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jeremy 11-15-2003 11:52 AM

Welcome to the 2003 Members Choice Awards
The polls will be open in a few hours. Until then I'd like to get any last minute feedback I can on the current awards. If you'd like to see a new award or think an option in a current award is missing please let me know ASAP!


jeremy 11-15-2003 03:24 PM

The polls are now open - have fun!


adz 11-15-2003 08:56 PM

Maybe I'm blind but I can't see media player of the year. I seem to recall you saying it would be included (or was I mistaken)?

proto_frosty 11-16-2003 03:26 AM

I'm a developer making good use of Eclipse and love it to bits, is there no where I can vote for it.:newbie:

Slack 9.1

baud 11-16-2003 04:42 AM

What about package updater of the year ?
like MandrakeUpdate (well and the suite urpmi...),
Red-Carpet (prefer this one, though still does not work for Mandrake 9.2 !),
you may add tar.gz or tar.bz2 for those who prefer "by hand" management of dependancies...
and there's Yast, ebuild for Gentoo, apt-get for .deb, ...
This one might be funny as it will be quite Distribution oriented/biased

jeremy 11-16-2003 10:51 AM

Multimedia App of the Year has been added.


shm 11-16-2003 04:58 PM

It'd like to see the following categories:

CD Burning
Instant Messanging
File Manager
Integrated Developer's Editor (IDE)

slakmagik 11-16-2003 05:15 PM

To me, CD burning and IM is too minor and, while there maybe should be an IDE, there's a lot of 'editor' categories, but I'd definitely second a file manager category.

shm 11-16-2003 05:25 PM


Originally posted by digiot
To me, CD burning and IM is too minor and, while there maybe should be an IDE, there's a lot of 'editor' categories, but I'd definitely second a file manager category.
Hmm... CD Burning and IM are quite important for desktop users of Linux most certainly =P

slakmagik 11-16-2003 05:29 PM

Nah, I didn't mean they weren't important. :) It's just that cd-burners are more hardware/utilities or multimedia auxilaries - I think they'd usually be lumped in with other utilities. And IMs are kind of auxilary apps - I mean, I understand Netscape, on Windows at least, just has AIM plugged into the browser. Then again, some of the networking/security categories are quite fine-grained - security, crytography, hardening, etc. But file manager is a major class.

-- Actually, I don't much use any of them but I could see an irc client/IM/webphone/yadaya category - that sort of 'net communication that isn't a browser or email' category. :)

jeremy 11-16-2003 05:39 PM

The following categories will most likely be added next year:

IM client
File Manager


wbchmura 11-20-2003 11:58 AM

For next year, I would think maybe breaking out the security category a bit. Maybe also naming the categories in names that sorted better. For example:

Security:Hardening Apps

Desktop:Office Apps

Just the over organizer in me...

dibblethewrecke 12-02-2003 09:03 AM

i'm a free lance statistician...

well, no, i'm not, but...

your results are going to be subject to a shedload of bias! if people have only ever used one app for something and they vote then they'll vote for that! With loads of stuff being bundled with distros (open office in mandrake being a good example) you'll get lower exposure to other packages. therefore for each category i suggest an addition poll (if possible) that asks how many of the packages you have actually used extensively. rather than remove the bias it will show where the bias is and allow people using the results as guidance as to the "best" packages to make a more informed choice.

having said all that if this is just an informal "vote for your fav" type thing then who cares about bias!

i'll get my coat...

slakmagik 12-02-2003 06:50 PM

This has come up on various other threads containing the actual polls, as well. I don't think people are understanding this. Or at least, not as I do, whether that's right or wrong. My perception is that this is not a scientific study about the best app from a technical standpoint, nor even something that is meant to have global relevance. This is the LQ Member's Choice award. What do LQ posters *like*? Pure and simple; no more, no less.

GreenerLinux 12-03-2003 02:50 PM

I really wish there was a category for best Linux/Windows file & print sharing software. Then maybe I could find an alternative to Samba, which I hate and think is the worst software I've ever had the misfortune of using.

techchiq 12-12-2003 04:04 PM

How about a "Web Browser Plugin" category? Stuff like Flash/Shockwave, StumbleUpon, Blog This, the Download entire site plugin for Mozilla, Googlebar, etc. There's I'm sure lots out there and I use several myself. I would have also said Java and Javascript but those are a necessity so those I didn't think would really count as a "plugin" :)

adz 12-12-2003 11:34 PM

How long does this actually go for?

techchiq 12-13-2003 08:34 PM

How about firewall of the year? Like iptables, ipchains, lokkit, firestarter, etc.?

adz 12-13-2003 10:35 PM

My understanding was that iptables is a replacement for ipchains and all the others are just front ends for iptables.

fyoder 12-15-2003 09:15 PM

Perhaps there should be a graphics category for applications like gimp, sodipodi, imagemagick, and others.

dibblethewrecke 12-18-2003 01:56 PM

i reckon there should be a best live-cd distro poll next time. i ran one at:

but it wasn't a very good list to start with and "other" got lots of votes! there are more and more live distros and while some people obviously don't like them i think we'll see more and more people get their first taste of linux from these...

the appearance of a Damn Small Linux forum in the Distro forum (in the last half hour) shows that there is considerable interest in live stuff. Bit surprised there isn't a Knoppix forum yet!

One other thing: generally speaking i think some differentiation between distro "types" might be good in the future. e.g. at the mo, in best distro, you have Vector and Slack, now obviously, Vector is Slack but they are different...not really sure what i am suggesting...anyone with me?


286 12-25-2003 05:13 AM


Originally posted by adz
How long does this actually go for?
i want to know as well....

jeremy 01-06-2004 12:40 PM

The polls close on the 10th of this month. Please also note that the results are now hidden to increase the suspense :) Next year the results will be hidden for the entire duration.


baud 01-07-2004 05:19 PM

bah if you're to hide the results, there will be no motivation to come back until the end.
Maybe you could ask for a special feature for vBulletin (or develop it ?) : showing results only 1 time out of 100 views for the lucky one, this will increase the interest (and the load on your server...)

well, hiding is not the way open source should go ;-)

fyoder 01-07-2004 05:52 PM

I'll wager 100 quatloos that fewer people will vote if the race element is removed and they can't see how their horse is doing.

jeremy 01-10-2004 09:27 AM

The polls are now closed. I am processing the votes now and results should be available later today. Thanks to everyone that voted!


jeremy 01-10-2004 09:54 AM


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