The Tuxies

The Linux market is exploding with all kinds of great new (and old) products. We decided it was time to round up our editors and pick our favorites. Here are the results.

Editor's Choice Opener

Linux continues to move (waddle?) forward at an incredibly rapid pace and we, The Editors of Linux Magazine are proud to be counted as a part of the revolution. This year, we decided that the time had come for us to compile a list of the most important categories in the Linux arena, and choose the best and most popular products from each to highlight.

You may notice that we decided not to include any hardware products in our year 2000 awards. This is not to say that there aren’t many very deserving Linux hardware products, only that we didn’t have the space this year to include every possible category we wanted. And besides, we needed to leave something to tackle for next year. :-)

And so, without further ado, we are proud to present you with the year 2000 Tuxie Awards!


Server distribution
Database
Web Server
Web Development
Email Server
Backup Utility
Development Tool
Client Distribution
Collaboration Tool
  Jabber
  GAIM
Network Management
Clustering
Linux Game
General X Application
Linux Book
Graphics Tools
Multimedia Application
Business Productivity Suite
Most Controversial Product
  DeCSS
Non-Computer Product


Server distribution


FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice Linux 6.2

Red Hat Linux 6.2

Red Hat Inc.

http://www.redhat.com

For some, Red Hat is Linux. Founded in 1994, and originally based on the Slackware distribution, the company that Young built has been a runaway success. While Red Hat was not the first Linux distribution, it has been far and away the most successful in terms of market and mind share.

Despite Red Hat’s corporate bent, the company has remained true to the Open Source model. They continue to distribute their innovations under the GPL and employ a number of high-profile Linux developers, including Alan Cox, to work exclusively on Open Source projects. Red Hat has several features that make it a Sys Admin’s favorite, including Heartbeat high availability software and enhanced RAID support. Red Hat is also the driving force behind RPMs, the most popular packaging format for Linux. Red Hat’s distribution runs on Intel, Alpha and SPARC architectures.




Second Place
Debian GNU/Linux 2.1r5
The Debian Project
http://www.debian.org

For the hard-core free software fanatic, there’s simply no better distro than Debian. Debian has won many accolades for its security and stability, and its packaging format and apt-get program have made it very popular among system administrators.

The Debian Project now boasts more than 500 developers around the world, (most of whom have never met) and is guided by the “Debian Social Contract” and “Debian Free Software Guidelines.” Debian runs on the Intel and Motorola 68000 processors, with SPARC, UltraSPARC, MIPS and PowerPC ports in development.









Third PlaceSuSE Linux 6.4
SuSE
http://www.suse.com
Fourth PlaceTurboLinux Server 6.0
TurboLinux
http://www.turbolinux.com
Fifth PlaceSlackware 7.1
Slackware
http://www.slackware.com
Sixth PlaceCaldera OpenLinux eServer 2.4
Caldera Systems
http://www.caldera.com







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DATABASE

FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice mySQL Logo

MySQL 2.32

MySQL AB

http://www.mysql.com


MySQL (pronounced My-S-Q-L, not MySequel) is a fast and reliable relational database management system. It provides an easy back end for both traditional applications and for developing database driven Web sites. MySQL changed its licensing to GPL in June. This removed a barrier for many Linux users, who liked the features and functionality of MySQL but used a different solution for their projects due to its non-GPL license.

MySQL is available both as a source distribution and as binaries for many platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, HP-UX, and Solaris. Graphical tools are available to make the configuration and administration of the MySQL server an easy task for any administrator. The MySQL++ MyODBC, JDBC, and DBI APIs make developing other applications to work with MySQL easier.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add database capabilities to your company’s Web site or your own personal piece of the Web, MySQL is a great choice.




Second Place
Oracle 8i
Oracle Corporation
http://www.oracle.com

For companies making the move to Linux from other server platforms, Oracle 8i can help ease the transition. With the power and reliability of the Oracle database engine, it is helping to make Linux a standard in many back end server farms.

