Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2002 Editors' Choice Awards

SEATTLE, WA -- SSC Publications, publisher of the award-winning monthly magazine Linux Journal, is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Editors' Choice Awards.

Linux Journal's Editors' Choice Awards are well-known as the premiere forum recognizing outstanding product developments and achievements in the Linux market. A panel of more than 50 distinguished Linux experts was assembled to nominate products for the awards, which were then sent to the Linux Journal editors who chose the final winners. Featured in the September 2002 issue of Linux Journal, the winners are as follows:

  • Server Appliance: SnapGear for Lite/Lite+ SOHO Firewall/VPN ClientHonorable Mention: Sun Microsystems for Cobalt Qube

  • Security Tool: GPG

  • Web Server: IBM for xSeriesHonorable Mention: Sun Microsystems for Cobalt RaQ XRT

  • Enterprise Application Server: Zope

  • Technical Workstation: HP for x4000

  • Web Client (Tie): Mozilla and GaleonHonorable Mention: Konqueror

  • Graphics Application: The GIMP

  • Consumer Software: KDE 3.0

  • Communication Tool: Ximian for Evolution

  • Development Tool: EmacsHonorable Mentions: Borland for Kylix, and Kdevelop

  • Database: MySQL Honorable Mention: PostgresSQL

  • Backup Software: Sistina Software for Logical Volume Manager

  • Office Application: Sun Microsystems for OpenOffice 1.0

  • Mobile Device: Sharp for Zaurus

  • Training and Certification Program: Linux Professional Institute

  • Game: Sunspire Studios for TuxRacerHonorable Mention: Pysol

  • Technical Book: Linux Device Drivers 2nd Edition by Alessandro Rubini and Jonathan Corbet (O'Reilly & Associates)

  • Non-Technical Book: The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World by Lawrence Lessig (Random House)

  • Web Site: Google

  • Product of the Year: Sharp for Zaurus

For more information on the 2002 Linux Journal Editors' Choice Awards please visit or contact Linux Journal's editorial team by sending e-mail to

About Linux JournalLinux Journal is the premier Linux magazine, dedicated to serving the Linux community and promoting the use of Linux world-wide. A monthly periodical, Linux Journal is currently celebrating its eighth year of publication. Linux Journal may be purchased at all major bookstores and newsstands and may also be ordered by calling 1-888-66-LINUX, sending e-mail to or visiting For additional information about Linux Journal send e-mail to

About the PublisherSSC Publications is an established leader in the Linux, Open Source and UNIX fields, publishing best-selling books, reference cards and e-zines in these fields since 1983. SSC is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and has been operating since 1968. Visit SSC on the web at

Editors' Choice Awards Contact:

Heather Mead, Senior EditorSpecialized Systems Consultants, Inc. (SSC)PO Box 55549, Seattle, WA, 98155Phone: +1 206-782-9011 / Fax: +1

Media Relations Contact:

Rebecca Cassity, Marketing ManagerSpecialized Systems Consultants, Inc. (SSC)PO Box 55549, Seattle, WA, 98155Phone: +1 206-297-8653 / Fax: +1


Rebecca Cassity is the Director of Sales for Linux Journal


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Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2002 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Any reason why MySQL won? Just because it is the choice of the uneducated masses does not mean it should be the choice of the editors.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2002 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Agree, Postgres is actually an "proper" SQL database.

MySQL is just MicrosoftAccess without the UI, when it comes to functionality

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2002 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

I can think of three reasons from personal experiences using them both. MySQL exceeds postgresql in; ease of administration, driver support and availability of 3rd party software.

Postgresql might be the best RDBMS system from a technical point of view, but imo it falls short on the three issues I mention from a end-user point of view.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2002 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Make that three...

When matching Open Source software head-to-head with proprietary offerings, why do we insist on starting what should be a "second string" database. Unless your only criteria is speed, Postgresql is a much better representative of what free software is capable of achieving.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2002 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

I agree. With the exeption of replication, I cannot

see any reason to use mysql. postrgesql provides way more useful features, and is just as easy to use.

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