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This was a tough one! I'm a security professional so I use quite a number of these tools on a daily basis...
I chose snort because it is being used and integrated into a LOT of 3rd party products (mostly security appliances) via its "inline" mode. These cheap devices are selling well and will end up making Linux the edge security OS (device) of choice for enterprises and small businesses alike. This is an area previously dominated by proprietary players like Cisco and Check Point.
Of course, a lot of these appliances also use ClamAV, but it's primary purpose is to protect Windows machines so no vote =).
nmap and Nessus are essential tools for me, but nmap hasn't changed much over the course of the year and Nessus announced that they're moving away from the GPL. IMHO, that creates a hole in the FOSS security community that I KNOW there's geeks just dying to fill. It is one of those areas that FOSS excels at and in almost all cases, the FOSS tools are superior to their commercial counterparts.
My vote goes to Firewall Builder. I don't care it's based on KDE's QT toolkit, it simply rocks! You can not only configure your Linux firewall as strong as you want, but you can also do it for *BSD, MacOS, and even Windows®, very good application!
Distribution: Fedora (workstations), CentOS (servers), Arch, Mint, Ubuntu, and a few more.
Really, these things can't be compared farely.
Nobody should have a matter with nmap. Even with the controvcy of closing the source Nessus still is a great application (again I do not agree with closing its source).
One thing which might not be highlighted much but might have a great future is SELinux. My guess is it can be the norm in Linux security with growing implementation. Althought it changes the Linux security model in to something I never knew, it looks really promising.
While all of these apps serve different purposes, SELinux has done the most for me. Labeling and kernel based policy enforcement does a great job of partitioning security. I got tired of running "jails" for each service.