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The Best Unknown Open Source Projects

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the foss-hipsters dept.

Open Source 152

itwbennett writes "Carla Schroder points to an interesting trend in open source: 'The growth of large distributed projects.' OpenTox, which uses computer modeling instead of animal testing for chemical toxicity testing, and AMEE (Avoiding Mass Extinctions Engine), which uses open source software and methodologies to collect, map, measure and analyze carbon dioxide data, are two such projects. 'FOSS presents a natural platform for building large distributed projects because of the low barrier to entry — open code, open standards, and freely-available robust, high-quality high-performance software,' says Schroder." What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?

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Don't really know (5, Funny)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764338)

I don't really know of any. I guess that's sort of the problem.

Re:Don't really know (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764472)

Wait, are you saying they are "unknown the best" as in more obscure? Or do you mean, they are "best unknown"? You know. Let sleeping dogs lie, and all that...

Some OS X projects that deserve more attention (1)

GPS Pilot (3683) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764890)

MAME OS X [sourceforge.net] . Dave Dribin can no longer work on this, now that he works for Apple. The forum for discussing MAME OS X is: http://forums.bannister.org/ [bannister.org]

SheepShaver [emaculation.com] . When Apple dropped support for the Classic Environment [wikipedia.org] , this became our only practical link to the fabulous apps of our youth (or our parents' youth, if you're a young pup).

Re:Some OS X projects that deserve more attention (1)

Digana (1018720) | more than 3 years ago | (#36767326)

MAME isn't open source, though. It forbids commercial use.

Re:Some OS X projects that deserve more attention (1)

allo (1728082) | more than 3 years ago | (#36767952)

opensource != free software!

Re:Some OS X projects that deserve more attention (1)

Shoe Puppet (1557239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36767402)

MAME OS X [sourceforge.net]. Dave Dribin can no longer work on this, now that he works for Apple. The forum for discussing MAME OS X is: http://forums.bannister.org/ [bannister.org] [bannister.org]

Why not? Doesn't Apple like when their employees create software for their software?

Re:Don't really know (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765044)

And in the same area, what about things that are popular that people *don't* know are open source, like the older Quake engines (classic, Q2, and Q3 are all open source)

Project Fedena (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764340)

www.projectfedena.org

Re:Project Fedena (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765540)

It would be more well known if they would improve it and code it in Python.

WikiSPEEDia (1)

Prosthetic_Lips (971097) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764346)

This guys has been going since 2006, and I just heard about it yesterday.

http://www.wikispeedia.org/

He's trying to map all of the speed limit signs, so you can then have a database of what your current speed SHOULD be. Now, whether you obey it is another issue altogether ;) . Seems like a worthwhile endeavor. I know I have gotten a speeding ticket because I mis-took a white "speed limit" sign for a yellow "speed suggestion" sign (on a long exit ramp).

Re:WikiSPEEDia (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764390)

I don't know about your state, but in New York speed limit and suggested speed signs are not only a different color, but a different size and shape as well

Re:WikiSPEEDia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764414)

He should just put the data in OpenStreetMap FFS.

Re:WikiSPEEDia (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764456)

Two things. First, you might want to get checked for color-blindness :), and second, not sure looking up a database online is exactly gonna help you avoid speeding tickets. Well, maybe speeding tickets, but reckless drivings even worse. Just saying... (and yes, I know, the idea would be to tie it to some kinda app that automatically displays speed limits. AKA, a GPS, and yes, the Garmin I have displays speed limits with remarkable accuracy)

Re:WikiSPEEDia (1)

shish (588640) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764874)

Why is that a separate project to openstreetmap [openstreetmap.org] ?

Re:WikiSPEEDia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765050)

Umm I hate to break it to this guy buts its already been done... My Garmin GPS promptly displays the Speed limit 99% of the time on the screen and will change when the speed zones change

Linux (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764350)

Definitely Linux. Though I'm sure we'll eventually see it gain some acceptance!

