By AN Jay on August 12, 2008

19 Most Essential Open Source Applications That You Probably Want To Know

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Today, we are listing here 19 Most Essential and useful open source applications that you probably want to know to use in your daily life. Most of them are top of the list projects that have an open source industry leading popularity and many of them are not listed here but over all the list has variety of projects for every one of you. Just take a look at them and share your thoughts here.

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WordPress – Blog Tool and Weblog Platform

Wordpress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

ModSecurity – Open Source Web Application Firewall

mod security

ModSecurity is a web application firewall that can work either embedded or as a reverse proxy. It provides protection from a range of attacks against web applications and allows for HTTP traffic monitoring, logging and real-time analysis. It is also an open source project that aims to make the web application firewall technology available to everyone.

SteelBlue Open Source Web Application Server

Steel blue

SteelBlue is an open-source Web application server environment in which Web-database applications can be developed completely in an extended HTML language. Similar to ColdFusion and Story Server, session and user-associated data as well as SQL commands can be directly embedded into the HTML page. Therefore, no CGI programming experience is required to develop applications with SteelBlue, only knowledge of SQL and HTML.

Dolphin :: Smart Community Builder

Dolphin community builder

YouTube, MySpace, Odeo, Flickr, Match and Facebook – all in one, customizable and under your full control. You’re limited only by your imagination – not by software. Dolphin Smart Community Builder is a universal, free, open source software that allows you to build any kind of online community. With a huge variety of features & options, you can quickly develop your very unique and successful website.

PURE Unobtrusive Rendering Engine For HTML

Pure

PURE is an Open Source JavaScript Template Engine for HTML. Truly unobtrusive, it leaves your HTML untouched. It is cross-browser (IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 2.0+, Opera 9.0+).

Bugzilla – Mozilla’s bug tracking system

Bugzilla

Bugzilla is a bug tracking system designed to help teams manage software development. Hundreds of organizations across the globe are using this powerful tool to get organized and communicate effectively.

Mindquarry DO – Free Open Source Software Download for Team Collaboration

Mindquarry Do

Mindquarry DO is an Open Source collaborative software platform for file sharing, task management, team collaboration and Wiki editing that is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Mindquarry runs as a web application with an optional desktop client for Windows, Linux and Mac OS that allows for desktop synchronization and offline work. As a result, you are able to connect with team members and share information from wherever you are, effectively improving team-work and increasing productivity within your team.

EPIWARE – A Open Source Document Management System

EPI-ware

Epiware GPL project and document management, for those that like to be on the cutting edge of development. Take control of your information and content today.

jobberBase – The Open Source Job Board Software

Jobber Base

jobberBase is a great open source job board software for anyone. You can get online your job posting website with jobberBase. It’s easy to install and configure to start your job board.

Flex SDK

Adobe Open Source

Flex is a highly productive, open source framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and operating systems.

Open source Ticket Request System

Open source Ticket Request System

OTRS is an Open source Ticket Request System (also well known as trouble ticket system) with many features to manage customer telephone calls and e-mails. The system is built to allow your support, sales, pre-sales, billing, internal IT, helpdesk, etc. department to react quickly to inbound inquiries. Do you receive many e-mails and want to answer them with a team of agents? You’re going to love the OTRS!

phpMyVisites Free Web Statistics And Analytics

phpmyvisites

phpMyVisites is a free and powerful open source (GNU/GPL) software for websites statistics and audience measurements. phpMyVisites gives a lot of information on websites visitors, visited pages, software/hardware utilization, etc… The GUI Interface is fun and practical. The installation is entirely automated and very simple.

LimeSurvey – The Leading Open Source Survey Tool

Lime Survey

LimeSurvey (formerly PHPSurveyor) is an Open Source PHP web application to develop, publish and collect responses to online & offline surveys.

dotproject – Open Source Project and Task Management Software

dot project

The original theme flagged dotProject as an open source alternative to Microsoft products and other expensive, commercial applications. Right from the start, dotProject had, as it’s core aims a number of simple requirements which are Clean, simple and consistent user interface; Project Management functionality – not another CMS, groupware environment or all things to all people collaboration tool, but a project management environment; Open source and free usage.

