OSS DIGITAL TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS

The proliferation of future ideas requires better tools

Open source / Public Domain / Accessible / Etical

GIMP

Raster Graphics Editor
GNU Public License v3+
GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks |

Firefox

Web Browser
MPL 2.0, Apache 2.0, Other
Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox, is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards. |

GNU Solfege

Ear and Rhythm Training
GNU Public License v3
When you study music on high school, college, music conservatory, you usually have to do ear training. Some of the exercises, like sight singing, is easy to do alone. But often you have to be at least two people, one making questions, the other answering. You get really good results if you practise a little almost every day. GNU Solfege tries to help out with this. With Solfege you can practise the more simple and mechanical exercises without the need to get others to help you. |

Ardour

Record, Edit, Mix and Produce Audio
GNU Public License v2
Ardour is an open source, collaborative effort of a worldwide team including musicians, programmers, and professional recording engineers. Development is transparent — anyone can watch our work as it happens. Like a good piece of vintage hardware, you can open the box and look inside. Of course, you don't have to … but one day the fact that anybody can will be useful. |

Linux

Operating Systems
GNU Public License v2
Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released in 1991, by Linus Torvalds. Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution. Many distributions use the word Linux in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software. Popular Linux distributions include Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu, Arch. |

DuckDuckGo

Internet Search Engine
GNU Public License v2
DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by showing all users the same search results for a given search term |

Godot

Game Engine, 2D/3D Visualisation
GNU Public License v2
Godot is a 2D and 3D, cross-platform, free and open-source game engine released under the MIT license. It was initially developed for several companies in Latin America prior to its public release. The development environment runs on multiple operating systems including Linux, macOS, and Windows. Godot can create games targeting the PC, macOS, Linux, mobile and web platforms. |

Blender

3D modeling, animation, video editing
GNU Public License v2
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline. |

Why OSS Digital Tools?

Here are a several reasons to support and switch to OSS digital solutions:

CROWD-SOURCED: Low-cost, flexibility, freedom, security, and accountability – that are unsurpassed by proprietary solutions.
SUPPORTED BY A COMMUNITY: Constantly reviewing code, thousands of independent developers, vast peer review process that ensures security and accountability.
STRONG VALUES: More often than not, OSS developers hold similar values. In all aspects of life, they are advocates for more community participation, collaboration, and volunteerism. They believe in working together to build free, high quality products that are accessible to for-profit and nonprofit organizations alike.
PARADIGM SHIFT: Technologies and architectures sometimes grow stagnant, and open source projects with fresh thinking can drive change. Because technologies are released as open source, the entire ecosystem is able to move forward together, rather than just ‘near by’ domain and its users.