Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but not a single project from Microsoft’s Codeplex made it to the finals of the Community Choice Awards (CCAs).  When Microsoft was announced as a sponsor, the press release highlighted that the CCAs would welcome any project nomination, including projects hosted at Codeplex.  Most of you know that Codeplex is the home for open source projects predominately targeted at Microsoft environments.  Maybe the news of the CCA nomination process didn’t reach the Codeplex user community as this was the first year that the CCAs were opened to projects regardless of their home?

Also, I’m quite surprised that the Spring Framework didn’t make the list of “Most Likely to Be the Next $1B Acquisition”.  Well, the next $0.3B acquisition at least ;-)

Interestingly, Hyperic, a platinum sponsor for the CCAs didn’t make it to the finals of the “Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins” category.  We’re also missing some top of mind enterprisey OSS selections like JBoss AS, Apache Geronimo, Sun’s GlassFish, MuleSource, WS02, etc.  However, since the nominations were completely open, anyone disagreeing with the finalists has only themselves (and their ability to get the word out) to blame.

The projects with enough nominations to become finalists are:

  • Best Project: Drupal, Firebird, FreeMind, KeePass Password Safe,,, Sphinx, XAMPP, XBMC media center, XOOPS Dynamic Web CMS
  • Best Project for the Enterprise: Drupal, Elastix, Firebird, LimeSurvey, Magento,,, Sphinx, Zenoss Core, ZK – Simply Ajax and Mobile
  • Best Project for Educators: Claroline, Drupal, FreeMind, GeoGebra ,Moodle,,, Stellarium, VMukti, XAMPP,
  • Most Likely to Be the Next $1B Acquisition: Amanda Network Backup, Azureus, Firebird, Megneto, phpMyAdmin,, Sphinx, Talend Open Studio, Zenoss Core, XBMC media center, ZK – Simply Ajax and Mobile
  • Best Project for Multimedia: Amarok, Audacity, Inkscape, Irrlicht Engine, MediaCoder, MediaInfo,, SMPlayer, VLC, XBMC media center
  • Best Project for Gamers: AssaultCube, Crystal Space CD SDK, Irrlicht Engine, The Mana World, Mumble, Nexuiz, ScrummVM, OGRE, UFO:Alien Invasion, the Ur-Quan Masters, XBMC media center
  • Most Likely to Change the World: Drupal, eyeOS, Firefox, Launchy, Linux, Magento,,, ReactOS, Ubuntu, XBMC media center
  • Best New Project: FluxBB, Habari, ImpressCMS, Jensor Java Profiler, Magento, Millennium BSA, MPower, phpMinAdmin, Tine20, Untangle Gateway Platform, WANem
  • Most Likely to Be Accused of Patent Violation: 7-Zip, eMule, Mono, Moodle,,, ReactOS, ScummVM, devkitPro, Pidgin, Wine is Not an Emulator
  • Most Likely to Get Users Sued: Azureus, DC++, devkitPro, eMule, KeePass Password Safe, Launchy,, ReactOS, Shareaza, XBMC media center
  • Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins: 7-Zip, Amanda Network Backup, FileZilla, FREESCO rouer, ISP Control Panel, KeePass Password Safe, phpMyAdmin,, WinSCP, Zenoss Core
  • Best Tool or Utility for Developers: Code::Blocks, devkitPro, Krupal, FireZilla, Notepad++, phpMyAdmin,, WinMerge, XAMPP, ZK – Simply Ajax and Mobile

Head on over to and vote for your favorites.