2003 Readers' Choice Awards
Quick, everyone to your keyboard: the flame war begins in 5, 4, 3, 2....In a reversal of last year's winner and runner-up, C++ moved into first place in 2003 by a mere 23 votes. Perl, meanwhile, got kicked out of the top three for the first time in the history of our awards. Continuing the C theme, C# is the favorite write-in vote.
For 2003, we combined Office Suite and Word Processor into a general Favorite Office Program category, which was won handily by OpenOffice.org. Out of 6,650 votes, 4,317 went to OpenOffice.org, followed by 477 for AbiWord. Free, featureful office programs are a good thing. And kudos on the significantly fewer write-ins for MS Office—have you made the switch or are you not talking about it anymore?
The frenzy of all things Opteron extends to this year's Readers' Choice Awards, where it premieres as your third-favorite architecture. Last year's third-place choice, AMD Duron, slips down to fifth place, with fourth place going to PowerPC. For the third year in a row, though, Athlon is the top choice.
QLi 15" AMD Notebooks
QLi Pentium 4 Notebooks
QLi Centrino Notebooks
Another category new to this year's awards, Favorite Portable Workstation didn't receive nearly as many votes as other categories. And most of the votes we did receive came as write-ins. Almost everyone selected a laptop as their favorite, although the Zaurus picked up a handful of votes. Other popular write-ins were laptops by Dell and IBM, as well as Apple PowerBooks.
Cyclades AlterPath ACS
SnapGear SME 550
We added this category to the awards for 2003 because of the sheer multitude of offerings on the market. The winners plus the many write-in votes demonstrate the variety of products that can fall under this heading. It seems a lot of you are using Cyclades AlterPath ACS (advanced consoler server) to manage networks remotely. And Linksys routers are near and dear to many voters' hearts.
SGI Altix 3000
IBM DB2 OLAP Server
Tyan Thunder K8S
It was our snazzy February 2003 Altix cover story, wasn't it? Or, did voters stumble across the big Altix machines on display at LinuxWorld New York 2003 last January? Either way, the love affair with the Altix 3000 is officially underway. Dell, HP, Sun and Compaq split the write-in votes, while some wonder why you'd buy a server when you can build one yourself—homemade was the first choice of the write-in voters.
Ximian Red Carpet
With the plethora of sysadmin tools now available, we figured it was time to give them their own category. Automatic updating tools had the most mentions. Capturing more than 30% of all votes, Perl-based Webmin is the winner. Coming in at a distant second is SuSE's YaST. Many voters, of course, said they need only a command line and vi or vim in some combination to handle their sysadmin tasks.
vi and clones
Last year, Vim beat vi by twice as many votes; this year it received three times as many. The rest of the top three holds steady this year as the Emacs folks find more and more things they can do with it. But where's the love for Elvis? A mere 14 votes this year is the best we can do? As for Kate, having made the move to the official list this year, it winds up in fourth place.