Free/Libre  and open source software

Free and open-source software (F/OSS, FOSS) or free/libre/open-source software (FLOSS, FL/OSS) is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. This approach has gained both momentum and acceptance as the potential benefits have been increasingly recognized by both individuals and corporations.

In the context of free and open-source software, free refers to the freedom to copy and re-use the software, rather than to the price of the software. The Free Software Foundation, an organization that advocates the free software model, suggests that, to understand the concept, one should "think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer".

FOSS is an inclusive term that covers both free software and open source software, which despite describing similar development models, have differing cultures and philosophies. Free software focuses on the philosophical freedoms it gives to users, whereas open source software focuses on the perceived strengths of its peer-to-peer development model. FOSS is a term that can be used without particular bias towards either political approach.

Free software licences and open source licenses are used by many software packages. While the licenses themselves are in most cases the same, the two terms grew out of different philosophies and are often used to signify different distribution methodologies.

Below are links to the FOSS software located on this server.

 


OpenSUSE Linux Distribution (site: www.opensuse.org):


LibreOffice (site: www.libreoffice.org):


Mozilla Software Projects (site: www.mozilla.org):

Firefox nightly 35.0a2 developer edition portable

Opera Browser (site: www.opera.com):

Opera 25.0.1614.68_Dev_Test_1 (portable)

QupZilla Portable

QupZilla is a lightweight, modern, webkit-based browser with support for HTML5 and Javascript. It has integrated adblocking, an RSS reader, and more. Learn more about QupZilla... More about this product: http://www.qupzilla.com/

Download from: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/qupzilla-portable

Or: QupZillaPortable_1.4.4.paf.exe

Google Chrome Portable 39.0.2171.71

VideoLan (site: www.videolan.org):

ProjectLibre

ProjectLibre is the open source replacement of Microsoft Project. 

It has been downloaded over 1,400,000 times in over 210 countries.  

ProjectLibre was awarded ComputerWorld's "Best of Open Source" software.

site: http://www.projectlibre.org

http://www.projectlibre.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium_feature_home/public/Bossie%20Award.jpg?itok=_cCE9yvg

Open Workbench

Open Workbench is a desktop application for project management and scheduling in which you can define a work breakdown structure, set dependencies and resource constraints, assign resources to tasks, auto schedule and then monitor progress.

site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openworkbench/

GanttProject

Free project scheduling and management app for Windows, OSX and Linux.

Gantt chart

  • Create tasks and milestones. Aside from the start date and duration, every task may have priority, cost New in 2.7, color and fill pattern, text notes and user-defined custom fields.
  • Organize tasks in a work breakdown structure. Hierarchical tree where progress, dates or costs of lower level tasks is summarized on the higher levels. Summary tasks can be collapsed to hide tasks which are not important at the moment.
  • Draw dependency constraints between tasks, like "start X when Y finishes" and GanttProject will take care of enforcing these constraints. You can add a lag or use other types of constraints.
  • Create baselines to be able to compare current project state with previous plans..
  • PERT chart for read-only view can be generated from the Gantt chart.


WINK logo  

WINK window

Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.

Features: 

Freeware: Distributed as freeware for business or personal use. However if you want to redistribute Wink, you need to get permission from the author.
Cross-Platform: Available for all flavours of Windows and various versions of Linux (x86 only).
Audio: Record voice as you create the tutorial for explaining better.
Input formats: Capture screenshots from your PC, or use images in BMP/JPG/PNG/TIFF/GIF formats.
Output formats: Macromedia Flash, Standalone EXE, PDF, PostScript, HTML or any of the above image formats. Use Flash/html for the web, EXE for distributing to PC users and PDF for printable manuals.
Multilingual support: Works in English, French, German, Italian, Danish, Spanish, Serbian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified/Traditional Chinese.
Smart Capture Tools: Capture screenshots automatically as you use your PC, based on mouse and keyboard input (great time saver and generates professional captures).
Performance/Quality: Creates highly compressed Flash presentations (few kbs to few hundreds of kbs, much smaller than competing commercial products) ideal for using on the web.

Tools:

Navigation buttons to move to next/previous/random frames in the presentation, you can use custom bitmaps for these buttons (full transparency/alpha channel support).
Callouts and shapes for displaying text explanations. The inbuilt Callout Editor is used to create custom shaped callouts as you want.
Intuitive drag-n-drop editing of the frame, callout, cursor, navigation buttons and the title elements.
Advanced features like templates, cursor editing, palettes, background images, control bars & preloaders for the flash output etc.
Completely PC and Web ready with exports to PDF, HTML, SWF and EXE formats.
Innovative compression techniques applied to reduce filesize of output Flash file. Generated flash file plays in Flash players from version 3 and above, giving you widest array of target audience.
Uncompressed output to allow you import the output of Wink into other Flash editors.

Download:

      Official site ... 
      or local server 

eXe  eXeLearning

The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages.

intreaface 1 Exelearning  Interface 2 Exelearning

eXe grew out of the New Zealand Government Tertiary Education Commission's eCollaboration Fund and was led by the University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. It was later supported by CORE Education, a New Zealand-based not-for-profit educational research and development organisation. It has also been greatly assisted by a global group of participants and contributors.

eXe was named a finalist in the New Zealand round of the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards 2008 and went on to claim a Leadership Award at the international judging. (eXe was rated Best in Show for "Content Authoring", and also one of the top 3 participant rated projects!)

site: http://exelearning.net

Spanish project - ITEexe

Download binaries from ITEexe: here

Files from this project are available from our site, see links below: 

Intro to this product (ppt file) || eXe-install-1.04.exe (original version) || eXelearning ready to run - exe-ready2run-1.04.exe || eXelearning ready to run - eXelearningPlus-ready2run-1.04.1.exe || eXelearningPlus-install-1.04.1.exe || eXe-install-1.04.1.3605ite6rc1.exe || eXelearning sources

CourseLab

CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-learning content which can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMS and other devices.

interface CourseLab 

CourseLab Key Features:


  • WYSIWYG environment for creating and managing high-quality interactive e-learning content - no HTML or other programming skills required;
  • Unicode support - use any font and encoding supported by the Windows® operating system, including double-byte character sets;
  • Object-oriented Model allows constructing e-learning content of almost any complexity just as easy as you put together the building blocks;
  • Objects are highly customizable;
  • Dynamic HTML based output can be played by most browsers - no Java® or other special player software required for playing created e-learning content;
  • Embedded Screen Capturing mechanism (without using Adobe Flash® technology) *;
  • Built-in assessments and tests creation capabilities;
  • Import PowerPoint® presentations into the learning material **.

More details on site ...

site: http://www.courselab.com


Oppia (link: https://code.google.com/p/oppia/ )

free and open source software for education

Concept & maintaining :   Constantin Sclifos  
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