Some of my favourite tools, platforms and projects
Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.
What else can you do with Jitsi Meet?
- Share your desktop, presentations, and more
- Invite users to a conference via a simple, custom URL
- Edit documents together using Etherpad
- Pick fun meeting URLs for every meeting
- Trade messages and emojis while you video conference, with integrated chat.
Jitsi Meet is packed with premium features. Yep, it’s free — and it’s technologically advanced, too. In fact, Jitsi Meet:
- Sounds better, thanks to HD audio with Opus
- Is anonymous: No need for an account, ever!
- Keeps conversations private with encryption by default (and advanced security settings)
- Is developer-friendly: Modify and customize it to your heart’s content. It’s 100% open source.
Jitsi Meet is the successor of the legacy project Jitsi Desktop
HedgeDoc (fcommunity-driven fork of CodiMD) is an open-source collaborative markdown editor. With HedgeDoc you can easily collaborate on notes, graphs and even presentations in real-time. All you need to do is to share your note-link to your co-workers, and they’re ready to go.
Go Map!! is an iPhone/iPad editor for adding cartographic information to OpenStreetMap.
Introducing Podverse! The easiest way to create and share podcast highlights of any length online. Discover new podcasts by browsing highlights in the app, and send highlights to your friends to introduce them to your favorite shows. No login necessary!
Beyond clip-sharing, Podverse is a fully functional podcast app for iOS, Android, and web, and is designed to sync across all of your devices.
- Subscribe to podcasts
- Download episodes
- Drag-and-drop queue
- Sleep timer
- Light / dark mode
- Create and share clips
- Sync your subscriptions on all devices
- Sync your queue on all devices
- Create playlists
- Download a backup of your data
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KXStudio is a collection of tools, applications and plugins, targeted at audio and video production. Although focused on GNU/Linux, some of our tools work in other Operating Systems. KXStudio also provides repositories for Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions.
The KXStudio project is divided into 3 main sections:
We offer our own custom set of applications and utilities for Linux and Windows. This includes a fully-featured audio plugin host, a JACK patchbay and more.
We provide a wide range of open-source audio plugins and Linux ports. We also provide custom patched plugins to work better and/or support more features.
Debian and Ubuntu compatible repositories are available. Use them to get extra applications and updates, or to upgrade to the KXStudio distribution.
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Simple, fast and powerful media player. Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...
Helm is a free, cross-platform, polyphonic synthesizer with a powerful modulation system. Helm runs on GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows as a standalone program or LV2/VST/VST3/AU plugin.
- 32 voice polyphony
- Interactive visual interface
- Powerful modulation system with live visual feedback
- Dual oscillators with cross modulation and up to 15 unison oscillators each
- Sub oscillator with shuffle waveshaping
- Oscillator feedback and saturation for waveshaping
- 12 different waveforms
- Blending between 12 or 24dB low/band/high pass filter
- Low/Band/High Shelf filters
- 2 monophonic and 1 polyphonic LFO
- Step sequencer
- Lots of modulation sources including polyphonic aftertouch
- Simple arpeggiator
- Effects: Formant filter, stutter, delay, distortion, reverb
Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.
Calibre can sort the books in your library by title, author, date added, date published, size, rating, or series, along with extra metadata such as tags and personal comments. You can easily search your book collection for a particular book, based on any of this information. Calibre can also go onto the internet to find online books based on existing title/author or ISBN information.
In addition, Calibre also: -syncs to your ebook reader -downloads news from the internet and converts it into ebook form -offers a ebook viewer that can display all major ebook formats
Library Management E-book conversion Syncing to e-book reader devices Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form Built-in e-book viewer Content server for online access to your book collection E-book editor for the major e-book formats
Ksnip is a Qt based cross-platform screenshot tool that provides many annotation features for your screenshots.
Latest ksnip version contains following features:
- Supports Linux (X11, Plasma Wayland, GNOME Wayland and xdg-desktop-portal Wayland), Windows and macOS.
- Screenshot of a custom rectangular area that can be drawn with mouse cursor.
- Screenshot of last selected rectangular area without selecting again.
- Screenshot of the screen/monitor where the mouse cursor is currently located.
- Screenshot of full-screen, including all screens/monitors.
