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Why it is a success: Since its launch in 2004 as a fork of the b2 blog software, Wordpress has become a dominant and hugely popular blog platform. In a survey we made back in January, 27% of the top 100 blogs ran on Wordpress. If you also counted Wordpress.com, Automattic's hosted Wordpress service, that number rose to 32%, more than any other blog software. Since then there have also been some changes, such as the nine Wired blogs in the top 100 switching from Typepad to Wordpress.com, so that percentage is likely significantly higher now (all else unchanged, it would be 41%).

Why it is a success: BIND (The Berkeley Internet Name Domain Server) is the most widely used DNS server software on the Internet. The first version of BIND goes all the way back to the early 1980s and has been the main DNS server on UNIX systems ever since. It can justly be called the world's de facto standard DNS server."

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