2015 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners
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2015 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners
The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races and the large number of new categories this year certainly made things interesting. Congratulations to each and every nominee. The official results:
Desktop Distribution of the Year - Linux Mint (26.76%)
Server Distribution of the Year - Debian (28.22%)
Mobile Distribution of the Year - Android (56.65%)
Database of the Year - MariaDB (45.49%)
NoSQL Database of the Year - MongoDB (50.00%)
Office Suite of the Year - LibreOffice (90.44%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (55.39%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - KDE (31.19%)
Window Manager of the Year - Openbox (23.98%)
Virtualization/Container Product of the Year - VirtualBox (51.63%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (27.43%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (66.16%)
Network Security Application of the Year - Wireshark (25.90%)
Host Security Application of the Year - SELinux (28.89%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios Core (30.60%)
IDE of the Year - Eclipse (19.07%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (31.63%)
File Manager of the Year - Dolphin (26.15%)
Open Source Game of the Year - 0 A.D. (16.35%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (23.98%)
Backup Application of the Year - rsync (50.75%)
Configuration Management Tool of the Year - Puppet (31.48%)
Open Source Web Framework of the Year - Django (29.17%)
X Terminal Emulator of the Year - Konsole (19.81%)
Privacy Solution of the Year - Adblock Plus (20.52%)
Open Source Cloud Solution of the Year - ownCloud (75.00%)
Audio Authoring Application of the Year - Audacity (86.11%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year - KDEnlive (30.63%)
Shell of the Year - bash (79.89%)
Email Client of the Year - Thunderbird (64.37%)
IRC Client of the Year - XChat (26.80%)
Package Manager of the Year - dpkg (36.53%)
Linux Filesystem of the Year - ext4 (72.25%)
Open Source Single Board Computer of the Year - Arduino (43.64%)
Linux Desktop/Laptop Vendor of the Year - System76 (51.95%)
I agree with regards to browsers. I would have thought Chromium/Chrome would be riding high amongst this crowd. While FF did win, it didn't win by a landslide; 55% is a healthy following, though.
Now with email clients, I just couldn't picture anything even coming in close to Thunderbird. In my experience, it's the most stable, easily customized, robust email/RSS/USENET client out there; and can do so much more with the right extensions/addons. Here's a look at my Thunderbird...
and my extensions...
To each their own, though. Some folks prefer Lynx and Sendmail. It's all good. Choice is a wonderful thing. I remember a time when my only options were IE and Outlook Express.
Distribution: Linux From Scratch, Slackware64, Partedmagic
I notice from being one of the most widly usde Linux desktops, gnome and its derivitives are slipping further down the rankings, maybe the poll results should be sent to the gnome devs, it might actually make them realize that they are slowly killing it, but I doubt it.
I gave up using gnome years ago, when the bloat and feature slash and burn policy started to become clear.
I would have thought Chromium/Chrome would be riding high amongst this crowd
Chrome is behaving more like IE & Safari corporately, Mozilla makes sense to place first given their open-source preferences. Mozilla is easier to configure, one thing nice about Firefox is when you open G-mail, the annoying check box is unchecked whereas in Chrome its default is checked - at least in FF it's truly customizable on a wider and more open scale than Chrome, and isn't the resource hog that Chrome is - ever notice how much stuff Chrome runs in the bkgnd even when you "configure" it not to? I still use Chrome more than FF but voted for FF
It is very interesting to check out the full statistical results (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2015mca.php). I am very happy to see Slackware above Ubuntu (even if Linux Mint basically comes from there). But, the remark by Keith Hedger says it all. I too gave up GNOME years ago. Quite interesting to see Xfce rise as GNOME falls back. It clearly shows people are moving towards simplicity in working and moving around, and also the way you can see the system through your desktop manager.
I'm disappointed that the MATE desktop didn't win because to be honest it's the best current "traditional-style" desktop and offers the most flexibility. KDE, GNOME, and Unity are all very, shall we say, "innovative" in their design.
Glad to see Slackware in the second place in both, desktop and server distribution
I agree with Keith Hedger about GNOME and with aragorn2101 about Xfce. Actually I quit from GNOME years ago and went for Xfce
Thanks vtel57 for sharing your Thunderbird configuration
I missed this Poll. This happy GNOME user would have added one in that column... Same for Rhythmbox and SMPlayer (mplayer). But part of what's great about Linux is that I can easily use what I think are better options.