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Desktop suites and development platforms

  • KDE4 - the next version of the powerful Open Source desktop, application suite and development platform will be built using CMake, which together with Qt4 will make it possible to run KDE4 not only on Linux/UNIX, but also Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Compiz - An OpenGL compositing window manager, using CMake to easier facilitate a unified build system for its plugin based architecture and autogenerated options code.


  • PolarSSL - A cryptography and SSL library.
  • MySql - The world's most popular open source database
  • libsudo allows a C/C++ application to execute a process as a different user (think of it as "system(process, user)")
  • Live Terrain Format
    High-performance synthetic natural environment engine and database format for conducting attenuated line of sight queries correlated to the real world.
  • OpenBabel Alternate build system in 2.2 releases, planned to be main build system in 3.x. Chemical toolbox designed to speak the many languages of chemical data.
  • Freecell Solver - an ANSI C library (and some standalone command-line programs) for automatically solving boards of various variants of Card Solitaire.
  • OpenImageIO is a library for reading and writing images, and a bunch of related classes, utilities, and applications.
  • Boost C++ Libraries Boost provides free peer-reviewed portable C++ source libraries, that are intended to be widely useful, and usable across a broad spectrum of applications.
  • PoDoFo: A free, portable and easy to use PDF parsing and creation library.
  • OpenTURNS: Libre, cross-platform, C++/Python reliability library.
  • HDF: The HDF4 and HDF5-based libraries and tools for organizing, storing, discovering, accessing, analyzing, sharing, and preserving data in the face of enormous data growth in size and complexity.


  • Webtoolkit (AKA Wt) is C++ library and application server for web applications which mimics the Qt API (it's like Qt but it spits HTML + CSS + JavaScript)
  • CERTI an Open Source HLA RTI.
  • TSP the Transport Sample Protocol




  • ASPEED Software
    ASPEED's products include the ACCELLERANT SDK for parallelizing applications for grids or clusters. ASPEED provides APIs for easily improving application performance, with bindings in FORTRAN, C, C++, Java and C#. ACCELLERANT also provides an Application Manager for quickly parallelizing batch jobs from the command line; and Workload Balancer for simple resource management. ACCELLERANT supports Windows and Linux, as well as numerous "grid vendor" products.
"ASPEED's SDK supports a wide range of platforms and languages, and CMake fit the bill perfectly for our build and release cycle. It works for Visual Studio IDE development, and it works from the command line under either Windows (nmake) or Linux. It works for FORTRAN as well as C++. It's an enormous time-saver, allowing us to quickly develop applications for multiple platforms. This in turn has allowed us to build, test and release software more frequently, giving us a market advantage."
-Mike Dalessio, Head of Development, ASPEED Software
  • CadColon is a Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system designed to support radiologist's diagnosis of suspect polyps in the colon and rectum, using high and low dose CT.

"I started to develop on a project on Linux OS in C++ language on 3 January 2005, and I had never written from scratch any files, nor used autoconf tools seriously before. So since one of my task was to create the building process for the whole project, I had 2 choices: learn and use autoconf, or search in Internet for an alternative. The one day research ended up in, which is an easy but very powerful tool, which allowed me to achieve all I wanted to do (debug/release/profile compilations, compilation based on the developer name, easily maintainable and customizable compilation of many shared/static libraries and applications), and which has a very fast learning curve, exactly what a projet need to achieve its aim in short time."

- Luca Cappa

  • Pdf Presenter Console The Pdf Presenter Console (PPC) is a GTK based presentation viewer application which uses Keynote like multi-monitor output to provide meta information to the speaker during the presentation. It is able to show a normal presentation window on one screen, while showing a more sophisticated overview on the other one providing information like a picture of the next slide, as well as the left over time till the end of the presentation. The input files processed by PPC are PDF documents, which can be created using nearly any of today's presentation software.
  • QTM - A desktop blogging client based on Qt 4.
  • SCIRun
    A visual programming environment for modeling, simulation, and visualization, incorporating thirdparty packages such as Teem, Matlab, and the Insight Toolkit. SCIRun also includes Seg3D, a standalone executable for the segmentation of volumetric image data.
  • Scribus - a powerful Open Source desktop publishing application, developed primarily developed for Linux, now also available for Mac OS X and Windows]
  • Second Life - Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.
  • Wireshark Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.

  • Avogadro - advanced molecular editor designed for cross-platform use in computational chemistry, molecular modeling, bioinformatics, materials science, and related areas. It offers flexible rendering and a powerful plugin architecture.



  • PLplot is a mix of a core scientific plotting library written in C, multiple computer language interfaces to that library (some of them generated using SWIG), a set of 20+ test examples written for each computer language interface, multiple plotting device driver plug-ins that are dynamically loaded by our core library, and a complete docbook-based documentation build. This build complexity is handled with ease by CMake on Linux (with good ctest results for the examples written in each computer language that we interface). We are also beginning to get encouraging build results on the Mac OS X and windows platforms.

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