Readers' Choice Awards 2008
Who would have thought that after all these years, the vi editor would rule the roost? It beat out every other editor, including Emacs and vim. Three years ago, it didn't even make the top three! Go figure. It is interesting to note that Emacs, KWrite and Kate all scored about evenly, clustering around the 10% mark.
Frozen Bubble (19.2%)
Tux Racer (11.7%)
It is beginning to seem that no game will ever knock Frozen Bubble from its lofty perch as Favorite Linux Game. Not only does Frozen Bubble lure you in with its pure simplicity, but also those penguins are just too darn cute! Doom and Tux Racer, which won honorable mentions, are two more of your favorites.
Given VMware's meteoric rise during the past few years, it's no surprise to see it win the gold for Favorite Virtualization Solution. More surprising is VirtualBox's showing, the application that a fellow publication called “The best virtualization program you've never heard of” in late 2007. VirtualBox's patron, innotek of Germany, was acquired by Sun Microsystems earlier this year, giving VirtualBox the marketing injection it needed to match its technical prowess. Wine and Xen fared decently in this category too.
Simple Linux Backup (25.5%)
In this year's competition, we differentiated between comprehensive applications, or systems, and specific utilities. Regarding the Favorite Backup System category, most of you prefer the no-frills, low-budget approach over corporate solutions—that is, the application Simple Linux Backup. The open-source applications—Amanda, with the Zmanda interface for server backup, and Bacula, for network-based backup—also got many of your votes. Backup also is the category in which the most readers roll their own script-based solutions.
For Favorite Backup Utility, the perpetual winner is the workhorse tar, tallying 35.4% of the vote. Enough of you love rsync and the CD/DVD-authoring application k3b to warrant honorable mentions.
MySQL is not only the world's most popular open-source database, it's your favorite as well. Although PostreSGL, SQLite, Firebird and others registered votes, the competition was not fierce. It doesn't hurt that MySQL runs on more than 20 different platforms.
'Twas the battle of the Cs in the Favorite Programming Language category, with C taking first prize, C++ landing in second and Java in the third spot. Don't see your own wildly favorite language here? You wouldn't believe the number of “WTFs” we got when readers didn't find Python, Ruby or other languages here but rather in the scripting language category. Check out that category's results, as well as Michael Baxter's explanation in the sidebar for how we differentiated between programming and scripting languages. (No doubt we'll see you in the on-line comments section too!)
James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.