Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Standouts from the 2009 BOSSIEs

I'm amazed when I see the BOSSIE results every year because there is so much GREAT open source software out there, and yet so much that flies under my radar. Here's some great BOSSIE winners from this year you may not know about, but should:

 * DimDim - http://www.dimdim.com
Web conferencing that runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac

 * OpenStreetMap - http://www.openstreetmap.org
Like Google Maps, only free (beer and speech) and crowdsourced

 * Magento - http://www.magentocommerce.com
Best open source ecommerce package out there, period.

 * Piwik - http://piwik.org
Open source Google analytics-type tool

 * Nagios - http://nagios.org
Phenomenal monitoring; been around for a long time but I'm still amazed at the number of people I run into who haven't heard about it

 * Untangle - http://www.untangle.com
Open source UTM software that does it all

 * Nginx - http://nginx.net
Lightweight, fast, capable web server

 * Turnkey Linux - http://www.turnkeylinux.org
Large and growing number of ready-to-run Ubuntu-based VMs for apps like MySQL, Drupal, WordPress, Tomcat, etc.

 * VirtualBox - http://www.virtualbox.org
My favorite VM software. Free and far better performing than VMWare in my experience.

 My personal thanks to the devoted people involved with open source at every level. The world just wouldn't be the same without you!

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