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jeremy 02-12-2019 12:07 PM

2018 LinuxQuestions.org 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:

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Desktop Distribution of the Year - Linux Mint (14.93%)
Server Distribution of the Year - Slackware (25.69%)
Live Distribution of the Year - antiX (24.70%)
Database of the Year - MariaDB (44.59%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (57.63%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - Plasma Desktop (KDE) (29.43%)
Window Manager of the Year - Openbox (24.64%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (24.10%)
Digital Audio Workstation of the Year - Ardour (33.33%)
Video Media Player of the Year - VLC (65.00%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year - KDEnlive (41.67%)
Network Security Application of the Year - Wireshark (20.25%)
Host Security Application of the Year - AppArmor (31.25%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios XI (30.51%)
IDE of the Year - Visual Studio Code (19.08%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (24.92%)
File Manager of the Year - Dolphin (25.68%)
Open Source Game of the Year - SuperTuxKart / 0 A.D. tie (16.51%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (32.51%)
Backup Application of the Year - rsync (43.36%)
Log Management Tool of the Year - Logwatch (43.75)
X Terminal Emulator of the Year - Konsole (20.94%)
Browser Privacy Solution of the Year - uBlock Origin (31.21%)
Privacy Solution of the Year - GnuPG (27.88%)
Open Source File Sync Application of the Year - Nextcloud / Syncthing tie (25.93%)
IRC Client of the Year - HexChat (47.67%)
Universal Packaging Format of the Year - Appimage (38.89%)
Single Board Computer of the Year - Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (58.43%)
Virtualization Application of the Year - VirtualBox (56.79%)
Container of the Year - Docker (57.63%)
Orchestrator of the Year - Kubernetes (74.19%)
Linux/Open Source Podcast of the Year - GNU World Order (20.00%)
Secure Messaging Application of the Year - Signal (40.00%)
Video Messaging Application of the Year - Skype (44.90%)
Raster Graphics Editor of the Year - GIMP (79.49%)
Linux Desktop Vendor of the Year - System76 (55.17%)
Linux Server Vendor of the Year - Dell (32.69%)
Email Client of the Year - Thunderbird (61.54%)
If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the MCA's next year, do let us know. Visit https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ce-awards-128/ to view the individual polls, which contain the complete results. Visit http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2018mca.php for a visual representation of each category on a single page.

--jeremy

hydrurga 02-12-2019 01:37 PM

Thanks again for the time you've spent organising this, Jeremy.

hemlocktree 02-12-2019 02:49 PM

ditto - thanks!

wagscat123 02-13-2019 10:36 AM

I lose on openSUSE every year, but always win on KDE and Dolphin! Long life the Konqui

verndog 02-13-2019 11:14 AM

I've used vim when it first came out on a UNIX system. Glad to see others use it as well.

YesItsMe 02-15-2019 05:18 AM

Most of the winners don't surprise me, as always.

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Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5961082)
If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the MCA's next year, do let us know.

Please let us finally have multiple choices. Having to throw a dice for text editors, IDEs and programming languages probably reduces the reliability of the results.

fatmac 02-15-2019 05:37 AM

The results are always a bit skewed by the people who vote in the polls, this year we have the unofficial Slackers forum skewing the server category, but it's only a bit of fun really. :)

(Plus I don't vote in all categories, so that will also skew the results.) ;)

hydrurga 02-15-2019 06:27 AM

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Originally Posted by YesItsMe (Post 5962332)
Most of the winners don't surprise me, as always.

Please let us finally have multiple choices. Having to throw a dice for text editors, IDEs and programming languages probably reduces the reliability of the results.

An interesting choice of words, as if all this time Jeremy has been able to press a switch that would allow multiple answers but has chosen not to do so. ;)

I of course don't know how the forum software works but I'm fairly sure that it wouldn't be as easy as that, if not a whole lot of work to implement. How would you do it anyway? Would all votes count equally? If a person votes for multiple selections in a category, would their vote be split between the different choices? Would votes grade them by preference and single transferable vote come into play?

hydrurga 02-15-2019 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by fatmac (Post 5962336)
The results are always a bit skewed by the people who vote in the polls, this year we have the unofficial Slackers forum skewing the server category, but it's only a bit of fun really. :)

(Plus I don't vote in all categories, so that will also skew the results.) ;)

In order to rectify this damnable situation, I *insist* you vote in every category next year, whether you are familiar with the choices or not. We'll have none of this "skewing" malarkey here!

YesItsMe 02-15-2019 07:11 AM

The exact formula behind the results is up to the admin, of course.

That Random Guy 02-15-2019 05:10 PM

Feedback:
 
I think the Network Security Tool poll wasn't very fair. Not every tool was necessarily an alternative to the one below it nor were all necessarily completing the same thing or contained identical purpose. While they were all related to Network Security, some of the tools mentioned weren't solely used for this and some even expanded to other use-cases or scenarios.

The fact that WireShark won confuses me since it is related to Network Security, but only a certain aspect of it (auditing, compliance, etc.).

There were tools on that list/poll that have other purposes and are used for things aside from Network Security.

I think it would be better if next time, a specific program genre/type poll related to security was created instead of putting together seemingly related tools (e.g. Sniffer, IDS/IPS, etc.).

Just my two-cents. :hattip:

jeremy 02-15-2019 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by That Random Guy (Post 5962596)
I think the Network Security Tool poll wasn't very fair. Not every tool was necessarily an alternative to the one below it nor were all necessarily completing the same thing or contained identical purpose. While they were all related to Network Security, some of the tools mentioned weren't solely used for this and some even expanded to other use-cases or scenarios.

The fact that WireShark won confuses me since it is related to Network Security, but only a certain aspect of it (auditing, compliance, etc.).

There were tools on that list/poll that have other purposes and are used for things aside from Network Security.

I think it would be better if next time, a specific program genre/type poll related to security was created instead of putting together seemingly related tools (e.g. Sniffer, IDS/IPS, etc.).

Thanks for the feedback. This is covered in the MCA Guidelines:

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* We do realize that some polls have nominees that are not directly comparable. There are over 35 polls. If we got down to the granularity some members would like to see, there would be 100's if not 1000's of polls. That would be a net decline in the usefulness of the awards IMHO. We try to strike the best balance we can, and do modify the polls and nominees every year, based on feedback. If you have any suggestions on how the polls can be improved, do let us know.

* There are no set in stone guidelines for voting. Our recommendation is to base your vote on which application you found most valuable to you in 2018, along with which project you feel made the largest improvements in 2018. That being said, in the end the criteria is up to you.
--jeremy

frankbell 02-19-2019 10:04 PM

I find most of the results reasonable. That doesn't mean I agree with all of them by any means, but I'm just one vote.

For an opt-in poll, I must say that this is one of the better ones.

zoulfikary 02-20-2019 12:02 PM

:thumbsup:

tdsan 02-20-2019 04:40 PM

There is another solution that I am using,

Editor - notepadqq
Email client - Evolution

Todd


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