Businesses are constantly searching for digital solutions to help them run more efficiently and turn bigger profits faster.

And one common term they may or may not have heard of that can further this agenda is open-source software.

In this article, you will find out what open-source software is and get familiar with the most required types.

What’s more, we will also discover the best open-source software examples of 2022.

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Top 10 Open Source Software Examples Of 2022

1. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a customizable internet browser and free open source software. It offers thousands of plugins that are accessible with a single click of your mouse.  

The platform holds 3.98% of the worldwide browser market share and it is available for Android, iOS, Windows and Linux.   

According to CNET, Mozilla reshaped the technology industry and fanned the flames of open source software that changed the way social networks and operating systems function.

2. LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a complete office suite that offers presentations, documents, spreadsheets and databases. 

Unlike Microsoft Office, which is not accessible (read our article on what is web accessibility) for everyone due to its pricing model, LibreOffice is totally free. 

To support it, its users can make donations when they download. So, it has a huge community of contributors.

It is available for Mac, Linux and Windows and it also has a live chat and a forum where you can turn to when searching for help.

3. GIMP

Another of the best open software source examples that is worth mentioning is the photo editing tool GIMP. 

It offers similar features like some of the expensive tools on the market including various filters and effects, and yet it is free. 

GIMP is available across different platforms including Windows and Linux and it has different 3d party plugins and customization options. 

Plenty of illustrators, graphic designers and photographers use it to improve their pictures and enhance their work. 

 

4. VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the most popular open source software examples that you can use for free.

This multimedia player is used for video, media and audio files and it plays discs, webcams, streams and devices. Most of the users use it for streaming podcasts as well.

It allows you to optimize your audio and video files for a particular hardware configuration and also offers a plethora of extensions and skins which allows you to create customized designs.

What’s more, it runs on different platforms such as Android, Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS and more.

5. Linux

According to a Stack Overflow survey, 83.1% of developers claimed that Linux is the most wanted platform. 

Linux is one of the most user-friendly open source software on the market. It is most commonly used on Android devices and desktops.

What makes this operating system different from the others is that it costs nothing and it is incredibly customizable.

Most companies also choose it because it is highly secure and offers excellent community support. 

6. Blender

Blender is another of the best open source software examples of 2022. 

It is a 3D graphics and animation tool that supports motion tracking, simulation, animation, video editing, rendering, modeling and much more. 

It also offers a set of modeling tools and features including real-time viewpoint prereview, multi-resolution and support for Planar tracking and Tripod solvers.

7. GNU Compiler Collection

GNU Compiler Collection is a collection of compilation tools for software development in the C, C++, Ada, Fortran and other programming languages.

It provides high-quality releases regularly and works with native and cross targets. 

The sources it offers are freely available via weekly snapshots as well as SVN.

8. Python

Python is common programming and scripting language used by custom software developers.

According to IEEE, it was the most popular language in 2021. In recent years, it attracts plenty of new users because of its fast-growing field of machine learning.  

It is also easy to use which is why most of the developers also choose this open source software. 

9. PHP

When talking about the best open source software examples of 2022, we shouldn’t miss PHP. 

It is a software development language used for creating websites and other digital platforms.

It is fast and flexible and powers some of the most popular websites around the globe including Slack and Spotify.   

10. Shotcut

Shotcut is a video editor that offers powerful features including audio and webcam capture, color, text, noise, and counter generators, support of popular image formats, EDL export and much more. 

It is a great tool to edit your audio and video files with and it is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. 

On its website, you can also find great resources and tutorials on how to use this free open source software.  

Now that we’ve listed the best examples of open source software, let’s go back to the basics. 

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What Is Open Source Software?

Open-source software is a program that has publicly available code which anyone with technical expertise can use, modify and distribute.

The term open source was introduced in the late 1990s by The Open Source Initiative (OSI).

These types of software solutions don’t always solve the same problems. In fact, most open-source software is geared towards different niche solutions.

However, because it is accessible to the general public, it is typically very easy to obtain and incorporate into digital solutions.

Now, it is important to remember that just because open source software is free to use, it doesn’t mean that just anyone can use it. Open-source software refers to lines of code (and its variations) that are available.

So, depending on the type of this software, you’ll likely still need a qualified software developer to inspect that code, customize the software to your specifications, and integrate it into your current operations.