The latest release of Oracle 8i, Release 3, provides a wealth of enhancements such as extended security features, improved Java services performance, and more robust XML support. These enhancements are helping Oracle become one of the top databases on the Linux platform. If your business is looking for an industry-standard database server with a wide range of enterprise-level features, Oracle 8i is for you.





Third PlaceInformix Dynamic Server.2000
Informix Software
http://www.informix.com
Fourth PlacePostgreSQL
PostgreSQL Global Development Group
http://www.postgresql.org


WEB SERVER


FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice Apache Logo

Apache 1.3.12

Apache Software Foundation

http://www.apache.org

Powering well over 60 percent of all Internet Web sites, Apache is currently the most popular of all Web servers. Starting as a collection of patches to the NCSA httpd Web server in 1995, the Apache Web server quickly grew in popularity. Today, Apache comes pre-loaded on almost all Linux systems.

Apache is one of the most successful open source projects ever, with thousands of developers worldwide. A multitude of other projects have grown up around Apache, such as Jakarta and the Apache-XML project. Jakarta is focused on commercial quality Java applications, and Apache-XML will provide standards-based XML solutions.

Apache’s success has been well documented. According to the June 2000 Netcraft Web server survey (http://www.netcraft.co.uk), Apache is used on 62.53 percent of Internet servers, with Microsoft’s Web server a distant second with 20.38 percent. Apache is used by sites ranging from the W3 Consortium to the British Royal Family. Even Microsoft prefers to use Apache for its high-traffic Hotmail site.







Second Place
Raven SSL 1.4 for Apache
Covalent Technologies
http://www.covalent.net
Third PlaceStronghold 3
C2Net
http://www.c2.net
Fourth PlaceNetscape/iPlanet Enterprise 4.1
Sun-Netscape Alliance
http://www.iplanet.com


WEB DEVELOPMENT

FIRST PLACE
Editors Choice Perl

Perl 5.6

Perl Porters

http://www.perl.com, http://www.perl.org

Perl is an open-source programming language that combines the best features of other languages, and is the most popular language for the development of Web applications and cgi scripts. It can be easily integrated into other systems, such as the Apache Web server (mod_perl) for greatly increased performance.

CPAN, the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network, provides a massive archive of Perl software and code snippets for just about any task. Using modules from CPAN, developers can quickly build custom applications. The easy extensibility and wide platform support make Perl an excellent choice for many programming tasks, especially in the Web development arena. Perl 5 was released in October 1994 and is a stable environment for your development pleasure. It is available in source form (of course) as well as binaries for Linux, Unix, Windows, and the Macintosh.





Second PlacePHP 4.0
PHP Group
http://www.php.net
Third PlacePython1.5.2
Python Consortium
http://www.python.org


E-MAIL SERVER


FIRST PLACE

Editor's Choice Sendmail

Sendmail 8.10


Sendmail Incorporated


http://www.sendmail.org

The de facto standard in Linux-based e-mail servers is Sendmail. Sendmail is a powerful mail server available for many platforms. It too comes preinstalled with nearly all current Linux distributions.

Sendmail allows system administrators to set up detailed rules on how mail is handled, including filtering and spam protection. It also includes relay controls to prevent unauthorized users from using your servers to send out their evil spamming…er…non-targeted marketing attacks.

Sendmail Incorporated was formed to develop commercial versions of the free Sendmail product. These commercial products simplify deployment and administration tasks for businesses that desire professional product support. In fact, if you use Linux as the mail server in your organization, you most likely are using Sendmail.

Other products work well, but Sendmail’s ease of deployment (in the sense that it comes preinstalled with many Linux distributions) and wealth of vital features make it the server of choice for Linux e-mail servers.








Second PlaceCommunigate Pro 3.2
Stalker Software
http://www.stalker.com
Third PlaceOpenMail 6.0
Hewlett Packard
http://www.openmail.hp.com
Fourth PlaceLotus Domino R5
Lotus Development Corporation
http://www.lotus.com


Backup Utility


First Place Tie


Editor's Choicest Arkeia

Arkeia Professional 4.2


Knox Software


http://www.arkeia.com

Back in the day, enterprise backup software for Linux seemed pretty lacking when compared to what was available on other platforms. Sure we had tar, which was probably good enough for basic backup tasks. But if you needed a multi-platform client/ server backup solution that ran on Linux and was easy to administer, then you were out of luck. Fortunately, now we have Arkeia Professional.

