Project of the Week, July 6, 2015

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:


GNS3

GNS3 is a graphical network simulator that allows you to design complex network topologies. You may run simulations or configure devices ranging from simple workstations to powerful Cisco routers. It is based on Dynamips, Pemu/Qemu, and Dynagen.
[ Download GNS3 ]


SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution created on the “testing” branch of Debian. It features customized lightweight desktops (like E19, LXDE and Openbox), multimedia plugins, selected sets of apps, and its own custom tools to ease different tasks. Sparky is in between the distros that are beginner-friendly and those that require some amount of Linux knowledge. Beginner Linux users are advised to consult the project forums regarding any issues or doubts. Important note: SparkyLinux ISO images provide a snapshot of the package tree available at the time of their release (Sparky’s repository, as well as Debian’s Testing repo). While it is possible to upgrade a running ISO to the latest version via APT, you should be aware that running ISOs are placed in RAM, so large upgrades might fail unexpectedly. The common practice is to upgrade the required packages only (the installer for example, if there’s an issue with it), and the rest of the system after installing to disk.
[ Download SparkyLinux ]


PeaZip

PeaZip is a free archiver tool. The application provides a unified, natively portable, cross-platform file manager and archive manager GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX. PeaZip can create 7Z, ARC, BZip/GZip, PEA, TAR, WIM, XZ, ZPAQ, ZIP files, and many more. It also opens and extracts over 150 file types, including ACE, CAB, DEB, ISO, RAR, ZIPX. Features of PeaZip include extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives (sfx), split files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, and export task definition as command line script.
[ Download PeaZip ]


PlatformIO Storage

PlatformIO is a cross-platform code builder and the missing library manager, ready for embedded development, IDE and Continuous integration, and Arduino and MBED compatible. You have no need to install any IDE or compile any tool chains. PlatformIO has pre-built different development platforms, including compiler, debugger, uploader (for embedded boards), and many other useful tools. PlatformIO also has pre-configured settings for the most popular Embedded Boards. You have no need to specify in Project Configuration File type, frequency of MCU, or upload protocol. PlatformIO Library Manager allows you to organize external libraries. You can search for new libraries via the Command-Line, or Web interfaces. Due to platformio lib update command you will also have up-to-date libraries.
[ Download PlatformIO Storage ]


Greenshot

Greenshot is a lightweight screenshot software tool for Windows that quickly creates screenshots of a selected region, window, or full screen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer. Greenshot easily annotates, highlights, or obfuscates parts of the screenshot. Greenshot also exports screenshots in various ways: save to file, send to printer, copy to clipboard, attach to e-mail, send Microsoft Office programs, or upload to photo sites like Flickr or Picasa. And Greenshot has many more options, to simplify the creation of, and work with, screenshots every day. Overall, Greenshot is easy to understand, and configurable, making it an efficient tool for project managers, software developers, technical writers, testers, and anyone else creating screenshots.
[ Download Greenshot ]


Battle for Wesnoth

The Battle for Wesnoth is a Free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat. Fight a desperate battle to reclaim the throne of Wesnoth, or take hand in any number of other adventures.
[ Download Battle for Wesnoth ]


GeoServer

GeoServer is an Open Source software server, written in Java, that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards: WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS and REST.
[ Download GeoServer ]


winPenPack: Portable Software Collection

winPenPack is a project that aims at collecting the most frequently used and most popular Open Source applications made portable, so that they can be executed without installation from any USB Flash Drive or Hard Disk. The winPenPack suites offer a wide range of portable applications, such as office tools, internet tools, multimedia tools, development tools, security applications, and other frequently used utilities. Everything you need, completely free, Open Source, and portable!
[ Download winPenPack: Portable Software Collection ]


antiX-Linux

antiX is a fast, lightweight, and easy-to-install linux live CD distribution, based on Debian Testing, for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.
[ Download antiX-Linux ]

SourceForge forming Community Panel

SourceForge has begun outreach to Open Source developers and end-users in an effort to form a Community Panel to help guide future development of our products and policies.

We expect to have ongoing communications with members of our Community Panel in coming weeks, to be followed by an in-person event at summer’s end on the east coast of the US.

If you have interest in taking a positive role in guiding SourceForge’s future, please drop us a note at communityteam@sourceforge.net with a couple lines about your Open Source experiences.

In addition to obtaining guidance from our Community Panel, we always welcome feedback from the broader community, including both developers and end-users, on our Community Voice forum at https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/discussion/communityvoice

Thank you,

Roberto

July 2015, “Community Choice” Projects of the Month – Octave-Forge & SharpDevelop

For our July “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected two projects, Octave-Forge and SharpDevelop, by a tie vote!

Octave-Forge is a central location for the collaborative development of packages for GNU Octave.

Octave-Forge packages expand Octave’s core functionality by providing field specific features via Octave’s package system. For example, image and signal processing, fuzzy logic, instrument control, and statistics packages are examples of individual Octave-Forge packages (browse the full list of packages). And Octave-Forge is the best way to install all octave-forge packages from a central location.

[ Download Octave-Forge ]

 

SharpDevelop is a free IDE for C#, VB.NET, & Boo projects on Microsoft’s .NET platform.

