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Projects of the Week, August 22, 2016

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

OpenMandriva Lx

OpenMandriva Lx is an exciting free Desktop Operating System that aims to cater to and interest first time and advanced users alike. It has the breadth and depth of an advanced system but is designed to be simple and straightforward in use. OpenMandriva Lx comes from a 100% community-driven association that believes in the values of free software & collaboration and whose founding values are development, equality, co-operation, openness, freedom, group achievement, independence, and solidarity. Our sources can be found here: https://github.com/OpenMandrivaAssociation Our spohisticated build system can be found here: http://abf.openmandriva.org/ Talk to us: * IRC – #openmandriva-cooker on freenode.net * Forums – https://forums.openmandriva.org * Mailing list – https://wiki.openmandriva.org/en/Mailinglist Report a bug or new feature: * Bugzilla – https://issues.openmandriva.org
[ Download OpenMandriva Lx ]


Maui Linux

Maui is a full desktop Linux distribution, that ships with the Plasma Shell workspace and many Open Source applications.
[ Download Maui Linux ]


Cyberfox

Cyberfox is a Mozilla-based Internet browser designed to take advantage of 64-bit architecture but a 32-bit version is also available. The application provides a higher memory performance when navigating your favorite pages. Compatible Windows Operating Systems: Windows 7/7 SP1 OS x86|x64 Windows 8/8.x OS x86|x64 Windows 10 OS x86|x64 (Windows XP Unsupported, Windows Vista Unsupported) Dedicated support forums. https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/index.php Dedicated Contact Forms. https://cyberfox.8pecxstudios.com/contact-us Profile Buddy: Transfer your profile from any Mozilla base browser. https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=350 Tell us what you think and write a review.
[ Download Cyberfox ]


picoreplayer

piCorePlayer is an embedded Squeezebox player build on piCore, the Raspberry Pi port of Tiny Core Linux with Squeezelite for your Raspberry Pi board.
[ Download picoreplayer ]


LDAP Admin

Windows LDAP editor, includes support for POSIX groups and accounts, SAMBA accounts, some Postfix objects and more
[ Download LDAP Admin ]


salix

Salix is a linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple and easy to use. Salix aims to be completely backwards compatible with Slackware, so Slackware users can benefit from Salix repositories.
[ Download salix ]


Arch Bang

ArchBang is a simple GNU/Linux distribution which provides you with a lightweight Arch Linux system combined with the OpenBox window manager. Suitable for both desktop and portable systems – It is fast, stable, and always up to date. Summer 2016 we have gone systemd free, we now ship with OpenRC init system.
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x64dbg

An open-source x64/x32 debugger for windows. If you don’t trust SourceForge, you can always get the latest snapshot here: http://releases.x64dbg.com You need the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtimes to run x64dbg: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784
[ Download x64dbg ]


Sky Chart / Cartes du Ciel

SkyChart is a software to draw chart of the night sky for the amateur astronomer from a bunch of stars and nebulae catalogs. See main web page for full download. This software is part of a full suite for astronomical observation: https://sourceforge.net/projects/ccdciel/ https://sourceforge.net/projects/indistarter/ https://sourceforge.net/projects/eqmodgui/ Requirement: https://sourceforge.net/projects/libpasastro/ See also: https://sourceforge.net/projects/indi/
[ Download Sky Chart / Cartes du Ciel ]

Projects of the Week, August 15, 2016

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

ReactOS

ReactOS is an open source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003).
[ Download ReactOS ]


Super Audio CD Decoder

Super Audio CD Decoder input plugin for foobar2000. Decoder is capable of playing back Super Audio CD ISO images, DSDIFF and DSF files. Direct DSD playback for compatible devices.
[ Download Super Audio CD Decoder ]


Seer

This is a quick look tool for Windows. (Linux will be supported in the future.) Acts just like the one in OS X , but Seer is more powerful and faster. Share with your friends please. Share with your friends please. Share with your friends please. Sorry I said it three times ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ Thanks. Minimum supported : Windows Vista.
[ Download Seer ]


Asuswrt-Merlin

Asuswrt-Merlin is a third party firmware for select Asus wireless routers. Based on the Asuswrt firmware developed by Asus, it brings tweaks, new features and other improvements to the original firmware, while retaining its performance and ease of use. Note that only downloads are hosted on SF.net – the complete source code can be found on https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin .
[ Download Asuswrt-Merlin ]


berryboot

Berryboot is a simple operating system installer and boot selection screen for ARM devices such as the Raspberry Pi and Cubieboard. It allows you to put multiple Linux distribution on a single SD card.
[ Download berryboot ]