With broad support for all kinds of backup devices, including tape libraries, DLT, DAT, 8 mm Exabyte, and the new Ecrix VXA-1 drive, Arkeia brings us a robust disaster recovery and data protection solution that is straightforward to administer, delivers stellar performance, and interoperates well with other platforms. Arkeia Personal edition is a free download.


First Place Tie

Editor's Choice BRU

BRU Personal Edition 16.0


Enhanced Software Technologies


http://www.bru.com


While not a highly scalable client/server backup solution like Arkeia Professional (that offering is due from a future BRU product — BRU Professional), BRU, now a division of Atipa Linux Solutions, was one of the first companies to release a commercial software product for Linux and is still considered one of the best backup packages.

Its simple GUI interface is extremely easy to use, and as a quick and dirty backup utility, it’s awfully hard to beat. While not as full featured as its enterprise cousins, you’d be hard-pressed to find a commercial quality backup program as good as BRU for under $100.





Second PlaceArcserveIT 6.61
Computer Associates International
http://www.cai.com
Third PlaceCactus LONE-TAR 3.2.3
Lone-TAR Software
http://www.lone-tar.com


Development Tool


FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice Gnu

GCC 2.95.2


The GCC Team


gcc.gnu.org

Having the source for software is useless without a reliable and bug-free way to compile it into usable binary form. The top compiler package for C developers in the Linux world is by far the gcc package.

The GNU Compiler Collection (formerly the GNU C Compiler) is maintained by the egcs steering committee as the standard for free C compilers. The egcs and gcc projects merged in mid-1999 into one compiler suite. The current version, gcc 2.95.2, was released in October 1999. Work is in progress for the upcoming 3.0 release of gcc.

The gcc compiler suite is available in source format, and there are also binary versions available for a wide range of platforms. If you’re a developer and are considering making the move to a Linux development environment, check out all that gcc has to offer!



Second PlaceCVS 1.10.8
Concurrent Versions System
http://www.cvshome.org

The Concurrent Versions System (CVS for short) is a god-send to any serious development project. With this easy to use software, geographically distributed developers can easily coordinate on projects without worry of overwriting each other’s code changes.

Based on the older RCS (revision control system), CVS is one of the enabling technologies for many of today’s open-source projects. By storing versioned copies of all source files, a CVS repository allows any developer to see what changes were made when, and even undo them if necessary. If you’re working on a distributed project, take a close look at CVS for your code archive.







Third PlaceXXGDB 1.12
Pierre Willard
FTP Site: ftp.x.org/contrib/utilities
Fourth Placebug-buddy 0.7
Jacob Berkman
http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~jberkman/bug-buddy
Fifth PlaceEiC 4.2.8
Edmond Breen
http://www.kd-dev.com/~eic


Client distribution


FIRST PLACE

Editor's Choice Mandrake

Linux-Mandrake 7.1


MandrakeSoft


http://www.linux-mandrake.com

Originally a French derivative of Red Hat, Mandrake now completely stands on its own and surpasses its progenitor’s capabilities as a desktop distribution. With many unique usability enhancements to both the GNOME and KDE graphical environments built into the system — such as the all-encompassing DrakConf system configuration utility, the DiskDrake automatic disk partitioning tool, and a wizard-style installation program that even the most novice user can get through — Mandrake has become the sure-fire desktop Linux distribution for the uninitiated newbie as well as for the seasoned guru. Mandrake is a distribution that focuses on its attention to details, polishing the rough spots, and improving the end user experience, and it shows. As with everything, we leave it to the French to perfect the inventions of others — art, wine, food, fashion — and now Linux.



Second PlaceSuSE Linux 6.4
SuSE
http://www.suse.com

Referred to by many as the Red Hat of Europe and one of the oldest Linux companies around, SuSE is the “Super Size” Linux distribution. Delivered on 6 CD-ROMs or on a DVD, the German-engineered SuSE comes with more than 1,500 applications and a tome of printed documentation — it’s like sucking Linux through a fire hose. But have no fear; SuSE’s well-written YaST2 graphical installation utility makes installing this monster a snap.

