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activeCollab: The FREE “BaseCamp” alternative

activeCollab: The FREE

If you’re a project management fan, you would have probably heard of 37signals’ Basecamp, the most addictive project collaboration tool online (see all the buzz). While you can drool over the screenshots and sign up for a free account, you can’t take full advantage of the system unless you folk out $12 or higher a month for a basic hosted account.

Enter activeCollab.

As blogger Elifoner succinctly puts it, activeCollab is an open-source alternative to Basecamp. ActiveCollab author, Ilija Studen, wrote the first version around May 2005 for personal use. As the story goes, Studen loved Basecamp, but he couldn’t afford the subscription fee, so he wrote one for himself. To date, he’s continuously adding features to bring it on par with Basecamp, as well as a few interesting additions to spice things up.

Note the difference
With Basecamp, you won’t need to know anything about server installation or administration. Just pay to use it, while 37signals maintains it.

With activeCollab, you’ll need your own web server with PHP5 (and a MySQL DB) to run it, so some technical knowledge would be useful. You’re also on your own with maintaining data and fixing bugs.

How to learn more
Thanks to activeCollab fan Elifoner, you can learn more about activeCollab through his straightforward review, as well as his highly informative screencast which compares both web tools. He even has a working demo of activeCollab at for you to try (Username: dem0 / Password: p@ss).

Finally, Ilija Studen has done a great job developing activeCollab, so don’t forget to stay tuned by subscribing to the activeCollab blog and by donating some of your hard-earned dollars to to keep this worthy project alive.

Check out activeCollab and Basecamp today!

Intro to Web 2.0 Workshop today!

I’ve just finished the “Introduction to Web 2.0″ presentation at the Educational Technology Center, University at Buffalo (SUNY). If you noticed, we had everyone “tag” themselves as part of the folksonomy segment. Big thanks for Chris Barr and Robin Sullivan for helping with the presentation. Thankfully, I managed to keep it to under an hour. This discussion was focused on using Web 2.0 concepts in the classroom (do we call it Class 2.0?).

As promised, here are photos from the event, as well as my presentation slides in PDF (Greyscale, 1.8mb) and Powerpoint (Full-color, 6.4mb). The video and audio download for this presentation will be available soon.

I sharing this under Creative Commons: Attribution, so download away. You may reuse and remix these for your own use, just remember to give credit using my blog address.