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Top Ten Open Source Projects

Hemos posted more than 8 years ago | from the what-makes-you-happy dept.

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arclightfire writes "We recently wrote an article for The Independent listing the top ten open source projects. It was hard getting the list down to ten, but we did; here's the top ten - Wikipedia, Firefox, Open Office, Bittorrent, MediaWiki, Xvid, pbb, Outfoxed, dyne:bolic, GIMP, Apache and SourceForge." What would you call your favorite projects? Obviously, this list isn't strictly software projects, so be creative.

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Erm (3, Funny)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426352)

Slashdot of course :o)

Mod parent up! (1)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426447)

Isn't it a contradiction to have a redundant first post? Slashcode is actually a pretty nice forum system and slashdot itself has brought hours of fun to tech fans, zealots, karma whores and trolls alike for many years now. If I wasn't so afraid of being labeled as a brownnose, I'd say that slashdot was one of the key parts of an open source system that holds the rest together.

WWWWoooooWWWWW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426464)

Erm you are lucky enought that you can't waste all your karma with 1 post.

Next time think that there is a lot of Slashdot users that read it every 10 minuts, but in the end it's a love/hate relation.

Re:Erm (3, Funny)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426590)

On a side note:
It was hard getting the list down to ten, but we did; here's the top ten: *enumerating 12 items*

It was indeed pretty hard, so hard that the editor couldn't resist the temptation to slip 12 in there!

lol
--
George Herriman's Krazy Kat [ignatzmouse.net]

Re:Erm (1)

daeg (828071) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427053)

Why the hell is PHPBB on their list? PHPBB is one of the biggest software trainwrecks I have ever seen. It started as a distaster and still is today. New versions just make it worse. It is a mix of coding styles and theories (object vs. procedural, amongst others), their templating system is dismal, and integrating your site with phpbb is asking for disaster. Just because a project is popular does not mean it is worthy of any top 10 list.

Re:Erm (2, Interesting)

joeljkp (254783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427210)

phpbb brought forums to the masses. It's much more deserving of a place on the list than a beautifully-written forum that nobody uses.

Ummmmmmm.....? (5, Insightful)

diamondmagic (877411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426354)

Linux?

Re:Ummmmmmm.....? (4, Informative)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426379)

It would be one of the top open source projects, but it seems that the blurb posted on slashdot, and the actual article don't match. The article states:
Ana Kronschnabl and Tomas Rawlings pick the best open source websites where users can change the content
Which of course ... would be open content, not open source. (unless the users can change the code used to drive the websites, perhaps).

Re:Ummmmmmm.....? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426426)

Furthermore, it's PhpBB, not pbb. You know, as in code for a bb written in Php. Not sure that one deserves top ten...

Re:Ummmmmmm.....? (3, Insightful)

smagruder (207953) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427346)

What makes phpBB superior to others is its mod community, similar to how Firefox's available extensions make it superior to IE. Yeah, phpBB out of the box is rather bland, but that's actually good... the code is generally well-structured and easy to extend. So, if you're a half-decent programmer, you've got a really good base product you can make into your own vision for a discussion board.

The actual list (2, Informative)

Per Abrahamsen (1397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427157)

The actual list is a mixture of free software projects, and user editable web sites. At least reading the description, it often seems to refer to the software, not the web-site. Despite what the blurp in the article claims.

Both Wikipedia and MediaWiki is on the list.

Dyne:bolic (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426448)

They included "Dyne:bolic", perhaps the only Linux-on-CD I've never heard of before.

Re:Dyne:bolic (2, Informative)

joeljkp (254783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427228)

dyne:bolic is interesting because it's one of the few completely Free OSs, without a bit of proprietary code in sight. Its default desktop is WindowMaker, too.

Top... (1)

emptycorp (908368) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427264)

Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP because they changed my life.

so... (1)

queef_latina (847562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426363)

so I'm posting this on Slashdot. Slashdot.org!

so.

You guys like computers? You guys like to talk about computers? You guys like your computers? Do you like to talk about lunix? Do you like lunix a lot?

Errr....kinda missing one (0, Redundant)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426366)

Wtf happened to Linux in the list?...

