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jeremy 02-08-2011 12:09 PM

2010 Members Choice Award Winners
The polls are closed and the results are in. We had a record number of votes cast for the tenth straight year. Congratulations should go to each and every nominee. We once again had some extremely close races. The official results:

Server Distribution of the Year - Debian (29.35%)
Desktop Distribution of the Year - Ubuntu (28.56%)
Security/Forensic/Rescue Distribution of the Year - BackTrack (36.87%)
Mobile Distribution of the Year - Android (76.82%)
Database of the Year - MySQL (51.76%)
NoSQL Database of the Year - Cassandra (27.40%)
Office Suite of the Year - (55.74%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (55.52%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - Gnome (45.06%)
Window Manager of the Year - Compiz (26.43%)
Messaging App of the Year - Pidgin (43.85%)
Virtualization Product of the Year - VirtualBox (59.16%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - Amarok (28.34%)
Audio Authoring Application of the Year - Audacity (74.58%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (58.79%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year - FFmpeg (26.70%)
Multimedia Utility of the Year - GStreamer (31.95%)
Graphics Application of the Year - GIMP (66.98%)
Network Security Application of the Year - Wireshark (32.90%)
Host Security Application of the Year - SELinux (38.46%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios (61.76%)
IDE/Web Development Editor of the Year - Eclipse (24.55%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (35.88%)
File Manager of the Year - Nautilus (31.42%)
Open Source Game of the Year - Battle for Wesnoth (22.70%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (26.56%)
Revision Control System of the Year - git (50.56%)
Backup Application of the Year - rsync (47.42%)
Open Source CMS/Blogging platform - WordPress (45.18%)
Configuration Management Tool of the Year - Puppet (46.67%)
Open Source Web Framework of the Year - Django (33.33%)

If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the MCA's next year, do let me know. Visit to view the individual polls, which contain the complete results.


jeremy 02-08-2011 03:25 PM

New this year - pie charts with a visualization of the full results:


MrCode 02-08-2011 04:18 PM

I notice a small glitch with your pie charts: in the "Programming Language of the Year" charts (both 2D and 3D), the C++ entry is missing its "++". ;)

jeremy 02-08-2011 04:21 PM

Thanks for the heads up - fixed.


lefty.crupps 02-08-2011 05:36 PM

While the charts are nice, they don't really say which product won nor are the percentages given.

Plus, are they accurate? Why does the Desktop Distro look so even between Mint, Slackware, Debian, and Ubuntu, when Ubuntu has nearly 3x Debian's desktop votes?

jeremy 02-08-2011 05:39 PM is the link to the full results for each category, including percentages. is better suited as a quick overview and nice visualization.


jeremy 02-08-2011 09:09 PM

Note that there was a scaling issue with some of the charts that has now been fixed. If you used one of the charts previous to this post, you may want to take another look.


kostya 02-09-2011 01:33 AM

Well thank you, dear Jeremy :D

Really, I don't have enough time to dig EVERYTHING I'm interested in... Hm, that seems to be the major problem related to the human life shortness, isn't it?
Whatever it is, I barely have time to study into the problems I have to solve. So, here your poll comes in very handy, as I learn from it about a good deal of useful things (like a distro named Back Track, for example).

So, thanks again.

H_TeXMeX_H 02-09-2011 05:00 AM

I like the pie charts, very cool. Slackware is always a close second.

goossen 02-09-2011 07:31 AM

I like the idea of pie charts, but it would be better if you use distict colours. The way they are displayed now is hard to discriminate between the choices.

teebones 02-09-2011 07:38 AM

I'm suprised to see OpenOffice as winner instead of LibreOffice. (guessing some folks don't realize the dangers of usage, in terms of licensing and the future thereof. Hint: Oracle)

sycamorex 02-09-2011 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by teebones (Post 4252938)
I'm suprised to see OpenOffice as winner instead of LibreOffice. (guessing some folks don't realize the dangers of usage, in terms of licensing and the future thereof. Hint: Oracle)

Additionally, I don't think many people knew of the existence of LibreOffice and what it is so traditionally they voted OO

jeremy 02-09-2011 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by goossen (Post 4252932)
I like the idea of pie charts, but it would be better if you use distict colours. The way they are displayed now is hard to discriminate between the choices.

I've changed the color gradient to a more LQ-esque palette.


cantab 02-11-2011 12:22 AM

Office software stands out as the one area in which, if OpenOffice and LibreOffice are counted together as they are technically almost identical, there's least competition. In other areas no one program got more than 3/4 of the vote; OOo and LibO combined have over 7/8 of the office sector on Linux. I think that's crying out for some credible competition. In my experience, KOffice is not up to much, while Abiword's focussing on lightness rather than full features. If LibO and OOo diverge, we may see some competition, but not if LibO "tracks" OOo or if development on OOo ceases.

I wonder if "Gnome-Office" lost votes from people unaware it means "Abiword and Gnumeric" though. Perhaps office software should be separated out? I for one have historically preferred OO Writer and Gnumeric, the latter used to be much more powerful for graphs than OO Calc. (OO's since caught up I think, but I still do like Gnumeric.)

Other things to note: a remarkable result that RHEL+CentOS exactly tie Debian.

Things that got zero votes shouldn't be on the pie chart I think.

A bit surprised at VLC dominating its poll so much. I expected a more even balance between it and mplayer.

I concur with folkenfanel's comment in the "Welcome to the awards" thread that we should have at least a category for mathematical and scientific software. Amongst the more obvious candidates, it might also be a place to put LaTeX, since while not limited to maths papers, it's very often used for them.

Finally, I reckon it would be really nice to see some trends across the years. What's rising, what's falling, what's forked?

Imbeciles 02-15-2011 01:59 AM

I'd like to see
Well Done.

I have 3 comments

1. Who sais those that voted Know their stuff? It seem to be in the eye of the beholder. Yes I realise it reflect only ppl voted. That said, it is still good info.
2. Althow valuable in terms of last year, The Static Statistic must be seen as "Old News" as IT moves faster than year increments. I'd like to see change/movement data like in how much did Ubuntu's popularity change in the last year.
3. Where can we expand the application list or even the Categories? Where dir ebox/Zentyal feature if at all. I think there is room to expand this, make it monthly then you can get more movement and categores, will also increase the voter count to get better representation.

Well Done!

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