[Offtopic] Open Source Oscars

Roland Gesthuizen rgesthuizen at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 16:01:53 EST 2007

Details about the Open Source Oscars cross posted from Stephen below.
Audacity and phpMyAdmin are tools that we make good use of at our school.

Has anybody else used ScrummVM before? (seems to be more like a game virtual
machine than an emulator)

I was interested to read how some current game developers have provided
assistance to this project enable their old games to be playable inside
ScrummVM. Scavenging amongst old game titles in the $20 discount bins might
pay off after all :-)

Regards Roland


SourceForge Unveils Winners of 'Open-Source Oscars'

File archiver 7-Zip wins award as all-over best project; Firebird
relational database is voted best project for the enterprise

By China Martens, IDG News Service July 27, 2007

Popular open-source software development site SourceForge.net hosted the
equivalent of the open-source Oscars on Thursday evening, billing the
event as a big party, not a painfully long and formal awards ceremony.

File archiver 7-Zip won the top award as all-over best project, and also
picked up the prize for best technical design.

The Firebird relational database was another double winner, being voted
both best project for the enterprise, and the project providing the best
user support.

It was the second time SourceForge.net has asked its community to vote for
their favorite open-source projects after debuting its Community Choice
Awards last year.

The awards are one way SourceForge.net has discovered to highlight strong
and popular performers among the more than 150,000 open-source projects
the site hosts, according to Ross Turk, SourceForge.net's community
manager. "Last year, there was a really good response," he said. "I think
people really value being a winner."

SourceForge.net has around 1.6 million registered users, around 80 percent
of whom are based outside of the U.S.

The community first nominated 10 finalists for each of the 11 awards and
then voted for the winner in each category.

One surprise for the organizers was eMule, a peer-to-peer file sharing
client, winning as best new project, since the project was first published
on SourceForge.net in 2002.

Because of that, Turk said, they decided to have two winners of the best
new project award, also recognizing runner-up Launchy, an application
launcher for Windows and a more recent project on SourceForge.net.

The other SourceForge.net 2007 Community Choice Award winners were:

* Audacity as best project for multimedia

* Azureus as most collaborative project

* phpBB as best project for communications

* phpMyAdmin as best tool or utility for system administrators;

* ScummVM as best project for gamers;

* TortoiseSVN for best tool or utility for developers.

Forwarded on from a post by Stephen Loosley

Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
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