RTFA (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426367)

It's about "...best open source websites where users can change the content" and not best open source projects. It comes that even posters don't RTFA.

Re:RTFA (4, Informative)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426413)

But how can I change the content on http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/ [mozilla.com] ? I would guess that there was a confusion between the author and whoever wrote the summary at the Indy. Another reason for the "Independent isn't a serious newspaper any more" pile, perhaps?

Re:RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426678)

Yeah, probably your are right. Although there is at least one wiki I know of (http://developer.mozilla.org/ [mozilla.org] ) this is not specifically firefox related. They just wanted to jump on the hype wagon and don't miss firefox on their list, I guess.

Their arguments sound a bit like, "we included it since this is the tool you can view websites with and use the editing facilities provided by the wikis and alike."

Re:RTFA (1)

GweeDo (127172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427046)

I would assume they mean through extensions.

Re:RTFA (1)

swillden (191260) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427145)

I would guess that there was a confusion between the author and whoever wrote the summary at the Indy. Another reason for the "Independent isn't a serious newspaper any more" pile, perhaps?

Do you really think a serious newspaper would understand the distinction between open source and open content either?

"this list isn't strictly software projects" (2, Insightful)

mnmn (145599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426370)

How about the Bible, Quran and Torah?

How about All classical music? (not just western)

How about the SI metric standards?

Or the Human genome? ...lets stick to software projects.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (5, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426485)

How about the Bible, Quran and Torah?

Hm yes, let's change some of the texts in those books. I'm sure it'll go down well with the readers.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426679)

Hm yes, let's change some of the texts in those books. I'm sure it'll go down well with the readers.

People who actually believe that drivel people do it all the time and pass it off like that is how it's always been. 1984, anyone? It's called adapting religion in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (0, Troll)

incubusnb (621572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426686)

you ever read multiple versions of the bible? I assure you, words and passages are completely rewritten from version to version.

The King James Bible is very different from the American Standard bible, which, despite being in another language, is damn near a complete rewrite of the original bible.

I'm nowhere near a bible-thumper, but one thing i do know about it, is that the modern bible is written by humans, and changed by humans, regardless who wrote the original version(whom I think where still humans)

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426716)

(posting anonymous as to not be considered a karma-whore, even though i don't care about karma)
to illustrate my point:
http://www.chick.com/information/bibleversions/com parison.asp [chick.com]

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (2, Insightful)

endoplasmicMessenger (883247) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427004)

I assure you, words and passages are completely rewritten from version to version.

I think you meant retranslated.

Whaa? (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427131)

Are you for real?
whom I think where still humans
You think!!? What the fuck else could they have been? Monkeys? lizzards? Angels?

And on top of that, you bash *niX OSs.

Classic makings of a troll. Very nicely done. Pay attention newbie moderators.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (1)

ilovemrdoe (927268) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427285)

Does that make it open source?

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (0, Offtopic)

salparadyse (723684) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426701)

Unfortunately the Chief Coder in the Sky said "change the words in this book and you'll be very very sorry you did". The Bible is NOT open source.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (1)

massivefoot (922746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426742)

Whether or not you believe it should be open source, it's pretty hard to deny that it has become such. The earliest Bibles in existence are in Hebrew right? (If anyone can clarify whether they are or not please do). Any translation, no matter how true to the original you attempt to be, will always be stamped with the translater's personal bias to some degree.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (1)

Comboman (895500) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426776)

Yes but the translated, biased versions are copyrighted. Only the orginals (and any translations more than 70 years old) are public domain. It may be "open source" but it is certainly not using the GNU license.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (4, Interesting)

DarkSarin (651985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426984)

Disclaimer--I am not a theologian nor "Bible Expert". That said I do have some knowledge--My dad spoke most of the languages that were used in writing various parts of the Bible, being an expert himself.

The Bible was not written in any one language originally, nor was it written by a single person. Anyone who makes that type of claim is severely deluded.

The Old Testament (Genesis through Malachi) was written in Hebrew, but not modern Hebrew. Some parts were written in a form of Hebrew that did not make use of vowels. Talk to an expert about this--my Hebrew is limited to recognizing the script and few historical notes.