FTM, please ignore its more popular cousin: (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764356)

Namecoin [wikipedia.org]

Carla (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764358)

> What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?

Carla is an example of the many good Americans who have value and go unnoticed because everyone wastes time with billionaires. And their worthless OSes.

BTW, I'm a foreigner and critical of the US. If I say something is good on the US, move it up one notch to "excellent" level.

Personal opinion of mine, solely.

Re:Carla (4, Informative)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764592)

If there's one thing we can count on foreigners for, it's leaving out context. I am going to just go ahead and assume that the "Carla" you refer to is "Carla's Salon, Boutique and Meeting Place for the Transgender Community" and leave it at that. I am sure they thank you for your support.

Re:Carla (1)

gilleain (1310105) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764748)

If there's one thing we can count on foreigners for, it's leaving out context. I am going to just go ahead and assume that the "Carla" you refer to is "Carla's Salon, Boutique and Meeting Place for the Transgender Community" and leave it at that. I am sure they thank you for your support.

...and if there's one thing that Slashdot 'readers' can be relied on is not to read things. Not even, in this case, the first two words of the summary.

Re:Carla (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764854)

If there's one thing we can count on foreigners for, it's leaving out context. I am going to just go ahead and assume that the "Carla" you refer to is "Carla's Salon, Boutique and Meeting Place for the Transgender Community" and leave it at that. I am sure they thank you for your support.

...and if there's one thing that Slashdot 'readers' can be relied on is not to read things. Not even, in this case, the first two words of the summary.

I thought the one thing we could rely on Slashdot 'readers' to do was woooooosh.

Re:Carla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765508)

and if there's one thing that opensource developers can be relied on is to choose project names that can't be googled, whether it's pantyshot or Carla.

Re:Carla (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765210)

I am not sure what worries me more. The fact that I googled it, or the fact that it actually excists: http://www.carlas.com/ [carlas.com]

Re:Carla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765542)

Transgenderism is a surprisingly common secret in the tech community. TG Geeks are very well represented at Carla's which is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

Try not to be all that surprised that they read and often comment here either.

AC for professional reasons :-)

Re:Carla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36766400)

Mod this guy DOWN, for fuck's sake. Not only he is being a dick to foreigners, but the Carla the OP was referring to is Carla Schroder, mentioned in the very beginning of the summary.

If you can't even read the summary, you can't complain about lack of context.

Re:Carla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36767590)

In fairness, the foreigner started off being rude. What sort of strange mindset would prompt a guy to write that disclaimer about his feelings about the United States? Fear of having people think he likes us?

Slashcode (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764368)

Because it seems certain that whatever source code that powers this site is in desperate need of re-work or just outright re-implementation.

It is sad when a self described open source site is using such crappy, buggy, unusable software. It needs to eat its own dogfood.

Sorry but this is the truth, slashcode needs help.

Re:Slashcode (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764840)

Obviouslt since slashdot is running on the code that slashdot is running on it is eating its own dogfood.

Re:Slashcode (2)

Jeng (926980) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765142)

Without Classic mode I would not be visiting this site anymore.

Attention hipsters: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764372)

Sounds like something hipsters would be involved in. But only if they could be involved ironically.

Too 1337 (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764412)

I know of many but they are just too 1337 to let you loosers know about them. :)

Re:Too 1337 (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764706)

I am certain one of them is not an open source spelling/grammar checker.

Re:Too 1337 (1)

tunapez (1161697) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765204)

One may be an open/source slang suggester to make the poster seem more Boss, L337 and internetz savvy!

Re:Too 1337 (1)

dr. chuck bunsen (762090) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765366)

I believe he was referring to 'looser'

Re:Too 1337 (1)

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What open source project gets less... (1)

Reality Master 301 (1462839) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764424)

"What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?" Linux.

Re:What open source project gets less... (1)

Foxhoundz (2015516) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764618)

Several Linux distributions are backed by large enterprises. Google has based its flagship operating system on Linux. How much more attention do you need?