SharpDevelop was designed as a free, lightweight alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio and, thus, it works natively with Visual Studio projects and code files. SharpDevelop allows you to write applications in C#, VB.NET, F#, IronPython, and IronRuby. And it comes with integrated unit and performance testing tools; Git, NuGet, etc. that make development a breeze. Download both the source code and executable files, or find the latest information and changes on #develop through the forum.

[ Download SharpDevelop ]

July 2015, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – TortoiseSVN

For our June “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected TortoiseSVN, a Subversion (SVN) client implemented as a windows shell extension. TortoiseSVN’s lead developer, Stefan Kueng, shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SF: Tell me about the TortoiseSVN project please.
Kueng: TortoiseSVN is an easy to use Subversion client for Windows that integrates fully into the Windows Explorer. It provides the full features of Subversion and also has many additional features that are not part of the core of Subversion.

SF: What made you start this?
Kueng: I needed an easy-to-use version control client. At the time, the only free version control system was CVS but it was not good enough. Subversion was in the very early stages, with no official release yet and no UI clients available. That’s when I decided to create an UI client for it.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
Kueng: I think yes. The client provides all the features of Subversion.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
Kueng: Developers mostly, but since it’s user-friendly it can also be used by other people who need to version their files (i.e. designers, writers, etc.).

SF: What core need does TortoiseSVN fulfill?
Kueng: It’s a highly accessible UI for Subversion.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using TortoiseSVN?
Kueng: I recommend reading the docs. There’s a lot of information in there that cannot easily be figured out without actually reading them.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
Kueng: React fast to bug reports, listen to requests, and try to implement them. We also provide good documentation.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps to build up your community of users?
Kueng: It depends on the users. A lot of our users work in big companies with complex demands; therefore, they don’t like frequent updates. That’s why we try to make stable releases only when necessary. But we provide nightly builds for users who need the latest features.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
Kueng: Winning the SF community awards category “Best Tool or Utility for Developers” in 2007.

SF: What helped make that happen?
Kueng: A big enough user base and users that appreciate the work done on TortoiseSVN.

SF: What was the net result for that event?
Kueng: I think we got a few more users.

SF: What is the next big thing for TortoiseSVN?
Kueng: The next major release of Subversion is only a short time away, and with that release there will also be a new major release of TortoiseSVN with a lot new features.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
Kueng: I hope it will be done in a few weeks.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
Kueng: Yes, presently we’re mostly finished and are in the final stages.

SF: If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently for TortoiseSVN?
Kueng: It’s been evolving just the way it is comfortably.

[ Download TortoiseSVN ]

Project of the Week, June 29, 2015

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:


TeXstudio – A LaTeX Editor

TeXstudio is a fully featured LaTeX editor. Our goal is to make writing LaTeX documents as easy and comfortable as possible. Some of the outstanding features of TeXstudio are an integrated PDF viewer with (almost) word-level synchronization, live inline preview, advanced syntax-highlighting, live reference check, citations, latex commands, spelling, and grammar.
[ Download TeXstudio – A LaTeX Editor ]


Octave-Forge

Octave-Forge is a central location for the collaborative development of packages for GNU Octave. The Octave-Forge packages expand Octave’s core functionality by providing field specific features via Octave’s package system. For example, image and signal processing, fuzzy logic, instrument control, and statistics packages are examples of individual Octave-Forge packages.
[ Download Octave-Forge ]


gnuplot development

A famous scientific plotting package, features include 2D and 3D plotting, a huge number of output formats, interactive input or script-driven options, and a large set of scripted examples.
[ Download gnuplot development ]


NAS4Free

NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution and supports
sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, hard disk or booted of from a Live CD with a USB stick.
[ Download NAS4Free ]


ConEmu – Windows console with tabs

ConEmu-Maximus5 is a Windows console window enhancement (local terminal emulator), which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable tabbed GUI window with various features. Initially, the program was created as a companion to Far Manager, my favorite shell replacement. Today, ConEmu can be used with any other console application or simple GUI tools, like PuTTY. ConEmu is an active project, open to suggestions.
[ Download ConEmu – Windows console with tabs ]


Robolinux

Robolinux is pleased to announce V7.9.2 LTS (Until 2018) X12+ Privacy & Security, with many enhancements, plus maintenance & upstream security updates, the newest VirtualBox, Firefox & Thunderbird versions, and three new apps. RoboLinux is a Linux desktop solution for a home office, SOHO, and enterprise users looking for a well-protected migration path away from other operating systems.
[ Download Robolinux ]


K-Meleon

K-Meleon is a fast and customizable web browser that can be used instead of Internet Explorer on Windows. Powered by the same Gecko engine as the Firefox and Mozilla browsers, K-Meleon provides users with a secure browsing experience.
[ Download K-Meleon ]


ScummVM

ScummVM is a cross-platform interpreter for many point-and-click adventure games. This includes LucasArts SCUMM games (such as Monkey Island 1-3, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, …), many of Sierra’s AGI and SCI games (such as King’s Quest 1-6, Space Quest 1-5, …), Discworld 1 and 2, Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2, Beneath A Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, Broken Sword 1 and 2, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Gobliiins 1-3, The Legend of Kyrandia 1-3, many of Humongous Entertainment’s children’s SCUMM games (including Freddi Fish and Putt Putt games) and many more.
[ Download ScummVM ]


KXStudio

KXStudio is a collection of tools and tweaks, targeted at audio and video production.
[ Download KXStudio ]