From the 30 cool open source software discovered by NixCraft in 2013, I plan to try out several of them in the early part of 2014. Here are my picks:
Miro video converter
This is an open source, cross-platform application to convert videos from and to various formats, including formats suitable for devices such as Android/iOS phones. It is simple and easy to use software to convert almost any video to MP4, WebM (vp8), Ogg Theora format. Miro Video Converter is based on FFMPEG and act as a front end to FFMPEG command line tools.
OwnCloud – Dropbox alternative for cloud storage service
It is an alternative to Dropbox to run cloud on your own server at home and office. This software is open source software, and it is self hosted. I don’t have to trust third party with my data. I found this software easy to install and quite useful. I started to use it for syncing files and other data. I have been using for couple of months and it has been proven reliable alternative to Dropbox. There are clients available for MS-Windows, OS X, Linux, and mobile apps for iOS and Android devices (or simply access data using the ownCloud web frontend).
RackTables – Manage your data center assets like a pro
It is is a datacenter asset management system. With this software one can document hardware assets (such as server, workstations, routers, switches and more), network addresses, space in racks, networks configuration and more:
- List of all devices, racks, and enclosures you’ve got
- Mount the devices into the racks
- Maintain physical ports of the devices and links between them
- Manage IP addresses, assign them to the devices and group them into networks
- Document your NAT rules, describe your loadbalancing policy and store loadbalancing configuration
- Attach files to various objects in the system
- Create users, assign permissions and allow or deny any actions they can do
Observium – Network observation and monitoring system
Observium is free and open source software written in PHP/MySQL. It collects data from devices using SNMP and presents it via a web interface. It includes support for a wide range of network hardware and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Dell, FreeBSD, Juniper, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. I use this software along with Nagios to get better understanding of certain devices and technologies. It provides historical and current performance statistics, configuration visualization and syslog capture.
luckyBackup data back-up and synchronization tool
luckyBackup is an application for data back-up and synchronization powered by the rsync tool. It is simple to use, fast, safe, reliable and fully customizable backup software. I often set and recommend this too for new Ubuntu/Fedora desktop users to backup their own files.