Best Old School Linux Application Softwares

Email, Messaging & Community

  • Dope  – Weblog wrote in Perl (uses mod_perl). Inspired by Slash/Squish, but intended to be easier to administer and more streamlined.
  • eZ Publish – GPLed community portal/web publishing system. Object-oriented uses PHP, Apache, ImageMagick and MySQL.
  • Geeklog – Fully featured weblog software that runs the Security Geeks website. The over-riding development philosophy for the software is performance, privacy and security.
  • Nope – Another Slashdot-like news/forums package. Uses PHP/MySQL.
  • Phorum – PHP-based message forum application.
  • PHP-Nuke – PHP-Nuke is a web portal and online community system, similar to and inspired by Slash.
  • PHPSlash – PHP-driven weblog system derived from Slash.
  • phpWebLog – Web news management system is written in PHP. Features include story moderation, threaded comments, templating/themes, polls, multi-language translations, RDF import, etc.
  • Slashcode – The site for All Things Slash. Slash is the source code and database that was originally used to create Slashdot and has now been released under the GNU General Public License.
  • SquirrelMail – PHP4-based Web email client with support for IMAP, SMTP, MIME attachments, folders, etc.

Authoring and Editing

  • Bluefish – GTK HTML editor for the experienced web designer, released under the GPL.
  • IBM WebSphere TopPage – Linux version of IBM’s WYSIWYG HTML editor, currently in beta.
  • K PHP Develop – Integrated Web development tool, something like MS Interdev. It was designed for teamwork. Supports PostgreSQL, MySQL and Sybase.
  • PHP in Dreamweaver – PHP extensions and add-ons for Macromedia Dreamweaver.
  • PHPWeave – Set of commands and objects for Macromedia Dreamweaver to generatePHP3 code. It helps automate some of the code writing you tend to do over and over again.
  • Quanta+ – HTML editor for KDE under active development, with full HTML 4.0 support, preview mode, document structure navigation and much more.
  • SCREEM – Site CReating and Editing EnvironMent is a GNOME/GTK program designed to allow fast creation and maintenance of websites.
  • Webmaker – Nice HTML editor for KDE.

Languages and Environments

  • Apache Toolbox – Provides a means to easily compile Apache with SSL, PHP (v4 or v3), MySQL, ZendOptimizer, and gobs of other modules.
  • Developer’s Edge JavaScript Documentation – Netscape’s documentation on JavaScript.
  • Enhydra – Open source Java/XML application server.
  • Midgard Application Server Suite – Freely-available Web application development and publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language, for creating, modifying and maintaining dynamic database-enabled Web services.
  • Regular Expressions
  • Regular Expressions Primer – Regex introduction and reference.
  • Soothingly Seamless Setup of Apache, SSL, MySQL, and PHP – Tutorial and message boards about compiling multiple modules into Apache.
  • The Programming Pub – Message forums and code snippets for Apache, Linux, Perl, PHP, Python, Sendmail and TCL developers.
  • WebDAV Resources – Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.
  • Zope – Open Source web application server which enables teams to collaborate in the creation and management of dynamic web-based business applications such as intranets and portals.

Audio and Video

  • Icecast – Open source streaming MP3 audio server released under the GPL.

Graphics and Illustration

  • DIRT – Dynamic Image Rendering Technology – Standalone web server that allows you to create high-quality images and effects on the fly, including the rendering of TrueType fonts, png files with alpha-blending, coloured gradients, blur, and more.
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – GPL’d application suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Scriptable, too 🙂
  • GIMP clickable Imagemap Plug-in


  • InterBase – Open-source, cross-platform relational database from Inprise, a.k.a. The Company Formerly Known as Borland.
  • KSql – KSql, previously known as KMySql is a KDE database client. It was originally my SQL specific but uses now plugins to access databases likeminiSQL and PostgreSQL.
  • PostgreSQL – Sophisticated Object-Relational DBMS, supporting almost allSQLconstructs, including subselects, transactions, and user-definedtypes and functions.
  • PostgreSQL and PHP Tutorial

Electronic commerce

  • Fishcart SQL – Open Source Shopping Cart written in PHP (and using PHPLib). Native support for Postgres and MySQL.
  • InterShipper – Service that calculates shipping rates from various providers in real-time. The site has modules for integration with PHP, CF, others.
  • LinuxPlanet: Implementing E-Commerce on Your Linux System – Article previewing TallyMan, Yams, and OpenMerchant.
  • MiniVend – Popular GPL e-commerce package written in Perl.
  • MySQL / PHP shopping cart
  • OpenMerchant – Open Source e-commerce Internet application written in Perl.
  • PhpAuction – Open Source project intended to develop a powerful and flexible web-based auction system. It is written using PHP3 scripting language on a MySQL database engine.
  • phpShop – Comprehensive electronic commerce package that can be used out of the box to deploy an online store, or as a framework for more advanced B2Cor B2B applications.


  • GIMP clickable Imagemap Plug-in
  • HTML Tidy – Free utility to clean up nasty HTML, including markup generated by specialized HTML editors and conversion tools.
  • rsync – GPL utility that provides fast incremental file transfer. Can be used to keep HTML roots synced across various servers, or to upload changes from staging to production servers.

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