This article is about software free to be modified and distributed. For examples of software free in the monetary sense, see List of freeware

This is a list of free and open-source software packages, computer software licensed under free software licenses and open-source licenses. Software that fits the Free Software Definition may be more appropriately called free software; the GNU project in particular objects to their works being referred to as open-source.[1] For more information about the philosophical background for open-source software, see free software movement and Open Source Initiative. However, nearly all software meeting the Free Software Definition also meets the Open Source Definition and vice versa. A small fraction of the software that meets either definition is listed here.Some of the open-source applications are also the basis of commercial products, shown in the List of commercial open-source applications and services.

Artificial intelligence

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General AI

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  • OpenCog – A project that aims to build an artificial general intelligence (AGI) framework. OpenCog Prime is a specific set of interacting components designed to give rise to human-equivalent artificial general intelligence.

Computer vision

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Machine learning

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Planning

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  • TREX – Reactive planning

Robotics

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  • ROS – Robot Operating System
  • Webots – Robot Simulator
  • YARP – Yet Another Robot Platform

Assistive technology

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Speech (synthesis and recognition)

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Other assistive technology

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  • Dasher – Unique text input software
  • Gnopernicus – AT suite for GNOME 2
  • Virtual Magnifying Glass – A multi-platform screen magnification tool

CAD

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Electronic design automation (EDA)

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Computer simulation

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Cybersecurity

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Antivirus

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Data loss prevention

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Data recovery

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Forensics

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Disk erasing

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Encryption

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Disk encryption

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Firewall

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Network and security monitoring

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Secure Shell (SSH)

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  • Cyberduck – macOS and Windows client (since version 4.0)
  • Lsh – Server and client, with support for SRP and Kerberos authentication
  • OpenSSH – Client and server
  • PuTTY – Client-only

Password management

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Other cybersecurity programs

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Data storage and management

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Backup software

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Database management systems (including administration)

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Data mining

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Data Visualization Components

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  • ParaView – Plotting and visualization functions developed by Sandia National Laboratory; capable of massively parallel flow visualization utilizing multiple computer processors
  • VTK – Toolkit for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualisation.

Digital Asset Management software system

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Disk partitioning software

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Enterprise search engines

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  • ApexKB, formerly known as Jumper
  • Lucene
  • Nutch
  • Solr
  • Xapian

ETLs (Extract Transform Load)

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File archivers

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File systems

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  • OpenAFS – Distributed file system supporting a very wide variety of operating systems
  • Tahoe-LAFS – Distributed file system/Cloud storage system with integrated privacy and security features
  • CephFS – Distributed file system included in the Ceph storage platform.

Desktop publishing

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  • Collabora Online Draw and Writer – Enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice accessible from a web browser. The Draw application is for flyers, newsletters, brochures and more, Writer has most of the functionality too.[3]
  • Scribus – Designed for layout, typesetting, and preparation of files for professional-quality image-setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.

E-book management and editing

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  • Calibre – Cross-platform suite of e-book software
  • Collabora Online Writer – Enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice accessible from a web browser. Allows exporting in the EPUB format.[4]
  • Sigil – Editing software for e-books in the EPUB format

Educational

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Educational suites

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  • ATutor – Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS)
  • Chamilo – Web-based e-learning and content management system
  • Claroline – Collaborative Learning Management System
  • DoceboLMS – SAAS/cloud platform for learning
  • eFront – Icon-based learning management system
  • FlightPath – Academic advising software for universities
  • GCompris – Educational entertainment, aimed at children aged 2–10
  • Gnaural – Brainwave entrainment software
  • H5P – Framework for creating and sharing interactive HTML5 content
  • IUP Portfolio – Educational platform for Swedish schools
  • ILIAS – Web-based learning management system (LMS)
  • Moodle – Free and open-source learning management system
  • OLAT – Web-based Learning Content Management System
  • Omeka – Content management system for online digital collections
  • openSIS – Web-based Student Information and School Management system
  • Sakai Project – Web-based learning management system
  • SWAD – Web-based learning management system
  • Tux Paint – Painting application for 3–12 year olds
  • UberStudent – Linux based operating system and software suite for academic studies

Learning support

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Language

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Typing

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  • KTouch – Touch typing lessons with a variety of keyboard layouts
  • Tux Typing – Typing tutor for children, featuring two games to improve typing speed

File managers

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Finance

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Accounting

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Cryptocurrency

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  • Bitcoin – Blockchain platform, peer-to-peer decentralised digital currency
  • Ethereum – Blockchain platform with smart contract functionality

