Open Source Projects

Everybody knows Well Known Open Source Software such as WordPress (this Site is build with it) or Joomla Content Management System, but there are many lesser well known Open Source Projects for a variety of Purposes.

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a powerful, feature-packed text editor that more or less has everything Notepad needs but lacks (it can replace Notepad in Windows). It supports 27 programming languages, searches regular expressions, and supports syntax highlighting and folding, synchronized edits and views, and much more.

Pros

Loads of options: Behind a clean face and busy but efficient toolbar, Notepad++ is a wonder of features and options. One favorite: Default Directory has two choices, Follow current document and Remember last directory. Another: The “old, obsolete” desktop icon is a setup option.

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Options to load: We could set Notepad++ not to use %APPDATA% but rather to load or write config files from the installation directory; this is handy when running Notepad++ from a USB device.

Plug-ins, too: Notepad++ comes loaded with useful plug-ins plus a Plug-in Manager. But we could also select a startup option to load plug-ins from AppData — a potential security issue that Notepad++ only recommends for experienced users.

Koken

Content management and web site publishing for photographers
Your images are your most important asset. Koken treats them with the attention they deserve by including a full-featured management interface that looks and feels like a desktop application.
Write about portfolio updates, inspiration, or anything that comes to mind. Images, videos, slideshows and content from Flickr, Instagram, Vimeo, SoundCloud and Twitter are a snap to display.
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Clonezilla

Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost®. It helps you to do system deployment, bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the hard disk. This increases the clone efficiency. With some high-end hardware in a 42-node cluster, a multicast restoring at rate 8 GB/min was reported.
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Mozilla Thunderbird E Mail Client

Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features!
Windows 10 comes with an email client built in, but a third-party client like Thunderbird is a far better choice for managing your messages. That’s because Windows Mail is online-only, so there’s no way to access your messages without an active internet connection.
Thunderbird lets you keep a backup of all your messages on your PC, in a location of your choice. That also means you have a fallback option for those occasions when you suddenly realise, with a sinking heart, that you’ve accidentally deleted something very important.

Thunderbird also helps you keen on top of your appointments, with support for multiple calendars, and includes an RSS reader so you can see the headlines at a glance as well. It’s extremely useful, and will save you the hassle of opening half a dozen browser tabs each morning to check your schedule, organize your inboxes, and find out what’s going on in the world.
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ClamAV

ClamAV® is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.

Here Are 3 Good Reasons for Using ClamAV

  1. You have sensitive data on your computer and you want to lock down your machine as much as possible and make sure that nothing can affect your computer or your data.
  2. You dual boot with Windows. You can use ClamAV to scan all of the partitions and all of the drives on your computer.
  3. You want to create a system rescue CD, DVD or USB which can be used to troubleshoot for viruses on a friend’s Windows based computer.

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PaintNet

Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
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IrfanView

Far more than just a simple image viewer, IrfanView has evolved into a remarkable multimedia management and editing suite. If you have a hard drive full of photos that need organizing, converting and retouching, it’s the only tool you need.
IrfanView (which takes its name from its creator, Irfan Skiljan) is the wise old app of image viewers. In its 13-year lifespan it’s remained one of the most useful things you can put on your PC. It’s an excellent image viewer, but it’s capable of much more than that.
You can browse through your images quickly, or watch them as a slideshow. IrfanView also includes a feature-packed photo editor, a batch file converter, and a scanner interface. If that’s not enough, it’s also expandable via plugins.

IrfanView is easy to master thanks to its slightly old-fashioned but nonetheless practical interface. There are copious keyboard shortcuts to speed up everyday organization and editing tasks, and the directory view makes it straightforward to drill down through folders to find the images you want.

IrfanView’s 64-bit version is guaranteed to work faster and be more compatible with image files larger than 25MB.
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Booking Software-Free or Open Source

1. Qlo

Qlo Free Booking Software

This free and open source booking engine enables hotel owners to create their own booking site with a variety of features to help differentiate your hotel from the rest of the pack.

Pros

Qlo’s highlights include the ability to manage both online and offline booking in one place in addition to administrative room reallocation for a quick unit change if needed.