- Screenshot of window that currently has focus.
- Screenshot of window under mouse cursor.
- Screenshot with or without mouse cursor.
- Capture mouse cursor as annotation item that can be moved and deleted.
- Customizable capture delay for all capture options.
- Upload screenshots directly to imgur.com in anonymous or user mode.
- Upload screenshots via FTP in anonymous or user mode.
- Upload screenshots via custom user defined scripts.
- Command-line support, for capturing screenshots and saving to default location, filename and format.
- Filename wildcards for Year ($Y), Month ($M), Day ($D), Time ($T) and Counter (multiple # characters for number with zero-leading padding).
- Print screenshot or save it to PDF/PS.
- Annotate screenshots with pen, marker, rectangles, ellipses, texts and other tools.
- Annotate screenshots with stickers and add custom stickers.
- Crop and cut out vertical/horizontal slices of images.
- Obfuscate image regions with blur and pixelate.
- Add effects to image (Drop Shadow, Grayscale, invert color or Border).
- Add watermarks to captured images.
- Global hotkeys for capturing screenshots (currently only for Windows and X11).
- Tabs for screenshots and images.
- Open existing images via dialog, drag-and-drop or paste from clipboard.
- Run as single instance application (secondary instances send cli parameter to primary instance).
- Pin screenshots in frameless windows that stay atop other windows.
- User-defined actions for taking screenshot and post-processing.
- OCR support through plugin (Window and Linux/Unix).
- Many configuration options.
jamovi is a new free and open "3rd generation" statistical spreadsheet. Designed from the ground up to be easy to use, jamovi is a compelling alternative to costly statistical products such as SPSS and SAS.
Voyant Tools is a web-based text analysis, reading and visualization environment. Developed by a small team of digital humanities scholars led by Stéfan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell, Voyant Tools is designed for a very wide range of applications and users, from students to researchers and journalists to market analysts. It strives to balance user-friendliness with a range of analytic and interpretive functions.
Some of the important features of Voyant Tools include:
importing documents in various formats (plain text, HTML, XML, PDF, RTF, MS Word, ODF, etc.) several tools for studying term frequencies and distributions within documents and within a collection of documents (a corpus) a full-text reader that support very large texts and includes interactive features interaction between the the tools that facilitates navigation and exploration at diffent scales (from "close reading" to "distant reading") a mechanism for bookmarking and sharing instances of Voyant Tools (specific texts and tools) through persistent URLs access to a hosted version of Voyant Tools or a downloadable standalone version Voyant Tools is free and open source (GPLv3)
Bash is the shell, or command language interpreter, that will appear in the GNU operating system. Bash is an sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh). It is intended to conform to the IEEE POSIX P1003.2/ISO 9945.2 Shell and Tools standard. It offers functional improvements over sh for both programming and interactive use. In addition, most sh scripts can be run by Bash without modification.
The improvements offered by BASH include:
- Command line editing
- Unlimited size command history
- Job Control
- Shell Functions and Aliases
- Indexed arrays of unlimited size
- Integer arithmetic in any base from two to sixty-four
Wikipedia is a free, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia has 17 million articles (3.5 million in English), which have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access the Wikipedia website.
It's better than email because:
- Private messages are end-to-end encrypted, always.
- You have to follow somebody to get messages from them, so you won't get spammed.
- Your mail can be public broadcasts or private, and you'll only see replies by people you follow.
- The datastructure is a global mesh of append-only logs, which can support new types of data (not just "mail").
- Users are not bound to one server/host (what we call "pubs") and do not have to trust the servers.
- It's very easy to setup and maintain your own pub.
It's better than twitter and facebook because:
- Private messages are end-to-end encrypted, always.
- The software runs on your device, so there's nobody tracking your browsing.
- The application-code is FOSS, so you're free to fork or write new applications without a gatekeeper setting terms.
- Data is saved to your disk, and so the application works offline.
- You can sync directly with friends over the wifi.
Because we're still in development, you'll need to contact an SSB team member (in #scuttlebutt on Freenode) to get onto the network! That's our informal barrier to entry right now, since we're not prepared for lots of users yet.
Patchwork embeds the Scuttlebot networked database, so if you're running Patchwork, you don't need to run another scuttlebot server.
