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Open Source Software and Education

Open Source Options For Education

This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning.

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What is open source?

About open source education and open source software.

Decision Support Systems

Uncovering the relationship between OSS user support networks and OSS popularity.

Trends in Open Source Software Adoption in Indian Educationl Institutions

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Design GNU/Linux Live CD Distribution for Education

International Conference on advances in education technology.

OSS Collaboration in Higher Education in China

Journal On Chemical and pharmaceutical research.

Open Source Software Alternatives in Higher Education Following Computer Science Curricula 2013

Research journal of applied sciences, engineering and technology.

Open Source Business Model

Open Source Software Business Model Analysis

An Analysis of Open Source Business Models.

How to create a successful open source business model?

Open source projects are measured by the size of their developer communities, by market adoption, by the number of downloads and other such metrics; companies are measured in terms of revenue and profits.

what is the open source business model?

It is often confusing to people to learn that an open source company may give its products away for free or for a minimal cost.

How do open source companies make money?

5 lessons for any open source business transitioning to a revenue-based model.

Open Source Business Models and Strategies

Research, Articles, and White Papers.

The business of open source

OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development, and licensing of free software, open source software, and open source hardware.



Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.


Massive Open Online Course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.

Open Source Software

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.


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Find open source alternatives to your favourite commercial products. Browse through our software categories and compare pros and cons of both commercial products as well as open source software.


Powerful features to make software development more collaborative.

Arab Source Code

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A report from an european project based in OSS for SMEs

The SME guide to Open Source Software

A Comparative study of web development using OSS or proprietary

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

OSS and Enterprises

Different types of free software, its advantages and disadvantages, some forms of software distribution and the best known licensing terms.

Open source software at office 

LibreOffice is a powerful office suite.
Mozilla Firefox (or simply Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation.

Open source software for scientific computing and education

Scilab is free and open source software for numerical computation providing a powerful computing environment for engineering and scientific applications. 
GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation.
A geometry package providing for both graphical and algebraic input.
LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux
Open Source ERP and CRM.
Classic open source project which includes modules for accounting, managing inventory, sales, purchase, and project management. 
Dolibarr ERP & CRM is a modern and easy to use web software to manage your business (contacts, invoices, orders, products, stocks, agenda, emailings, etc...). It's opensource and free software designed for small companies, foundations and freelances.

Open source software in fluid dynamics applications (engineering enterprises) 

OpenFOAM is a free, open source CFD software.
An open-source computational fluid dynamics code with adaptive unstructured mesh capabilities
Computational analysis tools have revolutionized the way we design aerospace systems, but most established codes are proprietary, unavailable, or prohibitively expensive for many users. The SU2 team is changing this, making computational analysis and design freely available as open-source software and involving everyone in its creation and development.

E-Health applications based on open source software

  • Public health and biosurveillance
  • Dental management and patient record
  • Electronic health or medical record
  • Medical practice management software
  • Health system management
  • Imaging/visualization
  • Medical information systems
  • Research
  • Mobile devices
  • Out-of-the-box distributions
  • Interoperability testing

Sistem Information Management

OSSIM, AlienVault’s Open Source Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) product, provides you with a feature-rich open source SIEM complete with event collection, normalization and correlation.

Data Encription

GnuPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880 (also known as PGP). GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories.

Application Security

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an open-source web application security project and it provides best practices, tools, guidelines, testing procedures and code review steps that software developers, architects and security practioners can follow to design and develop design secure software.

Host Security

(Open Source SECurity) is an open source Host based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS) that provides log monitoring and SIM/SEM solution.

Security at network level

Snort is an open source network Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (IDS/IPS). It performs detection and analysis of network traffic moving across your network in much greater detail than your firewall.

Open source software audit tools

Open-AudIT is an application to tell you exactly what is on your network, how it is configured and when it changes. Open-AudIT will run on Windows and Linux systems. Essentially, Open-AudIT is a database of information, that can be queried via a web interface. Data about the network is inserted via a Bash Script (Linux) or VBScript (Windows). The entire application is written in php, bash and vbscript. These are all 'scripting' languages - no compiling and human readable source code. Making changes and customisations is both quick and easy.


Lynis is an open source security auditing tool. Used by system administrators, security professionals, and auditors, to evaluate the security defenses of their Linux/Unix-based systems. It runs on the host itself, so it performs more extensive security scans than vulnerability scanners.


verinice is a tool for managing information security. The software comes without license or subscription costs and is provided under the GPLv3 license. As open source software, it is available for free in our download area.
Security Officers Management and Analysis Project: https://www.somap.org/
One of the main goals of the Security Officers Management and Analysis Project (SOMAP.org) is to develop and maintain Open Source Information Security Risk Management documents, tools and utilities.


100% open-source Internet of Things middleware platform for everyone. Kaa is a production-ready, multi-purpose middleware platform for building complete end-to-end IoT solutions, connected applications, and smart products.


Eclipse IoT provides open source implementations of the standards, services and frameworks that enable an Open Internet of Things.

M2MLabs Mainspring

M2MLabs Mainspring is an open source application framework for building machine to machine (M2M) applications such as remote monitoring, fleet management or smart grid.


Open Source cloud solution for the Internet of Things.


Comtike is an open source operating system for the Internet of Things. Contiki connects tiny low-cost, low-power microcontrollers to the Internet.

IoT Toolkit

The IoT Toolkit is an Open Source project to develop a set of tools for building multi-protocol Internet of Things Gateways and Service gateways that enable horizontal co-operation between multiple different protocols and cloud services.


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