2008 Readers' Choice Survey

The 2008 Readers' Choice survey is now closed. We received nearly 6,000 responses -- thank you to everyone who participated.

Winners will be announced in the June 2008 issue of Linux Journal (on newsstands in early May).

Special Note: We've been asked why we didn't share the survey responses immediately with respondents. Normally we would, however LJ's Readers' Choice Awards are a special annual event for us, one we treat as more of a ceremony. We want to give the winners special honor.

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Graet people

ilan ver's picture

As the intro says, "it's also ok to skip voting in categories not applicable to you ilan ver The only field that must be filled in is email (so we can remove multiple votes from single email addresses

Ne olacak böyle

Teşekkürler's picture

Bu güzel yazı için çok teşekkür ederim arkadaşlar gerçekten de çok başarılısınız

thanxx nice :)

goldkoxp's picture

thanxx nice :)

yes,i agree I like this

Anonymous's picture

yes,i agree
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Magma's picture

Magma is a general purpose programming language! It is interpreted as opposed to compiled. It is dynamically typed as opposed to statically typed, but definitely strongly typed. ...and back in the early 90s it may have been seen as a scripting language, but that moniker is no longer accurate. It is a general purpose language from which the full range of applications can be built, and has been for quite some time now.

If you must differentiate, please do so on the basis of compiled vs interpreted, but today Python is no longer your father's scripting language.

Business Applications

Anonymous's picture

There's only 1 category for non-admin software here altogether it seems. Well no wonder we can get the rest of the computing world to see the beauty of Linux if we don't spread our love for 3rd party business and personal apps.

We presently used a variation of free Nolapro and WebERP to do our business work. We recently ditched sugarcrm, which I know is popular, as well as some smaller apps, but none of these types of programs are brought up for widespread sharing.

Why is the community so closed-minded about giving props for good end-user software?

Business Applications

ThomasJLane's picture

There's only 1 category for non-admin software here altogether it seems. Well no wonder we can get the rest of the computing world to see the beauty of Linux if we don't spread our love for 3rd party business and personal apps.

We presently used a variation of free Nolapro and WebERP to do our business work. We recently ditched sugarcrm, which I know is popular, as well as some smaller apps, but none of these types of programs are brought up for widespread sharing.

Why is the community so closed-minded about giving props for good end-user software?

Do you think somebody takes this questionnaire serious?

ThomasJ's picture

My goodness, who is the know-it-all that designed this questionnaire? Among other thigh-slappers:

22. What is your favorite Linux software development tool?
What about the GNU Compiler Collection? The essential development tool without no Linux kernel and no GNU/Linux distribution would be available at all? Well, perhaps there is a Intel C/C++ compiler based GNU/Linux distribution around I do not know about.

24. What is your favorite system administration tool?
Never stroke me that OpenSSH was a system administration tool although I am using it everyday in non-sysadmin-mode.

Security

initialzero's picture

I can't believe one of the best security tools, AppArmor has been overlooked as an option.

I agree. Application Armor

Michael Trent's picture

I agree. Application Armor is a great tool which I've been a fan of for a few years. I'm surprised it hasn't been considered.

Mike

In the "22. What is your

beer's picture

In the "22. What is your favorite Linux software development tool?" question, there is a significant option that has been overlooked - Sun Studio software. Freely available on Solaris and Linux platforms, its optimizing compilers, source and memory debuggers, thread and performance analyzers, and IDE make a well integrated toolchain for C/C++/Fortran developers.

bad poll, no cookie

Anonymous's picture

I can't really participate in this survey; it has far too many flaws.

Programing language vs scripting language. Desktop environment vs window manager. "Communication tools", "security tools", "software development tools" and "package managers" all have massive confusion as to what type or level of tool they are talking about (netbeans, autoconf, emacs (no vi!) -- iptables, nmap, Coverity Scan -- dpkg *and* apt, but no aptitude). Email needs to be added to communication tools or comm. tools needs to be split up (at least irc, IM, voice). Audio tool is a title that does not sound like music players, it sounds like editing tools (audacity, jokosher).

I don't expect amateur polls to be perfect, but I expect *some* thought and effort.

I agree that Python should

Athropos's picture

I agree that Python should not be reduced to a "simple" scripting language. Anything that can be done in C/C++/Java/... can be done in Python.

