2001 Readers' Choice Awards

See how your preferences compare with the rest of LJ's intrepid readers, all of whom are highly attractive.
Favorite Database

1. MySQL 2. PostgreSQL 3. Oracle

For a second year in a row, MySQL beat PostgreSQL by a 2:1 ratio. Combined, they received almost 80% of all votes. Write-in favorites were the Red Hat Database (powered by PostgreSQL) and GemStone/S.

Favorite Backup Utility

1. tar 2. Amanda 3. Arkeia

tar is by far the favorite backup tool our readers use. Amanda and Arkeia came in second and third place, respectively, but only by a one-vote difference. BRU, dump and homemade backup tools are also still in widespread use.

Favorite Linux Journal Column

1. Cooking with Linux 2. Kernel Korner 3. At the Forge

Fans of Marcel Gagné, author of the Cooking with Linux column, came out in full force this year and moved him to the top position. Second was the revolving-author Kernel Korner. The most popular write-in—no, we're not making this up—was “all of them”.

Favorite Programming Beverage

1. Coffee 2. Water 3. Tea

Who would have thought this would be one of the most debated categories on the ballot? We added Mountain Dew after last year's outcry, only to be chided for forgetting Dr. Pepper (Other Soft Drinks). Coffee keeps its power over all of us, and over 100 brave souls admit to consuming foo-foo frilly coffee drinks.

Favorite Linux Game

1. Quake III 2. xBill 3. Tux Racer

Some write-in comments claim games aren't for serious Linux users, but they sure do bring in the money and drive development. And we all need a little fun now and then, right? Quake III is the favorite again this year, and the classics Mahjongg and Shisen-sho dominate the write-ins.

Favorite Web Browser

1. Netscape 2. Mozilla 3. Konqueror

Netscape captured 30% of the votes this year; Mozilla (bugs and all) trailed by just over 300 votes. Internet Explorer was the favorite write-in, but a sentiment shared by many is that they “all suck, just differently”.

Favorite Linux Web Site

1. Slashdot 2. Freshmeat 3. LinuxToday

From company web sites promoting Linux products and service, to international sites and community help sites, the list of write-in favorites goes on and on. Of course, Slashdot is still the first stop for the majority of voters, almost 30%. The most popular write-in is www.linuxnews.pl, a Polish Linux site.

Favorite E-mail Client

1. Netscape 2. KMail 3. pine

Although there are winners in this category, none claim dominance. Barely 70 votes separated Netscape, in first place, from third-place mutt. One-time favorite, elm, has fallen to the bottom on the list.

Favorite Instant-Messaging Client

1. Xchat 2. Jabber 3. BitchX

For those that participate in IM, Xchat is the favorite over Jabber by 4%. The most popular write-ins are Licq and GnomeICU. And quite a few you express disdain for all forms of IM or IRC. Even more of you resort to AOL, Yahoo or MS's versions 'cause “that's what all my friends use”.

Favorite Distributed File-Sharing System

1. Gnutella 2. Freenet 3. OpenNAP

Remember last year when debate over this whole topic was being played out in every coffee shop and courthouse across the US? Well Metallica avoided the poorhouse, and Gnutella and Freenet remain the preferred methods of file sharing. Among the write-ins, audiogalaxy and MORPHEUS are mentioned most.

Most Indispensable Linux Book

1. Linux in a Nutshell by Ellen Siever 2. Running Linux by Matt Welsh, et. al. 3. Linux System Administration by Vicki Stanfield, et. al.

Perennial favorites, Linux in a Nutshell and Running Linux, once again find themselves in the top two spots, but in a reversal from last year, Linux in a Nutshell is this year's first choice. Man pages and other on-line documentation are the write-in favorites, and it looks like just about every other Linux book printed received at least one vote.

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hi

Anonymous's picture

thanks for this

Good list. They pretty much

Tim's picture

Good list. They pretty much reflect my opinion too.
Tim@Moviesblock

Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

Actually, Galeon is much better than other browsers.

It's based on Gecko, the rendering engine of Mozilla,

but the user interface is fast, clean and full featured.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

Opera. Light-weight, fast, customisable & compliant.

Web browsers

Anonymous's picture

Opera, Closed Source and Slow (At least on my Computer).

Konqueror, bloated because it is a file manager and Web browser all in one.

Epiphany would be my favourite, it just needs a few more features. For now I use Firefox.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

Konqueror is too raw, Galeon is too GTK. I use Mozilla. It's crappy, no doubt, but that's my favorite e-mail client and brower under Linux.

Noone still beats IE5. Opera under Linux is crappy as well.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

Mozilla is not crappy. It's simply the best browser out there. What other browsers will support SVG, MathML, CSS, etc.. etc.. all natively ?

IE 5 is the most sucks browser I've ever seen.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

Oh and I forgot to mention: the caching sucks.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

IE? Not to point out the obvious, but it is a resource pig, is slow as molasses, and can't render CSS1 properly, try developing a standards compliant website some time and see how much extra adjusting you need to do to make it work in IE.

But different strokes for different folks I guess.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

Galeon also has a better setup druid.

Re: Galeon is much better than Mozilla

Anonymous's picture

> Actually, Galeon is much better than other browsers.

> It's based on Gecko

And so is Konqueror afaik...

Re: 2001 Readers' Choice Awards

Anonymous's picture

Favorite E-mail Client shows:

1. Netscape 2. KMail 3. pine

i.e Pine is #3. But the descriptions says:

Although there are winners in this category, none claim dominance.

Barely 70 votes separated Netscape, in first place, from

    third-place mutt

Which (of pine or mutt) was really 3rd place ?

Favorite audio tool?

Anonymous's picture

Shouldn't pmg123 be mpg123? Once you fix the

typo, feel free to delete this comment.

Re: Favorite audio tool?

Anonymous's picture

A young man identifying himself with Readers' Choice, called me a few minutes ago and when I refused to give him information, he said, "You are a freak." He then hung up. I suspect that your company is in bad need of solicitors......and needs to inform your solicitors that they are not needed when they leave a "victim" of solicitation with a bad reflection on your company!!!!

Re: Favorite audio tool?

Anonymous's picture

The typo's in the print magazine too. :)

Re: 2001 Readers' Choice Awards

Anonymous's picture

StarOffice? Netscape? Do you people even run linux or jusst see the IBM ads with the guys in teh space suits? Big-ass ugly Motif applications, yes that's the best of Linux, you bet.

Re: 2001 Readers' Choice Awards

Anonymous's picture

Motif? Last time I used Motif, or rather, last time I installed any motif looking application on linux I was using linux kernel 2.0.18 ... Now I'm using Netscape Communicator, StarOffice, and more... I'm using Kernel 2.4.9, and as another poster mentioned, I too am all for big companies will to tout Linux and Open Source, even if I don't necessarily agree with "Big Blue" or the corporate idealogy.

Don't force me to use a specific product, and I won't complain. Rub my back, and maybe, just maybe, I'll rub yours...

Linux isn't for geeks anymore, and most of the computer geeks I know have every Gnome/GTK and KDE application for linux installed on their systems... for the sheer fun of being able to say "yah so? I have that and more working and running fine on Linux, what's your point?"

Re: 2001 Readers' Choice Awards

Anonymous's picture

StarOffice & Netscape are for people who actually use more than an old 386 box, which is most people, therefore the most votes. And I support IBM's enthusiasm for the Linux community. I'm not wild about their prices, but the attention of companies looking to develop Linux apps is welcome in my book.

Re: 2001 Readers' Choice Awards

Anonymous's picture

I guess this is a good thing. It proves the fact that Linux is widely spread, and not a geek's OS anymore.

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