Re:What open source project gets less... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764768)

Preinstalled on a signifcant percentage of desktops/laptops.

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765186)

Mac OS doesn't even have that!

Re:What? (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 3 years ago | (#36766034)

how about pre-installed on 1/2 of the number of desktops/laptops as OSX?

Learning Registry (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764444)

The Learning Registry makes federal learning resources easier to find, easier to access and easier to integrate into learning environments wherever they are stored -- around the country and the world. This will enable teachers, students, parents, schools, governments, corporations and non-profits to build and access better, more interconnected and personalized learning solutions needed for a 21st-century education.

http://www.learningregistry.org

Communication Tools (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764454)

Personally, I like what I'm seeing out of the ThinkUp project as a tool to digest social media activity.

Also, the Ushahidi project, which is responsible for Crowdmap and Sweeper (and the upcoming SwiftMeme). Crazy powerful when used right, and awesome components that all lend to each other and enable good crisis communication, among other things.

Equally relevant question (4, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764492)

What is your favorite breed of dog?

I ask, because "What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?" has pretty much nothing to do with the actual topic - large distributed open-source projects - which apparently the submitter forgot at some point during the submission process.

Re:Equally relevant question (1)

gilleain (1310105) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764590)

Well, there is some vague similarity between the two mentioned (OpenTox and AMEE) in that both are 'distributed' projects. In the sense of 'using various other projects' I think. Not quite what is usually meant by distributed, really

I know a little bit about OpenTox, as I am a developer in the CDK, which is one of the projects it uses. I;m not sure which others it does...

Re:Equally relevant question (1)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764636)

My 2 favorite dogs are ones that have not been victims of animal cruelty and dogs that appreciate people not destroying the atmosphere with CO2.

Re:Equally relevant question (4, Insightful)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764714)

What is your favorite breed of dog?

You know, in many other forums, nobody would see any problem with asking the group "What is your favorite breed of dog?"

Re:Equally relevant question (5, Insightful)

gilleain (1310105) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764780)

What is your favorite breed of dog?

You know, in many other forums, nobody would see any problem with asking the group "What is your favorite breed of dog?"

Yes, but those same people react oddly when you ask them obvious questions like "What is your favourite integrated development environment?" or "What processor do you think is best?". Those people are weird.

Re:Equally relevant question (3, Funny)

whoop (194) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765230)

Because, clearly, those questions have definite answers. Vi and AMD! Anyone that says otherwise is just a fanboy and cannot be taken seriously in this deep discussion.

Re:Equally relevant question (4, Funny)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764798)

Favorite Dog: Lady Gaga
Second Favorite: Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Least favorite Dog : Windows ME

Re:Equally relevant question (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36766048)

I ask, because "What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?" has pretty much nothing to do with the actual topic - large distributed open-source projects - which apparently the submitter forgot at some point during the submission process.

No, it was Soulskill, the Slashdot editor, who added "What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?" below the submitter's entirely unrelated text.

How about a distributed project selection project? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764556)

1. Make a distributed network (like the old Stanford@Home)

2. Allow the installing user to either let the network decide the best use for his extra processing power or let him select distributed projects...

3. Have the machine perform auto-updates automatically, and if there's a fault, roll back to last known good configuration automatically.

If you have a powerful GPU, you'd get weighted towards distributed projects that could use that, for instance. Don't want your CPU% over 15%? Specify that in the client, Want it disabled from 7am - 5pm on weekdays? Specified in the client. ...in fact, why isn't this done already?

Re:How about a distributed project selection proje (2)

dirtyhippie (259852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764896)

distributed.net has almost all of those features, but it's not sexy anymore.

Digikam & Gwenview (4, Informative)

reldruH (956292) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764558)

Two awesome photo management apps that fit almost any workflow with a very clean, intuitive interface. Gwenview [sourceforge.net] is a lighter program that's very easy to use and Digikam [digikam.org] is a more professional one with some very advanced features.