CRM

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  • CiviCRM – Constituent Relationship Management software aimed at NGOs
  • iDempiere – Business Suite, ERP and CRM
  • SuiteCRM – Web-based CRM

ERP

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Human resources

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  • OrangeHRM – Commercial human resource management

Microfinance

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  • Cyclos – Software for microfinance institutions, complementary currency systems and timebanks
  • Mifos – Microfinance Institution management software

Process management

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  • Bonita Open Solution – Business Process Management

Trading

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  • jFin – Java-based trade-processing program
  • QuickFIX – FIX protocol engine written in C++ with additional C#, Ruby, and Python wrappers
  • QuickFIX/J – FIX protocol engine written in Java

Games

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Action

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Application layer

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  • WINE – Allows Windows applications to be run on Unix-like operating systems

Emulation

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Puzzle

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  • Pingus – Lemmings alternative with penguins instead of lemmings.

Sandbox

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  • Minetest – An open source voxel game engine.

Simulation

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  • OpenTTD – Business simulation game in which players try to earn money via transporting passengers and freight by road, rail, water and air.
  • SuperTuxKart – Kart racing game that features mascots of various open-source projects.

Strategy

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Genealogy

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  • Gramps (software) – a free and open source genealogy software.

Geographic information systems

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  • QGIS – cross-platform desktop geographic information system (GIS) application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data.

Graphical user interface

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Desktop environments

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Window managers

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Windowing system

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Groupware

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Content management systems

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Wiki software

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Healthcare software

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Integrated library management software

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  • Evergreen – Integrated Library System initially developed for the Georgia Public Library Service’s PINES catalog
  • Koha – SQL-based library management
  • NewGenLib
  • OpenBiblio
  • PMB
  • refbase – Web-based institutional repository and reference management software

Image editor

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  • Darktable – Digital image workflow management, including RAW photo processing
  • digiKam – Integrated photography toolkit including editing capabilities
  • GIMP – Raster graphics editor aimed at image retouching/editing
  • Inkscape – Vector graphics editor
  • Karbon – Scalable vector drawing application in KDE
  • Krita – Digital painting, sketching and 2D animation application, with a variety of brush engines
  • LazPaint – Lightweight raster and vector graphics editor, aimed at being simpler to use than GIMP
  • LightZone – Free, open-source digital photo editor software application.
  • RawTherapee – Digital image workflow management aimed at RAW photo processing

Mathematics

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Statistics

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Numerical Analysis

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Geometry

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Spreadsheet

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  • LibreOffice Calc algebraic operations on table cells – descriptive data analysis

Media

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Audio editors, audio management

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CD/USB-writing software

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Flash animation

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  • Pencil2D – For animations
  • SWFTools – For scripting

Game engines

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Graphics

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2D

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  • Pencil2D – Simple 2D graphics and animation program
  • Synfig – 2D vector graphics and timeline based animation
  • TupiTube (formerly KTooN) – Application for the design and creation of animation
  • OpenToonz – Part of a family of 2D animation software
  • Krita – Digital painting, sketching and 2D animation application, with a variety of brush engines
  • Blender – Computer graphics software, Blender’s Grease Pencil tools allow for 2D animation within a full 3D pipeline.
  • mtPaint – raster graphics editor for creating icons, pixel art

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  • Blender – Computer graphics software featuring modeling, sculpting, texturing, rigging, simulation, rendering, camera tracking, video editing, and compositing
  • OpenFX – Modeling and animation software with a variety of built-in post processing effects
  • Seamless3d – Node-driven 3D modeling software
  • Wings 3D – subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.

Image galleries

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Image viewers

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Multimedia codecs, containers, splitters

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Television

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Video converters

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Video editing

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Video encoders

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Video players

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Other media packages

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Networking and Internet

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Advertising

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  • Geary – Email client based on WebKitGTK+
  • Mozilla Thunderbird – Email, news, RSS, and chat client

File transfer

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Grid and distributed processing

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Instant messaging

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IRC Clients

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Middleware

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Peer-to-peer file sharing

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  • Popcorn Time – Multi-platform, free, and open-source media player
  • qBittorrent – Alternative to popular clients such as μTorrent
  • Transmission – BitTorrent client

Portal Server

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Remote access and management

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  • FreeNX
  • OpenVPN
  • rdesktop
  • Synergy
  • VNC (RealVNC, TightVNC, UltraVNC)
  • Remmina (based on FreeRDP)

Routing software

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Web browsers

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Graphical

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  • Lynx – a text-based web browser developed since 1992
  • Links – a text-based browser with a framebuffer-based graphical mode
  • Elinks – featureful fork of Links with javascript support

