... Fresh Open Source Software mainly for Internet, Engineering and Science ...
About the "Fossies" archive
The "Fossies" software archive is probably the first web-based software archive on the world (founded in 1994 under the previous name "Fresh")
and hopefully still one of the leading non-commercial FOSS platforms.
Originally developed especially for users of the DLR (the German Aerospace Center)
it became later a general "semi-official" service of the T-Systems SfR
and is since 2011 maintained privately on an honorary basis.
So enjoy the charm of the web design of the last century combined with the freshest special browsing features of today and detect the powerful Free Open Source Software (FOSS) treasures within this archive that are collected mainly with the focus on Internet, Engineering and Science applications ... we named that gems just "Fossies" ;-)
It's be in the nature of research that often very specialized solutions are required. But it's be also in the nature of research that many basic activities are common: data analysis, visualization, publication, communication and also everyday works like intelligent extracting and conversion of information or just comfortable maintenance and monitoring of workstations or servers. In that fields closed commercial software and FOSS software compete and complement each other. For many of the described tasks researchers and scientists can find excellent solutions within
FREeware, SHareware (=Fresh) open source software packages.
You may see also the terms
and study the pages Licenses & Standards (OSI), Various Licenses and Comments about Them (GNU)
and FAQs about the GNU Licenses
to be informed about the different licenses that may be in use.
A detailed list with further information about Open Source Software can be found e.g. in the How-To-Contribute-To-Open-Source guide.
Here are some of the special features that the "Fossies" software archive offers you:
The term "Fresh" (derived from "FREeware SHareware") is also regarded as a kind of mission so different own control techniques were developed to "guarantee" that users will find always the freshest software releases within the "Fossies" archive.
Last but not least: Please use the "Fossies" server in a fair manner.
All individual manual accesses are of course allowed and e.g. mirroring the doxygen documentation of one or more FOSS projects is also permitted.
Search engines that make their results publicly available are welcome.
- View the package member list in different sort orders or fashions. Standard is a reduced and contents-dependent arranged list containing mainly the information- and documentation-related files.
- Browse the member files of the packages in order to study both the documentation as the sources.
- View source code files with syntax highlighting, prefixed line numbers (if meaningful) and optional code folding.
- View some normally "user-unreadable" markup language source files like HTML, Texinfo, POD and Markdown files or Unix manual pages in a "user-friendly" manner by source-language specific preformatting.
- Study the Doxygen generated source code documentation (cross-referenced to the code), especially useful for software authors and developers.
- Study the changes of source code and documentation between the current and the preceding version of a software package.
- Search for patterns in the documentation files of all the packages within a folder with direct links to the matching files or lines (optionally in different approximative search modes).
- Search for files resp. member filenames contained in the software packages (only one click to browse them).
- Enjoy the so-called CLOC statistics ("Count Lines of Code") generated for all source code packages.
- Request for your project a source code spelling check report that allows to inspect the context of the misspelled words in a fast and comfortable way.
- Use alternate archiving (zip, tar) or compression formats with higher compression rates (for e.g. xz) for saving bandwidth and reducing download times.
- The server fossies.org ensures the protection of the exchanged information and data by using only the HTTPS
protocol (complemented by the HSTS policy).
And last but not least the software collection is done independently, the offered software packages are
by multiple virus/malware scan engines (via VirusTotal) and the Fossies server itself and intentionally also the offered software are completely ad- respectively adware-free.
But to ensure the best possible server performance and bandwidth for "normal" users, mirroring and regular automated accesses are generally prohibited.
Simultaneous multiple downloads of the same file, e.g. by download managers, are also undesirable.