Thursday, August 10, 2017

Open Broadcaster


Works with Twitch and YouTube Gaming
Linux, Windows, and Apple versions available
Main site features: Broadcast Automation, Emergency Alerting Systems, Media Asset Management, Language Preservation Tools, Streaming Media, Service and Training

Found on GitHub:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bot Libre - Open Source Bot Platform

10 clicks to create a bot
Or, with quite a few more clicks you can use the SDK
html, javascript, XML, JSON, HTML, WikiData, Wiktionary, AIML SRAIX, Pannous, PersonalityForge
Extensive uses and features - corporate cloud & social media bots, voice, virtual agents, live chat automation

Code on GitHub:

UPDATE: We started using BotLibre to run our twitter account @pir8aye. The banner below is an affiliate link, so if you use our link and you sign up for business use, we'll get a percentage.

Thank you for showing your support!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

[Spotlight] NASA Open Source Release of Software that Searched Kepler Data

Thursday, July 27, 2017

PDF24 - converter (online/offline)

Multiple language support.
Give away (or sell) your own customized PDF creator.
Create PDFs (or, other file types: PDF/A, PDF/X, PS, EPS, PCL, PNG, JPEG, BMP, PCX, TIFF, PSD).

Install a PDF conversion widget:
Convert a file to PDF

Install a PDF URL conversion widget:
Convert a file to PDF

URL of a file

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Love PDF

I Love PDF - converter (in browser)

Merge, split, compress PDF
Convert PDF to/from Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and JPG
Watermark, rotate, and unlock PDFs

Click here to go directly to the features list.

Thursday, July 13, 2017



Rendering engine for Chromium (Google Chrome browser) and Chromium OS (Google Chrome OS).
Open source community development.
Tons of resources available for interested browser and operating systems developers.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sumatra PDF Reader for Windows

Sumatra PDF Reader for Windows

Reads these formats: PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR reader
Comes in 32-bit & 64-bit versions
Full install or portable
Works on these Windows Versions: XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10

*I've had really good luck using Sumatra PDF Reader on PDFs that Adobe Reader cannot open.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

pfsense Open Source Firewall

pfsense Open Source Firewall

This open source firewall project is hosted by Netgate.
Works with varied hardware and in the cloud.
Offers filters, routes, firewalls, scrubing, and more.

Source code is on github.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

OpenCulture Free Audio Books

openculture free audio books

900 free audio books
fiction, poetry, non-fiction by range of authors (mostly classics)
downloadable, varied formats

Thursday, June 15, 2017



Access paywalled scientific papers through browser extension.
Redirect to open source version of paper, if available.
50% - 85% chance of locating open source copy of text.

Open souce code on GitHub: 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Easy ImageMap Generator

Easy ImageMap Generator

Easily find your image coordinates without counting pixels. :D
Upload image / background, or link to image.
No programming, just clicks, and then copy, and paste.
Useful information about creating image maps and <img> syntax.

Open source on github.

Thursday, June 1, 2017



Open source storage platform.
Backbone of various OS distributions.
Open implement of the ZFS project by Sun Microsystems.

For more information and links to repositories:

Thursday, May 25, 2017



Operating system focusing "on performance, networking, and storage."
20 years of refining with help of volunteers
Root name servers, website hosting, hypervisor abilities.

For download information:
For a full feature list:

Thursday, May 18, 2017



Free and open source file sharing / data storage system.
Supports "every major operating system."
Fully accessible controls via Web UI.
Offers data protection using RAID-Z.
Snapshots - local and remote backup options; works with 3rd party backup services.
Full volume encryption.
Works with 3rd party plugins.

For a more comprehensive list of FreeNAS features:

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Human-Edited Web Directory

Largest human-edited web directory.
Open Source directory data free to use as long as as Free License is maintained.
Edited by volunteers, has site submission process.
In partnership with AOL.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Open Source Container

excerpted from website:

Kubernetes is an open-source platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts, providing container-centric infrastructure.

  • With Kubernetes, you are able to quickly and efficiently respond to customer demand:
  • Deploy your applications quickly and predictably.
  • Scale your applications on the fly.
  • Seamlessly roll out new features.
  • Optimize use of your hardware by using only the resources you need.

Our goal is to foster an ecosystem of components and tools that relieve the burden of running applications in public and private clouds.

Kubernetes is:

  • portable: public, private, hybrid, multi-cloud
  • extensible: modular, pluggable, hookable, composable
  • self-healing: auto-placement, auto-restart, auto-replication, auto-scaling

The Kubernetes project was started by Google in 2014. Kubernetes builds upon a decade and a half of experience that Google has with running production workloads at scale, combined with best-of-breed ideas and practices from the community

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Obooko Free IT Books

Obooko Free IT Books

"Every book you see is free."
30+ categories of free books.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wikipedia List of Free & Open Source Software

Wikipedia List of Free & Open Source Software

excerpted from Wikipedia:

This is a list of free and open-source software packages, computer software licensed under free software licenses and open-source licenses. Software that fits the Free Software Definition may be more appropriately called free software"; the GNU project in particular objects to their works being referred to as open-source. For more information about the philosophical background for open-source software, see free software movement and Open Source Initiative. However, nearly all software meeting the Free Software Definition also meets the Open Source Definition and vice versa. A small fraction of the software that meets either definition is listed here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

