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jeremy 02-17-2021 12:36 PM

2020 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners
 
The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races (including our first 3 way tie) 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 - Ubuntu (20.31%)
Server Distribution of the Year - Slackware (32.93%)
Live Distribution of the Year - Slackware Live Edition (41.55%)
Database of the Year - MariaDB (53.18%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (54.82%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - Plasma Desktop (KDE) (35.54%)
Window Manager of the Year - Openbox (23.03%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (29.34%\%)
Digital Audio Workstation of the Year - Ardour (42.11%)
Video Media Player of the Year - VLC (67.26%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year - KDEnlive (44.44%)
Security Hardening and/or Scanning Application of the Year - nmap (45.83%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios Core (22.33%)
IDE of the Year - Visual Studio Code (23.29%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (28.34%)
File Manager of the Year - Dolphin (29.39%)
Open Source Game of the Year - SuperTuxKart (15.05%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (31.14%)
Backup Application of the Year - Timeshift (23.58%)
Log Management Tool of the Year - Logstash (33.80%)
X Terminal Emulator of the Year - Konsole (23.25%)
Browser Privacy Solution of the Year - uBlock Origin (38.62%)
Privacy Solution of the Year - GnuPG (33.33%)
IRC Client of the Year - HexChat (44.83%)
Single Board Computer of the Year - Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (58.59%)
Virtualization Application of the Year - VirtualBox (53.76%)
Container of the Year - Docker (60.58%)
Linux/Open Source Podcast of the Year - Bad Voltage/Command Line Heroes/GNU World Order (13.59%)
Secure Messaging Application of the Year - Signal (45.63%)
Graphics Editor of the Year - GIMP (74.67%)
Linux Desktop Vendor of the Year - System76 (52.99%)
Linux Laptop Vendor of the Year - System76 (39.86%)
Linux Server Vendor of the Year - Dell (31.58%)
Email Client of the Year - Thunderbird (57.87%)
Clipboard Manager of the Year - Klipper (52.73%)
PDF Viewer of the Year - Okular (37.40%)
Static Site Generator of the Year - Hugo (32.26%)
Screen Recording and Streaming Tool of the Year - OBS Studio (37.21%)
Media Server of the Year - Kodi (37.14%)
Team Communication Application of the Year - Slack (38.24%)
Music Collaboration Platform of the Year - SoundJack (32.00%)
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-131/ to view the individual polls, which contain the complete results. Visit http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2020mca.php for a visual representation of each category on a single page.

--jeremy

jsbjsb001 02-17-2021 01:02 PM

Yeah, add a non-Linux category like "UNIX OS of the year".

-macOS
-OpenBSD
-FreeBSD
...
etc

...like I've been suggesting for the last two years now.

josephpmh 02-17-2021 09:30 PM

None of the winners had a majority of users supporting its categories. This screams for rank choice voting (RCV). I'm not a programmer, but this seems to be an app that can quickly get us to a majority winner with a series of if fi commands (e.g., if a candidate gets less than 1%, apply those voters' next choice until 1% = zero, if a candidate gets less than 2%, apply those voters' next choice until 2% = zero, etcetera, until a candidate has a majority, with honorable mentions to the runner(s)-up.) Let's do it this way next year. It'll be fun!

jhumphrey 02-17-2021 09:49 PM

Yeah. Have permanent choices in some categories for veneration. ed(1). If you don't have the standard editor, then... Even if it gets 0, it should be left out of respect.
Or, you could have a "VENERATE" button for it below the poll. Just kidding. As for Rank Choice voting, that is an interesting idea. I would still want to see what percentage of people picked what as their #1.

fixitmanarizona 02-17-2021 10:19 PM

It's not a popularity contest, really, it's not what "most" users (other than, say Firefox, Virtualbox or System76, in their categories) but what the admitted fragmented Linux community on this forum particularly picked as number ones. If I recall, the raw data, or something resembling it, is available if you want to manipulate it in your own manner such as rank choice after the fact.
Otherwise, it would remind me of the US presidential voting system (shudder) where the one and two percent candidates don't even show up in most results.

MandrivaONE07 02-17-2021 10:54 PM

if Desktop Distribution of the Year - Ubuntu
File Mangager of the Year = Nautilus


Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 6221362)
The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races (including our first 3 way tie) and the large number of new categories this year certainly kept things interesting. Congratulations to each and every nominee. The official results:



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-131/ to view the individual polls, which contain the complete results. Visit http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2020mca.php for a visual representation of each category on a single page.

