS unit, I would very much like to get some maps on it. [more inside]
I'm looking for a free (or nearly) solution for storing an existing list of media contacts. [more inside]
I run a web design company, and want to set up a website based chat client so I can see when someone is perusing my site and pop up a chat window to help them with any questions... [more inside]
What are the best online resources for scientific data? [more inside]
Awhile ago I found a link to an RSS reader called Good News on this site. It was fun while I had it, but thanks to a reformat due to overly gregarious bluescreens, I lost the installer. It's one of those independent open source thingers with an address buried deep on a personal website, if I remember right, and its name is making it impossible to search for. Could anyone help me find it again?
Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application? [more inside]
Are collaborative open-source projects (e.g. Wikipedia) inherently more wasteful of resources than their commercial competitors (e.g. Britannica)? I believe there might be [more inside]
DoesThisWebsiteExistFilter: Are there any sites that have downloadable sets of data in easily-parseable formats? For example, a list of all US presidents? Or the name of every country's capital? And then have the data available in different formats (XML, CSV, or an on-the-fly generated SQL Insert query)? [more inside]
Does an open source version of something like Ask MetaFilter exist? [more inside]
How can a willing to learn non-programmer build something like those user-supported gas price sites?
I'm looking to build a site that allows its users to submit and/or search pricing and availability information for "widgets" at local brick and mortar retail stores. The model I have in mind would be similar to the user-supported gas price sites that popped up about a year ago, in which people entered what they paid for what type of gas, and other users then could type in a zip code and see the best prices near them. So, being a non-programmer (but willing to learn through trial and error), what language/framework/open-source code do I use to build this? [more inside]
Does anybody know of an open source web application similar to Pageflakes, Netvibes, or Google Personalized that I can run on my own web server, and extend for my own needs? [more inside]
I've just gotten an open source project off the ground and am wondering about respectable ways to get the word out. [more inside]
What should I do with my internet startup business? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of open source projects that were funded in advance by contributions and pledges from interested users. [more inside]
What are some good free/open-source Help Desk software solutions? [more inside]
Freeware/Open Source help desk support ticket type of software? [more inside]
Help me find my Holy Grail RSS Reader Application in Windows. [more inside]
A while back I stumbled across an "open source" band, an umbrella name that allowed anyone to perform as that band, but I cannot for the life of me remember it. I think it was primarily an experimental noise act, but at this point I can't be sure. Please, Metafilter, help me find it!
Should I finally join ASCAP, despite my misgivings about copyright, the music-licensing industry, and certain practices by ASCAP and similar orgs? Yes, the cash would make a real difference for me, given the way ASCAP handles my genre and given my low income overall. [more inside]
My girlfriend handles registrations for swim lessons, and it's a very time-consuming, badly-executed process. I told her that an online implementation of her forms, class rosters, and maybe even payments would simplify the process. Guess who gets to make this happen? (And needs your help to figure out how!) [more inside]
Say I was using a Web Content Management System that was covered under the GPL. If I made lots of modifications to the CMS, but only used it for my own site - do I need to provide my modified CMS to the public to download? I'm debating this with a friend - I thought it was only if you are planning to redistribute the software to others, but now I'm wondering - and certainly don't want to a afoul of the GPL.
Does anyone know of any good free or cheap online contact management software? I would like to keep track of when i have talked to a certain contact and possibly as Rss feed or email reminder system to remind me to follow up with contacts.
Alternatives to SourceForge? [more inside]
How can I convert OpenOffice formatted files to MS Word? [more inside]
Using DarwinPorts 1.2.1, how can I get a copy of Gnumeric to run on OS X 10.4.6? [more inside]
I am not a programmer. I just know basic html and I design web sites in Front Page using tables. That's it. So, the question is, is there some sort of open source...thing...that will allow me to make a web site like myspace, such that members of a certain group of people will be able to come there and each sign up for an account, and make their own user page, and link to each other as they wish? [more inside]
Need some help finding open source project to use as a base. [more inside]
What type of open source software should I use to disseminate information I have collected over the years? I have a HUGE series of links on a topic that I would like to start sharing with friends and the net as a whole. I am having trouble deciding what to use to post it: CMS (like PHPNuke or Joomla), Wiki, Blog (like WordPress or MT), or just a bookmark manager (like SiteBar). [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find REALLY BASIC guides for using (not installing) FCKeditor and PHPlist? [more inside]
I've been searching for a while now and it seems to me that BlackBerry is very limited when it comes to programs. I also have a distaste for how it differs from Outlook. I'm starting to wish I had purchased something more compatible with Windows software. From my understanding, there is a void of any BlackBerry opensource software? I'm a student so don't have the cash to buy overpriced programs. If anyone knows of anything that might work with BlackBerry, I would appreciate suggestions. I'm on the 7250.
What are the best books to teach the fundamentals of software design and architecture? [more inside]
What are the best software development/open source blogs? [more inside]