This solution can also translate your site into multiple languages so you can reach and advertise your property to international guests.

Qlo also includes a testimonial feature, which allows you to highlight positive reviews on your landing page to reaffirm your hotel’s excellent service. Other notable features range from a search engine optimization (SEO) tool to boost your web presence, partial-payment booking and integrated-payment gateways for transactions, and a tax-management component to automatically add taxes to your room rates so customers pay the actual amount during the booking process. Furthermore, Qlo features an unlimited number of rooms and room types so you can manage unique properties or even hotel chains.

Cons

While Qlo boasts a variety of features, there is no security component to the software, an important aspect considering the growing data breaches due to unsecure payment processes.
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2. Solidres

solidres-booking-software

This 100% free and open source hotel booking software is designed for Joomla and WordPress users, and promises the advantages of customizability, interoperability, and flexibility.

Pros

Benefits vary depending on if you are using Joomla or WordPress, but across the board, Solidres enables users a built-in tariff feature to set tariff for every day of the week if desired. Additionally, Solidres’ media management tool enables you to manage your media in a centralized location so you can create thumbnails in different sizes to illustrate your hotel rooms and accommodations. Coupon and reward package creation is also possible with this solution so you can reward frequent and loyal guests. Other standout features of Solidres include the ability to support multiple currencies, Google Maps integration so guests can be easily directed to your location, and free MySQL support for any issues that may arise in your usage.

Cons

Because Solidres only works for Joomla and WordPress users, other content management systems (CMS) will have to find a different solution.

3. upbooking Hotel Standard

upbooking-booking-software

upbooking is a sub-brand of Ma-No Web Design & Development, a website design, development, and internet marketing agency with 15 years of experience in the industry.

Pros

upbooking’s free Standard Booking Engine provides users with a branded layout so you can design your own unique template using HTML and CSS for up to three different hotel properties and up to three different types of rooms.

In addition to creating your own terms and conditions for your guests’ stays, users can also define conditions for room cancellations and view site-visit stats and reservations made with conversion rates. This solution also has a multilingual customer interface so you can reach customers across the globe as well as a map application to show your location and provide directions to incoming guests.

Free updates and upgrades are also included in this free edition.

Cons

Because upbooking’s free edition only goes up to three hotel properties and three different types of rooms, unique hotels with varying room types may have to find a solution with more customization.

4. Sagenda

sagenda free booking system

Sagenda is a free WordPress plugin great for the small hospitality business working with a suite of low-cost products. The developers make their profit off of customizable versions of the plugin for larger businesses, so the plugin itself is guaranteed completely free!

Pros

Sagenda includes a dashboard and personalized emails so if WordPress is your thing, this is perfect.

Cons

This looks like a fairly new solution and it’s too bad that it’s limited just to WordPress. However it has garnered some great reviews on WordPress’ plugin directory and is still being updated frequently.

5. freetobook

freetobook booking software

Hard to beat a solution with “free” in the name. Based in Glasgow (with a very international customer base) freetobook not only has online booking features, but also some nice extras like special offers, customer reviews, and SEO. The prices come in when you’re looking at add-on features like integration with Booking.com and a mobile website.

Pros

Freetobook was definitely designed with hospitality in mind, and the add-on features are very attractive, besides making it a scalable solution.

Cons

It looks like the site hasn’t been updated in awhile and online payment is one of the “Plus+” features.

6. Skedda

skedda booking software

Though it’s definitely for smaller properties at the free level, Skedda can be pretty handy. For € 0.00 you can integrate Skedda with your website and manage up to 10 spaces, so this is good for small hospitality businesses. Online support is offered through their knowledge base and email.

Pros

Skedda looks very easy to pick up and use, and the ability for customers to login with a social account is awesome!

Cons

The lack of online payment features (have to upgrade for $49/mo to get those) makes it hard to see Skedda as an all-in-one booking engine. You’ll have to integrate with another tool to allow customers to actually make payments.

I am NOT affiliated with any of these Companies, neither do I recommend any particular Software from the above List. This is just an Article about what is available.IF you need help installing any of these or know of other free or open Source Booking Software please get in touch.

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