In the December mailing, I listed the 25 fastest-growing projects. However, I neglected to say what those projects actually were. I listed the names and linked to them, and that was it. Several people wrote to complain about this omission. I’ll be sure not to repeat it in months to come. Meanwhile, here’s a more useful list. These are the 25 projects that grew the fastest in November, where “growth” is defined as downloads.
I acknowledge that this is not the most accurate way to measure project growth. Other factors, such as commits, number of participants on the mailing lists, number of tickets opened and closed, might more accurately reflect actual project growth. Downloads has the advantage of being easier to measure. We are, however, working on various ways to measure project health objectively, and hope to have something to show for it early next year.
Meanwhile, here’s the list:
- Orwell Dev-C++
A maintained verison of Dev-C++ which features an updated MinGW compiler and updated code.
- The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library
The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library is a simple tool that helps C/C++ developers initialize extensions and write portable applications. GLEW currently supports a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Darwin, Irix, and Solaris.
PhotoFilmStrip creates movies out of your pictures in just 3 steps. First select your photos, customize the motion path and render the video. There are several output possibilities for VCD, SVCD, DVD up to FULL-HD. Creates animated slideshows.
- eSpeak: speech synthesis
Text to Speech engine for English and many other languages. Compact size with clear but artificial pronunciation. Available as a command-line program with many options, a shared library for Linux, and a Windows SAPI5 version.
- OSClass for classifieds
Open Source Classifieds (OSClass) is for classifieds what WordPress is for publishing. It’s a free and open script to create your advertisement or listings site. Best features: Plugins, Themes, Multi-language, Captcha, Dashboard, SEO Friendly
- The Chakra Project
Chakra GNU/LInux is a free, user-friendly and extremely powerful liveCD and distribution using the award winning KDE SC and Plasma Desktop with a bundle system to use GTK-apps.
XAMPPadmin is software that makes xampp adminstration much easier and requires less typing than normal xampp adminstrative commands.
Nokia NBU, NBF, NFB, NFC and ARC backup file parser, extractor and viewer. It can help you to check content of backup or extract files from it. Requires MS .Net Framework 2
- Pinguy OS
Pinguy OS an out-of-the-box working operating system for everyone, not just geeks.
Ns is a discrete event simulator targeted at networking research. Ns provides substantial support for simulation of TCP, routing, and multicast protocols over wired and wireless (local and satellite) networks.
net-snmp provides tools and libraries relating to the Simple Network Management Protocol including: An extensible agent, An SNMP library, tools to request or set information from SNMP agents, tools to generate and handle SNMP traps, etc.
The fastest 64-Bit variant of Firefox!
Simutrans is a transport simulation games. Planes, ships, trains, trams, trucks, busses, or monorails are at your disposal. But factories have contracts and passengers will only travel to their own destinations. Many graphic sets (paks) are available
- Caesium – Image Compressor
Caesium reduces the size of your picture up to 90%, preserving the original visual quality. Allows you to save a lot of space and easily upload your pictures on the web in a moment. The software is user-friendly with a simple and clear interface.
- HyperSQL Database Engine (HSQLDB)
HSQLDB is a relational database engine written in Java, with a JDBC driver, conforming to ANSI SQL:2008. A small, fast, multithreaded engine and server with memory and disk tables, LOBs, transaction isolation, multiversion concurrency and ACID.
- ListenArabic.com Music Download MP3
ListenArabic Music Download MP3 (beta) allows you to download free arabic music mp3 songs and works seamlessly with ListenArabic.com.
- iReport-Designer for JasperReports
iReport is the most popular visual designer tool for JasperReports Library and JasperReports Server (Business Intelligence). Supports all the most important output formats and virtually any data source.
- GO Contact Sync Mod
GO Contact Sync Mod synchronizes your Microsoft Outlook contacts with your Google Mail address book, including pictures, categories and notes. Since version 3.5.6 it also syncs your Outlook Notes on demand to Google Documents. This Mod fork adds many enhancements and bug fixes to the obviously dead project ‘Go Contact Sync’.
- Minecraft X-Ray
Minecraft X-Ray is a program whose primary purpose is to aid in finding valuable ores and resources inside a Minecraft world. This branch is based on code written by plusminus from the Minecraft forums.
- Weka—Machine Learning Software in Java
Weka is a collection of machine learning algorithms for solving real-world data mining problems. It is written in Java and runs on almost any platform. The algorithms can either be applied directly to a dataset or called from your own Java code.
- Advanced Onion Router
Advanced Onion Router is a client for OR network and is intended to be an improved alternative for Tor+Vidalia+Privoxy bundle for Windows users. It is able to “force” a program and its plugins to use the Tor proxy regardless of its configured proxy
- Process Hacker
Process Hacker is a free and open source process viewer and memory editor with unique features such as powerful process termination. It can show services, processes and their threads, modules, handles and memory regions.
- Parted Magic
The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs.
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. http://moodle.org/
Yes, you’re right, that’s only 24. Turns out that one of the fastest growing projects was someone who saw Sourceforge as free hosting for their files. Fortunately, our ever-diligent sysops noticed this violation of our terms of service, and put a stop to it.