The New Testament, before the Catholics compiled it, was written in a variety of languages, including both Greek and Aramaic (which is probably what Christ spoke). At some point the Catholic Church (Roman), decided that everything should be in Latin, and only distributed the scripture in that language. Various editions have been translated from both the Latin or from more ancient documents. Many of the documents that are out there are so far from the "original" that there is little, if any, hope of knowing exactly how they read.

Additionally, remember that even the oldest versions in existence today are both ancient and very likely copies (especially with the Old Testament), which means that they have been both translated and transscribed numerous times. So while I believe that the Bible is scripture, and that much of it (not all) was inspired by God, there is a strong need to be very careful in how one interprets the meanings.

Being a member of the LDS church, I have my own beliefs about what should be done to properly understand the Bible, but that opinion is even less popular than even believing in God in the first place (which in these parts can be a dangerous viewpoint).

As for being open source, that is out of the question. Public domain != open source. In the case of the Bible, the license (from the Man Himself) allows anyone to publish or distribute the work, but prohibits one from changing the source to help prevent bugs from creeping in. A lot folks have ignored this restriction, resulting in much chaos, but that's another story.

Hope this helped.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (3, Informative)

Cybersaint2k (828867) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427273)

While the parent humbly admits that he's not an expert or theologian, I must admit that I am. And his father taught him well; everything he says is accurate concerning the linguistic history of the Bible. Except that I would say it is a certainty that all our oldest texts from which we translate the Bible into various languages are copies. Anti-*nix OS Troll-boy who started this Bible thread should not be modded insightful. Where are my meta-mod points....

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426758)

obviously Someone [chick.com] wasn't listening when that rule was made

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (1)

endoplasmicMessenger (883247) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427017)

Unfortunately, the SCM (Scroll Configuration Management) on the original Hebrew and Greek was imperfect.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (1)

TERdON (862570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426797)

That's exactly what Martin Luther did...

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14427239)

yes he did.

and i dont recall it being a smooth well accepted transition.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (3, Informative)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427323)

Hm yes, let's change some of the texts in those books. I'm sure it'll go down well with the readers.

Well, weren't they all the same project originally? St Paul forked the Torah, and then Mohammed did the same a few centuries later? They're still open-source, then.

Personally, I'd want someone to go in and fix some of the more dangerous exploits in the code. The bit about 'while I'm not around, kids, please obey my official representative, MR BLACK! I'll be coming along real soon now, but for now here's MR BLACK!' has got to be sorted out.

Oh, and a there are a good few bugs related to conflicting definitions early on in the codebase. The scope of 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' and the scope of 'Kill all the unbelievers in the land I have given to you' really need to be more clearly defined.

Re:"this list isn't strictly software projects" (1)

Firewalker_Midnights (943814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427246)

You left out the most important of them all... ...The Alan Parsons Project.

Best projects (3, Informative)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426372)

Some that aren't in the list but I use regularly.

I suppose the kernel has got to feature in the list because without it a lot of other projects are fairly pointless. I like NetBeans (although it's giving me grief today). Amarok is pretty good (but is let down by the poor state of sound on Linux). KMail is very nice especially as part of Kontact. Synaptic is a very nice project that seems to be coming along well.

Summary and headline wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426375)

Summary is completely wrong. Read the first sentence of the article.

"Ana Kronschnabl and Tomas Rawlings pick the best open source websites where users can change the content"

dyne:bolic? (5, Insightful)

md81544 (619625) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426380)

dyne:bolic

"Dyne:bolic is a multimedia studio on a CD that you simply pop into any computer and start it up, instantly turning it into a Linux/GNU [sic] system"

Why not Knoppix??? Granted, this is more specialised towards creative people, but it never figures on my top ten, whereas Knoppix would do.

Re: dyne:bolic? (2, Informative)

torpor (458) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426989)

i would say because dyne:bolic is more 'multimedia-oriented' than knoppix, which is still fairly generic/general purpose.

with dyne:bolic, any PC becomes a multimedia production studio in a heartbeat (well, bootup, anyway), and you really can get to creating with it fast and easily .. this is important in this day of "iWhatever" style apps being churned out by the big-nerds, so i'd wager thats why dyne:bolic is being pitched, in lieu of knoppix.

which isn't to say knoppix isn't cool .. but its certainly not the first, nor the last, linux-booting liveCD with productivity tools on it (far as i can remember, yggdrasil was first..)

