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Microsoft at JSConf US in December 2015 talk announced that they will open-source key components of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge. Today, the company announced the availability of the sources for ChakraCore, available under the MIT License, at its own ChakraCore GitHub repository. According to Microsoft, the ChakraCore repository provides a fully supported and open-source standalone JavaScript engine. ChakraCore has the same characteristics as the Microsoft Edge’s Chakra engine. Developers can use ChakraCore and embed it in projects, innovate on top of it and contribute back to the community.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the Apache Software Foundation announced the availability of the official version of Apache OpenOffice. It is the first official version from the Apache Software Foundation since Oracle donated it to them last year in June.

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 offers improved performance and quality with a number of new features and enhancements. It is available in 15 languages to users of all three major platforms, Windows, Mac and Linux. The office suite bundles word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, drawing, and mathematical editing applications.

Playing games is always a great way to relax yourself and have fun. Now, you can increase the level of fun and further enjoy playing 100’s of new free games without the trouble of searching for them. Game Downloader for Windows is a small open source portable game download client that lets you download open source, indie or freeware games.

Game Downloader Intro

Game Downloader basically has a large server-side library of free games. You can use the Windows client program to browse and download free games easily. It makes your life easy by letting you download games without even visiting the official website. The program also helps you discover new interesting games.

The program categorizes games into different categories like action, adventure, RPG, turn based strategy to name a few. When you select a particular category, the program lists many free and open-source games for download.

Microsoft Windows 8 will be the next version of Windows operating system. For the first time with Windows 8, Microsoft wants to offer desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, server, and media center PC users the same unified experience. It’s not a secret anymore that Microsoft Windows 8 will come with two different interface. One is the classic desktop user interface which regular Windows users are using now and the new Metro user interface optimized for tablets and touch-based devices. Mozilla now seems don’t want to left out of all the Metro fun.

Mozilla has revealed this week about their plans to create a Metro style version of Firefox specially for Windows 8. The browser will be based on the open source Gecko engine. It will take full advantage of screen touch enhancements, alongside support for the Awesomebar, tabs, and common navigation controls. Mozilla has published two new Wiki pages detailing their plans.

Everyone of us likes watching movies and if a movie is worth keeping in our collection, we also look forward to its official DVD/Blu-ray release. After we’ve brought the movie DVD, we either want to keep a copy of it in our computer for archival purpose or want to watch it on our growing collection of portable media devices.

Now, you might be wondering how to rip and encode your DVDs for keeping them safe and watch them on your iPod, iPad, Android, iPhone or other portable device? Handbrake is one such good free tool to rip and encode your DVDs for keeping them safe.

Handbrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multi-platform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. Let’s take a quick read and know more about Handbrake.

CloudShot is an open source screenshot application for Windows users that features Dropbox account integration. The program allows you to take screenshots of selected region, just a window, menu, or tooltip. You can use it with multiple monitors, and it includes a history with the 10 most recent screenshots. With its unique Dropbox account integration feature, the program uploads the screenshots taken by it to your Dropbox account. Thus allowing you to freely accesses all your screenshots from multiple computing devices. The program allows you to save the screenshots in JPG and PNG format and keeps a history of the 10 most recent screenshots.

Dropbox is an awesome service to keep your files in the cloud and we use it extensively. It also lets you share files publicly and collaborate with others within a folder. If you are a Dropbox “power user,” you should check out CloudShot.

Security Software Downloader in-short SSDownloader is a Windows application which helps Windows users to directly download any security software. The application is very handy when you have reformatted Windows or have brought a new PC. It provides direct download links to various free/trial security suites. Using the user interface of the application, you can download your favorite security software directly from the official makers of the suite.

Security Software Downloader 2, the latest version released by its developers features a completely revamped user interface. SSDownloader 2 is an Open Source software hosted at SourceForge.net.

Using this program you can easily download various security software like Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG Antivirus, Avast! Antivirus, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and many more. The program also provides download links to many popular trialware like Kaspersky Internet Security, Norton Internet Security. You can also download various Windows utilities like CCleaner, AutoRuns, AppRemover and more. In total the program offers around 50 download links to useful software.

Airtime, developed by Sourcefabric, is a free, open-source radio broadcasting software for scheduling and remote station management. The radio software runs on Linux platform, and features easy management and automation. The Airtime server software runs on Ubuntu Linux, Debian, and Red hat and multiple users can use the software to schedule radio shows remotely through any web browser. After installed, the user can control it from anywhere using a modern web browser.

Recently, Sourcefabric has released Airtime 1.8.2 with 58 improvements and bug fixes. It now provides the users ability to download audio, cancel a show that’s being recorded, and watch the recording status of a show on the “Now Playing” screen. The latest version has also improved the installation and upgrade process. A new command-line program called “airtime-check-system” now verifies the environment in which the radio software is being installed and helps troubleshoot problems.

Oracle has recently announced that they are donating OpenOffice.org‘s assets to the Apache Software Foundation.

Oracle continues to demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities, said Luke Kowalski, vice president, Oracle Corporate Architecture Group, in the press release. He continues The Apache Software Foundation’s model makes it possible for commercial and individual volunteer contributors to collaborate on open source product development.

Welcoming the move, Jim Jagielski, president, The Apache Software Foundation said, We welcome highly-focused, emerging projects from individual contributors, as well as those with robust developer communities, global user bases, and strong corporate backing.

Everyone seems to be winning through this move but still there is one vital question. Why not The Document Foundation instead of The Apache Software Foundation?

LibreOffice is a fork of the popular open-source office suite, OpenOffice. LibreOffice is a free power-packed Open Source personal office productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It provides six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. LibreOffice is a free software office suite developed by The Document Foundation. The Document Foundation maintains LibreOffice release schedule thanks to a growing and vibrant community of developers. Its developers’ goal is to produce a vendor-independent office suite with ODF support and without any copyright assignment requirements. The name is a hybrid word with the first part Libre, which means free (as in freedom) in both Spanish and French, and the English word Office.

The Document Foundation has recently announced the release of LibreOffice 3.3.2, the second micro release of the free office suite for personal productivity. The latest update improves the stability of the software and sets the platform for the next release 3.4, due in mid May. The community of developers has been able to maintain the tight schedule thanks to the increase in the number of contributors, and to the fact that those that have started with easy hacks in September 2010 are now working at substantial features. In addition, they have almost completed the code cleaning process, getting rid of German comments and obsolete functionalities.