--jeremy


Jan K. 02-18-2021 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by josephpmh (Post 6221508)
None of the winners had a majority of users supporting its categories. This screams for rank choice voting (RCV). I'm not a programmer, but this seems to be an app that can quickly get us to a majority winner with a series of if fi commands (e.g., if a candidate gets less than 1%, apply those voters' next choice until 1% = zero, if a candidate gets less than 2%, apply those voters' next choice until 2% = zero, etcetera, until a candidate has a majority, with honorable mentions to the runner(s)-up.) Let's do it this way next year. It'll be fun!

Why not use Desktop Vendor as an example of that number crushing and show, what difference it would make...? :study:

OTOH... it is after all only some 400 votes, so hardly worth making too big a deal out of the whole thing...

I'm interested in graphics editor, IDE, mail and security, so will go look for insparation now.


Thanks for the polls, LQ :hattip:

Cheers!

YesItsMe 02-18-2021 06:02 AM

As always, most of my favorites aren’t the majority’s favorites.

jhumphrey 02-18-2021 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by YesItsMe (Post 6221604)
As always, most of my favorites arenít the majorityís favorites.

Me too. Does that make us UNIX saints?

I was shocked to see Konsole take terminal of the year.
I was also shocked (in a good way) to see Slackware win as live distro of the year.
Finally vi(1) was split four ways (elvis, vi, neovim, vim) and yet vim more than doubled emacs!
Oh well, M-x ewww probably doesn't support the polls anymore.
I wish ed(1) had made it.

YesItsMe 02-20-2021 02:30 PM

ed(1) keeps being denied, sadly.

jhumphrey 02-20-2021 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by YesItsMe (Post 6222546)
ed(1) keeps being denied, sadly.

I actually use it quite frequently. If I get an error from a compiler or interpreter I can correct it without having to remember the line number, and type of error.
Had it been in the polls I would have voted for it this year.

business_kid 02-21-2021 01:13 PM

In Ireland, We have a system of Proportional Representation for Elections which seems to be what is being requested. Candidates are voted for, and any candidate who reaches the Quota is deemed elected. The Quota = (Number of Votes divided by number of seats) +1. As 'Best' means there's only one place being awarded, the quota would be (Number of Votes divided by 2)+1.

The counting goes as follows
  1. First preferences are counted, and can be extracted and mentioned separately.
  2. The least popular candidate is eliminated. If the 2nd least popular won't reach the quota with the least popular's votes they are eliminated also, and so on up, until somebody could reach quota with 100% of the eliminated candidates' votes.
  3. The second count counts the second preference of these eliminated candidates.
  4. The least popular remaining candidate is eliminated, and his votes are divided by their next preference.
  5. Repeat until somebody reaches the quota. If a preference is blank, discard the vote.
  6. If nobody reaches the quota, elect the last remaining candidate without reaching the quota.
This can all be done in a spreadsheet, and is done here to give ammunition for pundits, and allow projections.

In most categories, anything voted for becomes a candidate. Candidates can be given as a list, for this reason. There's vi, vim, elvis, nvi, & many others. All were categorized as 'vim' or 'vi type editors.' Otherwise the plethora of vi type editors might allow emacs to win:). Likewise a classification can/should be withdrawn if the same program has won a number of years in a row - VLC for example. I can't remember when that did not win.

Marbux 03-16-2021 08:28 PM

There are tons of ranked choice voting web apps, so it might be fairly simple to use that method next year: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22r...voting+web+app

Ashrael 03-17-2021 06:51 AM

LOL

I am not shocked to see the winners, they are (most of the time) not my choices but, that's to be expected in a fragmented environment as this.

Living La Vida Linux!

zepherusbane 03-17-2021 01:52 PM

I suggest adding some additional categories:
  • Best Shell
  • Best Prompt
  • Best Tiling Window Manager (keep the generic window manager category though too)

jhumphrey 04-01-2021 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by zepherusbane (Post 6231370)
Best Prompt

What would this category refer to? `localhost$` versus `username%`? If that is the case there are about a hundred different ones to cover.
My prompt is roughly `[HH:MM] user@host:NumofJobs$` complete with colors. Someone else may just have `%` as their prompt
I second tiling window managers category. Shell of the Year too, though bash would likely win.

YesItsMe 04-06-2021 03:58 PM

I think what zepherusbane means is "prompt-modifying software", like starship. Yet, there are more than enough of those.

zepherusbane 04-08-2021 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by YesItsMe (Post 6237916)
I think what zepherusbane means is "prompt-modifying software", like starship. Yet, there are more than enough of those.

