Panther Software and Research Company (, located in South Carolina (U.S.), mainly does software R&D (i.e., "services", not "retail products"). Since we're not interested in selling you stuff, we use this web page to assist other worthwhile and interesting projects.

Citizen Science projects

There's lots of real science work that is now progressing a lot faster or able to be a lot more comprehensive because people are volunteering to help collect and/or sort through data for science efforts they care about. Projects can be as simple as taking pictures around your home (e.g., to see what wildlife is around), or helping analyze or compare pictures (which humans can often do much better than computers). If you might be interested, check out:

Some of these projects use open-source hardware tools from Public Lab that you might find interesting in their own right. For example, Public Lab offers a USB-connected spectroscope for $45 (as of 03/2015) as well as other innovative solutions for otherwise expensive gear.

Distributed computing projects

These projects only require your computer's time. If your computer is on but frequently idle, and it has an Internet connection at least once in a while, you can donate its idle time to a distributed computing project. Their software runs at low priority, so that your work always comes first and only the time your computer would have been idle is donated.

Many of the distributed computing projects below use Berkeley's BOINC management software. Projects using it benefit from having a standardized way of managing work units among a large number of computers. Volunteers get the ability to participate in multiple projects if they wish, and can limit run times, resource use, etc. BOINC software is available for Android 2.3 and later (via the Google Play Store), MS Windows(x86 and x64), Mac OS X (PPC and Intel), and Linux(x86 and x64). However, the software for any particular project may have additional limitations.

Here are just a few of the many distributed computing projects looking for donated computer time:

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Challenges that pay

No Software Patents sign
From on June, 2009: The Case Against Software Patents - Red Hat's EPO-G3/08 Amicus Brief
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