Yep, I agree with the above ... where's my Python?

agc's picture

Yep, I agree with the above posters, I can't vote for Python as my favorite *Programming* language?
I really don't think that this poll is very respectable.

Python is....

buggywhip's picture

Python is a general purpose programming language!   It is interpreted as opposed to compiled.   It is dynamically typed as opposed to statically typed, but definitely strongly typed.   ...and back in the early 90s it may have been seen as a scripting language, but that moniker is no longer accurate.   It is a general purpose language from which the full range of applications can be built, and has been for quite some time now.

If you must differentiate, please do so on the basis of compiled vs interpreted, but today Python is no longer your father's scripting language.

Was "Microsystems" meant to be "Sun Microsystems"?

vugluskr's picture

I'm very puzzled to see "Microsystems" listed as an option under question #32. It is either a typo
and it was supposed to be "Sun Microsystems" or it is a company Google known nothing about. And we
all know Google can't be wrong.

Why the distinction between programming & scripting languages?

William's picture

The survey has two categories of favorite languages. Not only is this a totally arbitrary distinction among languages, but the pre-populated choices aren't even consistent in honoring the distinction. For example, BASIC and Scheme are both interpreted (or at least can be). Other languages, including at least LISP, ADA, Python, and Haskell are languages which are defined by their grammar and syntax, and not by their implementations. In each, there are implementations which take a scripted/interpreted/bytecode approach, and other implementations which can compile down to native-processor machine code.

Also, asking 'what is your favorite security tool' and 'favorite sysadmin' tool is WAY too big of a category. Security and Systems Administration aren't a particular functions (as opposed to, say photo management, editor, or database). They are entire fields of endevour. Comparing how I like a tool such as Nessus to how I like a tool like IPTables in the security category is apples and oranges to the extreme. And how can you compare whether you prefer rsync over LDAP directories for sysadmin tools?

Finally, when the result of this survey actually gets written up, I would highly recommend an article that actually describes *each and every* option and write in suggestion. So often, I've read the 'Reader's choice awards' and read the description of the winning tool for the bazillionith time and I am constantly thinking to myself, the winning tool isn't the one that needs to get explained, it's the really valuable tool that got 1% of the votes because people don't know why it is so cool.

Package manager and system administration tool

Anonymous's picture

Where are urpmi and Mandriva control centre (mcc)?

No way to give Python as favourite programming language!

Paddy3118's picture

All languages in the scripting category should be added to the programming language category if you must make the distinction, as this correctly highlights the lack of ability of the PL's in your current PL section 18.

- Paddy.

Missing Option in #22 - Sun Studio Compilers & Tools

Anonymous's picture

In the "22. What is your favorite Linux software development tool?" question, there is a significant option that has been overlooked - Sun Studio software. Freely available on Solaris and Linux platforms, its optimizing compilers, source and memory debuggers, thread and performance analyzers, and IDE make a well integrated toolchain for C/C++/Fortran developers.

No confirmation of submission?

Anand's picture

After filling up the form, clicking submit just reloads the form, with no indication of success of failure completing the survey.

Why is that so?

None of the above

czep's picture

There should be a "None of the above" or at least "Unsure" option for the questions in this survey. We may try to be everywhere all the time, but not every LJ reader will have experience with all categories!

Fluxbox is not a Desktop

hello's picture

Fluxbox is not a Desktop Environment. It's a Window Manager ;)

Oh well

LIM's picture

where I had nothing I liked I checked Other : "none"

Ok to skip categories

admin's picture

As the intro says, "it's also ok to skip voting in categories not applicable to you". The only field that must be filled in is email (so we can remove multiple votes from single email addresses).

Don't worry, we don't expect you to have an opinion on all of them. :)

It's possible

JonP's picture

Where I did not have experience with the item, I checked "Other" and put in "Don't Use"

Why was this entire form

Anonymous's picture

Why was this entire form included in the RSS feed?

Fluxbox is not a Desktop

esquiso's picture

Fluxbox is not a Desktop Environment. It's a Window Manager ;)

FluxBox as Desktop environment

Ozux's picture

Hi,
I agree with you that FluxBox is not complete Desktop environment like GNOME or KDE or CDE, but you can use FluxBox or BlackBox and ... as your primary Desktop! Like what DSL Linux does, So in this voting we can assume Fluxbox as a Desktop mush as it's a WM.

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