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Heated Debates Over Open Source Software

Open source code has allowed for the proliferation of open source software that competes with the big guns of software development, like Microsoft. Tempers run high, with the key issues focused on differing philosophies on the best business model to use and disputes over copyright, leading to lawsuits and heated online discussions. This issue of Topic in Depth provides an overview of open source...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/met/2004/0227
Squeak Programming System

Squeak is a programming system that is offered under an open source license, which makes it free to download. The website describes Squeak as "an open, highly-portable Smalltalk-80 implementation whose virtual machine is written entirely in Smalltalk, making it easy to debug, analyze, and change." The programming system can be used to create images, graphics, sound, games and websites. For...

https://squeak.org/
Browsershots

Some visitors to the Scout Report may be concerned about how their websites (or other sites for that matter) may appear on different browsers. This application is designed to assist in that process, as it automatically captures screenshots of such pages in different browsers. As one might surmise, the goal of this application is to test the compatibility of webpages across the vast universe of Web...

http://browsershots.org/
Electric Sheep 2.6

The title of this rather compelling application is derived from the thought-provoking novel by Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". Essentially, what this open source screen saver does is allow a vast number of computers to communicate with each other to create abstract animations known as "sheep". Visitors can also vote for their favorite "sheep" as well, thereby allowing other...

https://electricsheep.org/
DataparkSearch 4.33

While many web search engines may offer a number of bells and whistles, this rather novel application contains features that others might not have. With DataPark Search 4.33 visitors can search within a group of websites and also index multilingual sites with great ease. For those visitors who may have a number of additional questions about the program, their site includes full documentation...

http://www.dataparksearch.org/
Open Office.org 2.0

Those who are in the know about open-source office productivity suite programs may already be aware of Open Office.org 2.0, but new users will definitely enjoy the program just as much. With this office productivity suite, users will have an elegant spreadsheet application, a presentation tool, and a word processor. Some of the new features of this latest version include an enhanced word count...

http://www.openoffice.org/
OpenOffice 2.0.4

Designed as an open-source alternative to some of the mainline commercial office suite programs, the OpenOffice application contains a full-featured word processor (known as “Writer”), a spreadsheet tool, and an application for creating multimedia presentations. Additionally, visitors can also open and save documents in a number of formats, ensuring maximum compatibility with other programs. This...

http://www.openoffice.org/
OpenOffice 2.1

Some users will already be familiar with the OpenOffice applications, but for those who haven’t run across it yet will be equally pleased to learn that there is a new version of the program available. The application includes a number of features that will allow users to create text documents, presentations, diagrams, and databases. With an interface that is similar to a number of existing...

http://www.openoffice.org/
Drupal

With more and more groups and individuals becoming interested in placing content online, a number of programs have been developed to simplify this process, with a minimum of technical know-how. Drupal allows users to create everything from personal websites to e-commerce applications. Visitors will also want to learn about the different modules that can extend Drupal's functionality and look over...

https://www.drupal.org/
Creating Mathlets with Open Source Tools

Crafting new instructional aids for math courses can be difficult, but this helpful new article from Markus Hohenwarter and Judith Preiner will bring much joy to the hearts of mathematics teachers everywhere. This particular article presents information on creating new interactive materials (or "mathlets") with the use of various open source tools. The article includes sections on creating...

https://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/loci/joma/creating-mat...
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