Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awards

SEATTLE, WA -- SSC Publications, publisher of the award-winning monthly magazine Linux Journal, is pleased to announce the winners of the sixth 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 distinguished Linux experts was assembled to nominate products for the awards. Linux Journal editors chose the final winners from amongst these nominations.

The winners, featured in the August 2003 issue of Linux Journal, are as follows:

For more information on the 2003 Linux Journal Editors' Choice Awards please visit http://www.linuxjournal.com/edchoice/ or contact Linux Journal's editorial team at awards@ssc.com.

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 ninth 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 subs@ssc.com or visiting http://www.linuxjournal.com/. For additional information about Linux Journal send e-mail to linux@ssc.com.

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 http://www.ssc.com/.

Editors' Choice Awards Contact:

Heather Mead, Senior EditorSpecialized Systems Consultants, Inc. (SSC)P.O. Box 55549, Seattle, WA, 98155Phone: +1 206-782-9011 / Fax: +1 206-782-7191awards@ssc.com

Media Relations Contact:

Rebecca Cassity, Marketing ManagerSpecialized Systems Consultants, Inc. (SSC)P.O. Box 55549, Seattle, WA, 98155Phone: +1 206-297-8653 / Fax: +1 206-782-7191rebecca@ssc.com

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Rebecca Cassity is the Director of Sales for Linux Journal

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why i run linux at home

Anonymous's picture

because ms treats people like crap. i work there
and i am moving on to someplace where productivity
matters. god bless the people who can put up with
the crap there.

Tendency....

Andy Master's picture

I think there is so much bias in all these rankings, that anyone more or less related may argue. However, looking back, I can say definitely - iptables - are the Best! ;-)

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Uh, guys, I think from all your bickering and total lack of product knowledge, that it's obvious the Linux world doesn't have a clue what's going on in it's own back yard.

That is why SQLServer has been and always will be the world's greatest database server for whatever your application.

Microsoft rules because you're all a bunch of keystone cops.

DB

Anonymous's picture

Ever heard of DB2 on an AS400?

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

A very large financial institution uses IMS, a very old, very fast, and very reliable hierarchical database.

At peak hours they do ... wait for it ....

6 million transactions. That's per hour.

IMS on z/OS is THE FASTEST DB around. Even faster than DB2. Ask any large bank, manufacturer or insurance company and they'll concur.

Come back when SQL Server is written well enough to let Taiwan stay on the Internet during a Slammer attack and I'll let you lick the sweat off of my balls. Until then STFU.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Hai,

microsoft advocate , you comment and your presence are not welcome here, please leave and dress up you own Windows Costume !!!

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Why shouldn't s/he be welcome here? If s/he has anything reasonable and worthwhile to say, the open-source community should be willing to listen. If not, then what is said will collapse of its own weight.

Why do you guys want to censor the opposition? Afraid s/he might be right about something?

Re: The above is BULL...

Anonymous's picture

..."created in 1995, enchanced and updated in 1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003...."

Can't say the same about the site, uhhh, blink tags

Re: The above is BULL...

Anonymous's picture

*cough* it'd be a LOT more impressive and would likely get a LOT more attention from the media if the linuxcad website didn't look like something put together by your cousin's sister's friend Ernie.

How about shredding that pile of poodle feces, and creating a website that looks as professional as the product you're trying to sell?

By way of example, I present the comparison between Debian's website, and Red Hat's website. Debian looks like a hobbyist distro. Red Hat looks like a professional distro (irregardless of the physical differences between the OS's, the way they are presented in their web-advertising is the difference -- the perception of the customer who has used neither.)

Re: The above is BULL...

Anonymous's picture

Dude, it's either REGARDLESS or IRREGARD.

There is no such thing as irregardless. Before you start criticizing websites, try graduating middle school first.

Re: The above is BULL...

Anonymous's picture

actually, there is no "IRREGARD." "REGARDLESS" means "without regard".

Now, doesn't that clear things up? :)

Re: The above is BULL...

Anonymous's picture

wow, that site does suck...