The Freeway Project

Freeway

Freeway is the most advanced Open Source eCommerce platform and Freeway offers selling methods only previously available in enterprise class or niche bespoke systems. Without having to purchase a commercial system and then paying a developer to build a custom installation, Freeway does what you need out of the box. Of course Freeway is great for selling products but it also sells events AND services AND subscriptions. From appointments and time based bookings to event ticketing and subscriptions Freeway is the eCommerce platform.

AtMail Open – Redefining Open Source Webmail

At Mail

AtMail is an open source webmail client written in PHP. We aim to provide a elegant Ajax webmail client for existing IMAP mailservers, with less bloat and a focus on an intuitive, simple user interface.

OpenOffice – The Free and Open Productivity Suite

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Open Workbench – Open Source Project Management and Project Scheduling for Windows

Open Workbench

Open Workbench is an open source Windows-based desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality and is free to distribute throughout the enterprise.

The SeaMonkey Project

SeaMonkey

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite (see below). Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users.

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Comments

I use at least four of them..

Thank you for this great list. We now need a list for Open Source enterprise replacements.

Very nice list, but I think Dolphin should not be considered as open source. They claim that on heir website but it is licensed under a creative commons license and that is not common for software. The approved open source licenses are listed here: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical/

They claim also that you can only use it if you register at their website for a free or payed version.

I use to of these word press, and open office and should try the others

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Why don’t we have Mozilla Firefox in this list?

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I was just at http://thestartconference.com where Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, gave a talk. Some of these aren’t the best in my opinion. I could never get Mindquarry to work and Open Workbench is a joke. Sea Monkey and Open Office are both pretty cool. For a more in depth list of great open source apps, check out http://www.transitionchoices.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=17

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Great list.. Some I’ve never heard about.
Some I already use.

Thanks.

and here i thought that the list would be actual useful, commonly used applications that most people don’t know about or are aware of.

things like oh apache, php, bind, mysql, etc. but no, it’s a random list of useless ‘web 2.0′ CMS systems that are (except for a couple) pretty much terrible.

bugzilla? you kidding me? there are a billion better trouble ticket systems….etc…

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Some interesting choices..and omissions, but a nice list.

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Good resources of the more less used by still great open source projects. However, check out this resource for more great open source software – Open Source Alternative – http://www.osalt.com

They list well-known commercial product and lets you search for the open source alternatives.

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Darn fine list.

Thanks for this great list of open source apps.

Nicely done. Thanks for info. Mantis is another very good bug tracking application.

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Thank you for this list. I’ve used a few of these apps at work and home (WordPress, Bugzilla, OpenOffice) and was very satisfied with their capabilities.

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Applications that can definitely help. Not all that new though. WordPress has been around for at least a year.

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Catherina might be amused to observe that http://www.opensource.org licenses its own materials under a creative commons license. It’s interesting that they don’t include the creative commons attribution license as a valid open source license. One reason why is that the CC license doesn’t demand source code distribution — it is completely appropriate, but not open source, for free distribution of binaries. Nevertheless, a CC license attached to full source code seems to me to be a completely reasonable open source solution, so I consider Dolphin open source.

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I’ve only worked with a handful of these. Thanks for the recommendations; I will check these out!

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I was just reading over the comments… Is it me or do people either have a very short attention span or is it that they are just slow? The title of the article is 19 Most Essential Open Source Applications The You Probably Want To Know. If you are currently unaware of Mozilla Firefox, I would have to assume you have been living under a rock or have chosen to skill 3rd grade reading class.

Anywho.. Nice list, 80% I’m actually unfamiliar with, and I’m glad you pointed them out. Nice work.

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+1 for Open Office, And to add to the list a phone system that is multi-platform and scalable called FreeSWITCH throw in a multi-platform graphical interface called FusionPBX and you’ve got a system that is flexible and customizable for businesses and home use of all sizes.

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Great list of resources. Dotproject is definitely one I’m going to be trying out. Bugzilla is a must have for anyone, like me, who spends a lot of time on the net.

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