Post details: Finding good open source software

Mar 05, 2009 : Finding good open source software

Even for someone like me, who knows about open source software pretty well, it can be hard to find certain software. And I'm sure it would be harder for other people to find out about good open source software.

At my new job we've been working on a site to do just that: Fossfor.us. FOSS stands for Free Open Source Software, and we actually are making the site for people who don't know what FOSS is at all. There are loads of screenshots, video demos, feature lists, etc to help you know if software is what you want or not. And you can browse and search by function or by alternative (e.g. find me an alternative to AIM, or Microsoft Office).

We've got a lot of features (and some bugs) to still work on, but go check it out and download some awesome free software. You deserve it.

Feel free to post suggestions here, or use the "feedback" link on the bottom of Fossfor.us to send a note to our team.

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Comment from: Carlus Henry [Visitor] · http://jdcarlflip.blogspot.com
I am impressed. This site is great. I am curious about how exactly you were able to layout the website, especially in light of the fact that I don't see any tags in the source code...

;)

God bless
Permalink 03/06/09 @ 14:27
Comment from: 5n0wCr5h [Visitor] · http://radiofreewww.org
In no particular order of significance.

First, fossfor.us is a superior concept/name.

1. [Get it? Got it. Good!] It seems that a better choice of a Service Mark (sm) for fossfor.us could be used in optimizing its utility.

2. Your Blog suggests...'''There are loads of screenshots, video demos, feature lists, etc to help you know if software is what you want or not. And you can browse and search by function or by alternative (e.g. find me an alternative to AIM, or Microsoft Office). Accordingly, glaringly/conspicuously absent from this [fossfor.us] site is an "About" section [and] a "How to use this Site" section. This site's growth will be fueled by interest from Fortune 2000, Small Business Application Development managers tied to the Windows stack looking for alternatives esp in this economy and also fueled by first-time/unsophisticated users of the Windows stack who need to know why they should be interested in FOSS (v Apple/Windows). Answers/acknowledgement to these two scenarios are not intuitively obvious the way the site is currently designed.
Permalink 03/22/09 @ 19:30
Comment from: 5n0wCr5h [Visitor] · http://radiofreewww.org
...[and] superior implementation of an equally superior viral marketing campaign could propel fossfor.us to the top 500 visited sites on the web, where it should be.
Permalink 03/22/09 @ 19:43

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