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Ultra-friendly free forum software?

We're building a website for seniors and want to make it easy for them to get into bulletin board-style discussions that you can register for with Facebook or other really easy login, similar to the forums at Gawker. Is such a thing freely available somewhere? We've been experimenting with BBPress but so far it seems a little bit hard for our audience to get into, unless maybe there is some module out there that makes it easier?
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Open source projects with names similar to existing projects

I'm looking for examples of open source projects whose names are a spin on the name of an incumbent software, particularly a commercial/proprietary one. [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Oct 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Software for creating a software gallery/"app store"-like system?

Our academic software project needs a self-hosted software gallery or "store", not to sell anything but rather to let people find and download software. I think what would work well is a store/gallery system similar to http://apps.usa.gov and http://apps.shopify.com (except our software is not mobile, but rather desktop software). Does anyone know of an open-source "app store infrastructure" system that we could use as a starting point? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Oct 4, 2013 - 9 answers

How can we trust open source software?

Open source software is considered trustworthy because anyone can validate the source code and hold the developer accountable. Usually developers will also make compiled binaries available for convenience. How can we know that these binaries are compiled from the same source code the developer published, and not a malicious variant of it? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Pimp my office PC, nonprofit style

Your job requires you to do multimedia work from time to time but gives you only a standard Windows install with Office and MS Paint to do it with. Installing anything new requires a call to IT. Your nonprofit employer currently has no budget to buy you the software you need. What cheap or free utilities, plug-ins or browser extensions do you install while waiting for the clouds to open and copies of, say, Adobe CS Master Collection and Final Cut Pro to fall from the sky? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 9, 2013 - 19 answers

Reddit and Not Reddit

What's the easiest way to achieve this Reddit-lite interface? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Help us find the right open-source license

I am a software engineer, and my company has decided to open-source my project. Yaaay! Please help us find the right open source license. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Compiling an open source project in Visual Studio for dummies?

I need to compile an open-source software package, originally intended for a POSIX machine, in Visual Studio. I am comfortable with the ./configure > make > make install cycle, having done it many times, but I have never used VS in my life. Can someone explain to me like I am six, what I would do to begin doing this in VS? I can't make a makefile, because configure is a bash script. I realize I could use MinGW or Cygwin, but I've been asked to avoid that if possible. I already have VS (C++ version) and also SDK installed on a Win 7 box. Let's assume for this question that using a pre-built binary is not an option.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on May 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Innovative websites as template/model for MFA research community

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Open-source front end and commercial back-end? Is this feasible?

I have written software that I would love to make open source. However, I would like to take the back-end, the core of the application, and sell Android and iOS implementations of it while keeping the front-end for PC development open. Is this possible? Practical? Even worth considering? [more inside]
posted by hellslinger on Apr 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Build it, and they will come. But maybe it's already built?

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? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Nov 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I find free inventory software for volunteer rescue team?

I am looking for a free web-based inventory system for a volunteer local government team. [more inside]
posted by PerpetualPermutation on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Individual use-restriction license?

Making-money-on-freely-distributable-software-filter: Software licenses that (like typical FOSS licenses) forbid restrictions on modification and redistribution of the software BUT (unlike typical FOSS licenses) permit individual contracts that restrict the particular recipient's use of the software? [more inside]
posted by Anything on Apr 10, 2010 - 22 answers

What are my intellectual property rights here?

Years ago, I modified - okay, hacked - a very popular open source image editor, gave it a name and released it to the world. For the same amount of time, there has been a shady, profiteering copy-cat website taking credit. What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs on Feb 1, 2010 - 26 answers

Downsides of Scribus for Windows?

What are the downsides of using Scribus for Windows for my desktop-published magazine? [more inside]
posted by teracloth on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Getting to know new code

What are your tricks for understanding a large piece of new code quickly? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout on Jan 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me chart a course...

What's a good, open source alternative to Visio? I'm looking to do some flowcharts, absolutely hate working with the draw tools in Word, and need something fairly simple, easy to use. Prefer not to use web based, don't like trusting data to third parties.
posted by Zinger on Dec 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Where to find business advice for open source software

Where can I find professional advice on the business possibilities for an open source software project? Is there a good location to ask a very specific question and get an experts advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Seeking the wordpress of calendars

Looking for an open source, web-based calendar app. [more inside]
posted by wo on Sep 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for a simple rating/ranking web app

Help me find a simple web app: Users are able to enter items, other users are able to rate those items, and the aggregated rating score is used to display the items as a ranked list. Like digg/pligg, but without the bells and whistles. The app should be open source and installable on any major server.
posted by lord_yo on Jul 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Splitting a PDF by bookmark

I'm looking for some inexpensive/free solution to splitting a PDF by bookmark (first level bookmark), and using the bookmark names for the filenames of the split PDF. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on May 28, 2009 - 2 answers

How to control printing expenses in an open computer lab?

