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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Sep 16, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What are the downsides of using Scribus for Windows for my desktop-published magazine? [more inside]
posted by teracloth
on Jan 12, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -