- About Us
Ångström was started by a small group of people who worked on the OpenEmbedded, OpenZaurus and OpenSimpad projects to unify their effort to make a stable and user-friendly distribution for embedded devices like handhelds, set-top boxes and network-attached storage devices and more. The OSL hosts their Narcissus Image Builder via the Nas-Admin.org project.
BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, etc. BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system. The OSL hosts the BusyBox and uClibc development and public-facing websites.
Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDtool's data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices. The OSL hosts the Cacti website along with secondary DNS, secondary MX and other miscellaneous services.
CentOS is an enterprise-class Linux distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100 percent binary compatible. CentOS as a project has grown many fold over the last few years and with this added growth has come the extra responsibility of making sure we have good reliable services that stay available 24/7. This is just the problem that OSUOSL's hosting facilities helps us address – they are available, professionally run and have a very competent team of people. Keeping this in mind, it is at OSUOSL that we are building our level-1 backup and long-term disaster recovery site.
CiviCRM is an open source and free-for-download constituent relationship management solution. Web-based, open source and highly customizable, CiviCRM is software designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, nonprofit and non-governmental groups. CiviCRM's integration with both the Drupal and Joomla! content management systems provides tools to connect and communicate with supporters and constituents. The OSL hosts much of the infrastructure for CiviCRM including the main website, the demo server, the documentation server, and discussion forums.
CONNECT is an open source software solution that lets health information technology systems and health information exchanges securely communicate with each other using nationally-recognized standards and guidelines. With CONNECT, information can be easily shared among IT systems at doctors' offices, federal agencies, state agencies, disability organizations, pharmacies, payors and other health stakeholders, making it possible for information to follow patients. CONNECT enables health information exchange within an organization, regionally and at the national level using the Nationwide Health Information Network conventions and standards. The OSL serves as a main mirror for CONNECT downloads and hosts the CONNECT community website.
Crosstool-NG aims to make it easy to build cross-toolchains for many architectures, using the traditional FLOSS components (gcc, binutils, glibc, uClibc, etc.) and offering a lot of configuration options. While the process of building a toolchain can look like black magic, crosstool-NG automates that process with a set of scripts and patches in an easy-to-follow flow, so the user understands what is happening and why it is happening.
Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, Unix and Windows. It uses libtorrent in its backend and PyGTK for its user interface. Deluge features a rich plugin collection; in fact, most of Deluge's functionality is available in the form of plugins. The OSL hosts the Deluge website, code repository and development website and also hosts Deluge downloads on the lab's FTP mirror.
Drupal is a PHP-based content management system used in many installations worldwide, along with quite a few here at Oregon State. Drupal needed assistance with a Web server that was crippled under the load of its own popularity. With the financial help of Drupal's users, the OSL has built a cluster for Drupal's websites that can scale along with its growth.
DSpace is the software of choice for academic, nonprofit and commercial organizations building open digital repositories. It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization. The OSL hosts the subversion code repository for the DSpace project.
The Eclipse Communication Framework is a project working to add collaboration tools to the popular Eclipse development environment. These tools range from text-based chat to upcoming Voice over Internet Protocol support. The OSL hosts Concurrent Versions System and development environments for the Eclipse Communication Framework team.
Elgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments. Elgg is designed to be fully customizable through its modular plugins and robust views system. The OSL provides hosting for Elgg.org's website, The Elgg Foundation's website, the el.gg URL shortener and various other sites.
The Enlightenment project is best known for the Enlightenment window manager. In addition to being a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, Enlightment has a whole suite of libraries to help create beautiful user interfaces with much less work than doing it the old fashioned way. The OSL hosts two servers for Enlightenment.
The Etherboot Project creates network booting code that allows computers to load their operating system from a network. Etherboot code can be stored in a number of places, including BIOS Flash, EPROMs, floppy, CD, HD or other bootable media. The OSL hosts two co-located servers for the Etherboot project, which include Web, testing and development services.
The Fedora Project is a community with the primary purpose of leading the advancement of free, open source software and content. Fedora, the operating system, is the Fedora Project's flagship product. The OSL is hosting Fedora test servers, proof of concept hosts and other ad-hoc needs that Fedora often runs into during the course of building a new Fedora release.
FOSSBazaar is an open community launched by Hewlett-Packard and founding partners. As a workgroup of the Linux Foundation, they are dedicated to understanding the issues that exist with free and open source software. This initiative serves the open source community as a forum representative of open source users and providers worldwide. The OSL hosts the FOSSBazaar website.
FOSSology is an open source project built around an open and modular architecture for analyzing software. FOSSology analyzes a given set of software packages and reports items such as the software licenses and families of software licenses used by these packages. The FOSSology project is planning to create a public repository with extensive software license analysis and other reports about open source software. The OSL hosts Web services, the build/packaging environment and the public repository for FOSSology.
Gentoo Linux is a distribution built on a customizable foundation, allowing users to build a Linux system exactly the way they need it. The Gentoo community was the first hosted client of the OSL, and it still utilizes many servers and development platforms here. The OSL hosts the Gentoo Foundation's main developer host, bugs, forums, amd64 development, sparc development, hppa development, itanium development, alpha development and ppc64 development.
GOSCON is the premier annual Government Open Source Conference organized by the OSL. A national conference designed for government IT management, the mission of GOSCON is to provide leading-edge education and a forum for cross-agency collaboration among government consortia. GOSCON also helps public sector entities evaluate the benefit of utililzing open and community-source methodologies for custom software development.
Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to those of Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. Inkscape also aims to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development. The OSL hosts a Virtual Machine for the Inkscape website, wiki and various development builds.
Jenkins is the leading open source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any and every project. The OSL provides both primary and secondary mirroring infrastructure along with virtualized machines to help the Jenkins development community.
Kerneltrap is a website publishing news and information about operating system kernels and internals. Although there is a heavy focus on the Linux kernel, there is information about all other operating systems as well. The OSL hosts the Kerneltrap website, utilizing our own database infrastructure in the back end.
The Linux Driver Project is striving to offer companies free Linux driver development, with the resulting drivers being added to the main Linux kernel source tree. The OSL hosts the Linux Driver Project’s website, wiki and mailing lists.
The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and advances Linux. To achieve these tasks, the Linux Foundation provides legal services to Linux developers, collaborates on the Linux Standards Base, hosts events for the Linux community and responds in the press to competitors' attacks on Linux. The OSL hosts the Linux Foundation's infrastructure including websites, email and development machines.
Linux Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial and advisory support to the free and open software community. Linux Fund has given away over $750,000 to open source events and development since its founding in 1999, using funds raised through its line of credit cards and direct donations. The OSL hosts the Linux Fund website.
LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and women and men who want to support women in computing. They offer mailing lists, educational courses and conference meetups for people interested in promoting the growth of Linux use by women. The OSL hosts the LinuxChix.org server, sponsored by Intel Corporation.
MeeGo is an open source Linux-based platform that is capable of running on multiple computing devices, including handsets, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. It is a Linux Foundation project that brings the Moblin and Maemo projects together in a single platform. The OSL hosts the infrastructure for the MeeGo project.
MozillaZine is a site devoted to users and developers of Mozilla applications. Here you can find third-party news reporting, user forums and developer blogs from Mozilla devs. The OSL has helped Mozillazine build a cluster that stands up to the needs of this growing community. Mozillazine is independent of the Mozilla Foundation.
MythTV is a free, open source software digital video recorder (DVR) project distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. It has been under heavy development since 2002, and now contains most features one would expect from a good DVR (and many new ones that you soon won't be able to live without). The OSL hosts the MythTV.org server.
Nas-Admin.org promotes FOSS development through system administration support and mentoring of new FOSS system administrators. They also provide project hosting for various embedded projects such as OpenEmbedded, WebOS Internals and NSLU2 Linux. The OSL hosts the production virtualization servers for all the projects Nas-Admin.org hosts.
Network Time Foundation devotes its attention to solving problems associated with keeping accurate time on computers. From the earliest days of the internet, the Network Time Protocol (NTP) has been and remains the best way to keep correct time on each computer in a network. The OSL hosts the NTF’s core infrastructure on virtual machines.
The NovaPorts team provides access to operating systems and utilities on portable devices in a manner that fully respects the intellectual property rights, copyrights, trademarks and other interests of the developers of those operating systems and utilities. The OSL hosts most of the NovaPorts project sites via the Nas-Admin.org project.
The NSLU2-Linux project's aim is to provide information and support to those people wishing to use Linux and custom firmware on the Linksys NSLU2, the Synology DS101, the Iomega NAS100d, the D-Link DSMG600 and other ixp4xx-based devices with large attached storage. The OSL hosts most of the NSLU2-Linux sites via the Nas-Admin.org project.
The Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC) is an Internet Relay Chat network that aims to provide stable and effective collaboration services to members of the community in any part of the world, while closely listening to their needs and desires. The OSL hosts a node of the OFTC IRC network.
The OSDV Foundation is building an open source election technology framework for adoption and deployment by U.S. jurisdictions. The OSL hosts websites for the foundation, the development servers for the TrustTheVote project and application servers for their partner RockTheVote’s voter registration project.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. The OSL hosts OSGeo's infrastructure.
The OpenLLDP project aims to provide a comprehensive implementation of the IEEE standard 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol. The goal of LLDP is to provide an inter-vendor compatible mechanism to deliver Link-Layer notifications to adjacent network devices. The Open Source implementation of LLDP provided by the OpenLLDP project is intended to help foster wider adoption of LLDP. The OSL hosts the project's website, wiki and code review system.
Plone is a ready-to-run content management system that is built on the powerful and free Zope application server. Plone is easy to set up and extremely flexible and provides users with a system for managing Web content that is ideal for project groups, communities, websites, extranets and intranets. The OSL hosts a plone development box that hosts their version control system, svn.plone.org, as well as http://planet.plone.org, which aggregates developer blog entries.
The Python Software Foundation is a nonprofit membership organization devoted to advancing open source technology related to the Python programming language. Their mission is to promote, protect and advance the Python programming language and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers. The OSL provides hosting for the new PSF servers and the speed.python.org benchmarking server.
QEMU is a high-performance full system simulator supporting both emulation and virtualization. QEMU supports emulating 14 different CPU architectures and hundreds of different devices, and is used as the core device model by both Xen and KVM. The OSL hosts the project's webpages on a virtual machine.
Software in the Public Interest (SPI) is a nonprofit organization that was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software. They are most noted for the role they play as a foundation unit for the Debian Linux distribution. The OSL hosts core infrastructure for the SPI foundation.
Systers is the world’s largest email community of technical women in computing. It was founded by Anita Borg in 1987, together with 12 other women, as a small electronic mailing list for women in “systems." Today, Systers broadly promotes the interests of women in the computing and technology fields. The OSL hosts the Systers' website and mailing lists.
TeachEngineering is a digital library of K-12 math and science curriculum. The library infrastructure is implemented entirely on Linux, is built with open source system development tools and is itself available under the General Public License. The library is hosted by the OSL and indexed by the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library (www.nsdl.org).
TriSano™ is an open source, citizen-focused surveillance and outbreak management system for infectious disease, environmental hazards and bioterrorism attacks. It allows local, state and federal entities to track, control and ultimately prevent illness and death. The OSL hosts the TriSano automated testing environment.
WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote Web servers. The OSL provides a virtual machine that hosts the main http://webdav.org website as well as http://test.webdav.org. The projects hosted include: cadaver (a WebDAV client), DAVLib (a C++ WebDAV library for MacOS), Goliath (a web authoring tool for MacOS and OS X using WebDAV), mod_dav (a WebDAV module for Apache), neon (a C HTTP and WebDAV library) and PerlDAV (a Perl WebDAV library).
WebOS Internals is a group of developers dedicated to the pursuit of an open environment of sharing information, code and documentation related to Palm's webOS operating system. WebOS Internals is also the main coordination body for the open standard homebrew ecosystem of applications, patches, themes, plugins, services and Linux utilities for webOS devices. At the leading edge of application development, WebOS Internals has pioneered techniques such as NPAPI browser plugins, Java and C native services and hybrid applications. The OSL provides colocation server hosting for WebOS Internals.
The Xiph.Org Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to protecting the foundations of Internet multimedia from control by private interests. They develop free media formats, including the Ogg Vorbis music and Ogg Theora video formats. The OSL hosts development and infrastructure systems for the Xiph team.
Yum is a package installer/remover for RPM-based systems, and does all the work to calculate dependencies for packages that users want to install or remove. Yum is the default package manager for RedHat Enterprise, Fedora and CentOS Linux distributions. The OSL hosts the website, ticket tracker, code repositories and mailing lists for Yum. In addition to Yum, the OSL is also hosting development sites for yum-utils, a collection of utilities and scripts built around Yum, and createrepo, the program that creates metadata used in package repositories (supported by Yum, APT-RTM, Red Carpet, Smart, up2date and Yast).