DisplayCAL

DisplayCAL (formerly known as dispcalGUI) is a graphical user interface for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system. Calibrate and characterize your display devices using one of the many supported measurement instruments, with support for multi-display setups and a variety of available settings like customizable whitepoint, luminance, tone response curve as well as the option to create accurate look-up-table ICC profiles as well as some proprietary 3D LUT formats. Check the accuracy of profiles and 3D LUTs via measurements.
[ Download DisplayCAL ]


CMU Sphinx

CMUSphinx is a speaker-independent large vocabulary continuous speech recognizer released under BSD style license. It is also a collection of open source tools and resources that allows researchers and developers to build speech recognition systems.
[ Download CMU Sphinx ]


Uniform Server

The Uniform Server is a lightweight server solution for running a web server under the WindowsOS. Less than 24MB! Modular design, includes the latest versions of Apache2, Perl5, PHP (switch between PHP53, PHP54, PHP55 or PHP56), MySQL5 or MariaDB5, phpMyAdmin or Adminer4. Run from either hard drive or USB memory stick… NO INSTALLATION REQUIRED! NO REGISTRY DUST! Just UNPACK and FIRE UP!
[ Download Uniform Server ]


uGet – Download Manager

uGet, the Best Download Manager for Linux. uGet is an Open Source download manager application for GNU/Linux developed with GTK+, which also comes packaged as a portable Windows app. uGet uses very few resources while at the same time packs an unparalleled powerful feature set. These features include a Queue, Pause/Resume, Multi-Connection (with adaptive segment management), Mirrors (multi-source), Multi-Protocol, Advanced Categorization, Clipboard Monitor, Batch Downloads, Individualized Category Default Settings, Speed Limiting, Total Active Downloads Control, and so much more! For the full Features list go to http://ugetdm.com/features – Quick Links – Blog: http://ugetdm.com/blog Support Forum: http://ugetdm.com/forum Tutorials: http://ugetdm.com/tutorials RSS Feeds: http://ugetdm.com/rss Gallery: http://ugetdm.com/gallery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): http://ugetdm.com/faqs
[ Download uGet – Download Manager ]

Projects of the Week, August 8, 2016

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

Simplicity Linux

Simplicity Linux uses Puppy Linux and derivatives as a base, uses the XFCE window manager, and comes in 3 editions: Netbook, Desktop and Media. Netbook features cloud based software, Desktop features locally based software and Media edition is designed to allow people who want a lounge PC to access their media with ease.
[ Download Simplicity Linux ]


Bodhi Linux

Bodhi is a minimalistic, enlightened, Linux desktop.
[ Download Bodhi Linux ]


Warzone 2100

You command the forces of “The Project” in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles. The game offers a full campaign with optional (but strongly recommended!), videos, battle against four factions, multi-player and single-player skirmish modes, and an extensive tech tree and a full unit designer. Multi-player is also cross-platform, battle your friends with any OS, Windows, Linux or Mac, it all works seamlessly! We also offer 100% portable Windows builds, take the game and install it anywhere! Our source repo is now at https://github.com/Warzone2100/warzone2100 If you are using linux, and want a .deb, then please get the latest version available from http://www.playdeb.net/app/Warzone2100 (They are not affliated with us, but they do have the latest builds!) Warzone 2100 works on both 32 & 64 bit Windows Vista or higher, 32 or 64 bit Linux, 32 or 64 bit Macs.
[ Download Warzone 2100 ]


FCEUX

An open source NES Emulator for Windows and Unix that features solid emulation accuracy and state of the art tools for power users.
[ Download FCEUX ]


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 ]


Money Manager Ex

Money Manager Ex (mmex) is an easy to use, money management application. It is a personal finance manager. It can be used to track your net worth, income vs expenses etc. It runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
[ Download Money Manager Ex ]


DxWnd

Windows hooker – intercepts system calls to make fullscreen programs running in a window, to support a better compatibility, to enhance video modes and to stretch timing. It is typically very useful to run old windows games.
[ Download DxWnd ]


