MySQL, VirtualBox and OpenOffice win InfoWorld's 2008 BOSSIE Award


In this year's annual Bossie (Best of Open Source Software) awards, the InfoWorld Test Center editors, analysts and reviewers selected products in eight categories to represent the best of the best in Open Source.

We did quite well -- taking home three awards in two different categories.

Best of open source platforms and middleware: Database
"MySQL is the choice for many Web sites thanks to its excellent read performance, transparent support for large text and binary objects, and incredibly easy administration," noted the editors at InfoWorld. Further, the helpful user base, and some poster-child deployments including eBay, Yahoo, and Craigslist were taken into account.
InfoWorld's 2008 Best of Open Source Software Awards
Best of open source platforms and middleware: Desktop virtualization
VirtualBox was chosen for its OS support and seamless windows support. "With version 1.5.0, VirtualBox introduced seamless windows, a knock-off of the Coherence and Unity features of Parallels and VMware Fusion, respectively. The VirtualBox implementation, however, represents the first time the capability has been available under both Windows and Linux."

Best of open source productivity apps: Productivity suite
"OpenOffice.org is the granddaddy of Microsoft Office alternatives," stated the judges. Further, "If you're looking for a single set of productivity apps that can work on a wide variety of operating systems, then OpenOffice.org is a well-supported, mature solution."

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