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“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – October 2016

The vote for October 2016 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until September 15, 2016 12:00 UTC.


Battle for Wesnoth Android Port

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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.
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Miranda IM

Miranda IM is an open source, multi-protocol instant messaging client designed to be very light on system resources, extremely fast and customizable. A powerful plugin-based architecture make Miranda IM one of the most flexible clients on the planet.
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Tcl

Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an interpreted language and very portable interpreter for that language. Tcl is embeddable and extensible, and has been widely used since its creation in 1988 by John Ousterhout. Bug reports to http://core.tcl.tk/tcl/ Follow code development at http://core.tcl.tk/tcl/
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Hugin

With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.
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GO Contact Sync Mod

+++ NEWS +++ The newest versions of Google APIs client Library for .NET dropped support for .NET 4.0. Minimum requirement for GO Contact Sync Mod (starting with v3.10.0) is .NET 4.5 which is not working on Windows XP. —————————————————– GO Contact Sync Mod synchronizes your Microsoft Outlook contacts with your Google Mail address book, including pictures, categories and notes. Since version 3.7.0 it also syncs your Outlook Calendar Appointments on demand to Google Calendar. This Mod fork adds many enhancements and bug fixes to the obviously dead project ‘Go Contact Sync’. Please find some guidelines how to sync your mobile phone contacts with Google Contacts here: http://www.google.com/mobile/sync
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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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BluestarLinux

Bluestar Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution, built with an understanding that people want and need a solid Operating System that provides a breadth of functionality and ease of use without sacrificing aesthetics. Bluestar is offered in three edtions – desktop, deskpro and developer – each tailored to address the needs of a variety of Linux users. Bluestar can be installed permanently as a robust and fully configurable operating system on a laptop or desktop system, or it can be run effectively as a live installer and supports the addition of persistent storage for those who choose not to perform a permanent installation. A Bluestar Linux software repository is also maintained in order to provide additional tools and applications when needed or requested. Bluestar provides the following features: Up-to-date Kernel Wide Variety of Applications – Always Current Versions Full Development / Desktop / Multimedia Environment
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Nagios Core

Nagios network monitoring software is a powerful, enterprise-class host, server, application, and network monitoring tools. Designed to be fast, flexible, and rock-solid stable. Nagios runs on *NIX hosts and can monitor Windows, Linux/Unix/BSD, Netware, and network devices.
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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.

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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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“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – September 2016

The vote for September 2016 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until August 15, 2016 12:00 UTC.


GnuCash

GnuCash is a personal and small-business finance manager with a check-book like register GUI to enter and track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. GnuCash is designed to be simple and easy to use but still based on formal accounting principles.
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fldigi

Fldigi is a modem program for most of the digital modes used by radio amateurs today: CW, PSK, MFSK, RTTY, Hell, DominoEX, Olivia, and Throb are all supported. It can help calibrate a sound card to a time signal and do frequency measurement tests.
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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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TYPO3

TYPO3 is an enterprise class Web CMS written in PHP/MySQL. It’s designed to be extended with custom written backend modules and frontend libraries for special functionality. It has very powerful integration of image manipulation.
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Alt-F

Alt-F provides a free alternative firmware for the DLINK DNS-320/320L/321/323/325/327L. Alt-F has Samba and NFS; supports ext2/3/4, VFAT, NTFS and ISO9660 filesystems; RAID 0, 1, 5 (with external USB disk) and JBOD; supports 2/3/4TB disks; rsync, ftp, sftp, ftps, ssh, lpd, DNS and DHCP servers, DDNS, fan and leds control, clean power up and down… and more. Alt-F also has a set of comprehensive administering web pages, you don’t need to use the command line to configure it. Besides the built-in software, Alt-F also supports additional packages on disk, including ffp packages, that you can install, update and uninstall using the administering web pages Alt-F is still beta and is being developed and tested on a DNS-323-rev-A1/B1, a DNS325-rev-A1, a DNS-320L-rev-A1 and on a DNS-327L-rev-A1 hardware boards. Other models and boards are said to work. Support Forum: http://groups.google.com/group/alt-f Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/altfirmware
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ThumbApps