Re: dyne:bolic? (2, Informative)

m50d (797211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427298)

Because knoppix sucks in comparison to more modern efforts. It's just going on the name these days. dyne:bolic has better state saving, and actually focuses on and does something better than windows (multimedia), rather than giving you basically a worse equivalent to the OS you're already running.

Non-Software Option (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426389)

Democracy?

Eclipse (4, Insightful)

thammoud (193905) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426392)

I would have to say that Eclipse is one of the most important open source projects out there. Thousands of developers use the Eclipse IDE for day to day developement of enterprise Java applications.

Re:Eclipse (1)

AwaxSlashdot (600672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426404)

I wish I hadn't spent all my Mod points. I would have mod parent UP UP UP.

Re:Eclipse (1, Insightful)

hweimer (709734) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426551)

I would have to say that Eclipse is one of the most important open source projects out there. Thousands of developers use the Eclipse IDE for day to day developement of enterprise Java applications.

How can a Java IDE be one of the most important Open Source projects when there is no usable Open Source Java implementation available?

Re:Eclipse (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426596)

How can any Open Souce project be important when there are no usable completely open source hardware implementations of the PC? You proprietary CPU user traitor you...
I bet you don't even use the Open Source graphics card. Splitter!

Re:Eclipse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426718)

Ha! I'm executing all my open source software on open source papyrus, with an open source piece of charcoal. And let me tell you, compiling Gentoo is a bitch.

Re:Eclipse (2, Informative)

jtwJGuevara (749094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427096)

How can a Java IDE be one of the most important Open Source projects when there is no usable Open Source Java implementation available?

Well, although its just a JRE, I find that Eclipse runs fine using the blackdown JRE. I haven't developed using the blackdown sdk, but I'd consider running eclipse just fine at least one point in favor of blackdown's usabiliy as a Java environment.

Secondly, Eclipse is more than a Java IDE. It has so many damn plugins [eclipseplugincentral.com] it literally is a swiss army knife, albeit a bloated one. I personally use pydev [sourceforge.net] for eclipse as my python editor.

top twelve? (2, Interesting)

irtza (893217) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426400)

here's the top ten - 1) Wikipedia 2) Firefox 3) Open Office 4) Bittorrent 5) MediaWiki 6) Xvid 7) pbb 8) Outfoxed 9) dyne:bolic 10) GIMP 11) Apache 12) SourceForge Front page posts never have errors, so I know I messed something up... what gives? and one more thing, what is pbb?

Re:top twelve? (0)

coolcold (805170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426566)

maybe you have messed up the fact that it's not a front page article? :)
j/k

Re:top twelve? (1)

SumpyGump (779166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427250)

I think pbb is phpBB. Not sure, though. I think their should have been links in the article summary to all these websites.

For me the winner is TrueCrypt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426414)

(I'm not sure what pbb, Outfoxed, and dyne:bolic are.)

Personally I'd include TrueCrypt [truecrypt.org] , which is open-source and free disk encryption for Windows and Linux. This software is simply amazing.

pbb? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426420)

here's the top ten - Wikipedia, Firefox, Open Office, Bittorrent, MediaWiki, Xvid, pbb, Outfoxed, dyne:bolic, GIMP, Apache and SourceForge.

In case, like me, you're wondering what on earth "pbb" is, let me spare you the searching:

"pbb" at Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] redirects to "Polybrominated biphenyls", with no disambiguation link.

"pbb" on Google [google.co.in] returns nothing remotely related to open source.

"pbb open source" on Google [google.co.in] returns phpBB [phpbb.com] at the top.

So why the zark does the summary say "pbb"?

OT: pbb (1)

nolife (233813) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427099)

Changing the subject but I followed your link to the Polybrominated biphenyls. I find this sentence as very odd:

In 1973, however, several thousand pounds of PBBs were accidentally mixed with livestock feed that was distributed to farms in West Central Michigan, USA.

