Readers' Choice Awards 2008
Rather than offer a Favorite Web Server category, we should just ask “Do you use the Apache Web server, yes or no?” and leave it at that. Apache wins with 90.9% of your votes.
Given the variety of hosting companies available today, it's no surprise that none of them dominated the voting for Favorite Linux-Friendly Web Hosting Company. Although the winner, GoDaddy.com, garnered a respectable 14.7%, the real winner was “Other” with a whopping 42.4%. Nevertheless, hats off to GoDaddy.com for its rapid rise in popularity—it was absent from our last awards.
Avocent Cyclades ACS Console Server (15.7%)
Guardian Digital Linux Lockbox (12.7%)
As with hosting, the voting for Favorite Network or Server Appliance category was diffuse due to the rabbit-like proliferation of useful products in the marketplace. The top vote-getter at 15.7% was the Avocent Cyclades ACS Console Server, and following up with honorable mention (at 12.7%) was the Guardian Digital Linux Lockbox.
Nokia N800 (43.9%)
OpenMoko Neo (23.7%)
In case you hadn't noticed, many of us Linux Journal editors adore the Nokia N800. The N800 won the 2007 awards for Ultimate Linux Handheld, and its predecessor, the N770, would have won the 2006 Editors' Choice Award for Best Mobile Device, only we were afraid we never talked about anything else. Well, clearly our readers dig it too, because 43.9% of you chose it as your favorite handheld. Keep your eye on the newer OpenMoko Neo 1973, which burst on the scene and grabbed 23.7% of the vote.
ASUS Eee PC (34.7%)
Lenovo T61p (20%)
Is there any surprise that the ASUS Eee PC got 34.7% of the vote to win the Favorite Linux Laptop category handily? Finally, a company created a laptop with Linux in mind and didn't consider Linux as a second-rate afterthought. It also is nice to see that our readers appreciate Lenovo's better-late-than-never but admirable effort to pre-install its T61p with SLED. This helped the device win honorable mention. Hopefully, awards like this will encourage Lenovo and others to pre-install all of their laptops with Linux from the start. If you accumulate the various models from our Linux-specialist friends like LinuxCertified, EmperorLinux and R Cubed, they fared well as a group too.
It wasn't surprising to see PC giant Dell win top choice in this category with 30% of the vote tally. Dell's product line has become more Linux-friendly over the years, which shows up clearly in your preferences. HP gets an Honorable Mention for its Linux offerings, and there were lots of write-ins for various verndors in this category, but they were too diverse to merit a third place award. And of course, many of you chose a home-brew solution as well.
James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal
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