=> GTD Tools
Here is the list of tools that I have been using to improve collaboration and productivity, proved to be effective and cutting edge at lowest possible cost;-)
Wiki, Knowledge Management, Documentation, Technical Writing (gollum)
Issue, Task and Project Tracker
Warning*: For Confluence and JIRA, DO NOT use the pre-packaged HSQLDB unless you are willing to manually run backup to XML whenever an update is made. Migrate to supported databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or even SQL Server (really!?) if data is important!!!
Discussion Forum evolution. Hate Jive? Not so happy with Vanilla Forums, vBulletin, phpBB, PHPWind and Discuz!? Give it a go, it won’t let you down.
Self-hosted Git management software. Powered by Ruby on Rails ;-) One of the hottest projects on GitHub. I’ve been using it for hosting private repositories since version 4.0, it’s fantastic and keeps getting better;-) BitBucket / Stash may be an alternative, for public repositories, nothing is better than
Instant messaging and chat. Make sure to use OTR – Off-The-Record to encrypt conversations. DO NOT use OTR for Google Talk as it’ll encrypt the conversations and make it NOT searchable in Gmail. It doesn’t make sense because one loses one of Google Talk’s most important feature.
Mail, Calendar, Drive and XMPP (if Google doesn’t kill Talk). Use Zimbra Collaboration Suite open source edition if you don’t trust Google.
Files and Directories Sync. BitTorrent Sync is secure and born for big files, love it;-)
Comments are warmly welcomed, I will be more than happy to know better tools.