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Let’s take a look at each of these projects and try to answer some of the questions readers have had in the comments of last year’s edition, including which are still in active development, provide hosting options, offer a mobile solution, and more.

MyCollab

MyCollab is a multi-purpose solution which features tools for customer relationship management, document management, and project management. In this case, let’s look at MyCollab-Project.

MyCollab-Project includes many features, like a Gantt chart and milestones, time tracking, and issue management. It also supports agile development models with its Kanban board. MyCollab-Project comes in three editions, of which the community edition is the free and open source option.

The current MyCollab version is 5.2.9 released on March 14, 2016. With a previous release, 5.2.6, mobile readiness has been greatly improved.

MyCollab is licensed under AGPLv3, requires a Java runtime and MySQL stack, and the source code is available on GitHub.

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Odoo

Odoo is a full suite of business applications, of which project management is just one. Odoo is a multiplatform solution, supporting Windows, several Linux distributions, and other operating systems as well.

The community edition is, of course, free and open source, but limited in features compared to the enterprise version. Odoo project management has some interesting features, such as Gantt charts, a Kanban view, tasks and issues, graphs, and more. Notable assets are the community resources, and its official Docker image.

Odoo is licensed under GPLv3, and requires Python and PostgreSQL. Its latest release, 9.0, is available for download and as source on GitHub.

Taiga

Taiga is an open source project management platform for startups, agile developers, and designers. It focuses on agile development methods, and has all of the required features such as a backlog, Kanban board, tasks, sprints, and issues.

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Notable pros are the integration with GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket, making it an interesting project management tool for developers. Taiga can also be extended through plugins, and has a REST API.

Taiga is licensed under GNU Affero GPLv3, and requires a stack which includes Nginx, Python and PostgreSQL. The latest release, 1.10.0 Dryas Octopetala, is available on GitHub.

OrangeScrum

OrangeScrum is a project management tool for freelancers, agencies, and small to medium businesses. It includes features such as a scrum task board, resource planning, progress tracking, Kanban and Gantt chart views.

Notable for OrangeScrum are its new skin, based on the Google Material Design. Android and iOS mobile appications are expected for version 2.0, in June 2016.

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OrangeScrum is licensed under GPLv3, and is based on the CakePHP framework. Its latest release 1.5.9. is available for download, and the source code can be found on GitHub.

Agilefant

Agilefant has focuses on agile approaches involving Kanban and Scrum, but also can be bent to support traditional approaches to project management such as the waterfall method.

Agilefant offers a free and open source product that can be downloaded and deployed into your own private cloud. Called a solo plan, you can also sign up for a free cloud offering.

Agilefant runs on Java, Tomcat, and MySQL. The source code and license can be found on GitHub.

 

Research Analyst at The Frustrated Youth. Has expertise on Java and Python. Is a technology enthusiast who likes writing about different technologies and spreading the knowledge.

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