If you have any problems installing all that code, SuSE’s 60 days of free telephone tech support policy is also one of the best in the industry. And how could you not love SuSE’s mascot, the smiling lizard named Geeko?







Third PlaceRed Hat Linux 6.2
Red Hat Inc.
http://www.redhat.com
Fourth PlaceCorel Linux OS 1.1
Corel Inc.
http://www.corel.com
Fifth PlaceOpenLinux eDesktop 2.4
Caldera Systems
http://www.caldera.com


Collaboration Tool

FIRST PLACEEditor's Choice Jabber

Jabber


Jabber.org Project


http://www.jabber.org

With all the hype lately about instant messaging in the business community, it’s no surprise that a bunch of open source folks have come up with their own (much better) instant messaging environment.

The Jabber.org Project’s server runs on a wide variety of platforms, and uses a standardized message passing protocol to allow for instant messaging between many different instant messaging clients and systems. With one of the Jabber clients, users can not only send messages to other Jabber users, they can also register their ICQ, AIM, MSN, and Yahoo accounts. This allows access to all of these systems from within one client.

The Jabber Central site (http://www.jabbercentral.com) is the main source for clients and Jabber news. Jabber.com offers commercial support for Jabber servers and clients, as well as customization of the product. If you want an easy to set up and reliable Instant Messenging system, Jabber should be at the top of your list.



Second PlaceGAIM
The GAIM Project
http://www.marko.net/gaim

Linux users love to make fun of AOLers, often for good reason. But since AOL’s Instant Messenger product is one of the most popular instant messaging systems on the ‘Net, some of us are forced to use AIM whether we want to or not.

The good news is just because your company (or your relatives) use AIM, there’s no reason you have to use Windows to access it. GAIM provides full compatibility with AOL’s protocol, in a clean GTK-based Linux interface.

GAIM is brought to you by a team of penguin pimps, the letter G, and beer.







Third PlaceUltimate Bulletin Board
InfoPop Corporation
http://www.ultimatebb.com
Fourth PlaceLotus Domino R5
Lotus Development Corporation
http://www.lotus.com
Fifth PlaceGICU
Jeremy Wise
http://gnomeicu.gdev.net


Network Management

FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice Samba

SWAT (Samba Web Administration Tool)


The Samba Team


http://www.samba.org

The Samba Web Administration Tool (SWAT for short) is an easy to use front end for administering the Samba file and print server daemon. Using SWAT, even admins new to Linux/Unix can quickly get their servers up and sharing files and printers with Windows clients.

Samba is a great way to get Linux in the door at many companies, allowing lower-end servers to do the work of expensive (and crash-prone) Windows NT file and print servers. By providing a Web interface for configuration and maintenance, SWAT allows Samba to be deployed with ease.

SWAT is also a good tool for home users. If you’re like me, then you have a couple of Linux servers around the house, as well as desktops and such. You probably have Windows installed too (for games). With SWAT, you can quickly get your Linux boxes serving up files to those Windows boxes. No Computer Science degree required!







Second PlaceEnlighten DSM
Enlighten Software Solutions
http://www.enlightendsm.com
Third PlaceNovell NDS for Linux
Novell
http://www.novell.com
Fourth PlaceCA MasterIT
Computer Associates International
http://www.ca.com


Clustering


FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice Beowulf

Beowulf


The Beowulf Project


http://www.beowulf.org

Although many people have heard of the Beowulf project, many don’t completely understand the technology. Beowulf isn’t a boxed product that you can install on a network of computers. Instead it is a group of kernel patches and software packages that work together to provide a high-speed cluster computer. It was started by researchers at NASA in 1994, and has since spread to universities and research labs around the world.

Beowulf isn’t designed for high-availability like other solutions such as SteelEye. It’s built for raw speed, using parallelized software to utilize a large number of CPUs connected by a high-speed network. Software must be customized and recompiled in order to take full advantage of the potent Beowulf architecture. Since the memory of the PCs is not shared, tasks must be split up and sent out for processing.