All your CAD

Anonymous's picture

are belong to us.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

How about disclosing the top three Linux Journal Winner for each and every category of the Editors choice contested to make it more transparent and interesting ?

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

How about award for best programming/Computing language , certainly it must be platform independent unlike microsoft window only product.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Well, no language that I would like would win, but Lisp or ML all the way!!! (maybe Haskell too ;)

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Well it seems we have shortlisted a few for this category
in no particular order , we got
Java
Phython

Any more suggestion, keep on nominating please!

Thanks

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Erlang !

Erlang is a concurrency oriented programming language. It has been created as a means to write robust applications, running on a set of networked computers.

see http://www.erlang.org/ and http://www.erlang-projects.org/

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

I know most open sourcees hate Microsoft, but I think their CLR initiative promises to provide an amazing world of integrating all languages on any platform. The best language for any programmer is the one they understand and are most fluent in. So instead of focusing on which language it preferred by this programmer or that programmer, we should look for a framework that allows all languages to accomplish tasks together.

Microsoft has labelled their implementation of this CLR as .Net, but the specifications have been sumbitted to ECMA and W3C international standard organizations and Ximian is developing their own version called Mono. Programmers that want a really valuable tool for their development should support the Ximian project.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Python:
- Multiplatform
- Easy to learn
- Very powerful
- Extensible
- Stable
- Secure
- Chose of Procedural or Object Oriented coding approach, depending on preference.
- Code is forced to be clean and readable by anyone, not just the guy who wrote it.
- Batteries included

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Perl already won the best development award... too late for Python this year (or java for that matter).

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

There is no need for a contest.

JAVA RULE!!!!!

k=n^r/ck, scjp, scjd

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Java: the COBOL of the new mellenium.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Java??? Come on!

I used Java, Perl, Python, PHP and other popular languages for real-world programming -- over a dozen all together. I am using these three more frequently than others in the past three years because they are winers, when combined:

1. C -- For performance -- you need it!!!
2. Ruby -- I use this to replace Perl, Python, Tcl -- for quick and dirty development and for integration
3. Scheme/Guile -- for its elegance and to make me a better programmer

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Is Java is the de facto commanding language ?

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

It should be corrected as

Well, may I suggest postgresql community to request eWeek( if achievable) to perform bench mark testing on postgresql and stop all the "Postgresql critics" as "Mysql" seems to gain publicity from the test result!!

My Apology

gan

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Well, it seems like a good idea , would postgresql community pay attention to this benchmark testing with currrent 7.3.3 or they would rather wait until the much anticipated 7.4 version is ready ?

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

I only hope they benchmark more than just speed - PG is about being an RDBMS not about being a bloody souped up content delivery system... would be funny to put some data integrity bits in you test as well, and maybe uptime and reliability under heavy load... I can see it now..

MySQL-> TIMMMMMMMMBBBBBEERRRRRRRR.......CRASH!
PG->hmmm gotta work a bit harder here... oh well..

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

"Database Server Clash Revisited
By Timothy Dyck

eWEEK and sister publication PC Magazine early last year published results of a comparative performance test of database servers. It had been almost a decade since either publication had performed a similar test, so we expected significant interest in the story."

Well, may I suggest postgresql community to request eWeek( if achievable) to perform bench mark testing on postgresql and stop all the MySql critics as they seems to gain publicity from the test result!!

gan

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

what a idiot comment....
:)
but the database postgres is not a dbms... its a rdbms
the best dbms would be MySQL

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

grrr.. an rdbms is essentially a dbms

say "an rdbms" not "a rdbms"

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

There's a lot more heat than light here. To say that an "rdbms is essentially a dbms" is logically correct but not necessarily helpful. Man is essentially an animal, but fish will never understand SQL.

'r' is for 'relational,' and whether you say an or a rdbms is a free choice of usage. It is possible to be relational without complying with the SQL standard, but it would be an odd design decision now. The essence of being relational is that the unit of organisation of data is the 'relation,' i.e. a set of 'tuples,' which is realised physically as tables, and may be presented as views. See E.F. Codd, C.J. Date or any works by the great pioneers done before most of today's practitioners were born, is seems. By this definition, PostgreSQL and MySQL come from utterly relational roots, although PostgreSQL has moved along a curve like Oracle to answer the desires of object-oriented thinking.