We believe that free/open source software is enough, we don’t need pirated softwares on Windows. But most of these aren’t portables, or provided by PortableApps.com due to .NET dependencies, 64-bit etc. So we provide what’s missing here. Software publisher who wishes their portablized software taken down, can tip us through thumbapps.org or versapps@gmail.com. We promise to take it down without questions, but please be patient—we might not be able to respond promptly, but we eventually *will* …thanks for your patience, and sorry for being such a #naughty uploader 😉 Disclaimer. All softwares are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. YOU USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE AUTHOR WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DATA LOSS, DAMAGES, AND LOSS OF PROFITS OR ANY OTHER KIND OF LOSS WHILE USING OR MISUSING THESE SOFTWARES.
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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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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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arch-openrc

archopenrc provides OpenRC and eudev packages for Arch Linux and derivatives. For more details check out the links given below. Links ~~~~~ Wiki: https://wiki.manjaro.org/index.php?title=OpenRC,_an_alternative_to_systemd Github: https://github.com/manjaro/packages-openrc Installation guide: http://systemd-free.org/install.php
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July 2016, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – MediaPortal

For our July “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected MediaPortal, an app that turns your PC into a very advanced MediaCenter / HTPC. The team behind the project shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this?
MediaPortal Team (MT): MediaPortal was born in 2003 as a Windows port of XBMC (now Kodi). These days we can only guess the motivation behind it was to provide an open source alternative to Windows Media Center.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
MT: Absolutely, we achieved the original vision and so much more. MediaPortal is the de facto standard for 10 foot experience on Windows.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
MT: People wanting to replace all the consumer electronics boxes under their TV with just the one Microsoft Windows machine. The idea is that rather than having a DVR, a dedicated gaming console, optical media players or other media boxes you just have one Windows machine that does all that for you. You could even get rid of your cumbersome A/V receiver if you wanted too. Today’s systems like the famous Sonos PlayBar will let you do just that. MediaPortal brings everything together from live TV, to movies, to music, photo slide shows. MediaPortal enables users to make the most of their sophisticated TV sets notably by delivering 4K UHD and 3D content in such a convenient way.

SF: What core need does MediaPortal fulfill?
MT: At the core of MediaPortal is the live TV, time shifting and recording functionalities, quite simply it’s the best DVR out there. You also get movie and music management functionalities and so much more through our vibrant community of plug-in developers, notably giving you access to all sorts of online video and music services.

SF: How can we get the most out of using MediaPortal?
MT: Get involved with the community. Share your ideas, software and hardware projects on our forums, publish your own plug-in or even contribute to the core code base. Thus you will yourself forge the future of this great project.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
MT: We have a really strong team of passionate and friendly individuals who manage to come together release after release and year after year, to deliver an extraordinary product. The key to MediaPortal success is the openness, the attention to detail and the dedicated staff forming this fantastic community.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
MT: Definitely, in fact it’s the key to a stable product and user satisfaction.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
MT: It’s really hard for us to tell. This project has been running since 2003 and most of the original staff is long gone already. That’s probably the greatest strength of Team MediaPortal: it’s ability to renew itself both at the technology level and at the human level.

SF: What helped make that happen?
MT: Team MediaPortal was able to renew itself thanks to staff dedicated to the maintenance and betterment of our online facilities.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
MT: SourceForge is an essential part of MediaPortal’s online presence. It helps give this project better visibility drawing users and potential contributors to our community.

SF: What is the next big thing for MediaPortal?
MT: Team MediaPortal’s major projects are MP1, MP2 and our TV service. We are continually working toward improving those products.
We are notably working toward adding MadVR support to MP1.
MP2 is making the final run toward its first golden release.
TV service is also getting a most anticipated new release following some major refactoring.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
MT: As long as it needs to.
MP1 is usually getting 3 to 4 releases a year.
MP2 should be starting a regular release schedule this year too.
The TV service (which is currently distributed as part of our MP client) should also be getting its own release schedule from next year.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
MT: Not quite, so anyone is welcome to join the community to help make it happen faster.
Good projects are always looking for talented contributors.

SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for MediaPortal?
MT: Well we are doing it all over again with MP2, it delivers a much improved architecture enabling great functionalities such as Picture In Picture (PIP) also called MultiView.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
MT: We are working on better BD-J support and MadVR rendering.
We would like to support HbbTV and other great features but we would need to staff up to make it happen.
It would be fantastic if we could strike up deals with content providers to implement their DRM policies and officially support them.
Be able to run MediaPortal on ReactOS would be great too, though we don’t have the resources to make it happen yet.

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