If you need massive processing power, and don’t mind tweaking your applications to run on Beowulf, it can be the perfect solution. Beowulf is especially well suited to scientific applications and weather prediction.







Second PlaceTurboLinux TurboCluster Server
TurboLinux
http://www.turbolinux.com
Third PlaceVA Vacuum
VA Linux Systems
http://www.valinux.com
Fourth PlaceLifeKeeper
SteelEye Technology
http://www.steeleye.com


Linux Game


FIRST PLACE

Editor's Choice Quake iii

Quake III Arena


Loki Entertainment


http://www.lokigames.com

Quake — the very mention of it sends shivers down the spines of network managers at companies everywhere. For many users, it’s the very reason why they started using Linux in the first place. The platform’s rock-solid stability and performance affords them an undeniable advantage over their online Windows opponents.

The ultimate video game adrenaline rush and primordial stress reliever, the allure of Quake III is that it allows us to blast our friends to almighty bits and not get thrown into jail. Who among us with a 9-to-5 job and a jerk for a boss doesn’t have the diabolical urge to sweep a crowd with a Gatling gun every so often?

There’s not much strategy to Quake — just a lot of sweaty palm action blasting away at your opponents with any weapon you can get your hands on! While 3D shooters have been done to death on every platform, Quake III is the undeniable ne plus ultra of action games and is a deathmatcher’s paradise.








Second PlaceHeavy Gear II
Loki Entertainment Software
http://www.lokigames.com
Third PlaceUnreal Tournament
Epic Games
http://www.unrealtournament.com
Fourth PlaceXbill
Brian Wellington and Mattias Duarte
http://www.xbill.org


General X Application

FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice VMWare

VMWare 2.0.1


VMWare Inc.


http://www.vmware.com

While some of us in the Linux community have sworn off the use of Microsoft Windows applications, there are a number of Win32 programs that don’t yet have stellar Linux equivalents. For those who refuse to lose their Windows crutch, VMWare 2.0.1 is the answer — you simply run Windows and all of its applications under Linux in a virtual machine.

Sound goofy? Maybe, but we don’t know of any other solution that works as well as VMWare does, short of having a separate PC on your desk just to run Windows 98 or NT and the few applications you can’t live without. As long as you have plenty of RAM and don’t run I/O intensive applications, for the most part, running Windows under Linux feels just like the real thing — only better. When Windows inevitably crashes you just re-start your virtual machine. VMWare installs painlessly and getting virtual operating systems running within it is as simple as following a wizard.



Second PlaceNetscape Navigator 4.72
Netscape Inc.
http://www.netscape.com

Love or hate Netscape’s parent company, AOL, there’s no denying that Navigator is perhaps one of the single most important desktop applications you can run on Linux, if not the most important. Sure, it’s buggy; it’s quirky; it’s frequently sluggish; it uses tons of system resources; and it’s not particularly Linux exploitive. But without it, you can forget accessing virtually any of your favorite multimedia-rich Web sites, and you’ll notice a discernible void in your online life quicker than you can say “Jumpin’ Java on a Pogo Stick.”

Sure, there are other Web browsers for Linux, but none of them offer the features that Navigator affords. With a built-in e-mail program, a newsgroup reader, calendaring and an HTML editor, Navigator is the Web browser and integrated application to beat.







Third PlaceGnumeric
The GNU Project and Helix Code
http://www.gnumeric.org/apps/gnumeric.php3
Fourth PlaceAlladin Ghostscript 6.0
Alladin
http://www.ghostscript.com
Fourth PlaceAbiWord
AbiSource
http://www.abisource.com


Linux Book

FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice O'Reilly

Running Linux (3rd edition)


O’Reilly & Associates


http://www.oreilly.com

The third edition of O’Reilly’s Running Linux offers something for everyone, from the business guy looking to learn about Linux to the hard-core Linux geek. The book (co-authored by Linux Magazine’s Senior Editor Matt Welsh) offers a history of Linux, an explanation of what it is used for, and who it’s best suited to. It then goes into detail on setting up a Linux server

If you’re a user that’s fairly new to Linux, this book will help you get up to speed quickly. If you’re a die-hard Linux fanatic, you’ll love this book as a reference for those long nights when you can’t quite remember the syntax to a command you last used five years ago. Buy it, read it, but be careful about loaning it out! My copy disappeared for a month.



