What is Open Source Living?

Open Source Living is a community-driven dynamic archive of Open Source software spanning all major platforms. Through a simple, elegant and efficient presentation of resources and information, OS Living aims to highlight small and large OSS projects, to inform and raise awareness to OS ethics, and to reinforce the credibility of OSS as a viable alternative to corporate funded, closed source software.

There are currently three core components that form the Open Source Living website, which are: the Archive, the Community, and blog. Together, they provide a platform for information, collaboration and discussion on current trends in the Open Source field.

In addition to the core site components, we provide information on web hosting for Open Source projects, so if you need a reliable and quality host visit our web hosting page. We’re also social media active and you can connect with us on Twitter, Identi.ca and Facebook for further Open Source news and updates.

OSLiving around the Web

Wired – “Open Source Living lists the most popular open-source applications for a wide variety of tasks — ripping DVDs, browsing the web, chat clients, coding tools, audio players, you name it. OSLiving’s directory is neatly organized and the listings (for the most part) provide clear indications about what operating systems are supported by each of the apps.”

Wired – “I think OSL has the potential to be the sort of friendly resource the community needs.”

Lifehacker – “There are countless arguments for using open source applications, but one of the strongest is having a single interface to learn when working on Windows, Mac or Linux systems. Web site directory Open Source Living helps you find just those kind of programs. It’s not an extensive, all-in-one directory, but it seems to narrow its choices based on quality and widespread acceptance.”

Emily Chang – “There is a world of software that is literally, and legally, free. This is the world of open source software, and Open Source Living is a new resource that puts it all (or at least a lot of it) in one place.”

Makeuseof.com – “Nicely organized collection of best open source software packages in one place.”

Six Revisions – “…a collection of online resources that’s helped me in improving my development and design abilities, as well as tools and assets that has increased my efficiency and productivity when web developing.”

The Archive

OSLiving ArchiveThe Archive is the backbone of the site. It is a live repository of up-to-date Open Source Software (OSS) projects, fully categorized, annotated and searchable in a user-friendly environment. All software and applications that feature in the Archive have been screened by us with reference to Open Source Initiative guidelines on standards and licensing. The Archive is maintained by a small team of volunteer editors who scrutinize each entry prior to inclusion.

The Community

OSLiving CommunityThe Community is made up of internationally diverse, OSS enthusiasts who bring varying degrees of knowledge and experience of Open Source to the table.

Ranging from Open Source newcomers to experts and key representatives in the field, the OSL Facebook page offers a space for mentoring and support as well as cutting edge discussions on new OS software and ideas. It’s a great space for project collaborations and new software discoveries so why not head on over there now and join in the conversation?


SourcedSourced is OSLiving’s multi-authored publication outlet – a source of written commentary and debate about cutting edge ideas, news and issues on all matters of Open Source. Peer reviewed by a board of editors, we encourage article submissions OSLiving Community members, as well as one-shot submissions from guest authors. We also have space for regular contributors too. If you’re interested in getting involved find out more here.

The OSLiving Team

Founder and Editor – Andrew E.

Co-Editor of Sourced and Community Admin – Daniel Voicu.
» Daniel (aka Brian Vought) is a Linux specialist from Bucharest, Romania. Daniel’s Blog | Twitter

Site Developer and Archive Co-Editor (inf1ni) – Brandon Zimmerman.
» Brandon is an Open-Source C# developer | Personal Website

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Design Credits

WordPress theme design & Implementation: Hussain (aka Chugs) of Chugs Designs.

Archive Submission Interface: developed and implemented by Brandon Zimmerman.

OSLiving is powered by WordPress and is currently running on version 3.0.3

Thanks & Acknowledgments

Were it not for the generoisity, devotion and excellence of all those who have been involved in the development of OSLiving, the site would simply not be where it is today. All contributors devoted their personal time on a volunteer basis, and all were driven by a passion for Open Source Software. The result is truly a collaborative creation.

I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude and thanks to Chugs, a very talented designer from Bangalore, India for his work on the redesign. The precision and elegance in all facets of his design work is second to none. I’d also like to thank our US contributor, Brandon Zimmerman for his work on the ‘back end’ of the site – through patience and skill, he has created a fully automated workflow for Archival submissions.

My thanks also to Daniel Voicu for his imporant role in usabilty testing and for providing some generally solid advice throughout the development process; to James Laslavic for his much welcome feedback; to James Mathias at onelotus creative, Tung Do (aka Small Potato) and Tammie Lister at Diary of a Website for their generous help in squashing those inevitable bugs; and finally to all those who visited the original OSLiving site. And with the support of Binary Uno. Thank you and may this project continue to grow!


Open Source Living is a dynamic archive of Open Source software (OSS) spanning all major platforms, inclusive of small to large scale projects. It aims to introduce and inform new users about viable OSS alternatives to corporate, closed source software.

Through its Community Facebook Page and exciting multi-authored publication, Sourced, OS Living houses informed discussion on issues of import in the Open Source field.

OS Living adheres to the Open Source Initiative's definition of OSS. Each software item included in the archive endeavours to conform to OSI guidelines on standards and licensing. Find out more »


Working on a top OSS project? Found something that could benefit others? Send us all the details via our user-friendly submission form and we'll consider it for inclusion in the Archive. Submit »

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If you find the Open Source Living project a valuable resource and would like to help towards maintaining the site, we welcome donations through Paypal™. Donate »