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Open-source software (OSS) is software that is available in source code form for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, and improve the software. More from Wikipedia

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Open Source - Where do you use it? 4 Replies

At our company we use open source software extensively on the development side including our IDEs (Eclipse), server OS (Linux), source control (SVN) and tech stacks (MySQL, Tomcat, Hibernate, Spring,…Continue

Tags: open source design tools, FOSS, open source

Started by Daniel Leuck. Last reply by Paul Graydon Jun 27, 2010.

SDL/Swing Open Source Cross Platform Desktop Framework

Oracle is featuring our SDL/Swing open source desktop framework on Cool :-) Now... for SDL/iOS...Continue

Tags: desktop framework, open source, Java, SDL/Swing

Started by Daniel Leuck Jun 15, 2010.

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Comment by Mary Therese Perez Hattori on May 2, 2011 at 1:08pm

Anyone out there using SeaMonkey and have thoughts about it? It seems like it has great potential with useful features like HTML editing & mail management, but I'm wondering what end users think about it.



Comment by Gus Higuera on August 5, 2010 at 6:42pm
Comment by Jerry Isdale on June 15, 2010 at 7:27pm
There was a great presentation at O'Reilly's FooCamp East this year on 13 Open Source businesses doing $1Mil+/yr. Its real quick 20 slides in about 5 min.

Video is on Vimeo and slides on SlideShare but Adafruit blog gets both plus PDF
Comment by Larry McCarty on June 15, 2010 at 4:54pm
Paul, feel free to quote me of you want. If it will help the State from wasting our tax payers dollars on site licenses that works for me. Think about it, I believe there are around 12K teachers in Hawaii, we spend about $50 machine for a site license for MS Office, we could save 600K dollars right there, and that is just for Office, we all get Acrobat, McAfee and other applications that could all be done with OSS..

Jerry and Travis, thanks for you input here, it is all very much appreciated
Comment by Jerry Isdale on June 15, 2010 at 9:39am
On the OS-hardware side, check out the July issue of Popular Science pg 82 has a How 2.0 article on building the Makerbot 3d printer I mentioned in my earlier post. There was also an article in LA Times biz section back on saturday b4 labor day - they even got pics of me/my son and our Makerbot --- along with Jay Leno and his commercial box costing a couple orders of magnitude more. (
Comment by Travis Teruya on June 15, 2010 at 8:12am
I'm glad to see the move from MS to OpenOffice / Go-OO. OpenOffice is such a quality product and I never understood why in never really caught on. I think I started using it during college (2001) since our entire lab only had OpenOffice. My favorite feature was doc to pdf. Wasn't very useful to me but I thought it was cool. Stopped using it after college as I don't have much use for those tools. When I do need those tools for basic functionality I tend to use Google.
Comment by Paul on June 14, 2010 at 8:05pm
Larry, you don't know how excited I am to hear you express this. I've been pushing the agenda for DOE schools to drop MS Office licensing for a few years. May I quote you in ETEC 501? ;)

I stopped using MS Office two years ago. The only reason I've run it in that time is to take screen-shots showing the unnecessary UI changes; and tout the stability of Oo.o's.
Comment by Larry McCarty on June 14, 2010 at 7:57pm
I'm a State of Hawaii DOE employee and for machines that I install we use NO OSS... I do install some on a few boxes but mostly teachers and staff want the same applications that everyone else is using and what they are familiar with. They do not want to learn to use a new application.

I'm still using Go-OO now for my office suite (about 2 weeks exclusively) and it has worked flawlessly for me. I have not run into any problems, I have changed my machine to open .doc/docx and all other related files in go-oo when I click on them. I haven't fired up office in a while now.

I will be installing it on all student machines from now on.. NO more purchasing a MS site license for me. I believe if I start the students on this version of open office they will have no problem at all..
Comment by Travis Teruya on June 10, 2010 at 4:00pm
Reading the postings really got me thinking how much open source software I use. I created a list and it seemed to go on and on. Well anyway, here is a list FOSS software that I use and have used in the past which i think were essential to the Java development that I have done. The ones with asterisks are the ones that I currently use.

*hudson (continuous integration) [previously used cruisecontrol]
*eclipse {starting to use netbeans because of karmasphere}
*openvz (virtualization)
*redmine (project management) [previously used trac]

derby (in-memory db) [currently use hsqldb],
*hadoop (hdfs),
*hive (query),
*cassandra (column-based db),
*tomcat (servlets)
activemq (+camel) (jms),
*maven (dependency management) [previously used ant] ,
*openjpa (data persistence) [previously used hibernate],
*CXF (services) [previously used axis]
Lucene (search),
*svn [but at times I use git, depending on the project],
apache http server,
*thrift (services)
*myfaces (jsf)

ubuntu [but currently using windows(work) and mac(home/dev)]
*db4o (object-oriented db)
*hsqldb / h2 (in-memory db) (previously used derby)
*cascading (data processing)
*nginx (proxy server and plain old static file serve)
graphite (real-time graphing)
terracota (mainly used for shared caching)
Comment by Barry Shirota on June 8, 2010 at 10:53pm
On the project I'm currently on, we use JBoss Application Server (Community Edition), JBoss Tools, JBossWS, Apache (Web Server), RichFaces, Eclipse (IDE), Subversion (version control), Subclipse (Eclipse Plugin), Tortoise SVN (WIndows integration for Subversion, log4j, AspectJ (AOP plugin for Eclipse), Hibernate.

This has saved us a lot in licensing costs.

On the pay side - Oracle for database (we had good reasons for using 11g) and Sun Solaris (not so much for this, though) for our production operating system. We are looking at a port to MySQL, though.

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