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By jeremy at 2007-02-20 00:20

February 20, 2007 -- The polls are closed and the results are in for the 2006 Members Choice Awards. Among the winners are Ubuntu, Firefox, MySQL and The Members Choice Awards allow members of the Linux community to choose their favorite products in a variety of categories including Linux Distribution of the Year, Office Suite of the Year and Web Browser of the Year. The total number of categories this year was 21.

"We've once again had a record number of votes cast this year", said Founder Jeremy Garcia. "Participation in this event has increased ever year we've done it and LQ is once again proud to recognize the large number of quality Open Source projects that exist. Congratulations to each and every project that was nominated", he continued.

The complete list of the winners is as follows (percentage of votes received in parentheses):

Distribution of the Year - Ubuntu (26.44%)
Live Distribution of the Year - Knoppix (26.22%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (74.61%)
Database of the Year - MySQL (61.68%)
Office Suite of the Year - (89.79%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - KDE (56.58%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year - mplayer (41.93%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year - Kino (27.81%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - amaroK (57.07%)
Audio Authoring Application of the Year - Audacity (67.07%)
Multimedia Utility of the Year - K3b (69.51%)
Messaging Application of the Year - Gaim (51.52%)
Window Manager of the Year - Fluxbox (21.44%)
IDE of the Year - Eclipse (34.47%)
Mail Client of the Year - Thunderbird (52.74%)
Text Editor of the Year - vi/vim (38.42%)
Graphics Application of the Year - GIMP (65.60%)
Security Application of the Year - nmap (20.94%)
Windows on Linux Application of the Year - Wine (50.10%)
Web Development Editor of the Year - Quanta (36.34%)
Shell of the Year - bash (89.45%)

A full list of nominees along with detailed results can be found at This is the sixth annual Members Choice Awards. Past winners include Red Hat, PostgreSQL and Mozilla.

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