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AbiWord: Word Processing for Everyone

A bit different than other word processors, AbiWord is a free word processor that is able to run on virtually any platform and supports a wide array of languages. Also of note is the fact that AbiWord is being developed as an Open Source project, which means that the lines of code comprising the application are freely available and redistributable. Perhaps the most important feature of AbiWord is...

https://www.abisource.com/
Apple: Mac OS X Server

On March 16th, 1999, Apple computer made two announcements that indicate radical changes in the direction of its OS. One of these announcements was the release of Mac OS X Server, billed as "the first modern operating system" ever shipped by Apple. Based on BSD Unix and the Mach kernel, it includes standard Unix features such as protected memory, pre-emptive multitasking, and full process...

https://www.apple.com/macos/server/
Blender 2.46

Are you interested in animation? If so, you might want to take a look at Blender 2.46. This open-source 3D rendering program contains a wide range of essential animation tools, including rendering, modeling, and shading. The program can be quite complicated but the good folks at Blender offer a wide range of tutorials on their site. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 98 and...

https://www.blender.org/
Browsershots

Some visitors to the Scout Report may be concerned about how their websites (or other sites for that matter) may appear on different browsers. This application is designed to assist in that process, as it automatically captures screenshots of such pages in different browsers. As one might surmise, the goal of this application is to test the compatibility of webpages across the vast universe of Web...

http://browsershots.org/
Creating Mathlets with Open Source Tools

Crafting new instructional aids for math courses can be difficult, but this helpful new article from Markus Hohenwarter and Judith Preiner will bring much joy to the hearts of mathematics teachers everywhere. This particular article presents information on creating new interactive materials (or "mathlets") with the use of various open source tools. The article includes sections on creating...

https://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/loci/joma/creating-mat...
Darwin: Open Source

On March 16th, 1999, Apple computer made two announcements that indicate radical changes in the direction of its OS. One of these announcements was that Apple is releasing the source code to portions of Mac OS X server. The project, called Darwin, has not only released the foundation layers of the operating system, but established a system of user-contributed modifications to the source. Modeled...

https://developer.apple.com/opensource/
DataparkSearch 4.33

While many web search engines may offer a number of bells and whistles, this rather novel application contains features that others might not have. With DataPark Search 4.33 visitors can search within a group of websites and also index multilingual sites with great ease. For those visitors who may have a number of additional questions about the program, their site includes full documentation...

http://www.dataparksearch.org/
Developing an Open Source Option for NASA Software

A NASA technical report from April 2003 suggests that the agency switch to an open source software development strategy. This report, written at a very basic level, allows for a general audience to understand what constitutes open source and why it can be useful. The 52-page report gives several definitions and outlines benefits associated with such a switch from several different standpoints....

https://www.nas.nasa.gov/assets/pdf/nas-03-009.pdf
Drupal

With more and more groups and individuals becoming interested in placing content online, a number of programs have been developed to simplify this process, with a minimum of technical know-how. Drupal allows users to create everything from personal websites to e-commerce applications. Visitors will also want to learn about the different modules that can extend Drupal's functionality and look over...

https://www.drupal.org/
DVC

DVC is a distributed revision control system and automation framework for data scientists. The DVC documentation is written primarily around machine learning applications, but very similar workflows pop up when performing many other kinds of statistical analysis or simulation. DVC leverages Git to track program code or scripts and provides large file storage using backends such as Amazon S3, Azure...

https://dvc.org
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