I found more about it here [everything2.com] , what an odd chain of events. I'm sure those with tin foil hats would have a different opinion of what really happened.
 

Who will fix Firefox? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426432)

Check this out: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Talk:Memory_Leak [mozillazine.org]

More than enough people have been having trouble with Firefox lately; there's always been a memory leak in Firefox since 1.0, but with 1.5 it has just gotten worse. I run no extensions, no frills, and barely visit sites with flash; usually I just hop on gmail.

And after three hours of mostly idle time I find my machine dedicating more than 128M of RAM to the browser, and it keeps going up without any user interaction.

Please open source contributors, who will fix Firefox?

GNU/Linux Foundation? (4, Insightful)

xcomm (638448) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426434)

I think without the GNU foundation framework (compiler, libraries, shell etc.) and the Linux Kernel there would be nothing with FOSS. Without all the foundation under the the GPL there would be nothing to build on for the other prograsms.

BTW: Where the hell is LAMP in the top 10? Apache would be nothing without Perl, PHP, Phyton, MySQL or PostGresSQL.

Re:GNU/Linux Foundation? (1)

gscrivano (850402) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426530)

I completely agree, without GNU and the GPL a lot of projects were not possible at all.

Linux huh? (4, Insightful)

juergen (313397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426441)

By many Linux (the kernel) is seen as *the* prototypical OS project, yet it is missing here.

Oth, I didn't even recognize dyne:bolic without reading the description. And including Outfoxed, while they even admit it is not an OS project per se, shows they were just scrambling to find any 10 points to fill the list and space on their site. Clueless.

Why is Gimp on the list? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426452)

I don't really understand why the amateurish image touching utility Gimp is on the list. It still lacks robust color profiles management, effective dynamic layers, pdf importing and so on.. The developers have spent the last 5 years polishing on the old and a lot of the modern productivity lifting and necessary tools are simply missing.

Although you can use it for some small work and some extremely good users can do parts of professional work with it, it's not even close to the commercial "competitors" it has. It can be very cumbersome and unproductive tool in overall if you compare to Photoshop or even Paintshop Pro. Or soon that KDE drawing application that is worked on..

pbb (-1, Offtopic)

mkavanagh2 (776662) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426461)

pbb lols PBB L0LS pBB lOls pbb lols PBB L0LS pBB lOls . pbb lols PBB L0LS pBB lOls '' pbb lols PBB L0LS pBB lOls

oblig. missing option (1, Interesting)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426472)

How could they leave hotbabe [dindinx.net] out?

I like MediaFrame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426477)

Cool technology that lowers the barrier to entry for streaming. It's mainly used for porn sites at the moment though!

Inkscape and Jakarta (1)

Mr. Ghost (674666) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426483)

I don't know if it is one of the 10 best for everyone, but it is definitely one of my 10 best. I have used it to create some nice graphics for use in a board game I am working on.

I'm not sure if this will count (depends on definition of open source) but I would also nominate as my #1 overall:

JAKARTA

My Favorite Free Software (1)

Goo.cc (687626) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426501)

Currently on my Mac: Bash, Camino, Cog, Handbrake, ImageMagick, InfoZip, Lame, PostgreSQL, Rsync, Vim, XinePlayer.

GCC (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426508)

GCC should be on this list. After all, without GCC, the vast majority of the others would not be possible.

Strictly software... (5, Informative)

Noryungi (70322) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426511)

Watch out, since this is heavily sysadmin biased...
  1. Slackware Linux. [slackware.com] Still the best after all this time.
  2. OpenBSD. [openbsd.org] Just because you are paranoid does not mean they are not out there trying to get you.
  3. OpenSSH. [openssh.com] Because you just can't use plain text telnet anymore.
  4. Rsync. [samba.org] Just because.
  5. GNU Screen. [gnu.org] Triple your terminal productivity. Now with minty-fresh taste!
  6. GNU Wget. [gnu.org] Because you have better thing to do than watch over a download.
  7. Vim. [vim.org] Because Emacs is for losers.
  8. Nmap [insecure.org] . Look at 'OpenBSD' above.
  9. IPTables [netfilter.org] . Lock that machine down, admin boy.
  10. pf [openbsd.org] . I said, lock that machine down , admin boy!


