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What is the legal status of software developed with OSS tools?

What is the legal status of software developed with OSS tools? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Dec 15, 2005 - 10 answers

If everything were Creative Commons...

The ethics of screen scraping? [more inside]
posted by If I Had An Anus on Dec 2, 2005 - 27 answers

reviews for Open Source software?

Tell me about a good site to read user reviews of open source software. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Nov 18, 2005 - 4 answers

Does an open-source Access killer exist?

What are my options in slick, open-source database frontends? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Oct 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Why shareware or freeware?

I am working on an academic project in which a significant question has come up -- why do people distribute software as freeware (not open source) or shareware in situations where it is just as easy to distribute it commercially, using systems like Palmgear or Handango? Is it because developers don't think these projects are as valuable, or are there other reasons? Does anyone have either written evidence or personal experiences to share?
posted by blahblahblah on May 31, 2005 - 15 answers

Free / open statistical software

Help me find free and/or open-source statistical software. [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Mar 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Top open source projects?

I am putting together some research, and wanted to poll fellow MeFiers about what they think are the five (or two or ten) most influential or important open source projects, currently being worked on and why. Linux and Firefox are obvious, so what others would qualify -- Gaim? OpenCRX? I want to know your list, and why these would make it. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on Mar 18, 2005 - 27 answers

Superior free software?

What examples are there of consumer-grade open source software whose quality surpasses that of closed source, proprietary software? [more inside]
posted by pealco on Mar 15, 2005 - 24 answers

Looking for a good to-do list application (Windows XP)

Looking for a good to-do list application (Windows XP).
I used to use Microsoft Outlook with some vb behind it, and especially liked the ability to send Action Items between coworkers. However I switched to Mozilla Thunderbird for personal use and haven't seen any plugins for this. Integrated Time Tracking and remote access would be a plus. Open Source and or freeware is nice but not essential. Any recommendations that meet some subset of this criteria? Or should I get to coding...
posted by Manjusri on Feb 11, 2005 - 4 answers

Open source alternative to TestDirector or other testing/defect tracking software?

Open source requirements, testing and defect tracking software: any of you have good/bad/middling experience with web-based tools that offer a good alternative to ($$$) TestDirector or its ilk? Preferred platform would be Windows.
posted by nj_subgenius on Feb 5, 2005 - 5 answers

Resources for making handheld gaming device

I saw a cool microcontroller project on slashdot, and dredged up my old dream of making an open-source, open-spec competitor to the GameBoy. Surely somebody else out there is doing that kind of thing (not GameBoy programming, but making entirely different handheld game devices).

What's the best forum, resource, or website to pursue information about this kind of project?
posted by Emera Gratia on Feb 3, 2005 - 4 answers

Subscription-based site

I'd like an open source version of Salon.com for a trade-specific website. Everyone can see part of an article, subscribers can see the entire article. I'd prefer to spend my time creating content and the less on code and administration on my side, the better. Are there any open source apps which do this or am I doomed to code it from scratch?
posted by Tacodog on Jan 11, 2005 - 8 answers

Are there any free or open source shared calendar solutions?

Free/Open source shared calendar solutions? [mi] [more inside]
posted by reverendX on Jan 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Any good resources for Open Source Architecture of the Mike Brady variety?

Any good resources for Open Source Architecture of the Mike Brady variety? [+] [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Dec 28, 2004 - 2 answers

XP install: how do I find my sound card's drivers? And what programs do I really need?

Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?

2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Dec 16, 2004 - 8 answers

Document tracker

I need a web application to help me with trafficking certain documents through my firm. Without speccing it in detail, it should involve contributors being able to upload documents along with metadata. Those documents and metadata should show up in a queue. Status emails should be sent at specific junctures that are triggered by date, time, or the actions of other users on the documents. Users would have varying permissions to view, change, delete, edit, etc. various docs.

First, is there anything open source or commercial that does this? If not, what would be the specific skill sets I should look for in finding someone to build it? What would be the expected hourly rate to accomplish it?
posted by luser on Nov 5, 2004 - 8 answers

Open Source Collaboration Tools

I need a package to facilitate collaboration among a group of people spread across the Internet/globe. Ideally it would track staff, projects, to-do lists and contacts. Open source (PHP/mySQL) would be ideal. Any suggestions?
posted by Leonard on Nov 4, 2004 - 11 answers

Calculator App

I'm working on something like a glorified graphing calculator application, based on a small functional programming language. Each input program describes a function of some number of parameters, and the app's job is to plot the function's output across various input ranges. Is there an existing language with an open-source parser I can reuse for this job instead of inventing and implementing a new language from scratch? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Oct 16, 2004 - 12 answers

Licensing Code

Which license should I choose? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by deaddodo on Oct 7, 2004 - 10 answers

Bug Trackers

Bug trackers -- is there an open-source, free and simpler to install alternative to Bugzilla? Bugzilla's installation is just a bit over my head.
posted by o2b on Sep 23, 2004 - 8 answers

Seeing Stars on my Mac

What's a good freeware/open source astronomy application for the Mac? I know that one exists but my Google skills haven't been too hot today. What I really want is something that will display a realtime starchart for me with the ability to look up the positions (declination, etc) of each of the stars.
posted by adrianhon on Sep 15, 2004 - 4 answers

Is there a free alternative to the Wimpy macromedia flash-based mp3 player?

