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February 2017, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – DC++

For our February “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected DC++, an open source client for Windows for the Direct Connect / Advanced Direct Connect file sharing network.

Direct Connect allows you to share files over the Internet without restrictions or limits. It is a decentralized network, made up of individual hubs that users join to share files with other members on that hub. Each hub is individually run and regulated by a fellow user of the Direct Connect network, and may have certain themes relating to the content on the hub.

DC++ is highly-ranked and widely-used with over fifty million downloads, and it’s not hard to see why given its many great features:

    • No ads, spyware, or bundled software that you don’t need
    • Integrated firewall and router support
    • Easy-to-use interface
    • Multi-hub connections and auto-connections
    • Resume of downloads, with optional automatic search for alternate sources by TTH
    • Search across all (or selected) connected hubs by file type, size, name or hash
    • Logging options and configuration for chat, private messages, downloads, and uploads
    • MAGNET link support for linking to specific content
    • Segmented downloading
    • NAT-Traversal support
    • SSL encrypted secure hub-client communication and file transfers, and more.

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February 2017, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – Maxima

For our February “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected Maxima, a Computer Algebra System (CAS) written in Common Lisp.

Maxima is comparable to commercial systems like Mathematica and Maple as it is able to solve symbolic mathematical equations, be it in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or others. It can calculate with exact integers and fractions, native floating-point and high-precision big floats.

Maxima is feature-filled and user-friendly, with an online manual, plotting commands, and numerical libraries. Users can write programs in its native programming language, and many have contributed useful packages in a variety of areas over the decades.

Maxima was previously chosen “Staff Pick” Project of the Month in November of 2015 and the Maxima team spoke about the project’s latest developments and direction. Recently we caught up with one of the developers of the project, Viktor Toth to find out how the project has been doing since then, and here’s what he had to say:

“We have had two or three maintenance releases since that date. Our goal at this point is to continue offering support for Maxima, fix bugs, maintain compatibility with as many platforms as possible, and create stable installation packages. Changes to Maxima at this point tend to be relatively minor and incremental, including, for instance, corrections and improvements to the documentation and its translations.”

Maxima continues to be widely-used with over 300,000 direct downloads annually, and also continues to receive positive feedback from users.

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“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – March 2017

The vote for March 2017 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until February 15, 2017 12:00 UTC.


NAS4Free

The NAS4Free operating system can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share computer data storage over a computer network. ‘NAS’ as in “Network-Attached Storage” and ‘4Free’ as in ‘Free and open source’, NAS4Free is the simplest and fastest way to create an centralized and easily-accessible server for all kinds of data! NAS4Free supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols/services: CIFS/SMB (samba), Samba AD, FTP, NFS v4, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorent, Syncthing, VirtualBox and noVNC, Bridge, CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol) and HAST (Highly Available Storage). This all can easy be managed by a configurale webinterface.
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NSIS: Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution. Being a user’s first experience with your product, a stable and reliable installer is an important component of succesful software. With NSIS you can create such installers that are capable of doing everything that is needed to setup your software. NSIS is script-based and allows you to create the logic to handle even the most complex installation tasks. Many plug-ins and scripts are already available: you can create web installers, communicate with Windows and other software components, install or update shared components and more.
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Universal Media Server

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration. UMS is powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats Check out the list of media renderers here: http://www.universalmediaserver.com/about/
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MediathekView

Das Programm MediathekView durchsucht die Mediatheken verschiedener öffentlich-rechtlicher Sender (3Sat, ARD, ARTE, KiKa, MDR, ORF, SRF, ZDF etc.), lädt Beiträge daraus herunter oder spielt diese ab (mit VLC Media Player oder mit einem Programm eigener Wahl). Es können auch Sendereihen/Serien abonniert werden. Ein Dankeschön an den Projektgründer wird gerne entgegengenommen: https://mediathekview.de/spenden/ Die Quelltexte gibt es hier: https://github.com/mediathekview/MediathekView
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manjarolinux-community

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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.
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Outlook CalDav Synchronizer

Free Outlook Plugin, which synchronizes events, tasks and contacts between Outlook and Google, SOGo, Horde or any other CalDAV or CardDAV server. Supported Outlook versions are 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. This project was initially developed as a master thesis project at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Software Engineering Degree program. Outlook CalDav Synchronizer is Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS), still you can support the project by donating on Sourceforge or directly within the About dialog of our Plugin. ### New collaboration with Nextcloud, see https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-offers-caldav-synchronizer-for-outlook-users/ For possible enterprise support contact us here! ### Backport for WinXP available see below! ### German reviews in C’t and PC-Welt http://www.heise.de/ct/ausgabe/2015-27-Kurztest-Outlook-Add-in-3035256.html http://www.pcwelt.de/tipps/Google-Kalender-mit-Outlook-abgleichen-per-CalDAV-Synchronizer-9916911.html ###
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Limbo PC Emulator

