As you’ve no doubt heard, SourceForge.net announced its accepting nominations for its fourth annual Community Choice Awards.

Head on over to SourceForge.net and submit your nominations in the following categories:

Best Project
Best Project for the Enterprise
Best Project for Gamers
Best Project for Multimedia
Best New Project
Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins
Best Tool or Utility for Developers
Best Commercial Open Source Project (NEW category)
Best Project for Academia (NEW category)
Best Project for Government (NEW category)
Most Likely to Change the Way You Do Everything (NEW category)
Best Visual Design (NEW category)

I’m really curious to see which vendors, and the breadth of product markets that will be represented in the “Best Commercial Open Source Project” category. How will voters define “best”? Best to use without paying for the commercial product derived from the project?  Best to support a vendor revenue stream on?  Both!?

I also wonder if (/why) Microsoft is (not) sponsoring the Community Choice Awards, since they made a splash about sponsoring the 2008 awards.

Looking forward to seeing the nomination results and the final voting…

Winners of the SourceForge Community Choice Awards were announced at OSCON today.

Okay, as much as I love phpMyAdmin, how in the world would anyone vote for them to be the next $1 billion acquisition?  Heck, is there even a company to acquire?

  • Best Project: OpenOffice.org
  • Best Project for the Enterprise: OpenOffice.org
  • Best Project for Education: OpenOffice.org
  • Most Likely to Be the Next $1B Acquisition: phpMyAdmin
  • Best Project for Multimedia: VLC
  • Best Project for Gamers: XBMC
  • Most Likely to Change the World: Linux
  • Best New Project: Magento
  • Most Likely to Be Accused of Patent Violation: WINE
  • Most Likely to Get Users Sued: eMule
  • Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins: phpMyAdmin
  • Best Tool or Utility for Developers: Notepad++

But alas, the voters have spoken, so congratulations to the winners!

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but not a single project from Microsoft’s Codeplex made it to the finals of the SourceForge.net 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, OpenOffice.org, PortableApps.com, Sphinx, XAMPP, XBMC media center, XOOPS Dynamic Web CMS
  • Best Project for the Enterprise: Drupal, Elastix, Firebird, LimeSurvey, Magento, OpenOffice.org, PortableApps.com, Sphinx, Zenoss Core, ZK – Simply Ajax and Mobile
  • Best Project for Educators: Claroline, Drupal, FreeMind, GeoGebra ,Moodle, OpenOffice.org, PortableApps.com, Stellarium, VMukti, XAMPP,
  • Most Likely to Be the Next $1B Acquisition: Amanda Network Backup, Azureus, Firebird, Megneto, phpMyAdmin, PortableApps.com, 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, PortableApps.com, 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, OpenOffice.org, PortableApps.com, 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, OpenOffice.org, PortableAps.com, ReactOS, ScummVM, devkitPro, Pidgin, Wine is Not an Emulator
  • Most Likely to Get Users Sued: Azureus, DC++, devkitPro, eMule, KeePass Password Safe, Launchy, PortableApps.com, 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, PortableApps.com, WinSCP, Zenoss Core
  • Best Tool or Utility for Developers: Code::Blocks, devkitPro, Krupal, FireZilla, Notepad++, phpMyAdmin, PortableApps.com, WinMerge, XAMPP, ZK – Simply Ajax and Mobile

Head on over to SourceForget.net and vote for your favorites.

SourceForge.net is opening up its awards program to all open source projects this year for the first time (vs. only projects at SourceForge.net).

The open nominations period runs until the middle of June. Finalists will be announced and voting will commence. The awards party will be OSCON in Portland, July 24th.

Categories include:

  • Best Project overall
  • Best New Project
  • Best Project for the Enterprise
  • Best Project for Gamers
  • Best Technical Design
  • Best User Support

Get involved and nominate the projects you want to see recognized!

PS: Kudos to Microsoft for being the “Diamond Partner” for the program.