Sourceforge awards best OSS projects

By   |  July 31, 2007

SourceForge announced the winners of its second annual SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards during the OSCON conference. The awards recognise [1]open source[/1] projects that have the most supportive community following, and those that the community’s members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity.

Winners were chosen in 11 categories. Notably among the winning projects, two projects won twice: 7-Zip for best project and best technical design; Firebird for best project for the enterprise and best user support.

"It was a super cool evening. The finalists and winners were directly selected by the community, which is the very best way to do it, if you ask me," said Ross Turk, SourceForge.net community manager.

"But frankly, I didn’t think there were any losers tonight. Greater awareness of what’s being built and what’s possible just help strengthen open source, and the winners represent a standard that up-and-coming innovators should strive to achieve."

The voting process used community feedback from 2006 aimed at easier categorisation and simplified voting. The voting was open to anyone in the community and winners were decided solely by the community, placing the emphasis on the users.

List of 2007 categories and finalists:

Best project: 7-Zip

Best new project: eMule and Launchy

Best tool or utility for developers: TortoiseSVN

Best project for the enterprise: Firebird

Best project for gamers: ScummVM

Best project for multimedia: Audacity

Best project for communications: phpBB

Best user support: Firebird

Best technical design: 7-Zip

Most collaborative project: Azureus

Best tool or utility for SysAdmins: phpMyAdmin

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