Open Source Tuesday

Open Source

Every Tuesday Buck Internet’s weekly Open Source Tuesday (OST) will showcase one open source project.

I will have information and links to their home, donate, and get involved pages.


John Buck

What is Open Source and Open Source Software?

Open Source

The term “open source” refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.


Open Source Software

Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance.


“Source code” is the part of software that most computer users don’t ever see; it’s the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a “program” or “application”—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program’s source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly.




Etcher is a free and open source OS (operating system) image flasher for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. If you want to try out or install an operating system, you use this software to burn an ISO on a USB or SDCard. The company developing Etcher is balena. They use the...


Filezilla is a free and open source FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. It was developed by Tim Kosse and others in 2001 and is released under the GNU General Public License Version 2. It is written in C++ and wxWidgets and is...


Jekyll is a static website generator that turns plain text into static websites and blogs. It uses no database, therefore you don't have to update it like a CMS. It is written in Ruby and released under the MIT license. It was created by Tom Preston-Werner, GitHub's...


Nextcloud is a free and open source file hosting software application. It can replace proprietary services like Google Docs/Sheets/Calendar/etc, Dropbox, Skype, and more. You install Nextcloud on your own server. You, therefore, have control over your data, unlike...


Stacer is a free and open source graphical system optimizer and application monitor for the Linux operating system. You can view and manage items like system info, system startup applications, system cleaner, system services, processes, and more in a nicely designed...


Bootstrap is a free and open source mobile-first HTML, CSS, JavaScript front-end framework. It is designed to make web development faster and easier. It was developed by Twitter's Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton with the first release in 2011. It is now released under...


GParted is a free and open source partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions. It uses GNU Parted as the backend and is built with the GTK toolkit. You can delete, format, resize, copy, and hide any partition recognized by GParted. GParted' first...


Bacula is an open source enterprise-level computer backup system. Systems administrators use Bacula for managing backups, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of different computers and systems. It runs on Linux, UNIX, Windows, and macOS. It...


Scribus is a free and open source desktop publishing (DTP) software program. It is often considered as an open source replacement for Adobe InDesign. It can run on over a dozen different operating systems including lesser know ones like OpenIndiana, GNU/Hurd, and...


LibreCAD is a free and open source 2D computer-aided design (CAD) program for Linux, macOS, and Windows. It is based on the community edition of QCAD. LibreCAD uses the cross-platform Qt framework, and the user interface is translated in over 30 languages. LibreCAD...

Tux Paint

Tux Paint is a free and open source drawing software program for children available for Linux, Apple macOS, Microsoft Windows, Android, and Apple iOS. This educational software is geared towards young children. It is a raster graphics editor created by Bill Kendrick...


Webmin is a free and open-source Linux and Unix server administration program. This system configuration tool is administered in a web browser. You can easily edit configuration files, run commands to create accounts, set up a web server, manage email forwarding, and...


Kdenlive is a free and open-source non-linear video editing software application. It is built with MLT, KDE, and Qt frameworks, and works on GNU/Linux, BSD, and macOS platforms. Kdenlive started around 2003 and became part of the KDE project. It is licensed under the...


Blender is a free and open source professional 3D computer graphics software program for Linux, macOS, and Windows. It can create a variety of visual effects including 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications, and animated films & video games. Just a small...


Drupal is a free and open source content management (CMS.) It powers personal, corporate, political, and government websites and blogs. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL,) it is written in PHP. It is made by a very large...


Krita is a KDE community-driven free and open source graphics editor for Linux, BSD, macOS, and Windows. This raster graphics editor used for digital painting and animation is written in the Qt software development kit (SDK). Krita's initial release was in 2004....


Moodle is a free and open source integrated learning management system (LMS) for educators, administrators, and learners. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3+,) and is written in PHP. It was first released in 2002. The name Moodle...


Cockpit is a free and open source Linux server manager. With Cockpit, you can administer a Linux server via the web browser. Among some of Cockpit features are it is lightweight, has an easy-to-use interface, you can administration multiple servers and perform tasks...


GanttProject is a free (even commercial use) and open source Java-based project management software for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Since it is a desktop application, no internet is required for use. The project was started in 2003. A Gantt chart popularized by...


Debian is a free and open source GNU/Linux operating system. It was founded by Ian Murdock in 1993. The first stable release was in 1996. Debian comes with over 51000 packages, so good chance that no matter what type of application you need you will find it in...

More Open Source Projects

Here is a page with more open source projects that has not been covered on Open Source Tuesday.

Open Source Projects

FreeBSD - Unix-like Operating System

Thunderbird - Email Client

GIMP - Raster Graphics Editor

Ubuntu MATE - Community Developed OS

Etcher - OS Image Flasher

FileZilla - FTP Application

Static Site Generator

Nextcloud - File Sharing

Bootstrap – Front-end Framework

KeePassXC - Password Manager

Linux Optimizer & Monitoring

KDE Neon - Operating System

Scribus – Desktop Publishing

Bacula - Backup System

LibreCAD - 2D CAD Software

GParted – Partition editor

Webmin - Server Administration Software

Kdenlive - Video Editor

Blender - 3D Creation Suite

Drawing Software Program for Children

Drupal - Open Source CMS

Krita - Professional Painting Program

Cockpit - Linux Server Manager

GanttProject - Project Management Software

Learning Management System

The Universal Operating System

FreeNAS - Network-Attached Storage Software

Python Web Framework

Fedora - Open Source Platform

3D Arcade Racer

BleachBit - System Cleaner

Roundcube - Webmail Software

VLC - Media Player

Lubuntu - Complete Operating System

Desktop Environment

Inkscape - Vector Graphics Editor

OpenShot Video Editor

Ubuntu - Operating System

Office Suite