Second PlaceRed Hat Linux 6 Unleashed
Sams Publishing
http://www.mcp.com/sams

Sams Publishing’s ‘Unleashed’ series is a popular group of titles for many technology topics. The Red Hat Linux Unleashed set of books is one I have used over the years as a Linux administrator and product tester. It is targeted at intermediate to advanced Linux users, so newbies should probably stick to a beginner’s book.

This version of Red Hat Linux Unleashed also includes a full Red Hat CD, just like previous versions. This allows Linux admins new to the Red Hat distribution to buy the book and install a working system as they go. Definitely the best way to learn!







Third PlaceMaximum Security
Sams Publishing
http://www.mcp.com/sams
Fourth PlaceSams Teach Yourself Samba
Sams Publishing
http://www.mcp.com/sams
Fifth PlaceLinux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide
Osborne/McGraw-Hill
http://www.mcgrawhill.com


Graphics Tools

FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice Gimp

Gimp 1.0.4


The Gimp Project


http://www.gimp.org

This Photoshop-like package has done more to build interest in the Linux desktop than just about any other end-user application. Currently in the late stages of development for the highly anticipated 1.2 release, Gimp offers nearly every feature available in Photoshop, along with extensive scripting capabilities long lacking in Adobe’s flagship graphic arts product. Designed right from the start with a plug-in architecture, Gimp now comes with over 200 plug-ins for image manipulation, file conversion, animation and automation of the image processing pipeline.

As an open source product, Gimp has been available in every major Linux distribution for nearly two years now. Its worldwide development team includes highly skilled developers, artists, end users, and documentation experts, all working together to provide the most comprehensive desktop user product available for Linux. Gimp is also used in the Special Effects industry in Hollywood by companies such as Silicon Grail and Rhythm and Hues.



Second PlaceBlender
Not a Number
http://www.blender.nl

Blender is doing to 3D what Gimp has done to 2D — making it accessible to the growing mass of Linux desktop users at the most affordable of prices: free. Originally created as an in-house design tool, Blender has been released as a freeware product by Not a Number, which then sells documentation and associated products as its business.

Blender offers complex modeling features, including texturing and animation, all from the safe and fast confines of an OpenGL based environment. The 2.0 release will include greater support for interactive game development, a Python-based plug-in API and support of the OpenAL audio library.







Third PlaceSketch
Bernhard Herzop
http://sketch.sourceforge.net
Fourth PlaceCorel Draw
Corel Corporation
http://www.linux.corel.com
Fifth PlaceCompupic
PhotoDex Corporation
http://www.photodex.com


Multimedia Applications

FIRST PLACE
Editor's Choice xmms

X Multimedia System


XMMS Development Team


http://www.xmms.org

Lets face it, we all love our MP3s — and some of us love them too much. While certain techno-luddites may think that turning a $2,000 PC into a $500 stereo system is stupid, clearly the digital music revolution has arrived, and Linux is one of the best ways to get the most out of it.

The X Multimedia System, or XMMS for short, is one of the best platforms for MP3 playback on any computer platform. Capable of playing MP3s, MODs, WAVs, and fully extensible through the use of plugin programs, including the ability to do special audio effects and visualizations for entertaining light shows, XMMS should be part of every Linux user’s desktop — and why shouldn’t it? It’s free.



Second PlaceGrip 2.9
Mike Oliphant
http://www.nostatic.org/grip

If XMMS is the essential program for playing MP3s on Linux, then Grip 2.9 is the essential program for creating them — no other GUI utility on Linux matches its ease of use for ripping CD tracks and encoding MP3 files. With built-in cdparanoia ripping software, CDDB database lookup capabilities for automatically checking track titles, and support for both the kick-ass LAME and bladeenc MP3 encoders, Grip is a must-have utility for anyone who wants to create MP3 files on his Linux system. Like XMMS, Grip is free and ships pre-installed in many Linux distributions. It is also included as part of the Helix GNOME desktop environment.







