Editors' Choice 2006
This AAA (top-tier) game title offers a native Linux client with no compromises from the Windows version, so Linux users aren't getting a second-class product. id Software has released Linux versions for all versions of Quake and later versions of Doom, which will hopefully catch the attention of other major game publishers.
TransGaming Software gets an honorable mention for its work in allowing Linux users to play popular, non-Linux AAA titles, such as World of Warcraft on Linux without having to dual boot.
AppArmor strikes a reasonable balance between the complexity and power of SELinux and Linux's default “winner/root takes all” security model. With its wizard-based setup tools (integrated into SUSE's YaST system administration GUI), AppArmor makes it easy even for nonsecurity geeks to strengthen their mission-critical applications with kernel-level mandatory access controls.
AppArmor is included in recent versions of SUSE Linux, including the free OpenSUSE distribution. Although at present AppArmor runs only on SUSE, Novell has released AppArmor's source code (which it acquired from Immunix) licensed under the GPL. Efforts are underway to port it to Ubuntu (and therefore also Debian); other ports should follow.
PacketFence deserves a mention here too. Finally, we have a well-structured tool that combines the power of many open-source components to do network policy enforcement.
Not since Python has any language captured the imagination of so many eager programmers. Ruby is an object-oriented scripting language that is natural, easy to work with and, well, fun. Ruby on Rails expanded the awareness of Ruby as a language, and now Sun has blessed JRuby (Ruby implemented in Java) by hiring two JRuby developers to work on it full-time. The bottom line is: Ruby is going places, and it is likely to be headed for explosive popularity. People who want in on the fun should grab a copy and start learning it, lest they get left behind when the revolution comes.
Some of our editors would stage a revolt if we didn't give honorable mentions to Objective-C, Perl and Python.
Are there really any other serious contenders for Editors' Choice of Web server for Linux systems? There are other open-source alternatives, such as the AOL server, but Apache still enjoys the most language and module support. It may be the extensions and add-ons that make Apache interesting as a Web development platform, but as Apache is the de facto standard engine of choice, it would be hard to justify giving any other Web server the Editors' Choice Award. Lighttpd deserves an honorable mention. It is becoming popular for its good FCGI support, which is used in Ruby on Rails.
Ruby on Rails 1.1.6
Not only has Ruby on Rails skyrocketed in its acceptance during the last few years, but people who use it generally fall head over heels in love with it. Some developers say they look at old Web applications they wrote using other frameworks and almost start crying when they discover that Rails could have eliminated 50–70% of the code that went into those projects.
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