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The 10 Coolest Open Source Apps of 2014

From hardware to software to the Internet of Things, open source is everywhere. Here are the 10 coolest open source apps of 2014.

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The vast majority of IT professionals prefer open-source software over the proprietary variety. That's according to a recent report from the Ponemon Institute, which showed that 70 percent of IT pros value the business continuity and control afforded by open access more than the cost savings. It should also be apparent to anyone looking at the number of web servers running Apache. The open-source writing has been on the wall for years, and has led ISVs to implement open source policies in varying degrees. The most recent example is Microsoft, which in mid-November released the code for server-side .NET, further expanding its open source program and making good on a promise it made in April.

Here are 10 open-source projects that have gathered steam this year and resulted in some really cool apps. Be sure to check out the rest of CRN's 2014 product coverage.

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