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open source project websitesOnce in a while, I’ll bookmark a site not because I might find it handy later on, but simply because the site leaves me in awe of its great look, icons, or overall design, which usually make me want to create some artwork of my own.

While there are many commercial sites that look fascinating, today I’m honoring an incomplete selection of open-source project sites that I think look gorgeous, which means that in addition to the great software they offer, they also put in a lot of effort and work into offering a great and intuitive design, all for no financial gain.

Let us now take a look at some visually appealing and inspiring designs.

LinuxLive (LiLi) USB Creator

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The first time I discovered an alternative to Unetbootin How To Install Linux With Ease Using UNetbootin How To Install Linux With Ease Using UNetbootin We've already talked about Linux and why you should try it, but probably the hardest part of getting used to Linux is getting it in the first place. For Windows users, the simplest way is... Read More , the live CD creator, and came across LiLi Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Read More , I couldn’t help but admire all the great detail in the entire site. Everything from the LiLi logo to the icons to the feature tour and even the Donate button look incredibly polished. I even felt compelled to email the LiLi developer to ask who the website designer was because boy, was this site gorgeous!

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Not only is the LiLi website gorgeous but so is the actual app that lets you create live CDs, which is another topic but if you’re curious to see what the beautiful program looks like, check out the complete review Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Read More .

Elementary OS

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Elementary OS is a Linux distribution Elementary 'Jupiter' - A Slick, Easy-To-Use Operating System [Linux] Elementary 'Jupiter' - A Slick, Easy-To-Use Operating System [Linux] Looking for a beautiful, functional operating system? Check out the first Elementary OS release Jupiter. This Linux-based operating system is designed from the ground up to stay out of your way so you can simply... Read More that focuses on ease of use and elegance and comes with lightweight apps installed, e.g. Midori Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows] Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows] We've had browser wars back when Netscape was still the king. Today, it's Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera all battling it out to see who's top dog. However, sometimes we forget that there... Read More for a web browser, and Postler as the default mail client. There are many other Linux distros with similar feature sets that mean to be absolutely easy-going on computers without taxing system resources, but the reason I bring Elementary OS up is because of how good the project website looks. Everything in the site, including the blog, the feature tour and the downloads section looks so simple and neat that it will make you want to downloading the OS for a spin immediately.

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Mozilla Firefox

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The web browser you know and love definitely has a splendid-looking website hosting the browser download, the mobile clients and the always-experience-enhancing addons. The Firefox logo has seen its share of updates, and has always left me impressed of its sheerness. I get the same feeling with the website, which now shines in mostly orange and baby blue, and has a revamped addon site. Even the Thunderbird project  and the Mozilla blog sites look very pleasing to the eye.

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SproutCore

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SproutCore is a JavaScript framework that you can use to write web-based applications Which Programming Language to Learn - Web Programming Which Programming Language to Learn - Web Programming Today we're going to take a look at the various web programming languages that power the Internet. This is the fourth part in a beginners programming series. In part 1, we learnt the basic of... Read More with less code, more fun. There are many other frameworks that aim to do the same thing, but SproutCore is one of the more popular ones and in fact, the team behind SproutCore was acquired by Facebook last year. While SproutCore seems to remain an independent project (but has led to the release of a related product, Ember.js), the SproutCore site without a doubt offers a neat front to the project, whatever its fate is.

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Zorin OS

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Thinking about trying Linux? There are many variants (see why here Why Are There So Many Versions of Ubuntu? [Technology Explained] Why Are There So Many Versions of Ubuntu? [Technology Explained] Read More ) that you could download and test-drive today (or not Why Linux Isn't As Good As Everyone Makes It Out To Be [Opinion] Why Linux Isn't As Good As Everyone Makes It Out To Be [Opinion] Linux is a highly developed, stable and advanced operating system - this, I will never question. It comes in every conceivable flavour - from server solutions that simply work (again, this cannot be argued with)... Read More ). If you need some help Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Distribution Should You Use? Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Distribution Should You Use? One of the hardest questions that every Linux user must answer is which Linux distribution they should use. There are so many out there that it's become quite ridiculous to a handful of users, while... Read More figuring out Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use? [Linux] Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use? [Linux] Not too long ago I wrote a similar article about the top three distributions of the Debian side in the Linux family (Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint), but as a true Linux geek I would... Read More which ones 4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You 4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You When you finally decide to take the plunge and have a stroll through Linux Avenue, you'll need to be able to decide which distro is right for you. Making the right choice is an important... Read More would best 6 Lightweight Linux Distributions to Give Your Old PC a New Lease of Life 6 Lightweight Linux Distributions to Give Your Old PC a New Lease of Life Read More suit your needs 3 Visually-Pleasing Linux Distributions That Use Enlightenment 3 Visually-Pleasing Linux Distributions That Use Enlightenment Read More , see our Best Linux Distributions page here. Zorin OS is, in fact, on this list because it’s aimed for Windows users that want to try out or switch altogether to Linux. It’s got a familiar look and can be installed alongside your current operating system. Want to read more? See our review here Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS Linux is not hard to use or understand, but it simply doesn't fit the Windows mindset that most people have. Expecting to do everything in Linux exactly like in Windows is where problems start appearing,... Read More .

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Open Atrium

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More than a year ago, I penned an article listing half a dozen great tools for teams to collaborate online. I might not have included Open Atrium, but today this site probably deserves a spot on the aforementioned article. I will mention it on this list because it looks fantastic and it’s source is available to the public! Not only that, Open Atrium is platform designed to make teams communicate better. Its feature set includes group calendars, to-do lists, shoutboxes, dashboards and more.

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Now that you’ve seen some beautiful open source project websites, it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Have you got other example sites? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. Alex Olariu
    July 31, 2012 at 12:31 am

    amazing

  2. 7ec094e3fefa00b3197b7618e543fb43
    July 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    • Jessica Cam Wong
      July 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Nice recommendation. Thank you!

  3. John Campbell
    May 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Very well-written and useful article.

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      May 21, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Thank you, John. Feel free to share the article!

  4. Saikat Basu
    May 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Great list. I also like http://expressjs.com/ ; http://www.padrinorb.com/ and http://www.modrails.com/ for their elegance. And then http://www.android.com/ is not bad at all.

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      May 21, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Thanks, Saikat! I also love how those sites you suggested look! Elegance at its best!

  5. Sachin Kanchan
    May 17, 2012 at 3:14 am

    of all the above Zorin was my fave...i just bookmarked this page lol

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      May 21, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Great! Does that mean you're going to try Zorin OS as well?

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