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What Tool Do You Wish Was Open Source?

Open Source has been rising in popularity and open source alternatives have been heavily competing with enterprise solution. Open source solutions provide developers with so much flexibility to create amazing projects, and encourages building strong communities.

Medusa is one of the open source solutions that gives developers and merchants alike full control over their tech stack when building their ecommerce stores. Medusa's customization and extendable features and capabilities makes it a strong alternative for enterprise solutions like Shopify.

What tools do you wish were open source? And how do you think the community would benefit from making such tools open source?

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Elias Schneider

Notion. I love Notion but I would love to self-host it to have the control of my notes.

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Shahed Nasser Author

That would be so cool. I remember seeing once an open source Notion alternative but I forgot what it was called

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Christian Kozalla • Edited on

I remember seeing one, too. And found it: github.com/AppFlowy-IO/appflowy?re...

I just knew it was written in Rust and Flutter, so I found it pretty quickly. Is that what you meant?

Edit: Well, I see you already found it 😀😀😀

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Arjen Postma

Could it be Obsidian?

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Shahed Nasser Author

No it’s not that one but that one looks cool too!

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Rafi

It still in its early stage github.com/AppFlowy-IO/appflowy

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Shahed Nasser Author

That's the one! It's good to see open source alternative!

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Elias Schneider

Yeah there are a few but Notion is unbeatable. Outline could be a good alternative but it's designed for companies.

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codewander

Skiff my open source over time

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John • Edited on

Check out anytype.io/. It's in closed alpha, but you are very much in the target audience if you care about a polished note-taking experience as well as open source and control of your data.

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Murtuzaali Surti

Adobe 😜

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Andrew Baisden

This!

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Shahed Nasser Author

Inkscape is a nice alternative for illustrator

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Murtuzaali Surti

And GIMP for photoshop

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Ben Sinclair

All of them?

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Shahed Nasser Author

Smart!

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Lucia Cerchie

Amen to Notion. It was tough to figure out how to report a copyable code block in the APIs docs that needed updating-- no idea where to request a change. With open-source tools I just pay it forward by submitting quick fix PRs where I see them rather than having to figure out who to email, very specific flow and personal reason for wanting it to be open source lol, but makes for a good developer experience I think.

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Shahed Nasser Author

That’s true it’s definitely a big benefit with open source tools that you can just report an issue and even send in a quick fix with a PR rather than issues being lost in the mail

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Drew Ronsman

autodesk products

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Carl Walsh

Anything in particular? You can understand for business reasons its generally unlikely to open commercial products... But there can be compelling business reasons to make i.e. a file format parser/viewer/converter open source if the community would contribute back.

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Drew Ronsman • Edited on

Fusion 360 probably. There is free cad but it ain't no fusion

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Andrew Baisden

Also heard good things about Affinity Designer. My issue is that these alternatives can be good but they are still not Adobe 😂 I wish Adobe products were not pay to win.

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sentadoensilla

Navicat

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Kevin R

+1. Would love something in the OSS space comparable to Navicat

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paulsaul621

GPT3 ❤

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Michael Tharrington

I gotta go with the DAW (digital audio workstation), Ableton Live.

I'm not a dev, but as a consumer, I feel like this tech would benefit so much from being opened up to the community!

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matthew-salerno • Edited on

Inkjet or laser printers, please, it doesn't have to be this hard. Maybe not the type of tool you had in mind though. But yeah they need open source firmware badly.

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T "@tnir" N

GitHub. Would make it better user experience.

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Renan Lazarotto

GitLab is there, also Gitea, which seems to be close to GitHub than GitLab is.

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T "@tnir" N

Do not think so.
Per GitLab, I have developed GitLab for seven years with the most contributions in the world, but I could not resolve UI/UX complaints completely contributors.gitlab.com/ or tnir.gitlab.io/bookmarks/gitlab/ .
Per Gitea, Gitea has a UI closer to the UI GitHub had years ago. Also Gitea is not a DevOps platform, but GitHub is (as well as GitLab has been).

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Parker Waiters

Google

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Carl Walsh

What part of Google? Just Search has a lot of individual components, and they all require proprietary build/test/database tools

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SeongKuk Han

Necessary tools + Notion.
Sometimes, so many tools make me confusing.

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Mardeg

SpinRite.

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Kithmini🌸👩🏻‍🏫

All Adobe Products🙃​

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Felipe Santos

Steam

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Hossam Khalifa

Mindnode

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Hossam Khalifa

Miro

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James 'Dante' Midzi

Fontawesome

Why must I get icons from 20 million places

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Shahed Nasser Author

There are a lot of good open source alternatives though but I get what you're saying

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Harlin Seritt

IntelliJ.

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Taufik Nurrohman

Adobe.

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Tawhid

Photoshop,Unity and illustrator

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Bobo Brussels

There often is an open source alternative to what people are describing here — but sometimes it's easier said than done to get out of an ecosystem, even if there are minimal true barriers.

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Sahil Patel

Just got to know about Medusa on Aviyel. I think the G-suit stack should be open source. Would love to know how Google Engineers takes care of building awesome code for high scale.

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brsnumget

windows 🤔

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Mardeg

There is React OS which is nowhere near close to equivalent yet, but it's closer than anything else OS-wise.

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Kevin

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