Laconica: Open Source Twitter

May 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

There are so many micro-blogging services nowadays. Sooner or later there will be an open source application for it.

And that application is called Laconica. It is written in PHP.

I haven’t try to install it yet, but it sounds fun.

Resource:

The project’s Trac

Eucalyptus: Open Source EC2

October 12, 2008 § Leave a comment

EUCALYPTUS stands for Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems. 

In short, it’s the open source response of Amazon EC2 instance.

Eucalyptus is developed in the MAYHEM Lab within the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It implements FreeBSD style licensing.

Resource:

Eucalyptus Main Page

Kamaelia: Open Source Python Framework

June 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Kamaelia is not yet another Rails-esque framework, thus making it more interesting.

Kamaelia is open source framework for building concurrent system. It was conceived inside BBC.co.uk r & D lab. It is written in Python, making it double interesting.

It draws its inspiration from UNIX pipeline. UNIX pipe allows chaining processes so that the output of current process goes directly to the input of the next process. The ‘pipeline’ module is called Axon.

From its documentation, Kamaelia is more like collection of components. The components comprises a lot of thing; TCP server/client, GUI builder, Audio codec, IRC client, etc…

This framework is most definitely different.

References:

Popsugar.com & TeamSugar

November 29, 2007 § Leave a comment

This is another not so new social networking site, but its idea is somehow refreshing and original.

  • There are a lot of fashion blogs/magazines…
  • There are a lot of gossip blogs…
  • There are a lot of social network sites…

But there’s not a whole lot of those three combined in 1 site. It definitely has high advertisement values.

Popsugar is built using Drupal, one of the oldest open source CMS. It has tons of modules. A social networking app can easily be built on top of Drupal.

Detailed conversation about Popsugar’s technical specs & Drupal tips is recorded here.

Granted that Drupal source code is somewhat funky, along with its hook architecture, but it is well known to be flexible and capable to withstand medium-sized traffic.

References:

Games: Freecol.org

November 25, 2007 § Leave a comment

Freecol is a turn-based strategy game inspired by the widely popular Colonization game of the 90s.

It is of course open source and definitely earned the nostalgic value of the commercial predecessor.

It is written in Java, if you are a programmer, make sure to download the source code and read it. The source code is very clean and organized. The source code could definitely be an awesome learning experience for those new in software development world.

As of today the stable version is 0.7.2.

Prototype Window Class, JS library for creating DHTML window

September 10, 2007 § 2 Comments

Prototype Window Class is free (as in beer) and easy to use library for creating DHTML window.

It is based on prototype.js and doesn’t really require Scriptaculous.

Resources:

Sourceforge: Games: Most downloaded projects…

August 27, 2007 § 2 Comments

The list as of today:

  • ZSNES: A Super NES emulator. It runs on Windows, DOS, Linux, & FreeBSD. ( 15,234,160 downloads)
  • VisualBoyAdvance: It is a Gameboy Emulator. It runs on All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), Linux, OS X, BeOS. ( 9,107,964 downloads)
  • Tux Racer: It is a racing game, starring Tux the penguin. ( 2,088,083 downloads)
  • Battle of Wesnoth: It is a turn-based strategy game with strong Japanese-influenced graphics. ( 1,663,510 downloads)
  • OpenTTD: Open source version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe. This game is easily my favorite. ( 1,198,928 downloads)
  • TORCS: The Open Race Car Simulator. Also available on Mac OS X. ( 1,080,376 downloads)
  • glTron: Tron-based racing game. ( 947,379 downloads)
  • Secret Maryo Chronicles: Very much like Super Mario but with lots more levels & available on almost all OSes. ( 681,365 downloads)
  • Freeciv: Open source version of Civilization. ( 642,897 downloads)
  • UltraStar: It’s a karaoke game. ( 581,166 downloads)
  • Glest: 3D real-time strategy game, looks like original Warcraft. Only for Windows? ( 574,323 downloads)
  • AssaultCube: Fun and addicting FPS game. The Cube Engine is lightning fast!! It render so fast on my built-in Intel graphic chip. ( 510,187 downloads)
  • Exult: Game engine for running world’s best RPG Ultima 7. Note: gamers must supply the graphics on their own. I’ve blog about this before. ( 493,111 downloads)
  • Vdrift: Drifting simulator. Available on most OSes. ( 486,321 downloads)
  • UFO: Alien Invasion: I blog about this one before. ( 328,505 downloads)
  • FlightGear: It’s flight simulator only for OS X? ( 273,092 downloads)
  • FreeCol: Open source colonization. I talked about this one before as well. ( 252,389 downloads)

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