Yes that's what I was referring to. Oh my zsh, oh my fish, starship, bash-it, etc. I would probably include something called "traditional" for the typical Bash PS1 filled in by a users own custom line.

I use Starship myself, I like that it is cross shell - I can use the same prompt with fish shell on my linux box and with bash shell on my mac using the same configuration.

YesItsMe 04-12-2021 08:45 AM

"Cross-shell" usually ignores the tcsh (for which starship only recently grew support) and rc-based shells.

XenaneX 04-23-2021 10:05 AM

MCA for hardware
 
I'd like to see an MCA for hardware vendors.

business_kid 04-23-2021 02:01 PM

MCA?

Rating hardware is difficult, and here's why:

A server motherboard ≠ a gamer motherboard ≠ a value-for-money motherboard ≠ a laptop motherboard ≠ a netbook motherboard, etc. That's an extreme example, but you see the point.

In software, you can try several programs (window managers perhaps) and make your choice. But you cannot intelligently vote on hardware you don't own, unless you're a professional reviewer. So the cheap junk would crowd out the elite equipment.

Hardware relies also on it's (software) drivers, firmware and their reputation for a low bug count. With Graphics, you can have OSS or Proprietary drivers with varying performance.

Whenever you do the research, the graft and spend you money,immediately you discover something negative about it and curse yourself for being suckered. This causes uncontrollable fluctuations in popularity not dependent often on the hardware.

Besides, how would people with 2-20 year old machines vote on the current stuff?

fudmier 07-07-2021 08:38 AM

slow system ..
 
I wantto know whyI should allow zietqiest to remain on mylinux distrition.. its slows the system so much..

fixitmanarizona 07-07-2021 02:46 PM

fudmier...it is a software package that remembers your activities to try and assist in narrowing down what you want to do without having to tell the computer as explicitly.
So, if you don't use it.. sure, remove it. Note that Unity uses it in its dashboard to show you most frequently used app, etc. You might want to switch to xfce (or Gnome, which is the current Ubuntu default desktop.)
If you've upgraded from something with Unity, this might explain why it's still there.
Very few distros include it now, most do not. It's not needed unless you want to do stuff like...

"Where are the notes I took online while at the library Tuesday night?" A question such as this might be best answered by the likes of GNOME Zeitgeist."Jul 06, 2009 Mathias Huber

linux91 08-12-2021 12:33 PM

Ok, some of these may be stretching it a bit, but how about:
Easiest distribution to configure and maintain.
Best commandline audio streaming/recording app.
Best mental plasticity game
Best password vault

Outside the box stuff:
Best VPN service
Best free streaming site for audio
Best free streaming site for movies
Best free streaming site for TV shows

Financial stuff, for those looking for financial security down the road... (Tip of the hat to PV :-)
Computer systems are so closely tied to finance that it seems a natural association.
Best blockchain app
Best investment brokerage
Best investment research and tracking app
Best ETF scanner
Best value stock scanner
Best dividend stock scanner
Best growth stock scanner

YesItsMe 08-17-2021 05:17 AM

That would be very much related to advertising. I would not recommend that.

Skaendo 08-18-2021 10:25 PM

It would be cool to see a graph of how things have moved over the years of the polls. Like what was the first most popular Terminal and how it progressed/changed over the years to what is the current most popular one.

hatersgottahate 10-08-2021 05:50 AM

Isn't VSCode closed-source so it's against GNU?

masinick 11-04-2021 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by jhumphrey (Post 6222634)
I actually use it quite frequently. If I get an error from a compiler or interpreter I can correct it without having to remember the line number, and type of error.
Had it been in the polls I would have voted for it this year.

All joking aside, as many of you know, sed, the stream editor, can be used for some pretty powerful things. The ed text editor has very similar syntax to ed. While you may not think to use it as an interactive editor, it CAN be used in that way, but it can also be used as a very fast tool to make some quick changes to a file. I've used both ed and sed in scripts effectively, so you really don't have to resort to Perl, Python, or even awk or gawk unless you REALLY want to do so.

Similarly, though vim, emacs, notepad++ or notepadqq can do some powerful things, you'd be surprised how simple editors like ed and nano can accomplish a lot - quickly and without a lot of fuss.

Use the tool for the job; it's not always what you may think and there are many ways to get the job done; sometimes (often) a small, fast, simple tool does the job best.

enine 11-14-2021 11:36 AM

What about ftp utility of the year, or does everyone just use a terminal now. Since all the big browsers are removing support of ftp but there is still occasion to use it for some.

YesItsMe 11-14-2021 12:02 PM

Good idea.


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