Open Source Community Honors Its Best and Brightest

SourceForge today announced the finalists of its second annual Community Choice Awards. The awards recognize open source projects which not only have the most supportive community following, but also those which the community’s members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity.

Finalists were chosen in 11 categories, including two new categories for 2007: Technical Support and Collaboration. Voting for the top project in each category continues through July 20, 2007. Community members can cast their votes at Winners will be announced on July 26, 2007 during the OSCON conference in Portland, OR. SourceForge will host a celebration at the Jupiter Hotel in downtown Portland to honor the Community Choice Award winners. All members of the community, media and OSCON attendees are encouraged to attend this free event and support this year's winners.

"These awards represent community recognition at its purest," said Ross Turk, Community Manager. "It's another way that we nourish great open source projects. More awareness in the community leads to more users, more contributors, and ultimately, better code. It's also, incidentally, a fun little evening in Portland with free drinks and food and some surprising prizes."

The second annual Community Choice Awards build on the resounding community interest and success of the inaugural awards. This year, the voting process has incorporated community feedback from 2006 aimed at easier categorization and simplified voting. In keeping with the spirit of, the voting is open to anyone in the community and winners are decided solely by the community. This flat, democratic approach distinguishes the Community Choice Awards and places the emphasis where it should be - on the community of users.

List of 2007 categories and finalists:

Best Tool or Utility for Developers: Code::Blocks, devkitPro, FileZilla, Firebird, Notepad++, phpMyAdmin, ProGuard Java Optimizer and Obfuscator, TortoiseSVN, WinMerge, ZK - Simply Ajax and Mobile

Best Project for the Enterprise: ADempiere Bazaar, Alfresco Content Management, Firebird, Hobbit monitor, Openbravo ERP, OpenNMS, WebGUI, OrangeHRM - Human Resource Management, vtiger CRM, Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Best Project for Gamers: Crystal Space 3D SDK, Irrlicht Engine, FreeCol, OGRE (O-O Graphics Rendering Engine), OpenKore, PCGen :: An RPG Character Generator, ScummVM, Tremulous, UFO:Alien Invasion, XBMC (Xbox Media Center)

Best Project for Multimedia: Audacity, ffdshow tryouts, guliverkli, Inkscape, Irrlicht Engine, MediaCoder, OGRE (O-O Graphics Rendering Engine), TV-Browser - A free EPG, XBMC (Xbox Media Center), XMMS2

Best Project for Communications: Elastix, FileZilla, FreePOPs, Miranda, phpBB, Pidgin, POPFile - Automatic Email Classification, SubText, VMukti - Collaborative Conferencing, Yet another Bulletin Board

Best New Project: ADempiere Bazaar, AzSMRC, eMule, Drake CMS, Elastix, InfraRecorder, ISP Control Panel, Launchy, p-unit, Stylebase for Eclipse

Best User Support: ADempiere Bazaar, FreeBASIC Compiler, Firebird, FREESCO router, Hobbit monitor, KMyMoney, OGRE (O-O Graphics Rendering Engine), Shoreline Firewall (Shorewall), XBMC (Xbox Media Center), ZK - Simply Ajax and Mobile

Best Technical Design: Boost C++ Libraries, Hobbit monitor, Launchy, OGRE (O-O Graphics Rendering Engine), 7-Zip, Spring Framework, XBMC (Xbox Media Center), Zenoss Core - Enterprise IT Monitoring, Zimbra Collaboration Suite, ZK - Simply Ajax and Mobile

Most Collaborative Project: ADempiere Bazaar, Azureus, Openbravo ERP, SubText, Sahana disaster management system, Tikiwiki, WenQuanYi, XBMC (Xbox Media Center), XOOPS Dynamic Web CMS, Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins: Amanda Network Backup, Bacula, Clam AntiVirus, FileZilla, Hobbit monitor, Nagios, OpenNMS, phpMyAdmin, Radmind, Webmin

Best Project: 7-Zip, eyeOS, FileZilla, Firebird, Launchy, Openbravo ERP, ScummVM, TV-Browser - A free EPG, XBMC (Xbox Media Center), XOOPS Dynamic Web CMS