Open-Source Web Conferencing Solution

Dimdim is a free and open source web conferencing solution that hopes to compete with WebEX and ASAP. Although still in alpha, this product shows a lot of promise. The software is easy to setup and manage and serves up meeting content from the system that you install it on. The conference manager application runs in a web browser (MS IE only at this time but Firefox exensions are in the works) and the conference manager can upload only PowerPoint presentation at this time. The attendee only needs to have a web browser with Flash. We tried it out in our office recently and it worked very well.

Free Open Source Basecamp Clone

activeCollab is a free open source project management and collaboration tool. Like a Basecamp open source app, this web-based application is very similar to 37 Signal‘s Basecamp project management tool, but instead of a hosted service, activeCollab is an application you download and install on your web server. The tool requires PHP and MySQL, so should be easy to install on most hosting packages. Aside from the money you’ll save, this appears to be very easy to install and it has most of the functionality of other project management tools.

If it is not too much of it technical or practical inconvenience for you to put it on your own server this will be a preferred solution for many people.

Open Source Icon Library

The Tango Desktop project is an initiative to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces. The project has published style guidelines and an awesome collection of open-sourced icons in high-quality SVG format. If you’re looking for bitmapped versions, you can download a package that contains these open source icons in
SVG and PNG formats.  This project is nothing if not ambitious. But if open source and having graphical user interfaces that adhere to standards is important to you I suggest you take a hard look at the Tango Desktop project as potentially something you’d like to get involved with yourself.

How To Resize Windows Partition with Open Source Software

Don’t want to shell out your hard earned cash on Norton Ghost or Partition Magic? You can learn how to nixCraft: Resize windows Partition with Open Source Software using a Linux Live CD called Knoppix. Seriously, if the tool gets the job done why on earth would you feel you need to spend money on any “branded solution” to tweak your Windows partition? I for one hope that open source solutions like this become more plentiful in the coming years because it’ll light a fire under some of the larger companies engaged in currently providing us with these solutions.

Of course before you resize your partition using either commercial or open-source software, make sure you have a good backup!

Open Source WYSIWG XHTML Editor

Kupu is a ‘document-centric’ open source client-side editor for Mozilla, Netscape and Internet Explorer. The editor allows you to add WYSIWYG XHTML editing to any of your web applications or content management systems.

What is most impressive about Kupu, is that it uses CSS in favor of HTML for layout and presentation.  I suppose that most applications and tools that I feature on this site wheel gesture points for featuring CSS over antiquated methods that we all know we should be moving away from anyway. Seriously though, if you are still on the fence about Web standards go take a look at Kupu as a glimpse of what the future holds.