Codd, E.F. A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks. CACM 13(6): 377-387. 1970.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

OK you want to get technical....Let's get Technical....

Postgresql is a ORDBMS.

MySQL is a RDBMS.

k=n^r/ck, SCJP,SCJD

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

mysql, in its standard configuration, is not an rdbms, since it doesn't adhere to the relational model or offer any relational integrity.

even when attempting to be an rdbms, i think its a little suspect, see:
http://www.pgro.uk7.net/innodb1.htm

there are countless other examples where it falls down on data integrity as well....

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

OK you want to get technical....Let's get Technical....

Postgresql is a ORDBMS.

Postgresql: Introduction and Concepts
By Bruce Momjian Pg 1.

MySQL is a RDBMS.
MySQL.com: http://www.mysql.com/documentation/mysql/bychapter/manual_Introduction.h...

k=n^r/ck, SCJP,SCJD

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Hello,

could you please take a look at the following Postgresql web site http://www.postgresql.org/users-lounge/features.html before giving useless comment ?

Postgresql is not only world's most advanced open source database management system but it also has the commercial grade object oriented and features one would expect . Don't
argue whether it is RDBMS or DBMS , try first and evaluate for yourself

No one heard about sapdb ?

Anonymous's picture

It seems noone have a look at Sapdb (http://www.sapdb.org/)

I think sapdb is more complete and advenced than Postgresql, but
it's more complex to run and configure.

I still waiting for a sapdb Debian package, I've tried binary
distros from ftp.sap.com, I find those packages very crufty:
everytime i start a db sapdb kernel die. web interface die after first requested page. Actually I can't say that sapdb rock, but reading documentation make me think that it's better than postgresql

Re: No one heard about sapdb ?

Anonymous's picture

So, with no benchmarks or actual experience, just based on the documentation, you'd pick SAPDB as being better than Postgresql?

Sorry, but that's a little silly. If you can't even get it to run, how can it possible be better?

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Thanks Linux Journal for recognizing PostgreSQL! It's truly the very best.

MySQL? Let's wait several more years and then evaluate it. I don't know what people talk about when they say MySQL is better. I confess MySQL does have better advertisement. In the end, the best product wins.

PostgreSQL rules.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

what was that about idiot comments ?
"it's not a dbms, it's a rdbms" ???

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

A rdbms is not also a dbms?

I think, by virtue of both being SQL-compliant, they are relational database manegement systems?

Also, I know MySQL gets a lot of press, but once you want for something standard and easy to handle, Postgresql is great.
Not much slower, and quite complete.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Both MySQL and PostgreSQL have relational querying features, although PostgreSQL enjoys more relational *constraint* features and abstractions (views, rules).

But then again according to Codd, Date, and other original relational thinkers, SQL itself is, by definition, not truly relational; it violates the relational model in several areas. So, even PostgreSQL (as much as I like it) does not deserve the title of RDBMS.

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

you're talking rubbish... both mysql and postgresql are relational database management systems (rdbms).

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

<rant>
No no no no no no!

MySQL is an SQL wrapper around flat files. There are no foreign keys and no transactions (and don't even start on the BDB and InnoDB table types - I want a god damn rdbms that has BOTH at the SAME TIME, not one or the other). Anyone who looks at MySQL, and I'm not saying its a bad piece of software.. but anyone that has only looked at MySQL without using PostgreSQL, Oracle or (God forbid) SQL Server, has NO concept of what an RDBMS is. MySQL is great for reporting and SELECTS but I want data consistency - look around the web, you'll find lots of examples of MySQL destroying YOUR data on insert.
</rant>

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Product of the year is a server which isn't also the best server of the year?

Re: Linux Journal Announces Winners of 2003 Editors' Choice Awar

Anonymous's picture

Where's the Award for MPlayer ? ( http://www.mplayerhq.hu/ )

And i also see there's not even a Award for :

Best Multimedia Player .

Robert

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