DuckDuckGo is an alternative search engine that has rich features, respects your privacy, and is built from free/open-source software.
• Zero-click Info - Useful information above the links. • More Privacy - We do not track you. • Goodies - Instant answers, !bangs & settings. • Less Spam - We remove sites with just ads.
Sci-Hub is a non-profit and ad-free shadow library website that provides free and open access to over 85.4 million scientific articles and research papers, bypassing publishers' paywalls and restrictions through various means.
An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.
uBlock Origin is NOT an "ad blocker": it is a wide-spectrum blocker -- which happens to be able to function as a mere "ad blocker". The default behavior of uBlock Origin when newly installed is to block ads, trackers and malware sites -- through EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Peter Lowe’s ad/tracking/malware servers, Online Malicious URL Blocklist, and uBlock Origin's own filter lists.
A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.
Firefox version 60+ (Quantum) is presently faster than Google Chrome and use less memory than Chrome. Compare to previous versions of Firefox, the Quantum version is twice as fast, promote parallelism, and has more intuitive user interface.
Bandcamp helps artists sell their music and merch directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it.
The F-Droid Repository is an easily-installable catalogue of free and open source apps for Android. With F-Droid, it's easy to browse and install apps on your device, and keep track of updates. You can also browse the repository with a web browser, and download the app directly from there, if you can’t or don’t want to run the F-Droid client on your device.
All applications in the default repository must be Free and Open Source software – for example, released under a GPL or Apache license. Every effort is made to verify that this is actually the case, both by visual inspection of the source, and by building the application from the published source.
Software that reports user activity without permission (e.g. via Google Analytics) or tracks user behaviour (e.g. most advertising platforms) is specifically excluded from FDroid’s own repository, as is software with the primary purpose of interacting with a non-Free network service. You are, of course, free to set up your own repository for this kind of software – the server source is available, and the client will allow addition or removal of repositories as you see fit.
F-Droid originated as a fork of Aptoide. F-Droid can be installed from its website or from within Aptoide, but it is not available for download in Google Market.
Get outside, and observe an individual organism. Pick something wild and take a clear, full frame photo. If you already have a photo of something wild, add it now. You can also use the iNaturalist mobile apps to record observations.
Once you've shared your observations, this page will show you updates from the community in the form of comments and identifications. Who knows what you'll discover!
ListenBrainz is an open source music website that allows users to import their listen history. One of the goals is for this data to be used for building open music recommendation systems.
It's part of the MetaBrainz Foundation. To sign-in, it's necessary to have an account at MusicBrainz .
MusicBrainz is a community music metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music information site. You can use the MusicBrainz data either by browsing this web site, or you can access the data from a client program — for example, a CD player program can use MusicBrainz to identify CDs and provide information about the CD, about the artist or about related information. You can also use the MusicBrainz Tagger to automatically identify and clean up the metadata tags in your digital music collections.
MusicBrainz is a user-maintained open community that collects, and makes available to the public, music metadata in the form of a relational database. MusicBrainz was initially created by Robert Kaye in response to Gracenote taking over the free CDDB project and charging people for access to the (what up till that point had been free) data. The MusicBrainz community has grown considerably since then, and the project has expanded its scope from being a CDDB replacement to a true "Wikipedia for music".
It's completely user driven by people like you. TMDb is currently used by millions of people every month and with our and powerful API, also used by many popular media centers like Moovida, XBMC, Plex, MythTV and MediaPortal.
OsmAnd is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality OpenStreetMap data. Enjoy voice and optical navigator, viewing POIs (points of interest), creating and managing GPX tracks, using contour lines visualization and altitude info (through plugin), a choice between driving, cycling, pedestrian modes, OSM editing and much more.
