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25 July 2008, 15:24

SourceForge Awards presented

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The winners of the SourceForge Community Choice Awards 2008 were announced at the Open Source Convention OSCON currently being held in Portland. SourceForge, online host of many open source projects, held this year's contest in an open style with the community voting, rather than a panel of experts.

The biggest winner was OpenOffice which took the "Best Project", "Best Project for the Enterprise" and "Best Project for Educators" award categories. The "Best project for Multimedia" award went to VLC while "Best Project for Gamers" went to XBMC, the media centre application which was originally designed for the first generation Xbox, but has now been ported to Windows, Mac and Linux.

"Best Tool or Utility for Sysadmins" was awarded to phpMyAdmin, the web-based MySQL administration software, while the "Best Tool or Utility for Developers" went to Notepad++. Magneto took home the "Best New Project" award with its modular open source e-commerce platform.

The Community Choice Awards also had some less traditional categories. The community of voters got a chance to speculate with four "Most Likely" categories. The eMule file sharing client won the "Most Likely to Get Users Sued" award while "Most Likely to Be Accused of Patent Violation" went to the Windows-applications-on-Linux project WINE. phpMyAdmin took a second award home winning "Most Likely to Be the Next $1B Acquisition".

Finally, the "Most Likely To Change The World" award went, unsurprisingly, to Linux.


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