InfoWord recently released winners of the 2008 Bossie awards.  The awards are based on a review and analysis of the products in action by the InfoWorld Test Center. As the authors state:

“The breadth and quality of free software offerings is in fact overwhelming, and many of our choices were difficult. Please let us know what we missed.”

I’ve included the winners list below.  But head on over to the slideshows for each category to read details behind the choices.

Best of open source in enterprise applications:
Content Management: Alfresco Community
Enterprise Resource Planning: Compiere
Project Management: dotProject
Application Monitoring: Hyperic HQ
Business Process Management: Intalio BPMS
Enterprise Portal: Liferay Portal
E-Commerce: Magento eCommerce
Business Intelligence: Pentaho Open BI Suite
Customer Relationship Management: SugarCRM

Best of open source in platforms and middleware:
Server Operating System: CentOS
Enterprise Service Bus: JBossESB
Data Migration: Jitterbit
Database: MySQL
MySQL Administration: phpMyAdmin
Small-Footprint OS: Puppy Linux
Desktop Operating System: Ubuntu
Desktop Virtualization: VirtualBox
Server Virtualization: Xen

Best of open source in collaboration:
Social Networking: Elgg
Wiki: MediaWiki
Remote Control: VNC and Chicken of the VNC
Mail and Calendar: Scalix
Blog Publishing: WordPress

Best of open source in application development:
Object Database: db4o
Version Control: Git
Web Client Library: HttpClient
Parallel Programming: Intel Threaded Building Blocks
Business Rule Management System: JBoss Drools
Rich Internet Applications: Open Flex
JavaScript Framework: Prototype
Web Services Test Tool: soapUI

Best of open source in productivity applications:
Sound Editing: Audacity
3D Modeling: Blender
Web Browser: Firefox
Image Editing: GIMP
Productivity Suite:
PDF Creation: PDFCreator

Best of open source in networking:
IP Telephony: Asterisk
Log File Analyzer: AWStats
Wireless Network Scanner: InSSIDer
Server Monitoring: Nagios
Wireless Network Interface: NDISwrapper
Router, Firewall & VPN: Vyatta
Network Protocol Analyzer: Wireshark
Network Monitoring: Zenoss Core

Best of open source in security:
Application Security: AppArmor
Penetration Toolkit: Metasploit Framework
Password Cracker: Ophcrack
Network Firewall: SmoothWall Express
Network Intrusion Detection: Snort with BASE
Security Log Analysis: Splunk
Disk Encryption: TrueCrypt
Gateway Security: Untangle Gateway Platform

Best of open source in storage:
Network Backup: Amanda
Storage Server: FreeNAS
File Management: WinMerge
Disk Monitoring: SMART Monitoring Tools
Storage Administration: StorageIM
Online Backup: Free Online Backup

Kudos to all the winners!  BTW, anyone else want to check out the 3D Modeling tool “Blender”?