Archive for the ‘FOSS’ Category

These free apps can help SMBs lower costs while improving productivity.

via 75 Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software – Datamation.


50 Must-Have Open Source Apps for Your Home Office – Open source apps for almost every home office task, most of which function on Windows.

Security in-a-box is a collaborative effort of the Tactical Technology Collective and Front Line. It was created to meet the digital security and privacy needs of advocates and human rights defenders.  Security in-a-box includes a How-to Booklet, which addresses a number of important digital security issues. It also provides a collection of Hands-on Guides, each of which includes a particular freeware or open source software tool, as well as instructions on how you can use that tool to secure your computer, protect your information or maintain the privacy of your Internet communication. There are also details of Portable security software. It is well worth reading.

Free media open-source tools for publishing and radio – from Creative-Radio – find out about Superdesk, Newscoop & Airtime

Electric CAD program on Linux – If you’re an electrical engineer or someone who likes to design electrical circuit boards or diagrams then Electric is a Free, Open Source Software, CAD program you might like to try out

Open Source Alternatives to Google – Is it feasible to drop Google for a period of time in exchange for unfettered open source alternatives? – An article from Datamation that suggests so

LibreOffice – The Document Foundation has announced the release of the final version of LibreOffice 3.3

50 Open Source Replacements for Storage Software – a range of programs used for;

Data Destruction
Data Warehouse
Document Management Systems
File Managers
File Transfer
NAS Software

10 Tips When Considering Open Source Software – This primer will help you evaluate open source projects to ensure they’re not only suitable for your small business today, but tomorrow and next year as well.

40+ Best GIMP Tutorials of 2010 – a little off the usual topics, but if you’ve ever wondered how on earth to do something in GIMP, there may be an answer here.

50 Open Source Apps You Can Use in the Cloud – For the purposes of this list, any app available on a hosted or on-demand basis is considered a cloud app, with links to the pages that describe how the apps can be used in the cloud.

7 of the Best Free Linux Document Management Systems – useful review of these systems, each has its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

6 Secure Linux Wi-Fi Authentication Servers – a look at six different open and free Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) servers available for Linux (and other platforms).

An Open Source Toolkit for Your Small Business – a toolkit of favorite must-have applications, along with what you need to know to get your office up and running in no time

8 (More) Free and Open Source Project Management Software – Another list of excellent free and open-source project
management software (in no particular order) not included
in the previous list

A Guide to Small Business Accounting Software – Useful post about what to look for when deciding about accounts software

58 Open Source Replacements for Small Business Software – might be something here that your organisation could use

All the latest in the Security and Open source fields –  The H: Security news and Open source developments,  plus the H Internet Toolkit

Set yourself up with the tools for your own ‘virtual office’ 25 free online tools for media professionals on the move

Very useful post and podcast from @iictpete on how to Build a Communications Strategy including social media, go and check it out.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive monitoring solution for your organisation’s infrastructure, OSSEC is a scalable, multi-platform, open source Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS). It has a powerful correlation and analysis engine, integrating log analysis, file integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, centralized policy enforcement, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response.

It runs on most operating systems, including Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, MacOS, Solaris and Windows. A list with all supported platforms is available here. The download link is here

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eBox Platform is a unified network server that offers easy and efficient computer network administration for SMBs. It can act as a Gateway, an Infrastructure Manager, a Unified Threat Manager, an Office Server, a Unified Communication Server or a combination of them. These functionalities are tightly integrated, automating most tasks, avoiding mistakes and saving time for system administrators.

This looks to be well worth investigating, here is an overview of the latest version eBox 1.2 Overview have put together a comprehensive list of Open Source tools for Writers, Journalists and Bloggers and the full details are here.  Take a look, there might be just the thing you’ve been looking for

UK Government policy on the use of Open Source in Government departments has been reviewed and updated. This new plan sets out the steps that need to be taken across Government, in conjunction with its IT suppliers, to take advantage of the benefits of open source. The report is presented by Tom Watson MP, Minister for Digital Engagement.

You can download a copy from

Ekiga is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application, it uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols, supports many audio and video codecs and is interoperable with other SIP compliant software and Microsoft NetMeeting. You can also get a free SIP account.

Interesting list of Open Source social networking platforms and tools. is a new micro-blogging service that has been launched, it’s based on using an Open Source and Creative Commons model for a distributed network of microblogging services. If you like the simple message model made popular by Twitter then this might also appeal to you. It also supports OpenID.

*Update* Video interview with Evan (founder of here

Interesting post from Dave Briggs – what should smaller organisations do?

If your organisation uses Open Office then this might be of interest.

New FOSS @ VCS website

This is the new website of the ICT Hub Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) project.  The project aims to develop a number of key services to strengthen the potential for FOSS use in the sector.   The main areas of work for the project are:

Building FOSS service supply to the VCS
Developing FOSS training for the sector
Developing certified standards for VCS FOSS professionals

More information on each of these can be accessed on the website.


SmartBOX is an easy-to-install, easy-to-manage, resilient, and feature-rich network server with an emphasis on ease of use and data security and with minimal hardware requirements. The design of this system is entirely based upon research into the voluntary and community organization (VCO) sector by team members of the Illuminate ICT project.

You can find out more about it here

NOSI (Nonprofit Open Source Initiative) have recently released the new version of the tried and true NOSI primer. “Choosing and Using Free and Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits” is a no-nonsense, easy to read report that helps nonprofits understand what free and open source software (FOSS) is, what options are available for their organizations, and how they can access support for using FOSS.

You can get full details (and a copy of the primer) here