SOURCE: InfoWorld

August 04, 2008 11:03 ET

IDG's InfoWorld Names the Winners of the Best of Open Source Software for 2008

InfoWorld's Bossie Awards Recognize Top Open Source Software for Enterprises

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT Decision Makers, today announced the winners of InfoWorld's Bossie Awards, a recognition program now in its second year that highlights the best of open source software. Full results are available at

Now more than ever, software solutions for the enterprise rely on open source programming. Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the 2008 Bossies celebrate software products and companies that demonstrate innovation, functionality, ease of use, implementation, and a proven track record in serving the needs of today's businesses.

"The breadth and quality of open source software continues to amaze us," notes Doug Dineley, Executive Editor of the InfoWorld Test Center. "We've singled out 60 products for Bossies -- developer tools, middleware, firewalls and routers, productivity apps, CRM and ERP, etc. -- and we're only scratching the surface. When you look at all that's available, and how good it is, you start to think that someday all software will be free."

This Year's InfoWorld Bossie Award Recipients (listed alphabetically) include:

Best of open source in application development
db4o, Object Database
Git, Version Control
HttpClient, Web Client Library
Intel Threaded Building Blocks, Parallel Programming
JBoss Drools, Business Rule Management System
Open Flex, Rich Internet Applications
Prototype, JavaScript Framework
soapUI, Web Services Test Tool

Best of open source in productivity applications
Audacity, Sound Editing
Blender, 3D Modeling
Firefox, Web Browser
GIMP, Image Editing, Productivity Suite
PDFCreator, PDF Creation

Best of open source in enterprise applications
Alfresco Community, Content Management
Compiere, Enterprise Resource Planning
dotProject, Project Management
Hyperic HQ, Application Monitoring
Intalio BPMS,  Business Process Management
JasperReports,  Reporting
Liferay Portal, Enterprise Portal
Magento eCommerce, E-Commerce
Pentaho Open BI Suite, Business Intelligence
SugarCRM, Customer Relationship Management

Best of open source in collaboration
Elgg, Social Networking
MediaWiki, Wiki
VNC and Chicken of the VNC, Remote Control
Scalix, Mail and Calendar
WordPress, Blog Publishing

Best of open source in networking
Asterisk, IP Telephony
AWStats, Log File Analyzer
InSSIDer, Wireless Network Scanner
Nagios, Server Monitoring
NDISwrapper, Wireless Network Interface
Vyatta, Router, Firewall, & VPN
Wireshark, Network Protocol Analyzer
Zenoss Core, Network Monitoring

Best of open source in platforms and middleware
CentOS, Server Operating System
JBossESB, Enterprise Service Bus
MySQL, Database
phpMyAdmin, MySQL Administration
Puppy Linux, Small-Footprint OS
Talend Open Studio, Data Integration
Ubuntu, Desktop Operating System
VirtualBox, Desktop Virtualization
Xen, Server Virtualization

Best of open source in security
AppArmor, Application Security
Metasploit Framework, Penetration Toolkit
Ophcrack, Password Cracker
SmoothWall Express, Network Firewall
Snort with BASE, Network Intrusion Detection
Splunk, Security Log Analysis
TrueCrypt, Disk Encryption
Untangle Gateway Platform, Gateway Security

Best of open source in storage
Amanda, Network Backup
FreeNAS, Storage Server
WinMerge, File Management
SMART Monitoring Tools, Disk Monitoring
StorageIM, Storage Administration
Free Online Backup, Online Backup

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for maximum business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, social media, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at

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