Open Source

Open source projects that deserve your donation

iTalc

People who enjoy open-source software often forget that most of the developers behind the code are working in their own time and at their own expense.

For some open-source projects, it's not an issue, but others would benefit hugely from donations. So I thought it's worth listing 10 projects I feel deserve help. They range in audience and scope, and some are more in need than others, but each would benefit from financial support.

1. iTalc
iTalc is the first of two educational projects on my list. Most people would agree that education should be a high priority for donations, attention and general aid. This open-source project is a powerful didactic tool that enables teachers to instruct, control and test students and their PCs. It allows teachers to view and control a student's desktop over the network and, among other things, take screenshots. Of course, nearly every open-source educational software project could do with financial support, unless it's already funded by a university.

Image credit: iTalc

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6 comments
Vquest55
Vquest55

I'm sorry but I do NOT have the time for clicking through 10 screens to find out what is deserving which I find sad. What happened to the straight down format?

emcbridea
emcbridea

I agree that these two Open source applications are amazing and deserving. However, iTalc caused me no end of frustration when I tried to install it a couple of years ago on our Windows Server 2003 / XP Client network. The forums were no help and I could not find anybody that had made it work on this type of network. The commercial AB Tutor program installed and worked fine, and is still going strong.

spiras
spiras

VLC is my favorite media player. It has great features and often enables me to play video formats not available on Windows Media Player. DVDStyler is my favorite DVD burning software. While not open source, it nevertheless is free and is dependent on donations for future development. I use it very often for burning full-length films I download from YouTube for watching on my TV. It too has great features and is very customizable.

Netteligent
Netteligent

Wikipedia has done an excellent services with many progress. Wikipedia raising funds to support future projects. We whoheartedly support Wikipedia and hope you do the same. I have been using Wikipedia from early stage. Thanks.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

but in reality if all of the slides are loaded at the same time it will still take your time waiting for it all to load, either way, stuff takes time. The time it took you to post the comment is about as much time as it would have taken to load each frame. And some of the text in the screen shots is priceless.