Re:Digikam & Gwenview (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764924)

Anyone who finds Digikam useful, should check out Darktable [sourceforge.net] . It is still a fairly young application, but has already come a long way in terms of features and usability.

Re:Digikam & Gwenview (1)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36766188)

Great, yet another Lightroom-wannabe-for-Linux that'll never get more than 20% of Lightroom features.

Re:Digikam & Gwenview (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36767644)

As professional photographer, I must say digiKam gets too little notice among photographers as people would like to try out Linux but every LiveCD what they try they turn back because photomanagement is so difficult with apps what comes installed.

And must say, digiKam is not preinstalled any of the most popular ones so they dont even know it.

DigiKam is so far only photomanagement application what can be ran on Windows, Mac OS X and any mainstream Linux distribution.

I use it in home as only one and in studio next to aperture what is mostly used by my partner.

Vesta Configuration Management (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764632)

Open-source ClearCase-like revision control and configuration management. Completely automatic dependency detection for any kind of build or tool, site-wide caching (for any kind of tool), O(1) checkouts/checkins, etc. Been around forever; was easily doing all of these things 10 years ago--nobody knows it exists.

www.vestasys.org

This. (1)

Brannon (221550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764668)

No mod points, sorry.

The Free Charge Controller Project (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764646)

It's progressing slowly, but the Free Charge Controller project at http://www.freechargecontroller.org has the potential to lower the cost of adopting solar technology at the consumer level.

Chris Troutner
thesolarpowerexpert.com

Learning Registry (1)

Unequivocal (155957) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764674)

Here's a federal research project utilizing open source including CouchDb: http://www.couchbase.com/case-studies/learningregistry [couchbase.com]

www.learningregistry.org

It's an interesting example of exactly the OP's point: that low barriers to entry and ease of adoption and growth make OSS an attractive strategy for lots of work.

PhotoRec (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764736)

I doubt it's unknown, but this one has saved my bacon at least twice: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

Liberal Slant (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764794)

The projects do have a bit of a liberal slant to them. What ever happened to OpenKillThemAllAndLetGodSortThemOut and the "CCTV Facial Recognition at Home" Initiative?

RTEMS Not Well Known (4, Informative)

joelsherrill (132624) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764820)

RTEMS (http://www.rtems.org) is a 20+ year old project that most people here have never heard of. But you have seen the results of projects that use it. NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/) and Dawn (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/main/index.html) missions, ESA's Herschel (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Herschel/index.html) and Planck (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Planck/index.html) projects, JPL's Electra radio that circles Mars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter#Engineering_instruments). Physics labs including Stanford Linear Accelerator, Argonne, and Canadian Light Source have used RTEMS based instruments to make contributions to science. Commercial applications include engine control, building control and intercom systems, data logging, environmental monitoring, and medical devices. RTEMS is out there in the real world in lots of things which you might have used but never knew free software was there.

DTRules.com (4, Informative)

paulsnx2 (453081) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764858)

An open source rules engine with a focus on flexibility, small foot print, limited dependencies (no runtime dependencies), and clear descriptions of business logic. Does not implement backtracking or forward chaining, and thus very fast, very easy to use, and relatively easy to debug... ...and very unknown.

GIMPS (1)

xkuehn (2202854) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764864)

Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search. No link; it's been hardly a month since I last slashdotted a Free software site. You can google it if you're serious.

True, it doesn't do anything spectacularly useful. But it's not useless and there are few things better for testing the stability of your CPU.

mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36764884)

SSIA

Calibre (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764910)

By now is a MUST for any ebook reader owner, or people that read ebooks in general, even in their computer.

But califying it as "unknown", well, lets say that in the line that goes from linux, vlc or php in known projects to open source projects not even known by their own authors (don't know any example, but that is part of their definition), is pretty high in the scale.

Re:Calibre (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765150)

Calibre is an interesting bit of software. It's code may be open source but it's user experience is one of the most locked down and formalized that I've ever seen. Makes iTunes look customizable and flexible.

