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What Are Your Favorite OpenSource Projects/ Programs/Services

By DownRightTired ·
There are a lot of open source projects out there that can be very helpful to IT Departments. There are several Ive run across that I didnt even know I needed until I found them, and theyve made my job much easier. Theyve also earned me alot of brownie points (my boss loves free stuff!)

The problem is.... there are ALOT of them.

I thought Id start this thread so you all could post your favorites. After all, the more people that get involved with a project, the faster it matures.


For reference please note whether its available for windows or just linux

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Spiceworks Help Desk

by DownRightTired In reply to What Are Your Favorite Op ...

I ran across this here on TR and fell in love with it.
It offers help-tickets, hardware and software inventorying, network monitoring, reporting features, and alot more. Its great for tracking issues and is very customizable.

Just try it!

From their site:

* Automatic PC and software inventory and IT asset reporting to simplify your job.
* Network monitoring and troubleshooting to keep things running smoothly.
* An easy to use IT help desk for your company.
* IT answers, product reviews, and advice from SMB IT pros like you.

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KnowledgeTree DMS

by DownRightTired In reply to Spiceworks Help Desk

If you go to you probably will think this is just a commercial product. But they have an opensource community (

KT is a document management system with a lot of really nice feature. It allows you to set up group and user permissions.

I showed it off in our coordinators meeting last week and they were all pretty impressed (thats not saying much though i guess :))

Even if the rest of my company doesnt make much use of it, Ive already found it useful just for myself. Im using it store and tag any helpful tech aritcles, how-to's, network documentation, manuals etc. Now I dont have to check my work pc, home pc, and all my thumb drives for that list of IP Addresses i put together...

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A partial list

by Ed Woychowsky In reply to What Are Your Favorite Op ...

In no particular order:
Butterfly XML
Free Col
Open Office

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Top 3 faves

by XT John In reply to What Are Your Favorite Op ...

Gnome Partition Editor

Gimp Shop... a hack of Gimp made to look like Photo Shop

Pidgin messaging client... allows you to message with virtually any message software including MSN, AIM, MySpace IM and IRQ

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by RknRlKid In reply to What Are Your Favorite Op ...

Abiword is absolutely my favorite open source project. It is available in Windows and Linux.

This is one of the few open source items I think has some form of maturity to it. It is a full featured, stand-alone word processor. Unlike Open Office, it is fast and small. The feature set is more than enough for small office or university student use.

Oh, and did I mention free?

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by jimmy-jam In reply to What Are Your Favorite Op ...

I work in hospital imaging and having a full functional DICOM server for testing purposes that allows access to the code for "tweaking" is very beneficial. Since it is writen in Java it is platform independant which is also SWEET!

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