Of course, number 11 is Google [google.com] , Google [google.com] , and Google [google.com] . But that's neither software nor open-source.

try wdiff (1)

H4x0r Jim Duggan (757476) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426896)

I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one that thinks wget is fantastic.

One util that I'll add that you might like is http://www.gnu.org/software/wdiff/wdiff.html [gnu.org] ">GNU wdiff - a diff that's word-based instead of line-based. Great.

Oh, and don't worry about insulting Emacs. It'll still be there when you grow out of vim ;-p

Re:try wdiff (1)

Noryungi (70322) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427011)

wdiff? Ah! Real men do it The Way God Intended Diff To Be Done: with vim, of course.
[g]vim -d file1 file2
Vim is good. Vim is great. Fear the Vim. Try it sometimes, it's probably good enough to make you switch from Emacs... ;-)

[Gosh, I love the smell of napalm... Early in the morning... in the Slashdot discussions...] :-)

The GNU project... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426524)

...more specifically the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).

As for me (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426568)

Never heard about these: pbb, Outfoxed, dyne:bolic. Also - I think it is not fair to include websites to the list: yes, I can add/change content on both Wikipedia and to a lesser degree other sites, but I wouldn't call content "source". As for the source - it is as easy for me to change Wikipedia's engine as any other site (i.e. - not very likely). More - Mediawiki has a separate entry.

Tomcat (1)

Decaff (42676) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426585)

I'd have to include Apache Tomcat - the open source Java application server that is the reference standard for JSP and Servlet implementations, but is of such high quality that it can be used for high-performance websites, and commercial app servers often bundle it as part of their product.

Re:Tomcat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426650)

Yeah! Tomcat Rulez! I recommend it to all my customers.
http://www.servicerules.com.ar/ [servicerules.com.ar]

my favourite (1)

edson at lies.cl (652479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426588)

i know not everyone uses it, but it is an amazing app

PHPMyAdmin

PostgreSQL (1)

LLuthor (909583) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426642)

It is the single best open source project around.

Add One (1)

bennyp (809286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426663)

  • Ardour [ardour.org] . Excellent Free Digital Audio Workstation.
Ardour certainly has put a little more bounce in my breakfast.

Re:Add One (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14427032)

Big ditto. Also note that the Ardour author and his team are also the designers of the awesome JACK audio connection system. Further note: Ardour and JACK are OSX-savvy...

Dave Phillips
http://linux-sound.org/ [linux-sound.org]

industry, economic, and cultural impact list: (3, Insightful)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426682)

Not necessarily in order, these are some top picks based on how they've changed or are changing our entire technology culture:

Linux. Duh. How much of everything else is built on this fantastic platform for the back end? I'm not personally in support of rolling out desktops to users, but as a server platform its amazing and flexible. More important, it empowers developers to build EVERYTHING.

Asterisk. If you use an IP phone service, you already have a small hint at how this changes things. If you've developed software that uses SIP or IAX2 to connect things and move streaming traffic you're starting to get the hint. IMO, this is a paradigm shifting technology just at the start of a giant curve up in its attention by the industry.

Sourceforce. For obvious reasons, this has empowered so many projects.

Apache, and the things its led to -- like Tomcat, etc.

Eclipse -- Wow, an open sourced (even if originally sponsored, driven, and to some extent built by IBM) rich user context framework and complete IDE for development that's absolutely a rival to Visual Studio.

I know I'm forgetting a ton -- but these in particular are real industry driving tools that changed or are about to change (in the case of Asterisk) large segments of the tech world.

Top "ten"? (0, Redundant)

slavemowgli (585321) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426714)

here's the top ten - Wikipedia, Firefox, Open Office, Bittorrent, MediaWiki, Xvid, pbb, Outfoxed, dyne:bolic, GIMP, Apache and SourceForge.

Err, that's twelve.