Navigation • Works online (fast) or offline (no roaming charges when you are abroad) • Turn-by-turn voice guidance (recorded and synthesized voices) • Optional lane guidance, street name display, and estimated time of arrival • Supports intermediate points on your itinerary • Automatic re-routing whenever you deviate from the route • Search for places by address, by type (e.g.: restaurant, hotel, gas station, museum), or by geographical coordinates
Map Viewing • Display your position and orientation • Optionally align the picture according to compass or your direction of motion • Save your most important places as Favorites • Display POIs (point of interests) around you • Display specialized online tiles, satellite view (from Bing), different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional layers with customizable transparency • Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling
OSM Data • High-quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world • OSM data available per country or region • Compact offline vector maps updated at least once a month
Safety Features • Optional automated day/night view switching • Optional speed limit display, with reminder if you exceed it • Optional speed-dependent zooming • Share your location so that your friends can find you
OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. It is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you. It allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
PeerTube is a free, decentralized and federated video platform developed as an alternative to other platforms that centralize our data and attention, such as YouTube, Dailymotion or Vimeo. But one organization hosting PeerTube alone may not have enough money to pay for bandwidth and video storage of its servers, all servers of PeerTube are interoperable as a federated network, and non-PeerTube servers can be part of the larger Vidiverse (federated video network) by talking our implementation of ActivityPub. Video load is reduced thanks to P2P (BitTorrent) in the web browser via WebTorrent.
Video streaming Just upload your videos, and be sure they will stream anywhere. Add a description, some tags and your video will be discoverable by the entire video fediverse, not just your instance. You can even embed a player on your favorite website!
Keep in touch with video creators Follow your favorite channels from PeerTube or really any other place. No need to have an account on the instance you watched a video to follow its author, you can do all of that from the Fediverse (Mastodon, Pleroma…), or just with RSS.
An interface to call home Be it as a user or an instance administrator, you can decide what your experience will be like. Don't like the colors? They are easy to change. Don't want to list videos of an instance but let your users subscribe to them? Don't like the regular web client? All of that can be changed, and much more. No UX dark pattern, no mining your data, no video recommendation bullshit.
Communities that help each other In addition to visitors using WebTorrent to share the load among them, instances can help each other by caching one another's videos. This way even small instances have a way to show content to a wider audience, as they will be shouldered by friend instances. Content creators can get help from their viewers in the simplest way possible: a support button showing a message linking to their donation accounts or really anything else.
Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
LibreELEC is ‘Just enough OS’ for Kodi, a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular mediacentre hardware. We are an evolution of the popular OpenELEC project. LibreELEC software will be familiar to OpenELEC users, but the project follows its own path and has intentional differences:
LibreELEC is governed by a project board elected from active team members to set project goals, priorities, and take executive decisions. The board ensures project tasks are distributed among volunteers; we operate on the principle of “many hands make light work” and no project task should ever depend on the skills or efforts of a single person. In the long-term we intend to preserve the collaborative nature of the project by registering LibreELEC as a non-profit charity or foundation.
LibreELEC intends to publish a mid-term release schedule. Our goal is to never leave you (or ourselves) guessing when the next maintenance or public beta release will arrive. Kodi will occasionally provide us with a moving target to hit, but when this happens we will endeavour to communicate, not frustrate.
LibreELEC intends to be a stable and bleeding-edge distribution. Untested and often experimental commits on the bleeding-edge of development will be restricted to our master branch. The active release branch will be frozen at release and future maintenance updates will contain fixes for reported user and security issues plus minor hardware support changes only.
LibreELEC intends to be non-profit in nature with public funding goals and public updates on our progress towards those goals. If you sponsor or donate to the project we guarantee 100% of your funds will be used for project goals.
LibreELEC intends to have minimal advertising on our website and forums. Your donations and a small number of discrete and tasteful spots for commercial sponsors will ensure there’s no need to overload your browser with AdSense.
Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful (and highly "skinnable") interface, Kodi feels very natural to use from the couch.
Currently Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the Internet using practically any protocol available.
Kdenlive is an acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It's free, and open-source and works on GNU/Linux, Windows and BSD. It's an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor compatible with latest video technologies. Most of the video processing is done by the MLT Framework, which relies on many other open source projects like FFmpeg, frei0r, movit, ladspa, sox, etc. Notable features:
- Multi-track video editing
- Supports all audio and video formats and codecs that FFmpeg does for both input and encoding, including various HD standards, like HDV, DNxHD, AVCHD, ProRes etc.
- Workspaces for each stage of video production; Logging, Editing, Audio, Effects and Color.
