Tuesday, November 07, 2006

SWiK : A Database of Open Source Projects

Back after a very long hiatus indeed. Had been to my home town with my wife for a vacation. The best is that we still don't have net connectivity from there and whatever telephone services which we have are also usually down. Gave me time to be truly disconnected for sometime ;-)

SWiK is a community driven resource for open source software. Try starting a page about your favorite project, syndicating a blog for a topic, or browsing through tags people have added to projects or pages.

SWiK contains information and news about thousands of open source projects and people are constantly adding cool new stuff.

I literally stumbled upon this one. An interesting approach to find open source applications on the web. You can search for items under Tags and also a direct search through their search engine. I think the novelty is letting people add and maintain the list of open source applications and letting them tag them. But that may be its drawback too. I have observed that there still exists a lump of misunderstanding between freeware and open source apps. I will not try and get to the details but if this is of help then I could say:

"Open Source applications are freeware; but freeware applications need not necessarily be Open Source"

There is a growing need to identify quality open source applications and put it in the right perspective. In these times when there is so much about something available, it is not difficult to have incorrect information about the same in considerable numbers.

My number one source till today to find quality open source applications has been sourceforge.net hopefully it turns out the same for you too.

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