Pandora FMS: Flexible Monitoring System

Pandora FMS is an enterprise-ready monitoring solution that provides unparalleled flexibility for IT to address both immediate and unforeseen operational issues, including infrastructure and IT processes. It uniquely enables business and IT to adapt to changing needs through a flexible and rapid approach to IT and business deployment. Pandora FMS consolidates all the needs of modern monitoring (ITOM, APM, BAM) and provides status and performance metrics from different operating systems, virtual infrastructure (VMware, Hyper-V, XEN), Docker containers, applications, storage and hardware devices such as firewalls, proxies, databases, web servers or routers. It’s highly scalable (up to 2000 nodes with one single server), 100% web and with multi-tenant capabilities. It has a very flexible ACL system and several different graphical reports and user-defined control screens.
[ Download Pandora FMS: Flexible Monitoring System ]


Rescatux

Rescatux is a GNU/Linux repair cd (and eventually also Windows) but it is not like other rescue disks. Rescatux comes with Rescapp. Rescapp is a nice wizard that will guide you through your rescue and repair tasks. When the wizard is not able to solve your problem you can also enjoy of Rescatux unique support features: * Chat: Open the chat for asking help directly in Rescatux channel. * Share log: After running an option you can share its log (the action registry that it has done) so that in the chat they can help you better. Or better, even, you can help debug and fix Rescatux bugs on the fly. * Share log on forum: Prepares a forum post alike text so that you can just copy and paste it in your favourite forum. Logs are nicely inserted into it with [CODE] symbols. * Boot Info Script: Run Boot Info Script option to share your computer configuration (specially boot one).
[ Download Rescatux ]

August 2016, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – LibreCAD

For our August “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected LibreCAD, a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple, and Linux. Ries van Twisk and Ravas Mi, two of the developers behind the project shared some of their thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this project?
Ries van Twisk (RVT): I was working on a CNC machine and my wife asked me why it took so long to let the machine do its job. I told her that I needed to make a drawing, then open another application to generate g-code. So I decided to add a module to QCad so I can do it in one go. Working a bit on this project I came to the conclusion I needed to re-write the code for QT4 because Qt3 was old, which QCad was based on. I showed this to a few people on the LinuxCNC IRC channel and they urged me to put the codebase online. One thing led to another and we gave this project a name, ‘LibreCAD’. I never was able to finish the g-code creation module, but instead we now have a continuation of open source CAD that is available for everybody.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
RVT: The very original vision (see previous answer) no but after we decided to create the LibreCAD fork, I do believe we achieved our goal.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
RVT: Anybody that needs to make simple CAD drawings.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using LibreCAD?
RVT: Read our wiki and start using the manual, and of course have a project in mind you want to work on.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
RVT: Most important for us is to be friendly, help each other out, fix bugs and continue improving LibreCAD.
Our community is active on IRC as well as our forum. We are not huge compared to other projects, but we can sustain ourselves.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
RVT: We are too small for frequent releases. This is due to our team size and we are all doing this in our free time, most of us have a partner and/or children and they come first. We try to release as often as possible but within reason.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
RVT: We don’t have ‘the big thing’ but perhaps if I have to think of something for me personally is that LibreCAD is a working project with a solid past and future.

Ravas Mi: (For me it was) support for reading DWG files and exporting MakerCAM SVG files; these are not part of the free version of QCAD, which LibreCAD forked from.

Those came first but I think some of my contributions are worth mentioning.

The new custom toolbar and custom menu system greatly improves user efficiency. With custom menus (think right-click) you don’t need to move out of the drawing area to switch tools or snap modes. Command users might even find themselves more efficient.

Users can now select their own Qt style sheets, which allows for dramatically changing the program’s appearance.

The release which included those also included many other new features and important bug fixes.
(https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/releases/tag/2.1.0)

SF: What’s been your mantra throughout the development process?
RVT: Keep doing what you do and make LibreCAD better with each release. It doesn’t have to go fast, it doesn’t have to go frequently as long as it happens.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach success?
RVT: SF has always been a stable and working platform for us where our user base could download the binaries.

