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Bossie Awards 2011: The best open source software of the year

Sep 07, 2011, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Wayner)

"The success of open source is so huge that Linus Torvalds has stopped kidding about it. "I don't say world domination anymore," Torvalds remarked at LinuxCon Japan this year. "It was funny 15 years ago because it was so obviously a joke. For the last 10 years it's not been so much a joke anymore, so it's no longer funny, so I stopped saying it.

"Torvalds was speaking about Linux in particular, but open source is just as dominant in general. Web repositories like Sourceforge and GitHub are overflowing with source code ready for anyone to download, revise, and extend. The TiVo and other appliances with open source foundations dominate the living room, while practically every new website is built around a large collection of open source packages, not to mention all of the tools for the desktop and the data center. Torvalds is right to avoid appearing too arrogant.

"For a healthy sampling of open source success, just follow the links below to profiles of InfoWorld's 2011 Bossie Award winners:

"Bossie Awards 2011: The best open source applications Bossie Awards 2011: The best open source desktop and mobile softwareBossie Awards 2011: The best open source application development software Bossie Awards 2011: The best open source data center and cloud software"

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