Third PlaceLAME
The LAME Project
http://www.sulaco.org/mp3/
Fourth PlaceIcecast
The Icecast Project
http://www.icecast.org
Fifth PlaceFreeamp
The Freeamp Project
http://www.freeamp.org


Business Productivity Suite

FIRST PLACE
Editors Choice Star Office

StarOffice 5.2


Sun Microsystems


http://www.staroffice.com

There are four major office suites for Linux, but only one of them has the distinction of being commercial, multi-platform, and free all at the same time — and that’s why StarOffice made the grade. Originally from a small German company named Star Division, StarOffice is now owned by Sun Microsystems.

While Sun, on the whole, is not known for its Linux friendliness (as Sun’s Solaris operating system competes directly with Linux), Star Office is clearly the choice for the Linux user who is looking for a polished office suite he doesn’t have to pay an awful lot of money for — it can be downloaded off the Internet for free, purchased on CD for $9.95, and it also ships with several popular Linux distributions. In July, Sun announced that it would be releasing StarOffice under the GPL, representing a shift for the better in Sun’s strategy.

StarOffice includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, calendar, e-mail, graphics program, database and math formula software. It’s generally compatible with most Microsoft Office data formats — and if you absolutely need to run Windows at work, there’s a Windows version of StarOffice too.







Second PlaceApplixware Office 5.0
VistaSource
http://www.vistasource.com
Third PlaceWordPerfect Office for Linux
Corel Inc.
http://www.corel.com
Fourth PlaceKOffice
The KDE Project
http://www.koffice.org


Most Controversial Product

FIRST PLACE

DeCSS


Jon Johansen


URL: Hey, we don’t want to go to jail! :-)

Many Open Source programs have won their authors fame and fortune, at least within the geek community, but only one has gotten the author arrested. Sixteen-year-old Norwegian Jon Johansen got his home raided and was placed under arrest in his hometown of Larvik, Norway.

What caused this stir? DeCSS is a program that breaks the encryption used on DVDs to allow playback. The MPAA and other such corporate entities maintain that the purpose of DeCSS is to pirate DVDs. Johansen says that he just wanted to be able to playback DVDs on Linux — which currently has no DVD-playback software. Note that it is not necessary to unencrypt a DVD to copy it.

The MPAA is currently pursuing legal action against a number of people for posting DeCSS code or links to DeCSS code. Given the state of our legal system, DVDs may be obsolete by the time this plays out in court.







Second PlaceGNapster
GNapster
http://www.faradic.net/~jasta/gnapster.html
Third PlaceGnutella
Gnutella
http://gtk-gnutella.sourceforge.net
Fourth PlaceXMAME
http://x.mame.net


Non-Computer Product


FIRST PLACE

Editor's Choice PenguinMint

Penguin Mints


ifive brands


http://www.peppermints.com

It’s Monday morning, your mouth tastes like you just tongue kissed an orangutan and you can’t keep your eyes open. The only thoughts on your mind are clean breath and getting some caffeine into your system, fast! The solution? Penguin Mints, the only caffeine-laced breath mint on the market.

While we’re not sure creators Adam Smith and Brett Canfeild had Linux users and their beloved mascot precisely on their minds when they created Penguin Mints, they sure nailed their market right on the head, as Penguin Mints are one of the hottest products sweeping the very wired and not always minty-fresh Linux community.

After all those hours coding, evangelizing on newsgroups, downloading, and patching kernels, and eating all kinds of nasty junk food, you know something’s gotta give. We’re tired; we’re wired; and our breath smells bad — but at least our operating system doesn’t suck!





Second PlaceUser Friendly Books
Author: Illiad (J.D. Fraser)
http://www.userfriendly.org/book
Third PlacePenguin Cocktail Shaker
Restoration Hardware
http://www.restorationhardware.com

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