InfoWorld announces our 2008 Best of Open Source Awards

Come find out the vendors that won InfoWorld's 2008 Bossie awards. You'll find some OSS leaders and some surprise winners.

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! By the way, anyone else want to check out the 3D Modeling tool "Blender"?


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