Quanta Plus

Quanta Plus is a highly stable and feature rich web development environment. The vision with Quanta has always been to start with the best architectural foundations, design for efficient and natural use and enable maximal user extensibility. We recognize that we don't have the resources to do everything we would like to so our target is to make it easy for you to help make this the best community based desktop application anywhere. Pretty much everything in Quanta is designed so you can extend it. Even the way it handles XML DTDs is based on XML files you can edit.

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Drupal is community drive open source web content management system (CMS). It is a powerful, flexible and customizable web applications framework as well.

Sites using this CMS from around the Waterloo Region are many, including KWLUG's own site, Engineers Without Borders (Waterloo Chapter), Cambridge LUG, internal site for The Working Centre, and many more.

$65.00 USD ~= $66.00 CAD
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OpenOffice.org 2 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.

Let's contribute to OpenOffice.org as their approach their 3.0 release.

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The GNU PDF project is developing a free, high-quality and fully functional set of libraries and programs that implement the PDF file format and associated technologies to the coming ISO standard, ISO 32000.

Why? Isn't PDF support "fine"?

According to José Marchesi, quoted by Bruce Byfield missing or incomplete features in Free Software PDF implementations include:

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Have you ever wished that you computer would boot faster? Ever wondered what all that stuff was that happened before the login appeared? Want to get rid of the proprietary FIRMWARE in your BIOS? Well then you want to know more about LinuxBIOS.

LinuxBIOS is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) you can find in most of today's computers.

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Wikimedia Foundation

This nomination is by Chris Bruner. It was suggested on 2007-11-09.

He writes:

I would like to propose a couple of candidates to the floss fund.
The first is wikipedia which I (and I'm sure others) use all the time.

In addition to Wikipedia the foundation has several other projects, and has driven the development of WikiMedia.

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Our donation should show up at http://fundraising.wikimedia.org/ eventually.


This nomination is from Chris Bruner. It was suggested after the Wikimedia Foundation suggestion, 2007-11-09

UPDATE: Chris says that he is okay with this being his first nomination, before Wikimedia.

Chris writes:

It's one of these behind the scenes opensource projects, that I don't think gets much support, but is very useful. It is a cross platform widget maker that is in use in several applications

78.00CAD =78.30USD
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Via the Edinburgh Fund for wxWidgets


From: http://www.pilot-link.org/
pilot-link is a suite of tools used to connect your Palm or PalmOS® compatible handheld with Unix, Linux, and any other POSIX-compatible machine. pilot-link works with all PalmOS® handhelds, including those made by Handspring, Sony, and Palm, as well as others.

pilot-link includes userspace "conduits" that allow you to syncronize information to and from your Palm device, as well as libraries of Palm-compatible functions that allow other applications to take advantage of the code included in pilot-link.

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Vim text editor

Vim (Vi Improved) is an immensely popular text editor that could very well be installed in your Linux distro. It is one of the more popular Vi replacements, possibly because it is as scriptable as Emacs.

Vim's primary author Bram Moolenaar releases Vim as charityware: people who so inclined can "pay" for Vim (and encourage its further development) by making a donation to Moolenaar's favourite charity. See http://www.vim.org/sponsor/index.php for more information. Payment can be made in a number of ways, including PayPal.

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Donations to the Vim project are currently going to Ugandan children's charity ICCF-Holland because Bram, the main developer, has a paid job at the moment.

The LaTeX3 project

LaTeX is a typesetting system which is widely used in the publishing industry and in academic circles for producing a wide range of document types. The LaTeX3 project is a long-term research project to develop the next version of the LaTeX typesetting system.

The LaTeX3 project accepts donations by credit card via the TeX Users Group. The donation page is here https://www.tug.org/donate/dev.html.

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