LyX (2)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764914)

http://www.lyx.org/ [lyx.org]

A ``What You See is What You Mean'' document editor which uses LaTeX to typeset final output, it has a lot of other options and a nice, sensible, straight-forward interface which is everything Word's Ribbon is not.

William

OpenAFS (2)

FridayBob (619244) | more than 3 years ago | (#36764994)

I used to dream of setting up an office network environment based on Linux and FOSS. Only, there there was one thing missing: a proper file system. That's why I think OpenAFS [openafs.org] -- the distributed file system -- deserves more attention.

Most *nix fans use either NFS, which is simple, but scales badly and lacks encryption, or Samba, which was designed to support Windows clients. OpenAFS, on the other hand, offers file sharing and replicated read-only content distribution, provides location independence, scalability, security, and transparent migration capabilities. Client software includes support for UNIX, Linux, MacOS X, and Windows. The code base is very stable and it has an active development and support community.

Re:OpenAFS (1)

WatchMaster (613677) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765806)

used it for years, but migrated away. prone to corruption, and not totally compatible with all softwares because it doesn't support all low-level io functions. The client kernel modules are also a headache and the Windoze one is unreliable. I think the idea is great, and it has some cool features, but now with other volume-management tools it is not a front-runner.

Re:OpenAFS (1)

FridayBob (619244) | more than 3 years ago | (#36766900)

used it for years, but migrated away.

What are you using now instead?

prone to corruption, ...

Well, I've only been using OpenAFS for a year, but so far it has treated me okay. Once, after a power outage, a number of volumes stopped replicating. I ended up having to salvage those and a number of user volumes, but no data was lost and no one seems to have noticed that anything was amiss.

... and not totally compatible with all softwares because it doesn't support all low-level io functions.

Yes, I've noticed that as a result some applications have insisted on saving things in my /home/ directory instead. For a while, GoogleEarth was one of those apps, but not anymore. Other apps are just coded badly, using /home/ instead of $HOME. So far I've had no trouble avoiding such applications (my office runs an Xfce environment).

The client kernel modules are also a headache...

Something I've had absolutely no problems with.

... and the Windoze one is unreliable.

That I can imagine. But, it's probably not easy to write network client software for an OS that has an an uneven playing field. My site has only two Windows workstations and the database apps running on them regularly have trouble saving their data to the network. I thought it was a problem with the AFS client, but no. The developer of that Windows app recently told us that it was a general problem that he just can't solve; he says that M$ is the problem and it doesn't matter which network client is used.

I think the idea is great, and it has some cool features, but now with other volume-management tools it is not a front-runner.

So, what are you using now instead of AFS?

I have spoken to people who are using M$ file servers with DFS, and they seems to be quite happy. But, I also know that 1.) their boss/client has had to shell out a lot of dough for that and 2.) they have to put up with a whole mess of Windows-related headaches that I simply don't have to deal with.

Re:OpenAFS (1)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 3 years ago | (#36767014)

Yes, in fact I would love to use it, but OpenAFS is badly broken from a user-friendliness perspective. IMO, it is a major PITA to install and maintain.

Or perhaps I used the wrong manuals?

Elasticsearch (1)

s2jcpete (989386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765036)

I bumped into Elasticsearch [elasticsearch.org] the other day. It is ridiculously awesome. Best Lucene frontend I've run into

Tcl/Tk and OpenKomodo (1)

sergiol (784540) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765098)

The Tcl/Tk programming language
The OpenKomodo editor.

OpenSymphonia, needs support! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765106)

A project that really deserves support and attention is OpenSymphonia, a project to record a entire openmedia/open source orchestral library for use with Linuxsampler and release in FLAC.
It is actually starting crowdfunding quite soon, got my support!
http://opensymphonia.sf.net

Logician (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765124)

JavaScript and C++ decision table based rules engine. http://www.codeproject.com/KB/library/logician.aspx.

