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jeremy 02-07-2018 07:13 PM

2017 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 kept things interesting. Congratulations to each and every nominee. The official results:


Desktop Distribution of the Year - Ubuntu (18.17%)
Server Distribution of the Year - Slackware (22.40%)
Live Distribution of the Year - Knoppix (18.31%)
Lightweight Distribution of the Year - Puppy Linux (29.75%)
Database of the Year - MariaDB (42.22%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (57.84%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - Plasma Desktop (KDE) (27.83%)
Window Manager of the Year - Openbox (24.22%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (31.13%)
Digital Audio Workstation of the Year - Ardour (42.86%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (68.01%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year - KDEnlive (30.11%)
Network Security Application of the Year - Wireshark (33.33%)
Host Security Application of the Year - SELinux (35.71%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios Core (32.73%)
IDE of the Year - Geany (15.98%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (28.32%)
File Manager of the Year - Dolphin (25.24%)
Open Source Game of the Year - 0 A.D. (17.31%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (30.00%)
Backup Application of the Year - rsync (41.30%)
Log Management Tool of the Year - Logwatch (36.96%)
X Terminal Emulator of the Year - Konsole (22.01%)
Browser Privacy Solution of the Year - uBlock Origin (28.13%)
Privacy Solution of the Year - Tor Browser Bundle (37.21%)
Open Source File Sync Application of the Year - Nextcloud (36.92%)
IRC Client of the Year - Hexchat (33.02%)
Universal Packaging Format of the Year - Snap (38.67%)
Single Board Computer of the Year - Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (64.18%)
Virtualization Application of the Year - VirtualBox (64.53%)
Container of the Year - Docker (67.14%)
Orchestrator of the Year - Kubernetes (62.07%)
Linux/Open Source Podcast of the Year - Linux Action Show (16.00%)
Secure Messaging Application of the Year - Telegram/Signal (Tie - 38.46%)
Video Messaging Application of the Year - Skype (54.76%)
Vector Graphics Editor of the Year - Inkscape (68.97%)
Linux Desktop Vendor of the Year - System76 (63.49%)
Email Client of the Year - Thunderbird (63.45%)
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 02-07-2018 10:45 PM

Yes, Raspberry Pi is there! R pi is cool for awesome projects!

1st comment :)

YesItsMe 02-08-2018 02:25 AM

Improvement suggestions:
- Reopen the polls when new entries are added.
- Allow multiple choices.
- Add ed(1) to text editors.

Thank you for the yearly polls nevertheless. A few surprises in the results.

shonliux 02-08-2018 04:35 AM

I only use Ubuntu because that is the only Linux that work allows. Lots of better options for advanced users

Linux Action Show is no more. Same presenters have other good podcast but have signed off Linux Action Show

Glad to see Thunderbird is on top. Just started using it and still looking at the different plugins

Love to hear what others think if the list


YesItsMe 02-08-2018 06:33 AM

Found a problem: In the "mail client of the year" graph, Thunderbird is not labeled.
(But it's obvious enough.)

jeremy 02-08-2018 07:57 AM


Originally Posted by YesItsMe (Post 5817261)
Found a problem: In the "mail client of the year" graph, Thunderbird is not labeled.
(But it's obvious enough.)

Looks like a bug in the charting API we use. Thanks for the heads up, we'll see if we can get it resolved.


lewac 02-15-2018 07:39 PM

some surprises there...
jeremy... interesting! kinda surprised with a few of these. where's java, for example? these machines have gotten so quick that its gotta rule here pretty soon. I run lime mint.. they don't mess with the UI and I don't like a buncha changes in this regard. and thunderbird, and firefox. I have trouble with firefox video snippets. I consider myself an intermediate linux user... always learning and pushing the envelope. these forums invaluable. agree with most of these winners too. haven't booted winblows in years. they're always changing stuff. radical changes too. saving people's stuff from those machines right from my lime mint boot stick! people ask how in the hell can you do that? hey I even installed jdk7 on a RECENT build!

Fellype 02-16-2018 02:43 PM


Video Authoring Application of the Year - KDEnlive (
Hi Jeremy! What was the percentage of KDEnlive? It was not shown...


jeremy 02-16-2018 02:47 PM

I've updated the initial post (it's 30.11%). The full results for all polls are available here:


challengersky 02-16-2018 03:50 PM

Browser choice so sad
I'm surprised at the high percentage for Firefox. Every time I load it back up and give it another try I regret it. I much prefer Chromium-browser. For me it is faster, easier to use, clean looking and not bloated.

Just MHO.

'nix on everyone!

kb50 02-16-2018 08:00 PM

My Distro of choice
I use MX-17 that did not make the list. But I have in past tried a bunch.
Its developer tools make it almost 100% NOOB friendly, while still plenty powerful and lightweight.
Its an XFCE based.
Among its cool features, are it saves desktop changes during the install.
Has a Mount Manager for all your local drives, to keep them active during boot, allowing apps to access them allowing to share with other OS.
They also have a bunch of nice tools, such as HP printer support, Wifi suport for most, and Network printer support natively. NVIDIA and AMD automated installer. Grub Customizer, VirtualBox, Chrome, Kodi, Plex Server. Ok nuff said.

kb50 02-16-2018 08:17 PM

I like Firefox, and such, but I need Chrome to support Chomecast. Otherwise no differences.
I do think and hope there will be more Email clients. I aksi would love to see a Power ISO utility. Mainly to make custom ISO.
Everything else seems to be there,

Telo 02-16-2018 11:02 PM

Was Ranked Choice voting used, or will it be used next year?
Here is a page with lots of answers about how ranked choice voting works, and why it's better:

Thanks for your survey.

John_Brass 02-17-2018 05:39 AM

For me the surprise was Skype. After all a Microsoft product... Even my wife uses Facebook Messenger with a similar functionality on her Android tablet. (well, as spying tool similar...)

evilAshley 02-18-2018 01:46 AM


Originally Posted by challengersky (Post 5820553)
I'm surprised at the high percentage for Firefox. Every time I load it back up and give it another try I regret it.

same here. and i pretty much need chrome at this point :/ for chromecast and stuff...

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