"First, a number of the most successful new open source projects
relate to mobility. Several can be used on a USB thumb drive
(Appetizer, WinPenPack, UNetbootin), and several others were
specifically developed for netbooks (Easy Peasy, eeebuntu, Moblin).
Other applications make it easier to use mobile devices like iPods
(SyncDocs, MP4 Creator, Streamy).
"Second, quite a few of the applications on the list appeal
primarily to enterprise users. For example, Turnkey Linux offers
open source virtual appliances that are primarily of interest to
large organizations. And ProcessMaker, AJAX Chat, and LogicalDOC,
also focus on the enterprise market.
"Third, multimedia continues to be a hot topic. Songbird, cPlay,
Kaltura, Elltube, and others aim to help users do more with their
audio and video files.
"Finally – and we're not sure if this is significant or
not – we found two applications designed to make users
smarter: gBrainy and Brain Workshop. Could it be that the open
source community is getting older and worrying about short-term
memory loss (gasp!)? "