Romku is a collaborative portal that aims to reference all existing software, applications, suites, games, utilities, scripts, libraries, frameworks, and tools (currently over 100,000).
Each profile provides all the information users need to decide which software to use, integrate, download, buy, contribute to, or simply play with.
Users can submit new software, edit existing profile pages, add screenshots, mark profiles as their favourites, compare multiple profiles, and view software features.
See also the faq for more details.
Romku, the name
These days it is hard to find a domain name that is less than 5 characters so you really have to try hard. At the same time, a unique name is always better as it is unlikely to confuse search engine. romku's name comes from a lot of random inspiration (such as the word "Library" in Chinese, or ROM for Read Only Memory)
We never realised the number of tools we are using until we created the list below. We are trying to use open-source software, partly because in the early stage of this project, funding is non existent,partly because they are as good if not better than non open-source software. Here are some of the tools and technologies used to make this website:
- apache - Web server
- cropper - Screen capture
- drupal - CMS Framework
- firefox - Web Browser
- inkscape - Graphic design
- jedit - Source Code Editor
- hudson - Continuous Integration
- keepass - Password Safe
- mongodb - Database
- munin - Resource Monitoring Tools
- mysql - Database
- libreoffice - Document and Spreadsheet
- piwik - Web Analytics
- php - Scripting language in which this website is written
- phpmyadmin - Web front end for mysql
- redmine - Project Management, bug tracking, wiki
- subversion - Revision Control System
- ubuntu - Linux Distribution the website is running on
Who's behind Romku
Pierre Morel is the founder of Romku. He is currently a software engineer in a startup company and works on this project in his spare time.
If you would like to join the adventure as a contributor, developer, designer, investor, partner, please don't hesitate to drop a line using the contact form.