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Open Source Software List: 2015 Ultimate List

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We have compiled those lists into one ultimate open source software list. The following list spotlights 1,211 noteworthy open source projects that have been featured on our website. We added one new category this year—Internet of Things—as well as dozens of new projects. And several older projects that have appeared on earlier open source software lists in the past but are no longer actively maintained have been retired from the list.

Please note that this is not a ranking; projects are organized into categories and arranged alphabetically within each category.

As always, feel free to note any open source projects that we may have missed in the comments section below.

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2015: The year the UN resets the count

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Yet while openness and open data are repeatedly trumpeted, the UN report doesn’t mention open source once. I recently asked the report’s lead author Claire Melamed why, and she said she didn't feel it was within the scope of the report. But "A World That Counts" calls for a variety of things to happen in 2015, all of which could easily become mired in bureaucracy or outdated forms of collaboration without a dose of open source values.

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MatchStick Hands-On: A Cheap Open Source Chromecast? Yes Please.

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Chromecast has largely caught on as a way to easily use services like Netflix on your computer. MatchStick is an open source HDMI stick for everyone who wants to use there TV for more than just watching movies.

There's no problem with Chromecast per se it's just that Chromecast is a closed ecosystem that doesn't lend itself very well to experimentation. MatchStick runs Flint, an OS built on Mozilla's Fire OS. The platform is completely open so that developers can write their own applications for the hardware.

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Also: Matchstick Launches The Flint Open Source Streaming Platform With New Hardware Partnerships

Kickstarter-Success Matchstick Launches The Flint Open Source Streaming Platform With New Hardware Partnerships

Round-up: Open source technologies are key to the growth of Internet of Things

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The Linux Foundation believes that the objective of a full ecosystem within the Internet of Things can only be achieved by developing an open source framework

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How to pick an open source CMS that's right for your business

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A content management system is the backbone of your website. When it comes to choosing an open source CMS, you'll need a robust platform that allows for Web authoring, collaboration and document management, in addition to administrative and design tools.

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Also: What's New in January for Open Source CMS

CubeCart Goes Open Source, Launches V6 Beta & Extensions Marketplace

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CubeCart has announced that all previous, current and future versions of its software will be under GPL 3.0 licence. Put simply, CubeCart is now open source.

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Richard Koh: Open source has many doors but no locks

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Richard Koh has travelled a long journey to become the Country Manager of Singapore for Red Hat Incorporated, a premier professional open source services company that counts many major banks and financial institutions amongst its customers, not least the Singapore Exchange.

An NUS alumnus with a background in Electrical Engineering, his leadership as the VP of IEEE (International) Student Chapter in NUS during his undergraduate days was promoting professional ethics and engineering as a career for undergraduates, connecting students to the sector and allowing them the understanding of the realities of an engineering profession. Now, he promotes the business and professional virtues of open source software.

The Independent managed to catch up with him and discuss what the future holds for Red Hat in 2015, given the rise of cloud computing and Big Data.

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10 entry points to tech (for girls, women, and everyone)

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As a passionate open source advocate, I’m always looking for more ways to get more people involved. Of particular interest to me is getting more girls and women involved, so we can strengthen diversity in our communities and give them the fantastic opportunities in their hobbies and career that many contributors to open source have today.

Getting started with contributing to open source can be tricky, so the following is a list of suggestions I have as a women in the community for other women and girls out there to make it easier.

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Red Hat's OpenStack Tech Leadership Discusses Cloud Direction

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Red Hat has multiple products within its Infrastructure division, including the CloudForms management solution and the OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service product. McLoughlin noted that OpenStack is a key part of a broader portfolio but still stands on its own as well.

"You can build a cloud with the individual projects, but if you build a cloud with the entire portfolio, you get a whole lot more value out of it," McLoughlin said.

In terms of the continued development and expansion of OpenStack services, there are a number of new capabilities that are underway, including the Manila shared filed system service. Work is also ongoing for the Zaqar messaging service.

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More OpenStack: Mystery telco leads $14M round for OpenStack hosting provider Blue Box

Citrix, Apache and Others Still Committed to CloudStack

An open source mantra: Avoid "no derivatives"

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Bill Fitzgerald runs FunnyMonkey to help educators and students improve accessibility to educational materials. He is an educator, open source developer, and entrepreneur, and I was able to speak with him recently about his work and why it matters. And most importantly, how open source methodology makes all the difference.

Bill grew up in Connecticut and attended Boston College where he completed undergraduate studies before enrolling at the University of San Francisco where he earned a masters degree in writing. He then taught English and history at public and private schools. And he’s been both a school administrator and a technology director. What you can tell from talking to Bill is that he loves education.

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Netrunner 14.1 – Main Edition (Frontier)

The “14.1” indicates an updated and polished release of Netrunner 14 LTS on the same underlying base. Since 14.1 is using the same base “trusty” like Netrunner 14, there is no need for users of 14 to migrate: Simply updating from the shared backports ppa of the Frontier release cycle should give the same result, while keeping customizations in place. Read more

Wayland 1.6.1 & Weston 1.6.1 Released

Bryce Harrington, the former Canonical employee part of Ubuntu's X/Mir team turned Samsung open-source employee, has issued the first maintenance update for Wayland 1.6. Wayland 1.6.1 and the reference compositor Weston 1.6.1 were released on Friday night by Harrington. The Wayland 1.6.1 stable update has just over a dozen changes and they're mostly tiny bug-fixes/corrections but there is also improved handling for some error situations between servers and clients. The brief Wayland 1.6.1 release announcement can be read on the Wayland mailing list. Read more