View Full Version : Favorite Non Linux Open Source Projects?

March 14th, 2013, 03:37 AM
I setup a spare router with dd-wrt as a bridge the other day and it got me wondering what other awesome open source projects are out there. I also use rockbox on a couple of mp3 players I have lying around. These 2 open source firmwares take mediocre products and turn them into awesome products. What other awesome projects like this are out there?

March 14th, 2013, 03:50 AM
Here's a couple based on BSD (FreeBSD):

NAS4Free (http://www.nas4free.org/)
pfSense (http://www.pfsense.org/)


March 14th, 2013, 04:05 AM
pfSense looks cool but could a pc acting as a router ever use less power than a router with dd-wrt? Or is it just a tradeoff between features and power?

montag dp
March 14th, 2013, 04:11 AM
Xfoil is a good one. I can't really think of too many others that I use at the moment.

March 14th, 2013, 04:15 AM
Or is it just a tradeoff between features and power?
That is the thing.

I've used DD-WRT and it is great, but pfSense is so much more: transparent proxy, squid, VPN, complex filtering, etc.

Although most of us would love it in our own home, I'd say it is more of an enterprise solution.

Best Regards.

March 14th, 2013, 04:22 AM
I like the Arudino and Raspberry Pi PC's projects.

March 14th, 2013, 05:56 AM
Although I never owned an Amiga personally, I'm nevertheless fascinated by the AROS project. IcarOS is a cool little desktop OS if you have compatible hardware.

March 15th, 2013, 02:07 AM
rebuild_db - http://shuffle-db.sourceforge.net/
i would say tomato (http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato) but that uses the linux kernel on my router
can i like my own work it is that too bias? (link in signature)
really need to upgrade the email feature (want to make it use mozilla's email database for settings, add pop support and not require a secure connection)
unetbootin (apt:unetbootin) is also nice (though i am using grub2 on my flash drive to boot iso files now)
notepad++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/) is definitely a favorite, at this point i should mention wine (apt:wine)

montag dp
March 15th, 2013, 04:08 AM
Keepassx is a good one too, I forgot about it when I first posted.

March 15th, 2013, 12:49 PM
I'm keeping an eye on Haiku OS which is based on BeOS. It's in alpha-4 right now, so hardware compatibility can be an issue, but I like it so far.

April 2nd, 2013, 03:09 PM
OS: PC-BSD 'cause it looks really nice.
Software: GIMP, MyPaint, Inkscape, Pinta, Synfig, and LibreOffice.

April 2nd, 2013, 04:53 PM

April 3rd, 2013, 02:19 AM
I think my favorite open source OS would be ReactOS, because it's based on Windows NT, and is thus compatible with Windows applications. For applications, probably GIMP.

April 3rd, 2013, 02:54 AM

Nope, that one's definitely Linux.

April 3rd, 2013, 05:33 AM
If by "Non Linux Open Source Projects" you mean Linux stuff that will also run on non-Linux systems, then I'd include OpenOffice (yes, I still use it), Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, zim-wiki, and a few others that I can't quite remember because it's a while since I booted Windows.

My favourite windows-only OS project would be VirtuaWin. It lets me have the multiple desktops I've got so used to in Linux.

Also, a number of J2ME apps that I can run on my Nokia symbianV3 phones (don't laugh). E.g. a port of KeePassX, Anyremote so I can use my phone to control Impress on my other computers, a timer for speeches and Putty for Symbian, which I think is a .sis file.

April 3rd, 2013, 07:04 AM
LibreOffice. :-)

April 3rd, 2013, 03:12 PM
SMPlayer (http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/) has a nice Windows implementation. I use it on both platforms. It includes a Windows build of mplayer as well with the option of using mplayer2 instead.

April 4th, 2013, 05:20 PM
I mean more like open source firmwares and stuff than applications. For example http://www.rockbox.org/ which is much better than the OF in a bunch of mp3 players.

April 5th, 2013, 03:22 AM
DD-WRT gets applauded by me.

April 7th, 2013, 03:25 PM
Keepassx is a good one too, I forgot about it when I first posted.

KeepassX is awesome. I highly recommend it.

Also love VLC.

April 7th, 2013, 05:25 PM
Raspberry Pi and anything developed by Mozilla!