SF: What is the next big thing for LibreCAD?
RVT: We are working on a new version of LibreCAD, currently we call it LibreCAD 3 for lack of better naming. This year we are making big steps with the current two GSoC students. We are far from having a product, but we keep improving and working on it and one day this will be our new LibreCAD.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
RVT: A few years more. Sometimes the project stands still due to lack of time, but we try during GSoC to get 1 or two developers working on the project and I am working on it in my free time because I like c++.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
RVT: At this moment we lack resources, but we will manage, obviously we can use more help.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for LibreCAD?
RVT: I would have more actively asked for help from developers.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
RVT: We need a few (2 at most) developers that have good knowledge of math and c++ and perhaps a bit of lua.

[ Download LibreCAD ]

August 2016, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – Eclipse Tomcat Plugin

For our August “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected Eclipse Tomcat Plugin, which offers simple handling of a tomcat server in Eclipse IDE. Current project developer Markus Keunecke shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): Tell me about the Eclipse Tomcat Plugin project please.
Markus Keunecke (MK): The Eclipse Tomcat Plugin does exactly what its name promises: It integrates the Apache Tomcat server into the Eclipse development environment for easy development and debugging of Java web application. It is a highly focused project, so it is very simple to set up and requires very little system resources.

SF: What made you start this?
MK: The project was originally started by Bruno Leroux in 2002 as Sysdeo Eclipse Tomcat Launcher Plugin and maintained for over a decade. In 2014, however, the plugin became incompatible to recent versions of Eclipse/Tomcat. The project founder had moved on to other projects. So I had a look into the source code and fixed the compatibility issue. While I was at it, I also added a feature to simplify configuration.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
MK: The basic philosophy of the Tomcat plugin is, that it should just work. People should hardly notice its existence, although they use it on a daily basis. Think of a very good public transport system that is used by commuters every day.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
MK: My project is targeted at Java Web Developers.

SF: What core need does the Eclipse Tomcat Plugin fulfill?
MK: The plugin supports Java Web Developers by integrating Tomcat into the development environment. It enables developers to use Eclipse’s powerful debugging capabilities such as break points, variable inspection and hot code replacement.

While the plugin does very smart work in the background, the user interface and configuration is very easy.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
MK: We’ve done a number of small things creating a huge impact. The main idea behind those actions was to make the project easy to be found. For example the project name is exactly the phrase people would use in search engines. We moved from a zip file on a random website to a listing in the Eclipse Marketplace and an update site in the SourceForge file release system.

The SourceForge project makes the project visible to potential contributors by offering a bug tracker and Git repository.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
MK: Yes, releases are a form of free advertisement. Many software directories, such as the Eclipse Marketplace, have a prominent list of new & updated software.

This is of course also true for the community of contributors: If someone goes through the trouble of reporting a bug or even submitting a pull request, they’ll be rewarded by a timely response.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
MK: In 2014, I fixed the compatibility issue for myself and my co-workers at HIS eG (http://www.his.de). In addition I added a small feature to simplify my own life. I decided to release my efforts to the public just following the example of the original author.

After a while I was surprised by a mail from SourceForge telling me that the Eclipse Tomcat Plugin was project of the week because of a growing number of downloads. At that time the project files were downloaded several thousand times a week. At first I did not believe the numbers, thinking that most of those downloads were caused by automatic update checks. But the statistics of successful installations from the Eclipse Marketplace also showed huge numbers.

This was the point when we realized that the project is useful to a number of people from all around the world. The SourceForge statistics shows China, USA, Japan and India even above my own country Germany.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
MK: SourceForge provides easy access to development infrastructure, such as Git, issue tracking and download service. As a developer of an open source project you can focus on your project without wasting a lot of time on setting up those services on your own.

Since the project is on SourceForge people started to contribute code to the project.

SF: What is the next big thing for Eclipse Tomcat Plugin?
MK: The project was started at a time before automatic testing became popular. It is very mature now and there are little dramatic changes being committed. Therefore adding unit tests was not our top priority. But having said that, the small test coverage feels wrong and creates a bad consciousness.

SF: How long do you think that will take? And do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
MK: It is a long term goal. We can start with adding more tests here and there. Especially target areas that are due to refactoring and changes. Luckily there is no external pressure as this is a purely internal goal.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for Eclipse Tomcat Plugin?
MK: We would have moved from providing zip-file on a random website to a hosting service like SourceForge with Git and bug tracker much earlier.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
MK: We are very happy that SourceForge has stopped flirting with the dark side and has recognized that its reputation is a key asset. Actually we are very impressed that the bad installer was taken offline within the first week after the purchase of SourceForge by BIZX, LLC.

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