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jeremy 02-04-2014 11:12 AM

2013 Members Choice Award Winners
The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races and one perennial winner was unseated. Congratulations to each and every nominee. The official results:

Desktop Distribution of the Year - Ubuntu (23.59%)
Server Distribution of the Year - Slackware (31.83%)
Mobile Distribution of the Year - Android (59.15%)
Database of the Year - MariaDB (36.41%)
NoSQL Database of the Year - MongoDB (46.15%)
Office Suite of the Year - LibreOffice (85.50%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (63.54%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - KDE (35.77%)
Window Manager of the Year - Openbox (18.88%)
Messaging Application of the Year - Pidgin (47.83%)
VoIP Application of the Year - Skype (44.95%)
Virtualization Product of the Year - VirtualBox (54.38%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (26.85%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (66.79%)
Graphics Application of the Year - GIMP (70.16%)
Network Security Application of the Year - Wireshark (31.09%)
Host Security Application of the Year - SELinux (38.46%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios Core (40.88%)
IDE/Web Development Editor of the Year - Eclipse (21.67%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (30.47%)
File Manager of the Year - Dolphin (28.05%)
Open Source Game of the Year - 0 A.D. (13.55%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (28.63%)
Revision Control System of the Year - git (71.33%)
Backup Application of the Year - rsync (39.71%)
Open Source CMS/Blogging platform of the Year - Wordpress (57.06%)
Configuration Management Tool of the Year - Puppet (42.05%)
Open Source Web Framework of the Year - Django (30.07%)
X Terminal Emulator of the Year - Konsole (23.87%)
Privacy Solution of the Year - Adblock Plus (24.36%)

If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the MCA's next year, do let us know. Visit to view the individual polls, which contain the complete results. Visit for a visual representation of each category on a single page.


JJJCR 02-04-2014 06:54 PM

Wow..great effort..

14 of the stuff that I voted is on the list..

LQ Rocks!!!

Most of the list above are purely Technical, good for System Administrators.

Would there be a pool for Linux desktop apps? (for non-technical users who loves Linux and of course LQ!!)

higagan 02-05-2014 05:43 AM

2013 Members Choice Award Winners on twitter tags
check it out

s.verma 02-05-2014 08:24 AM

So this year KDE has got top rank in desktop environment segment with its file manager and terminal.


metalaarif 02-06-2014 08:20 AM

This is great, some of my best applications are there.

Cheers LQ \/

Nimrod42 02-07-2014 08:42 AM

Thanks for effort!

As newbie this assessment of so many packages and applications will provide me with a roadmap of sorts.
Thanks again - heroic effort, unheralded, still deserves a toast or three.

szboardstretcher 02-11-2014 11:04 AM

Really, not a lot of difference from last year. vim is just that good.

verndog 02-17-2014 05:39 PM

I wonder what application video editing would fall into? My choice would have been, ffmpeg. But then it would depend on what type of video editing is to be done.

ipersuade 02-17-2014 09:47 PM

Great job! Glad to know so many my favorites are on this list. No surprise with VIM. It is the text editor nonpareil. I'm a trial lawyer, and I use it daily for my job and for all my side hacking efforts. I don't even need a separate IDE, like Eclipse. I built my development environment right in VIM. Of course, the rare times when I use an IDE, I like Code::Blocks.

Gonzalo_VC 02-18-2014 07:25 AM

Jeremy, how many people voted (to understand the "universe" of this statistic).
Thank you!

jeremy 02-18-2014 10:24 AM


Originally Posted by Gonzalo_VC (Post 5119998)
Jeremy, how many people voted (to understand the "universe" of this statistic).

Each individual poll contains the total number of votes for that poll.


programer 02-23-2014 10:16 AM

Its good to see the results of this years poll but still in India the awareness about Linux and its usage is lagging, how many Indian users voted in this?

the86d 02-26-2014 06:28 PM

I think this would be a better way for votes to count if some can win with <40% of the votes.

verndog 02-27-2014 11:05 AM


Originally Posted by the86d (Post 5125412)
I think this would be a better way for votes to count if some can win with <40% of the votes.

Very interesting idea. Sadly, there is too much America politics for this to ever lift-off.

EmeryGrantier 03-19-2014 10:49 AM

Very helpful, thank you LQ!

Two new categories I would be interested in are:
1) Desk Top Publishing.
2) Video Editing.

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