Hmm (1)

omeg (907329) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426724)

I don't agree with some of them. XviD? Yeah, it's okay, but vastly inferior to x264 [x264.nl] . phpBB? Yeah, not bad software, but not as good as SMF [simplemachines.org] .

outfoxed? (1)

schmu_20mol (806069) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426762)

has hell frozen over?! ... I can't seem to find _anything_ that is open source about outfoxed.com ...

Does someone care to clear that up for me?

Re:outfoxed? (1)

Z0mb1eman (629653) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426882)

I'm assuming the article is talking about http://getoutfoxed.com/ [getoutfoxed.com]

Asterisk (2, Insightful)

lophophore (4087) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426773)

Asterisk. It's the next big thing. Maddog thinks so [zdnet.co.uk] . And I think he's right.

Re:Asterisk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14426822)

Not only is it the next big thing, it's the current big thing.

Blind spot? (1)

ralphclark (11346) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426815)

What about Linux and the GNU command line tools? Sine qua non. Maybe these were considered too obvious but I dont see why that should disqualify them.

BSD, PHP, Blender (1)

Qbertino (265505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426819)

BSD:
ALL operating systems use core components of this one.
Windows, Linux, OS X and the rest that's worth mentioning.
That is - of course - due to it's quality combined with the BSD licence.
Everybody feeds of BSD, nobody admits it.

PHP:
Not the ultimate PL. I know that. But I think it's safe to say that no other PL is in such wide use across the demografic of people who know the internet. It's the web generations basic. It's the Citizen Band way of doing things with networked computers nowadays. It started as a laughing stock for 'professionals' - it often still is today - but crap-free and proper documentation, an embracing of concepts that are the absolute opposite of arcane and a solid community with zero smart-ass-hole attitude and elitisim have put PHP in a position where every other PL community envys it's recognition.

Blender:
One of the rare cases where OSS currently is making inroads in an extremly competetive hermetric application market (3D) giving a clear view of the postitive side effects of successfull OSS: falling prices and increased quality and effort. Given, Blender was a commercial tool itself not long ago and it still doesn't cover today's every 'professsional' feature, but the breathtaking pace of improvement of Blender and the commitment of it's community are exceptional none the less.

Eh, the GNU project and the Linux project? (1)

H4x0r Jim Duggan (757476) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426844)

Eh, the GNU project and the Linux project?

Linux kernel? (2, Insightful)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426847)

Hands down my favorite Open Source project!

Scrabble (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426936)

Obviously my favorite is my own creation! Multiplayer, online scrabble [sf.net] , written in Python.

KDE! (1)

alucinor (849600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14426975)

Its developer community is absolutely thriving right now! Everyone's so syked about 4.0!

Filezilla (2, Interesting)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427029)

Filezilla [sourceforge.net] is one of the best applications I've used because it's a great, free FTP client.

Other FLOSS software... (2, Insightful)

Ekarderif (941116) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427044)

Ogg framework? This is far more significant than XviD. Linux? The one program that started the FLOSS revolution didn't even make it on the list. (No, GNU didn't start it.) GCC? Hell, any part of GNU? BSD? Specifically, OpenSSH? Or the contributions to TCP/IP stack... XWS? The P programming languages?

SpamBayes (1)

yAm (15181) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427111)

especially the plugin for outlook. Saves me much hassle throughout the week.

Project AJAX (1)

mevryck (931270) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427174)

Divulge all the strengths of imaginations that would be the case when it comes to this AJAX - try to design and device a common platform for implementing the AJAX framework since there are many and having their limitations(toolkits). This would be the best Open Source Project.

KDE (5, Interesting)

m50d (797211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427311)

It looks great, it's ridiculously customizable, and it's relatively easy to get involved in development. I think it really shows off the advantages of OSS.

I'm surprise people missed these (1)

DiamondGeezer (872237) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427359)

Wordpress 2.0, Spam Karma [unknowngenius.com] , Bad Behavior [ioerror.us] , PhpBB [phpbb.com] all completely rock.

Re:I'm surprise people missed these (1)

DiamondGeezer (872237) | more than 8 years ago | (#14427381)

because I missed some quotation marks, that should be Wordpress 2.0 [wordpress.org]
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