How can I limit printing quantities on a quasi-public networked printer? I run a small nonprofit computer center with 10 networked computers (8 XP, 2 OSX). I need to control ink & paper costs, but want people to be able to print free or low, low cost. When I was at Uni, we had a system where all users had to buy tokens at 5 cents a page. Is there an open source or low cost program that can help me do this? Even if my selling cost is zero, I want to track users and usage. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Strange article about a programmer scheduling his life according to software recommendations.

Article about "efficiency" software that ended up taking over somebody's life? Very interesting read but I can't recall the keywords. [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Sep 20, 2008 - 2 answers

A simple matter-manager for a small law firm

Can anyone suggest a good, relatively simple open-source or low-cost file/client management program suitable for use by a small law firm? The software should be able to schedule/calendar, manage documents, track tasks/to-dos, and associate all of these things according to particular clients/matters. Something that syncs between machines is a definite plus, as is something that isn't a resource hog. We manage the accounting side separately, so that needn't be a component. [more inside]
posted by yeliabmit on Aug 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Can non-programmers suggest open source apps?

I have an idea for a cool (though not very utilitarian) open source app, but I have zero programming experience beyond some very elementary applescript. Can I still suggest the program on a site like sourceforge.net and still have "ownership" of the project? Not for profit, but just to guide its development.
posted by tamagosan on May 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Opensource Wiki Software

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 - 6 answers

I want to run my own web classified ads

Looking for free online classified ad software/web application similar to Craigslist, etc. that I can host myself. [more inside]
posted by furtive on Apr 13, 2008 - 1 answer

Finding a graphic designer for an open source project

Where can I find a graphic/web designer to volunteer some help for an open source project? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Mar 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Strip Charting -- Open Source

Where to find good, flexible open source strip chart software? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Mar 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Dreamhacker

I would like to write my own HTML/CSS editor. What would be the best way to go about it? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Jan 31, 2008 - 14 answers

this game needs help

Help me remember how to play A-Train! I downloaded FreeTrain, but don't remember how to play it.
posted by parmanparman on Jan 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Open Source Video

Who provides the best Open Source video editing? [more inside]
posted by McLir on Jan 5, 2008 - 7 answers

How to secure blog content

Blogging platform that can secure/restrict content based on user role? Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek on Nov 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Code Coverage reporting with .NET 1.1 without NCover

Suggestion for Code Coverage reporting with .NET 1.1, now that NCover has become commercial, and closed source?
posted by blue_beetle on Nov 5, 2007 - 0 answers

Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement?

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]
posted by tommasz on Aug 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Experience with micropledge.com?

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.
posted by arathorn on Aug 15, 2007 - 2 answers

A knot tied on my finger just isn't doing it for me.

I need a decent alarm clock for my PC. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on Aug 13, 2007 - 9 answers

Who owns open source code?

Legalfilter: Who really owns an open source project? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek on Jul 12, 2007 - 14 answers

Open source software for design company

Open source software for a professional web design company. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Apr 13, 2007 - 33 answers

Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application?

Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Nov 16, 2006 - 15 answers

Looking to get the word out to users

I've just gotten an open source project off the ground and am wondering about respectable ways to get the word out. [more inside]
posted by ephemerae on Sep 28, 2006 - 10 answers

Alternatives to SourceForge?

Alternatives to SourceForge? [more inside]
posted by knave on May 17, 2006 - 4 answers

I'm looking for BlackBerry software, specifically something that will be more like Outlook.

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.
posted by Knigel on Feb 24, 2006 - 4 answers

Best resources for learning software design?

What are the best books to teach the fundamentals of software design and architecture? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Feb 15, 2006 - 12 answers

Pulling data from one window and pasting to another automatically - how?

Looking for a macro program or method that captures and pastes text among different browser windows? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut on Jan 26, 2006 - 3 answers

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

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

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

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

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

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