This is the list of all the Perl-based open source products I am aware of.
Especially if we focus on products serving the generic public.
Not just other Perl developers.
Thanks to all the people, but especially to Dean Hamstead and
Renee Baecker, who sent me tons of links.
I tried to check which one of these products allow people to make money from them. How do the web-site of the open-source
project promote the businesses. I'd be very interested to know which projects are actually supported by their
commercial backers, and how do they feel about each other?
Are they run by a single company? Is there a commercial interst behind the project shared by several individuals or
companies? Is the project purely fun-based?
CMS / Publishing systems / Blog engines / wikis
This is a mix of platforms. Some stared out as Content Management Systems (CMS) others as wikies, yet others as blog
engines. In the end there is a huge overlap between what they do so I put them in one category.
is a content management system (CMS) created by
. It is a very business oriented CMS. On the web site, you can find
a number of partners
that provide commercial support and customization
services. This looks like a living ecosystem of open-source and business.
is one of the best-known wiki software with an orientation to support
companies. It is built primarily by the company with the same name that also provides
cloud-based hosted Twiki service
There are a number of consultants providing support for Twiki. They are listed on the web site in
a very prominent place.
is a web publishing system providing workflow management for publishers.
It then generates pages that can be either static or even use some other language to be dynamic.
Open Source web publisher. It is used by several web-sites but as I can see development
is not too active.
and Open-Source Web 2.0 Application Framework. It uses XUL which, if I am not mistaken,
was discontinued by Mozilla.
is a simple to use but capable CMS for the command line.
, a static blogging engine.
Content Management System
is a community system for shared blogging. It was forked from the last
open source version of Live Journal.
is a Catalyst
-based blogging package.
As I can see it has been removed from CPAN and has not been updated since 2009.
Help-desk, Request and Bug tracking
is a Help-desk and IT Service Management software. Sort of like a bug
tracking system geared to the enterprise. It is created and developed by company with the same name based in Germany.
is the well known bug-tracking system developed by and for Mozilla.
It is used in quite a lot of companies. I think a few people offer Bugzilla administration and customization as paid
is a program for managing mailing lists. They provide some commercial
services but as I can see it is well hidden on the site and I don't think anyone is making a living out of that.
is a networked resource monitoring tool.
It can provide graphs of any kind of data such as CPU load or "number of new users registered" in the last 5 minutes,
last day or last week.
provides network and application monitoring of large, complex and distributed
enterprises. It is developed by the company of the same name. If I am not mistaken the
is open source, but they also have Pro and enterprise versions.
provides monitoring and reporting of large data center
installations. It's focus is mainly on monitoring and reporting data about applications and middleware.
is a Perl/XML Logs Analyzer, Alerter and Reporter.
is logfile analyzer for Web / FTP / Squid / CUPS / DHCP and Mail servers.
is an analyser for all kinds of logfiles. As I can see there has been no major activity on the mailing list
is a customizable log analysis system. Logwatch parses
through your system's logs and creates a report analyzing areas that
you specify. Logwatch is easy to use and will work right out of the
package on most systems.
is the Massively Multi-player Online Space Strategy Game
developed by Plain Black
. The source code can be found on
. It's web site and the whole game is awesome.
The Shutter Project
has one of best looking web sites among the ones
listed here. This might not be surprising as Shutter is a screen-shot tool.
Koha is a software application for library management developed and supported by the Koha Community
There are several companies support Koha
One of them is called LibLime
Apparently this company actually has a fork of Koha and there is a tension between
this company and the rest of the Koha community. I am still trying to figure out what's going on there.
Evergreen Open ILS
is a software for libraries that helps library patrons find library materials, and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials.
and Open Source ERP: accounting, CRM and more.
LedgerSMB is an acronym for Ledger Small Medium Business, often abbreviated as LSMB.
is a tool to do easy
the data migrations, doing extraction, transformation, validation and load in a very fast way.
is an HTTP-based search platform capable of indexing multiple document formats
(HTML, XML, PDF, DOC, XLS, etc) and returning faceted results in a variety of formats (XML, JSON).
It is also available on CPAN
- web store system - shopping cart.
, is an ecommerce shopping cart software installable via cPanel and
other web hosting control panels.
Tools for Sysadmins
is the well known SPAM filter software. It is part of
the Apache Software Foundation
. This is just one of the many projects,
unrelated to the web server, that are managed by the ASF.
is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. It has several
plugins, some of those are dual-licensed. One is an open source license the other one includes some commercial extension.
