Free and opensource software to Flattr

Flattr FOSS LogoSince I published “How to make 110.28 EUR in one month with free software and Flattr”, quite a few people joined the movement and I had less troubles finding projects to Flattr. That’s great! 🙂

Without further ado, here are my recommendations for september:

  1. Smuxi is an IRC application that integrates from the start the need to be permanently connected. You can run the “engine” on a server and the graphical interface connects there. The engine has all the intelligence so it remembers what message you last saw in each channel (including highlights) and you won’t miss anything. I recently switched to it and I like it. It’s not perfect but it’s improving quickly. The next version even supports Ubuntu’s messaging indicator for better integration with the desktop.
  2. Geshi is a PHP class used by many other software to provide enhanced views of code on web pages by coloring the various parts based on the syntax of the respective programming language. It’s used by Wikipedia, many blog plugins and lots of other web applications.
  3. Git-buildpackage is a set of tools developed by Guido Günther to make it easier to maintain Debian packages in Git repositories. I use it for several packages that I maintain.
  4. Mixare is an augmented reality browser. Take your Android phone and it will incrust information in the (camera) view of the environment. Impressive video on the website.
  5. Lightspark is is a modern flash player implementation targetting ActionScript 3.0 support (while Gnash only supports older versions). It’s one of those few projects that are really needed to get rid of the non-free Adobe plugin that almost everybody installs because there’s nothing else that work well enough.

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  1. Krzysztof Klimonda says

    Damn, I’ve wanted to test Smuxi but Mono dependency is a pretty big drawback for my small VPS.. :/

  2. says


    Could you please tell people, that it is not that good, if they are dropping Flattr-Buttons into their Blogs which are added certain planets. It was exactly that problem that led to a discussion about FLATTR on planets like “” who run a complete Non-Commercial page and those flattrlinks were listed within the planet.

    Not that good, please tell everybody that a FlattrLink is something commercial and ban those links from normal blog entries. They have to be there, but inside a donations-page [within the project page] -> perhaps connected with an RSS – Feed for updates/news, but not with a “normal” non-commercial blog entry.

    Some people putting flattr-Buttons on EVERY content, despite its purpose.

    So have a nice time, grow your project and spread the word.

    Yours sincerely, Andreas_P

    • says

      Andreas, I think those flattr buttons are not worse than the social sharing buttons and I really don’t see a reason to ban them. On the contrary, I like to see them in the RSS feed so that I know that I can support the person who wrote an article that was interesting or useful to me.

      And I do not feel that I have been pitched when I see a flattr button, thus even if there’s money involved, it doesn’t look like commercial to me. And it’s not ugly like those people using feedburner and embedding google ads in their feed. That’s what I would call commercial.

  3. says

    Cool, I didn’t know Geshi used Flattr; I like and have used Geshi for many things. Also, that Mixare project looks pretty nice. I like the Flattr FOSS project because, in the two emails I’ve got so far, I’ve discovered interesting software.

    Anyway—would you consider including Arch Hurd ( in your next Flattr FOSS email? You may have heard of us, a project to port Arch Linux to the GNU Hurd. We’ve made excellent progress in the 8 months and 1 day we’ve been around, and last month set up Flattr on our website.