My picks... (2)

Windwraith (932426) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765148)

I absolutely love to use zim (http://zim-wiki.org/) and kupfer (http://kaizer.se/wiki/kupfer/).
The former is a local wiki/notetaking app. I find it very useful to collect stuff and write technical stuff and manage simple TODO lists. I know there are many similar apps (cherrytree) but I am most comfortable with zim.
Kupfer is a quicksilver-like launcher that is extremely fast and uses no RAM or CPU whatsoever. Out of all the ones I tried (including Do) it's the best for my needs, and being written/expandable by python, it's easy to write a plugin for a specific task or program.
There's also iLua (https://github.com/ilua/ilua) which is a powered Lua shell with some built-in helpers such as table serializers and such. Unfortunately it's not compatible with 5.2 (yet?).

Re:My picks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36767462)

Kupfer does use ram (and CPU), of course.

Well.. (4, Informative)

danielpublic (1920630) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765162)

I'd say RepRap [reprap.org] . Not that it is "unknown", but strange it is not mentioned all that often when one thinks about from that first blogpost in -05 and what have happened since. Especially these days when you can get the plasticparts (clonedel [reprap.org] ), stepper motors on ebay and a small drillpress for cheaps. Not to mention tiny "one board", easy to solder through hole solutions like Sanguinololu [reprap.org] .

Passwordmaker [passwordmaker.org] generates ditto for all my internets accounts, pinpadlocks etc. Runs on whatever you throw it at, as javascript, android, crapple, N900 (Thanks George (caco3)!), as CLI. Portable to say the least, mature and of course secure to the extent of what cards you got up your sleeve [passwordmaker.org] .

I use Zim [zim-wiki.org] to organize everything these days! It's stays out of your way and doesn't complicate things. It uses textfiles as database, which is really nice as you get access to your stuff quickly through a terminal for example. Ok, sure I long for the day that it gets say a Couchdb [launchpad.net] -plugin...

Redshift [jonls.dk] safes my eyes from getting cooked. I have yet to download that maemosandbox and compile it for my N900 though. There was a new release a few days ago btw, some new fine functions and not "just" bugfixes!

FOG Project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765190)

FOG Project, hands down. It's better than any of the commercially available imaging products that are available, and solves MUCH more than imaging.

LinuxMCE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765200)

Im kind of biased but I really think LinuxMCE is a really awesome yet pretty much unknown open source project. I mean, it incorporates mythtv, stored movies and tv, streaming audio, and THEN there is the whole home automation aspect with security cameras, lighting, av, and climate control. Been using it for a couple years and i still think its pretty damned cool that 1 remote rules them all. And when i say all, i mean all. From the lights and ac down to controlling every piece of equipment in the av stack. Im so much of an unashamed fan boy thats its convinced me to start learning c++ in an effort to help the small group of devs.

So yeah, thats my vote : http://www.linuxmce.org Because its about as close to the 'Jarvis' from iron man as ive come across in an open source project.

-golgoj4

Hugin (2)

molo (94384) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765248)

One great project that it seems few people know about is Hugin [sourceforge.net] , which is great for photo stitching (panoramas), perspective correction, etc.

-molo

Ekiga - Softphone (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765308)

Ekiga (www.ekiga.org) is a softphone program for VOIP communication. I'm sure several people know about it, but few have discovered its potential. In general, VOIP software gets little attention. I'm sure many know about Skype, and other similar services, but Ekiga (and the like) can be used to eliminate altogether the need for a phone landline if you already have access to the web. With Ekiga, you can call a regular phone, or pc-to-pc with a video & audio text chat in parallel.

Since I'm at it, you should also take a look at Asterisk (www.asterisk.org) , the IP PBX to go along with softphones.

DH

Tahoe-LAFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765358)

Homepage [tahoe-lafs.org]
"Tahoe-LAFS is a Free and Open cloud storage system. It distributes your data across multiple servers. Even if some of the servers fail or are taken over by an attacker, the entire filesystem continues to function correctly, including preservation of your privacy and security."
Still in active development.

