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Gramps

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NewsIf you are interested in genealogy (Wikipedia: Genealogy), Gramps might be what you need. Currently at version 4.0.0 (the stable version is 3.4.5), it is free software, works on unix-like operating systems, Windows and OS X.
 
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oregano - An electrical engineering tool for GNOME

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Newsoregano is an application for schematic capture and simulation of electronic circuits. The actual simulation is performed by Berkeley Spice, or GNUcap or the new generation ngspice.
 
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Chibi - A Simple Open Source Wireless Stack

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NewsChibi is an open source wireless stack. Chibi means "midget" in Japanese which describes this stack quite well. It's a no-frills stack that just has three main functions: init, send, and receive. Its meant to be a simple way to establish wireless communications with a wireless radio without getting into a lot of protocol complexity. See this blog post for more info.
 
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OpenBTS

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NewsOpenBTS (OpenBTS on Wikipedia) is a Unix application that uses a software radio to present a GSM air interface to standard 2G GSM handset and uses a SIP softswitch or PBX to connect calls. OpenBTS blog. Interesting.
 
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OpenTag

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NewsHmm, this OpenTag is interesting. From the Wikipedia article: "OpenTag is a DASH7 protocol stack and minimal RTOS, written in C. It is designed to run on microcontrollers or radio SoCs.". It does DASH7 Mode 2, which sounds nice. There is a SourcForge page for it: OpenTag. It looks like activity on the project isn't very high, though.
 
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flashrom

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Newsflashrom (Wikipedia: Flashrom) is a utility for identifying, reading, writing, verifying and erasing flash chips. It is designed to flash BIOS/EFI/coreboot/firmware/optionROM images on mainboards, network/graphics/storage controller cards, and various other programmer devices.
 
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Nostalgia: CanAce - Jupiter Ace emulator

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NewsCanAce is a Jupiter Ace emulator. Jupiter Ace uses Forth as the programming langauge instead of BASIC, which was more common on home computers at that time.
 
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Virtual USB Analyzer

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NewsThe Virtual USB Analyzer is a free and open source tool for visualizing logs of USB packets, from hardware or software USB sniffer tools. As far as we know, it's the world's first tool to provide a graphical visualization along with raw hex dumps and high-level protocol analysis.
 
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rtl-sdr

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NewsA cheap way to get into SDR is with a cheap usb dongle and the rtl-sdr project. Getting Started With RTL-SDR is a nice guide for getting started with it. The rtlsdr.org wiki has some info. Most of the tools you will use need GNU Radio, so you better install that. Tools: Gqrx, multimon, multimonNG,
 
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fhem

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Newsfhem is another home automation project. From the description on the web page: "Fhem is a GPL'd perl server for house automation. It is used to automate some common tasks in the household like switching lamps / shutters / heating / etc. and to log events like temperature / humidity / power consumption."
 
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