2004 Readers' Choice Awards

Favorite Instant Messaging Client
  1. Gaim

  2. Kopete

  3. Jabber

Receiving almost 800 more votes than Kopete, Gaim is the clear winner of the favorite instant-messaging client award. Kopete and Jabber switched places since last year, but only seven votes separated them. Quite a few voters wrote that they hate IM. Come on, guys, who has time these days to wait for e-mail?

Favorite Graphics Program
  1. The GIMP

  2. ImageMagick

  3. gqview

It's okay if you want to skip this category; nothing really changes here. The GIMP won almost 70% of the votes...again. Inkscape is the most popular write-in vote this year. A number of you continue to use WINE to access Photoshop and other non-Linux programs.

Favorite Linux Game
  1. Frozen Bubble

  2. Tux Racer

  3. Quake 3

We find it quite interesting that every year one of the categories that receives the most votes is Favorite Linux Game. According to some, games on Linux pale in comparison to what's available for other platforms. But that doesn't stop our voters from wasting hours at the keyboard, does it? Frozen Bubble retains its addictive powers for another year and claims first prize.

Favorite Web Browser
  1. Mozilla

  2. Konqueror

  3. Opera

The top two spots are the same this year as they were last year, with Mozilla claiming 50% of all votes. Opera broke the top three this year, sending Galeon down to fifth place. On the write-in side, it's all about the Firefox. To those of you complaining that Firefox is not Mozilla or another Gecko-based browser, your pleas have been duly noted.

Resources for this article: www.linuxjournal.com/article/7757.

Heather Mead is senior editor of Linux Journal.



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Alexei A. Korolev's picture


I'm pretty sure that gentoo is #1 now. Is there 2007 award for compare?

Very nice article. My

Lip Plumper's picture

My favorite distribution - gentoo(ubuntu?) :)
I think the future for Linux and *nix-software. As for DB - MySQL + Apache + PHP(or IIS+ASP for win. ;) - classic version :)
PS> Very nice article.

Combined, MySQL and

Gerden Smith's picture

Combined, MySQL and PostgreSQL own 70% of the votes.

The GIMP won almost 70% of

bomar's picture

The GIMP won almost 70% of the votes...again.

Combined, MySQL and

Gerden Smith's picture

Combined, MySQL and PostgreSQL own 65% of the votes.

HP claimed first and second

blog's picture

HP claimed first and second place for a combined 35% of all votes in this category. Last year's first-place finisher, the Altix 3000, fell to third this year. .

He says that sites that have

tram's picture

He says that sites that have ugly designs are well known to pull more revenue, be more sticky, build better brands, and generally be more fun to participate in, than sites with beautiful designs."

Remember its not design the

Israel's picture

Remember its not design the people want when visiting a website! They want functions, things to know or buy, information. So a good working website with information, easy access and good products or good prices and lousy design is better than the one with billiant design, but without information, or bad products.

I have a request....

Omair Akhter's picture

Please any one who make this journal please if you will give some sites related to that top rated freeware to download i will be very thankful to you...
Or any one who know those site's addresses please send me e mail..
Love Pakistan!


Anonymous's picture

I cant believe xmms is #1

Anonymous's picture

xmms is totally outdated. It's a has been. The only people who still use xmms are clueless newbies who don't know any better.

Beep Media Player is by far superior to xmms.

It may be old, but not deprec

Anonymous's picture

It may be old, but not deprecated. BMP is a nice attempt, but so far has some apparent bugs that need addressing before I would consider using it regularly. XMMS is rock-solid and stable for all those hours of uninterrupted music pleasure while sitting behind a text editor with your C compiler in hand.

...me and myself?

Anonymous2's picture

...me too, but your iP is logged anyway...;-) - if this blog is hosted by a linux server!