Paul did a presentation this morning called Top Ten Open Source Tools. It was a fun one to do, and we spent a good amount of time discussing which products we'd cover. We both agreed on the number one spot, but the others were numbered fairly arbitrarily. The other constraint was that we wanted things an IT consultant could apply to their business fairly readily, or which offer opportunities to small businesses. So, to retain a sense of expectancy, here they are in reverse order.
10. Windows utilities: 7zip, Putty, Filezilla (FTP client), PDF Creator, Scite (text editor)
9. Thunderbird email client (my spam demo didn't work though); this incidentally involved demo'ing dovecot imap server too
8. CRM: SugarCRM and EGS
7. Trac and Subversion
6. Custom Linux (Paul talked about firewall distros, embedded distros, and demo'd OpenFiler)
5. EasyEclipse (every home should have one), plus how it integrates with Subversion and Trac
2. Open source CMS: I mentioned Drupal, Plone, and Joomla!, and did a brief Joomla! demo
1. Firefox (of course), plus Web Developer Toolbar and Sage RSS reader extension
Attendance was pretty good (about 20 people). We demo'd all of the products above, which took about 1.5 hours, and was a bit nerve-wracking; but we pulled it off, thankfully. At one point, our poor 1Gb of RAM laptop was running AIXGL (for fancy spinny window effects), Ubuntu, Windows XP under the VMware player, a SugarCRM VMware appliance, an OpenFiler VMware appliance, XAMPP, EasyEclipse, dovecot, OpenOffice.org, and Firefox. I swear I saw sweat coming out of the USB sockets, but it managed to keep plodding on.
There were dozens of others we could have mentioned, of course, but we chose mostly our own favourites. Any suggestions from anyone else?