The company around it is called Virtualmin
is a web access system providing AAA protection.
(Authentication Authorization Accounting) (I have to admit I am not sure what does that mean.) This is the other web
site that would be the winner for being beautiful.
is, not surprisingly a backup system for Linux, Windows, and
Mac. Unfortunately it has not seen any activity in the last year or so.
is a high-performance interface between mailer (MTA) and content checkers: virus scanners, and/or SpamAssassin.
is an Automatic Email Classification system to sort e-mails and fight spam.
a versatile security scanner for the information disclosure and fingerprinting phases of pentesting.
to control multiple Virual Machines which are distributed among many hosts through your browser.
The Data Series Processing Framework.
for keeping track of your network latency.
helps you keep an inventory of computers in your
system. Commercial support is provided by a number of companies, all of them in France. The source code is available
Tools for developers
is a tool to help continuous integration
by running build on several machines. For a long time it was developed and maintained by Mozilla, but if I am not
mistaken it is now handled elsewhere. It does not seem to have a "home".
There is also Gitolite
which a git repository management software (access permissions, creating new repositories etc., but e.g. no web interface).
See also Git
e.g. see Git on Gitolite
- small grep replacement, especially for programmers.
Tools for Perl Developers
- a compiler collection that implements a (subset) of Perl 5 and Perl 6.
, an interface between Perl web applications and web servers.
is a admin-free perl installation management tool.
is a web service providing source code analyses using
the well known Perl::Critic module. This too is for Perl developers. That's the reason I have not included it in the
, a simple but powerful web application framework.
, a next generation web framework for the Perl programming language.
Some more Perl projects
These projects probably should/could have their own site on their own domain:
is a comprehensive system for processing and analyzing X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy data.
Database related Applications
, a desktop application for retrieving and exporting data from relational database systems to spreadsheet files.
(Still being categorized)
is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.
It is backed by a non-profit organization of the same name. They provide both server and client applications. The server
side is written in Perl.
is a documentation generator for multiple programming languages.
is a multi-platform self-executable desktop application which manipulates 3D meshes with several
geometric algorithms to produce G-code instructions for 3D printers. It's got an active forum and an IRC channel on FreeNode with 80 people in it. The project is almost a one-man work but is sponsored/funded
by several businesses and tens of donations.
a system for building asynchronous distributed job processing
is an application for managing your collections written in GTK2 and Perl.
Media Server is an UPnP and DLNA service which serves multimedia content to compatible clients.
is a Small Business Linux server built and supported by the company with the same name: Zentyal
is a command line Twitter client.
Frams' Fast File EXchange. Web-based sending of files
of ANY size to ANY recipient.
manages all your boxes from a central point through the complete process of configuration management and software deployment.
, a VDI platform for Linux.
allows you to draw ASCII diagrams in a modern, but simple graphical application.
- an accounting software for The Netherlands.
Perl base Extreme Cloud Administration from IBM
Enterprise log search and archive (ELSA) is an industrial-strength solution for centralized log management.
is a fully supported, trusted, Free and Open Source network
access control (NAC) solution.
for collecting test results in TAP format.
to cross reference the source code of any project.
a single source publishing tool based on DocBook XML.
, provides a AJAX web interface to Unix command line tools like traceroute, top, mpstat.
a Database to Rich Internet Application.
open-source billing, CRM, trouble ticketing, network monitoring
and provisioning automation software for ISPs and WISPs, VoIP providers.
is a tool for visualizing computer network topologies with WebGL.
is a multithreaded synchornization tool from Linux to the
, a low-cost storage system.
tools for visualizing data, used in particular in the biological scientific
- simple statistics from the command line interface (CLI).
a DevOps tool not unlike Puppet or Chef in other languages.
is a tool for simplifying the process of building packages for multiple operating systems from source.
is a set of programs to process TV (tvguide) listings and
manage your TV viewing, storing listings in an XML format. There are
backends to download TV listings for several countries, filter
programs and Perl libraries to process listings.
a fast PostgreSQL log analyzer.
is a gateway/firewall configuration tool for GNU/Linux.
, a flash operations panel for asterisk. which the server side is Perl and the client is Flash.
, a desktop file manager with sophisticated metadata handling capabilities.
, an online homework system for mathematics. Source code in GitHub
Not Open Source
There are a number of non-open source Perl-based products. I am going to create a separate list of those too, for
now let me list them here:
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