My favorite project is... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765388)

any project that isn't "How can I write something to sell more useless crap and make some business more money." Software can be like a miraculous tool. The fact that it's used mostly as a way to sell widgets to wankers on the web somewhere nauseates me daily. Microsoft is notably awful in this regard. If you're creating medical or engineering software, you don't exist for them. Not enough money.

One I think we need... (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765424)

Now, there might be something out there, but I'm not aware of it. I'd love to find (and support!) and open source ERP tool. When I first found Spiceworks (http://spiceworks.com/ [spiceworks.com] ), I fell in love with its ease of use, feature-richness, and simplicity. I'd love to see an open source project that would do for ERP what Spiceworks has done for network monitoring/management.

Apache (0)

Soylent Beige (34394) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765576)

Apache.

Let's just fix the summary... (1)

Angostura (703910) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765636)

FOSS presents a natural platform for building large distributed projects because...

No-one is hoping to make money from them.

www.rtmpd.com - OSS RTMP server implementation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36765922)

Pulling a shameless plug here, since I'm one of the original developers and occasional contributor.
RTMPD is a C++ implementation of RTMP, which supports all protocol extensions and server side
scripting in Lua and Javascript (using V8).

Ampache (1)

guantamanera (751262) | more than 3 years ago | (#36765974)

Ampache, I had my music hosted in the cloud by myself and streaming to my phone before all the big companies were doing it thanks to AMPACHE [ampache.org] . My friends have access to it and they help with the rating of music. It keeps my playlist fresh.

nephthys (1)

higuita (129722) | more than 3 years ago | (#36766358)

nephthys [netshadow.at] !

For share files with others, its a perfect replacement for FTP and avoiding the cloud pitfall.

Its based in webdav with a very simple web interface to allow users to share files. It auto expires shared files, so you do dont waste space with forgotten shares.

the git needs a few tweaks to work in a recent debian ( i will send a patch do the developer in a few days/weeks)... the .deb packages didnt worked for me

yet this is a very simple solution and works very in windows, macox and linux

it is almost unknown, but it saved me from thousand of user calls asking for help with ftp problems (clients, access, quotas and transfer)

Re:nephthys (1)

OverTheGeicoE (1743174) | more than 3 years ago | (#36767346)

Call me an infidel, but I'm reluctant to try Nephthys again. I tried it once and I was buried so deep I couldn't dig myself out. My computer stopped working and I had to reboot.

Perhaps I shouldn't have tried Neith, Selkis, and Isis in that order first.

Simple (1)

cadeon (977561) | more than 3 years ago | (#36766612)

> What open source project gets less attention than you think it deserves?

All of them.

CloudI (your own private cloud) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36766764)

This is a PaaS type integration Cloud but it facilitates light-weight integration
CloudI: A Cloud as an Interface [cloudi.org] .

grepmail, dump, etherape,grace, htmldoc, ntop, w3m (1)

Arrogant-Bastard (141720) | more than 3 years ago | (#36766832)

Grepmail is incredibly useful for searching mail archives.

Dump (and restore) allow one to make backups of filesystems in ways far superior to what can be accomplished with tar.

Etherape allows the visualization (in real time) of network traffic patterns.

Grace is a powerful graphing and data exploration tool.

Htmldoc allows the generation of PDF and other output formats from HTML input.

Ntop allows one to slice-and-dice network trafffic many different ways; it's another tool that's highly useful for understanding WTF is going on.

W3m is a text-only browser, sort of the web equivalent to the superb mutt email client.

Linux MultiMedia Studio. (1)

Balinares (316703) | more than 3 years ago | (#36767194)

The musicians here may want to check out LMMS [sourceforge.net] . I can't believe it took me so long to take heed of it.

MooseFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36768038)

A distributed, fault-tolerant POSIX filesystem that works rather well!

Mp3Cleaner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36768234)

Mp3Cleaner

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