MIT Computational Cognitive Science Group Publications

MIT Computational Cognitive Science Group Publications

MIT Research Group in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Uses math, computers, logic, and behavior experiments
Collection of free to read papers

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Online Books Page

The Online Books Page

Lists online books from around the internet.
Has a curated selection and an automated selection.
Originally founded in 1993.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

500 FREE Physics E-Books

500 free physics books
Alphabetical listing, downloadable books
Updated regularly

Thursday, March 16, 2017



Tons of links to free learning
Claims to have over 500 free courses listed
Downloadable audio and video courses in Liberal Arts & Sciences

Thursday, March 9, 2017

GitHub's HUBOT


GitHub's "A Live Embetterment Robot"
Chatbot, adapters make useable with 35+ chat services
Office entertainment, play at work

Open source, MIT license
Available on GitHub

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Atom (Text Editor)

Atom Editor

Hackable text editor.
Cross platform editing
Package Manager
Auto Complete

Open source, MIT license
Available on GitHub

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DeepMind (Google's AI)


Excerpted from DeepMind website:

DeepMind's scientific mission is to push the boundaries of AI, developing systems that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how. To achieve this, we work from the premise that AI needs to be general. Agents should operate across a wide range of tasks and be able to automatically adapt to changing circumstances. That is, they should not be pre-programmed, but rather, able to learn automatically from their raw inputs and reward signals from the environment. There are two parts to this research program: (1)  designing ever-more intelligent agents capable of more-and-more sophisticated cognitive skills, and (2) building increasingly complex environments where agents can be trained and evaluated.

Train AI agents through gamelogic
Open source, GNU GPL v.2 licensing (free for private / commercial use, with GNU GPL rights clause)
Available on GitHub

Thursday, February 16, 2017

OpenAI Gym Beta

OpenAI Gym Beta (article)

Excerpted from the OpenAI website:

We're releasing the public beta of OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms. It consists of a growing suite of environments (from simulated robots to Atari games), and a site for comparing and reproducing results.

OpenAI Gym is compatible with algorithms written in any framework, such as Tensorflow and Theano. The environments are written in Python, but we'll soon make them easy to use from any language. We originally built OpenAI Gym as a tool to accelerate our own RL research. We hope it will be just as useful for the broader community.

Open source, MIT license (free for private / commercial use with MIT license inclusion)
Available on GitHub


NOTE: unlike other FOSS spotlights, this software is in public beta.

Excerpted from the OpenAI website:

OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our mission is to build safe AI, and ensure AI's benefits are as widely and evenly distributed as possible.

In the short term, we're building on recent advances in AI research and working towards the next set of breakthroughs. Please direct press inquiries to Jack Clark at

Thursday, February 9, 2017



Excerpt from Ren'Py website:

Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by hundreds of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows anyone to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games.

Ren'Py is open source and free for commercial use.

Thursday, February 2, 2017



Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, Math, Charts

Open source, free, downloads include a portable app.
Forked from Apache Open Office.
One key difference is that LibreOffice allows users to embed fonts into documents. If this is an important feature for you, then LbreOffice is it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017



Habit building program that treats user's life as RPG with rewards (level ups), punishments (lost HP), and in-game funds for armor and weapons.

Open source, free, fork on GitHub

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

Excerpt from Apache Office Suite website:
  • Writer a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
  • Calc a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.
  • Impress the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
  • Draw lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
  • Base lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within Apache OpenOffice.
  • Math lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.
Free for private, commercial use. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

[Special] Open Source Container 

Open Source Containerization software

excerpted from the website:

We believe we can learn more from each other when we share. Supergiant is open-source under an Apache 2.0 license. It's free to use, modify, and distribute.
And it’s the first container orchestration system built specifically handle high-availability, distributed, stateful apps. We would love your feedback to help make Supergiant even better.

shared from Adam via Twitter DM:

Application containerization is an operating system level (OS-level) virtualization method for deploying and running distributed applications without launching an entire virtual machine (VM) for each app. Instead, multiple isolated systems are run on a single control host and access a single kernel. The application containers hold the components such as files, environment variables and libraries necessary to run the desired software. *Because resources are shared in this way, application containers can be created that place less strain on the overall resources available.* For example, if a variation from the standard image is desired, a container can be created that holds only the new library.


Definitely. I'll say that there are a few different container orchestration systems. We're built on top of Kubernetes and make it much easier to run/deploy/manage. We also have a packing algorithm that makes for very efficient usage of your cloud infrastructure. For more on that, see this:

Supergiant is actually a product we built for ourselves at, which is a hosted elasticsearch product. We wanted to run containers at scale in production. We decided on kubernetes, but built this for ease of management. It saved us about 50% of our own AWS bill. We open-sourced the project about 8 months ago. It works with AWS/Digital Ocean/Open Stack.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017



Python Web framework for building apps.

  1. user authentication
  2. content administration
  3. site maps
  4. RSS feeds
  5. security (xss, xsf, clickjacking)

 Free and Open Source.