Today at LinuxWorld Boston, the Open Source Technology Group announced the winners of their first ever SourceForge.net® Community Choice Awards. With nearly 1.3 million registered users, and almost 117,000 projects, SourceForge.net is the world’s largest collaboration site enabling IT strategy through Open Source. For SourceForge.net, these awards are consistent with keeping with SourceForge.net’s mission to foster the Open Source movement and community. According to Jay Seirmarco, general manager of SourceForge.net: “offering an annual opportunity to highlight top achievements in Open Source software development is one avenue for us to demonstrate our commitment.” By allowing the worldwide technology community to voice their support and appreciation for projects on the site, they foster the creation of, participation in and evaluation of Open Source software worldwide.
From March 15th through the 17th, users within Sourceforge.net were able to nominate projects. From these initial nominations, the finalists were chosen and these choices were made available to the community for voting. The finalists included a range of Open Source solutions ranging from CRM and firewall solutions to anti-virus and Xbox Media Center innovations. Final voting was conducted March 17 – 23, 2006, and the project winners were selected by voting within 13 key technology categories, plus “Best Overall” project. Nominations and voting were managed by the third-party research firm, Wilson Research.
Following is the list of those projects that received the winning votes:
- Clustering Project - BitTorrent Queue Manager
- Database Project - phpMyAdmin
- Desktop Project - WINE for Darwin and Mac OS X
- Development Project - Gaim
- Enterprise Project - Zimbra Collaboration Suite
- Financial Project - A PHP Paypal API
- Game Project - Xbox Media Center
- Hardware Project - Linux on the Microsoft Xbox
- Multimedia Project - Xbox Media Center <./li>
- Networking Project - FileZilla
- Security Project - WinSCP
- SysAdmin Project - phpMyAdmin
- VoIP Project - Asterisk GUI client
The best overall project was the Azureus-BitTorrent Client; Azureus is a powerful, full-featured, cross-platform java BitTorrent client. Azureus only recently relinquished the number one activity ranking in Sourceforge.net to Gaim.