Open-source projects that deserve your cash

Open-source projects that deserve your cash

Summary: Many open-source projects depend on people donating their time, but in a number of cases financial gifts wouldn't go amiss either, says Jack Wallen


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  • iTalc

    People who enjoy open-source software often forget that most of the developers behind the code are working in their own time and at their own expense.

    For some open-source projects, it's not an issue, but others would benefit hugely from donations. So I thought it's worth listing 10 projects I feel deserve help. They range in audience and scope, and some are more in need than others, but each would benefit from financial support.

    1. iTalc
    iTalc is the first of two educational projects on my list. Most people would agree that education should be a high priority for donations, attention and general aid. This open-source project is a powerful didactic tool that enables teachers to instruct, control and test students and their PCs. It allows teachers to view and control a student's desktop over the network and, among other things, take screenshots. Of course, nearly every open-source educational software project could do with financial support, unless it's already funded by a university.

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  • Claroline

    2. Claroline
    Once you've seen Claroline in operation, you'll probably be surprised you hadn't heard about it before. Claroline is a web-based application that can facilitate online education and online class management for teachers and students.

    Claroline lets you manage documents and files, courses, students and groups. You can also create online exercises, track results, import Sharable Content Object Reference Model — Scorm — content, offer chats and forums, and collaborate.

    Image credit: Claroline

Topic: Apps

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