Is there a free or open source alternative to this macromedia flash-based mp3 player?
posted by banished on Aug 20, 2004 - 2 answers

Is it possible to migrate data between any two of the most popular open source CMS systems?

Is it possible to migrate data between any two of the most popular open source CMS systems? {The reasons for this rather odd request follow} [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 16, 2004 - 4 answers

Open Source version of Google News

Is there an open-source web app that's anything like Google News -- ie. groups news stories by similarity?
posted by reklaw on Aug 13, 2004 - 3 answers

Help me set up a photo sales site, please

I have to set up a relatively simple photo sales site for a friend (as the only halfway tech person she knows). It doesn't need much - a basic basket/lightbox, accounts for customers and some relatively automated way for her to upload. Is there anything fairly off-the-shelf that will do this, or do I need to hack about with things like the opensource ecommerce project? Anyone know of good packages?
posted by bonaldi on Aug 3, 2004 - 5 answers

Looking for an open source card set graphics.

I'm trying to find an open source "playing card" set that I would be free to use in a small game I'm curently coding in C++. (Trying to familiarize myself with a couple graphic libraries and doing a bit of experimentation with cross-compiling).
posted by RavinDave on Jul 30, 2004 - 8 answers

Open source or low cost alternative to dream weaver?

is there a way to get free or low cost open source alternatives to
dream weaver, that would still run on a windows box? I've got dreamweaver
at the office, but didn't bite the big one to buy it for my personal
machine.
posted by leotrotsky on Jul 16, 2004 - 9 answers

Open source project management

How would you start an open source project? (A greater amount of detail will be presented upon clicking below.) [more inside]
posted by sequential on Jul 6, 2004 - 4 answers

Windows software for creating encrypted, virtual drives?

Is there an open source and/or free Windows software that will create encrypted, virtual drives? I'm looking for something equivalent to DriveCrypt that I and my clients can trust.
posted by johnnydark on Jun 24, 2004 - 3 answers

What's the latest technology in open-source search engines for private websites?

The last time I had to set up a search engine for a basic web site, swish-E was the free indexer of choice. However, its relevance sorting and other features (as I remember them) leave much to be desired in today's world, where everyone expects every search engine to be as good as Google. What's the LAMP favorite nowadays? Where is the interesting development happening in open-source search index and query service?
posted by scarabic on Jun 14, 2004 - 10 answers

Why do ordered lists in open source documentation start with zero?

I've been reading a lot of open source software documentation lately, and I'm wondering why all the ordered lists start with zero? Here's an example. Is it a programing thing that counting is supposed to start at zero? An international thing (is it american to start counting 1, 2, 3?). I've see at least three examples in the past week and I'm curious.
posted by mathowie on Apr 2, 2004 - 30 answers

What opensource CMS would you recommend for ease of use, robustness, and customizability?

Some of the answers I got to this post made me think about developing cheap, easy-to-use interactive Intranets for various corporate clients (a la this), based on opensource CMS and/or blogware, thus eliminating licensing fees and saving a bundle on programming costs / time. I am looking for advice on what application to use. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by signal on Jan 30, 2004 - 6 answers

good, free, open source email client with IMAP and POP

What is a good, free, hopefully Open Source email client which can handle both Pop and Imap protocols. Have been using Thunderbird, Mozilla and The Bat!, not too happy with any of their Imap implementations, though I love Mozilla/FB's bayes filtering.
posted by signal on Jan 27, 2004 - 10 answers

Recommend a freeware program to check the internal temperatures of my laptop

My laptop has taken to switching itself off at random intervals, but only at my parents or in-laws houses. The general consensus is that these houses are hotter than my own and it may be just enough to upset my system.

Can anyone recommend a good freeware (pref OpenSource) program to check up on the internal temperatures of the system? I'm running WinXP.
posted by twine42 on Jan 21, 2004 - 8 answers

Cool free or open source apps for Java mobiles?

I've finally caught up with the rising tide of technology, and bought myself a Java-enabled cellphone. Being both a fan of open source, and a cheapskate, I'm wondering if there is much active development of open source software for these devices? Does anyone know of a directory of cool free or open source apps for Java mobiles?
posted by Jimbob on Dec 22, 2003 - 1 answer

Seeking open source software resources (case studies, advice) for web design and consulting

I'd like to move my web design and consulting business to running on completely open source software. Any penguins have any good case studies, papers, blog posts or advice on making the switch?
posted by will on Dec 10, 2003 - 12 answers

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