- Configurable interface and shortcuts
- Create 2D titles for your projects
- Many effects and transitions
- Keyframeable effects
- Audio and video scopes
- Proxy editing
- Automatic backup project file
- Timeline preview
- Online resources of render profiles, wipes and title templates accessible directly from the interface.
Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia editing/creation flavor of Ubuntu. It's built for the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional.
Our aim is to make it more accessible for new users to get into the tools that GNU/Linux has to offer for multimedia creation and production. We also want to spotlight what's out there, and show users tools they might not know to exist.
Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.
Orca is an Esoteric Programming Language and live-coding environment for musical experimentation. In Orca, each letter of the alphabet is an operation, lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.
AlternativeTo is the ultimate hub for discovering new and exciting software, no matter what platform you're on! Whether you're looking for apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, online services or mobile devices, we've got you covered!
Want to replace an app that's driving you nuts? No problem! Just tell us what app you want to replace, and we'll give you a list of awesome alternatives. You can also create personalized lists, leave and read user reviews for apps and their alternatives, discover highlighted features, vote on alternatives, check the latest tech news, and much more.
Our crowdsourced platform is fueled by people just like you who love to share their expertise, opinions, and insights, including suggestions, comments, and votes, making it a dynamic and ever-evolving resource for finding the best software. Think of it as a constantly updated source of expert opinions on the best alternatives to the software you're not happy with.
So whether you're a tech guru, a casual user, or just someone who loves discovering new apps, AlternativeTo has something for everyone. Come join our community and let's find some amazing software together!
You should have full control over your data. We help you achieve that: a safe home for all your data. Secure, under your control and developed in an open, transparent and trustworthy way. We are Nextcloud.
Nextcloud offers industry-leading on-premises file sync and online collaboration technology. Our expertise is in combining the convenience and ease of use of consumer-grade solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive with the security, privacy and control business needs.
Our self-hosted solutions ensure you know where data is, who has access, and that even meta-data does not leak.
We create three products, integrated and acting as one:
Nextcloud Files offers an on-premise Universal File Access and sync platform with powerful collaboration capabilities and desktop, mobile and web interfaces.
Nextcloud Talk delivers on-premises, private audio/video conferencing and text chat through browser and mobile interfaces with integrated screen sharing and SIP integration.
Nextcloud Groupware integrates Calendar, Contacts, Mail and other productivity features to help teams get their work done faster and easier.
Our products integrate powerful capabilities to control and monitor data exchange and communication, including our unique File Access Control and workflow features, extensive audit logs, fine-grained sharing controls and more.
Security is Nextcloud users' greatest concerns and our prime advantage over competitors. Nextcloud features a host of unique, innovative security technologies from brute force protection to advanced server side and integrated end-to-end, client side encryption with enterprise-grade key handling and a wide range of security hardenings. Our security has been reviewed by trusted third parties and is backed by a USD 5000 Security Bug Bounty Program, providing the confidence that data meant to stay private will stay private.
Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a free open-source Python development environment providing MATLAB-like features in a simple and light-weighted software, available for Windows XP/Vista/7, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X.
Spyder is part of spyderlib, a Python module based on PyQt4, QScintilla2, pyflakes and rope (QScintilla's dependency has been removed in version 2.0 and rope features have been integrated since this version as well).
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Archive's mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.
Anyone with a free account can upload media to the Internet Archive.
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.
Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is GNU/Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures for Qtractor to evolve as a fairly-featured desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.
Qtractor is free/libre, open-source software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.
Mixxx integrates the tools DJs need to perform creative live mixes with digital music files. Whether you are a new DJ with just a laptop or an experienced turntablist, Mixxx can support your style and techniques of mixing.
BPM, Key Detection & Sync
BPM and musical key detection help you find the perfect next track from your library. Use master sync to match the tempo and beats of four songs for seamless mixing.
DJ Controller Support
Built-in mappings for DJ controller hardware gives you hands-on control of Mixxx's features. Use the programmable mapping system to customize your workflow and add support for any MIDI or HID device.
Add your unique spin to tracks with sound effects. Get creative by chaining multiple effects together and twisting all their knobs.
Vinyl Record Control
Use turntables with timecode vinyl records to control playback and scratch your digital music files as if they were pressed on vinyl. Mix music vinyls into your set by toggling vinyl passthrough mode.