Webcam

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  • Cheese – GNOME webcam application
  • Guvcview – Linux webcam application

Webgrabber

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  • Apache Cocoon – A web application framework
  • Apache – The most popular web server
  • AWStats – Log file parser and analyzer
  • BookmarkSync – Tool for browsers
  • Cherokee – Fast, feature-rich HTTP server
  • curl-loader – Powerful HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/FTPS loading and testing tool
  • FileZilla – FTP
  • Hiawatha – Secure, high performance, and easy-to-configure HTTP server
  • HTTP File Server – User-friendly file server software, with a drag-and-drop interface
  • lighttpd – Resource-sparing, but also fast and full-featured, HTTP Server
  • Lucee – CFML application server
  • Nginx – Lightweight, high performance web server/reverse proxy and e-mail (IMAP/POP3) proxy
  • NetKernel – Internet application server
  • Qcodo – PHP5 framework
  • Squid – Web proxy cache
  • Vaadin – Fast, Java-based framework for creating web applications
  • Varnish – High-performance web application accelerator/reverse proxy and load balancer/HTTP router
  • XAMPP – Package of web applications including Apache and MariaDB
  • Zope – Web application server

Web search engines

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Other networking programs

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  • JXplorer – LDAP client
  • Nextcloud – A fork of ownCloud
  • OpenLDAP – LDAP server
  • ownCloud – File share and sync server
  • Wireshark – Network monitor

Office suites

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Operating systems

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Be advised that available distributions of these systems can contain, or offer to build and install, added software that is neither free software nor open-source.

Emulation and Virtualisation

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Personal information managers

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Programming language support

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Bug trackers

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Code generators

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Documentation generators

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  • Doxygen – Tool for writing software reference documentation. The documentation is written within code.
  • Mkd – The software documentation is extracted from the sources files, from pseudocode or comments.
  • Natural Docs – Claims to use a more natural language as input from the comments, hence its name.

Configuration software

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Debuggers (for testing and trouble-shooting)

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  • GNU Debugger – A portable debugger that runs on many Unix-like systems
  • Memtest86 – Stress-tests RAM on x86 machines
  • Xnee – Record and replay tests

Integrated development environments

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Version control systems

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Reference management software

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Risk Management

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Science

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Bioinformatics

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Cheminformatics

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Electronic Lab Notebooks

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Geographic Information Systems

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Geoscience

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Grid computing

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  • P-GRADE Portal – Grid portal software enabling the creation, execution and monitoring of workflows through high-level Web interfaces

Microscope image processing

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  • CellProfiler – Automatic microscopic analysis, aimed at individuals lacking training in computer vision
  • Endrov – Java-based plugin architecture designed to analyse complex spatio-temporal image data
  • Fiji – ImageJ-based image processing
  • Ilastik – Image-classification and segmentation software
  • ImageJ – Image processing application developed at the National Institutes of Health
  • IMOD – 2D and 3D analysis of electron microscopy data
  • ITK – Development framework used for creation of image segmentation and registration programs
  • KNIME – Data analytics, reporting, and integration platform
  • VTK – C++ toolkit for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualisation
  • 3DSlicer – Medical image analysis and visualisation

Molecular dynamics

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  • GROMACS – Protein, lipid, and nucleic acid simulation
  • LAMMPS – Molecular dynamics software
  • MDynaMix – General-purpose molecular dynamics, simulating mixtures of molecules
  • ms2 – molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation package for the prediction of thermophysical properties of fluids
  • NWChem – Quantum chemical and molecular dynamics software

Molecule viewer

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  • Avogadro – Plugin-extensible molecule visualisation
  • BALLView – Molecular modeling and visualisation
  • Jmol – 3D representation of molecules in a variety of formats, for use as a teaching tool
  • Molekel – Molecule viewing software
  • MeshLab – Able to import PDB dataset and build up surfaces from them
  • PyMOL – High-quality representations of small molecules as well as biological macromolecules
  • QuteMol – Interactive molecule representations offering an array of innovative OpenGL visual effects
  • RasMol – Visualisation of biological macromolecules

Nanotechnology

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Plotting

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Quantum chemistry

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  • CP2K – Atomistic and molecular simulation of solid-state, liquid, molecular, and biological systems

Screensavers

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Statistics

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  • R Statistics Software
  • LimeSurvey – Online survey system

Theology

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Typesetting

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Written by Jane