Limbo is a PC Emulator (x86) based on QEMU. You can now run Debian or DSL Linux on your Android device without root. * Warning! Limbo works only with a few Desktop OSes. Windows XP and newer, Ubuntu, and all other large OS are NOT supported due to their heavy usage of the SD card and CPU. * ‘Hacker’s Keyboard’ app (available in Play Store) is recommended for use with Limbo. * Emulation speeds depend on your device and OS. I recommend using a device with at least a dual core CPU. *USB devices do work, but are very complicated to set-up Users are free to download the source, and modify it. You may send me a message to have your version added to this project. Copyright � 2012 Max Kastanas, Uploaded by Vynncent Murphy
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PDF Split and Merge

Split and merge PDF files with PDFsam, an easy-to-use desktop tool with graphical, command line and web interface.
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January 2017, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – antiX-Linux

For our January “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected antiX-Linux, a fast, lightweight and easy to install Linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.

antiX provides an environment suitable for new and old computers, giving old computers a fresh new feel. It can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd. Its goal is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both new and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 256MB old PIII systems with pre-configured swap to the latest powerful boxes.

256MB RAM is the recommended minimum for antiX, and the installer needs a minimum 2.7GB hard disk size. Special XFCE editions made in collaboration with the MEPIS Community are available. Currently, antiX-16 comes as a full distro (c695MB), a base distro (c510MB) and a core-libre distro (c190MB) for 32 bit and 64 bit computers.

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January 2017, “Community Choice” Project of the Month – Bodhi Linux

For our January “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected Bodhi Linux, a minimalist, enlightened Linux distribution. Project author Jeff Hoogland shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this project?
Jeff Hoogland (JH): When I was in college I started using the Enlightenment Desktop on all of my Linux computers. At the time there was no easy way to install Linux distributions that featured this desktop as their primary interface. In fact, many did not even have an up to date version of the desktop in their repositories.

This led to me regularly building E from source on my 4~ different computers I had at the time. Always looking to do things in an optimal manner I started creating my own packaged sets for the desktop and figured I might as well take the short bit of extra time required to spin up a live CD with said packages installed / configured nicely.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
JH: I think we accomplished our goal quite well. We aim to provide a fast / sleek user interface on top of the powerful and flexible Ubuntu base and that is exactly what we provide.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
JH: Unlike many Linux distributions we are not targeting novice users with Bodhi Linux. People who are looking for an operating system that will get the most out of their system resources will enjoy using Bodhi. From systems that need something slim, all the way up to modern gaming systems Bodhi flies on computers of all speeds. Just because your computer has 16gigs of RAM doesn’t mean you want your operating system using a large portion of it. The less resources your interface occupies, the more resources your applications you care about have access to.

SF: What core need does Bodhi Linux fulfill?
JH: Bodhi fills a nice middle ground between Linux distributions like Ubuntu (that come with a bulky desktop and lots of pre-installed applications) and something like Arch Linux that starts you with just a command prompt. We are just about as minimal as a fully-functional operating system can be without requiring use of a command prompt.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using Bodhi Linux?
JH: Using it as your operating system of course! And tweaking it to your heart’s content with all of our themes and extra modules.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
JH: Responding to feedback in a timely manner is ideal for building a community. I am very active in our user forums. Even when I do not have an answer to a question I make sure to try and point users in the right direction to find proper help with their issue.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
JH: While more releases are good for exposure to your project, I do think “updates for the sake of updating” that many projects do today is silly. With Bodhi our version numbers have meaning – whenever our first version number increases you know there is an entire base change for the operating system.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
JH: Getting recognition from the site DistroWatch jumped our traffic by a good deal. It’s the site many people use to search for Linux distributions based on different parameters.

SF: What helped make that happen?
JH: They list distributions once they have proven they are here to stay and are not just a flash in the pan. Having regular relevant updates and releases for several months got us this recognition.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
JH: SourceForge provides something for free that most places do not – bandwidth. Our operating system is smaller than most, but our five release discs are at least 600MB each. Multiply this by the over 7000 downloads we see per week and you are looking at over 15 TB of bandwidth which SourceForge provides us per month.

SourceForge also does a good job of making the data I provide above readily available to me as a project owner.

SF: What is the next big thing for Bodhi Linux?
JH: The next major change we have planned for Bodhi is a rewrite of our desktop’s settings panel.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
JH: Since Bodhi is powered by volunteers our timelines are never firm. All of our code is written on a “as time permits” basis. Ideally our new settings panel will be ready for inclusion in Bodhi by default by the end of 2017.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
JH: Time is our only bottleneck. We have a team of dedicated folks though who are more than capable of getting the work done.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for Bodhi Linux?
JH: I would use consistent naming schemes from the start for our repositories. We bounced between “main” and “stable” and “testing” and “unstable” for various things. With our 4.0.0 release we standardized to “b4main” and “b4testing” which will then change to “b5main” and “b5testing” with our 5.0.0 release in 2018.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
JH: Bodhi is a Live CD! This means you can load it up on a CD or a USB drive and give it a try on your computer without changing the contents of your hard drive. Give it a go and see how fast it is for yourself.

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