Mixxx is free open-source software and entirely community-driven. There is no company behind Mixxx — the development is shouldered by passionate DJs and programmers that dedicate their free time to working on their favorite DJ software. Mixxx is and always will be free! See dozens more features or download Mixxx and start DJing now!
LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and is available on all operating systems. It is an independently-developed version of the OpenOffice.org suite.
The office suite includes:
LibreOffice - Writer, a word processor with similar functionality and file support to Microsoft Word . It has extensive WYSIWYG word processing capabilities, but can also be used as a basic text editor.
LibreOffice - Calc , a spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Office Excel . It has a number of unique features, including a system which automatically defines series of graphs, based on information available to the user.
LibreOffice - Draw , a vector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Office Visio . It provides connectors between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It also includes features similar to desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Office Publisher .
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, share research and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.
Zotero helps you organize your research any way you want. You can sort items into collections and tag them with keywords. Or create saved searches that automatically fill with relevant materials as you work.
Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. With support for over 100,000 citation styles, you can format your work to match any style guide or publication.
Zotero can optionally synchronize your data across devices, keeping your notes, files, and bibliographic records seamlessly up to date. If you decide to sync, you can also always access your research from any web browser.
Zotero lets you co-write a paper with a colleague, distribute course materials to students, or build a collaborative bibliography. You can share a Zotero library with as many people you like, at no cost.
OpenRefine is a power tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase.
This tool was previously known as Freebase Gridworks.
Element is a Matrix-based end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) secure collaboration and messaging app.
It provides instant messaging, voice and video calls, screen sharing and file sharing; for 1:1s to huge chat rooms. It’s available to use across Web, Android, iOS, macOS, Windows & Linux.
Its decentralised design delivers digital sovereignty, enabling deployment on-premise or through any cloud provider.
Element Matrix Services (EMS) is the most popular SaaS for corporate use of Element. EMS provides fast performance and enterprise-grade add-ons.
Being Matrix-based, Element provides interoperability between traditional siloed apps. It can bridge into proprietary ‘walled garden’ systems such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and Discord to enable easy connections between different organisations.
End-to-end encryption is provided by default to keep users’ conversations and files safe. Cross-signed device verification uses QR codes or emoji comparisons to guard against imposters and eavesdropping.
Element is built on the Matrix.org open standard which provides bridges to other systems such as Slack, IRC and a lot more soon.
Mastodon is a Free and Open Source federated social network, made with a focus on more personal interaction.
The biggest difference between Mastodon and many other social networks is that even though a Mastodon website (called an instance) can operate alone, they can interoperate through AcitivityPub, letting their users on different, independent, instances communicate with each other. This is called federation, and it even works with instances running different software like PeerTube and Pixelfed
- No ads or tracking
- No algorithm
- Completely Free and Open Source
- 500 character text limit
- Custom emojis
- Content warnings/spoilers
- Easy post editing
- Many moderation tools like text filtering
- Image thumbnail adjustment
- Fully self-hostable
QGIS, formerly Quantum GIS, is a user friendly open source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.
QGIS lets you browse, edit and create a variety of vector and raster formats, including ESRI shapefiles, spatial data in PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GRASS vectors and rasters, or GeoTiff. You can create customised plugins and GIS enabled applications using Python or C++. Maps can be compiled for printing using the print composer.
QGIS supports plugins to do things like import of delimited text data, download tracks, routes, and waypoints from your GPS or visualize OGC WMS and WFS layers.
Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement
Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
SIP-compatible softphone and SIP-based instant messenger for Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X and Android.
Communicate in multiple ways: • A telephone: a simple tool to connect, communicate and share. • A teleconferencing tool: easily join calls to create conferences with multiple participants. • A media sharing tool: Jami supports a variety of video input options, including mutliple cameras and image and video files, and the selection of audio inputs and outputs; all this is supported by multiple high quality audio and video codecs. • A messenger: send text messeges during calls or out of calls (as long as your peer is connected). • A building block for your IoT project: re-use the universal communications technology of Jami with its portable library on your system of choice.
Developed and maintained by the Canadian company Savoir-faire Linux, and with the help of a global community of users and contributors.
Watch videos of Jami in actions at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIe47cCt_ovwKb2Nfr4nBlw/videos
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