Readers' Choice Awards 2008

The Readers' Choice Awards take the current pulse of the Linux Community year. Here are the tools you use every day in your work and play.
Who Makes Your Favorite Linux Server?

Dell (21%)

Honorable Mention

IBM (14%)

Hewlett-Packard (12%)

The majority of voters in this category give their server business to the big vendors, such as Dell (winner of both Favorite Desktop Workstation and Server categories), IBM, HP and Sun. Many readers also like to purchase from the smaller mom-and-pop shops—with too many write-ins to list here. And, as with the Favorite Desktop Workstation category, many readers prefer to build their own servers.

Favorite Green Linux Product or Solution

VMware (42.6%)

Honorable Mention

PowerTOP (16.3%)

Because virtualization is such a fabulous and popular way to improve the efficiency of your servers, VMware landed the top spot in the Favorite Green Linux Product or Solution category. The PowerTOP tool for finding energy wasters on your systems also is popular and won an honorable mention at 16.3%. Although many readers earnestly consider energy consumption and environmental impacts in their data-center strategy, we were surprised to see the high number of responses like “Hummer” and “I promote global warming”. We wonder with concern, “How much good science is necessary to convince us of the seriousness of our environmental challenges?”

Favorite Linux Book (revised or released in or after January 2007)

Linux System Administration by Tom Adelstein and Bill Lubanovic (O'Reilly) (16%)

Honorable Mentions

Linux System Programming by Robert Love (O'Reilly) (7.2%)

Official Ubuntu Book by Benjamin Hill (Prentice Hall) (7%)

Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux by Mark G. Sobell (Prentice Hall) (6.6%)

There are so many great Linux books, how can one choose a favorite! Despite the amazing diversity, your clear winner for Favorite Linux Book is O'Reilly's Linux System Administration by Bill Lubanovic and LJ regular Tom Adelstein. Three other books clustered around the 6–7% mark, one from O'Reilly and two from Prentice Hall. Interestingly, several of you mentioned that you don't read “analog” printed books anymore, only digital materials.

Favorite Linux Journal Column

Cooking with Linux by Marcel Gagn� (26.9%)

Honorable Mention

Work the Shell by Dave Taylor (15%)

Hack and / by Kyle Rankin (14.1%)

Looks like Marcel Gagn� is going to have to be knocked off before anyone knocks him off the award stand for Favorite Linux Journal Column. Marcel's Cooking With Linux column, where Linux must be fun and one hand must remain free to fill the wineglass, has tickled and informed Linux Journal readers since its inception more than 100 issues ago. The ever-popular Dave Taylor also fared well (15%) for his Work the Shell column, and the upstart Hack and / from Kyle Rankin has become quite popular (14.1%) in its short life.

Linux Product of the Year

ASUS Eee PC (37.3%)

Honorable Mention

One Laptop Per Child (17.9%)

We are pleased to present you with your very own Linux Journal Readers' Choice Product of the Year...drumroll please...the ASUS Eee PC! Once again, we congratulate ASUS for making a great Linux product from the ground up and not as an afterthought. The win is well deserved due to the pure excitement it has created in our community. And, it's created excitement here at LJ as well—see Jes Hall's review of the ASUS Eee PC at www.linuxjournal.com/article/9947, her “Hacking the Eee PC” at www.linuxjournal.com/article/10003 and Shawn Powers' video review at www.linuxjournal.com/node/1005898. See also “Eee PC Gets an Upgrade” on page 13 of this issue. We're also pleased to announce that the OLPC wins the Honorable Mention in this category; see Dave Phillips' “Sounding Out with the OLPC XO” on page 46 of this issue.

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James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal

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finally we get to know who the csool winners of this year's Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards for 2008! Ubuntu is a real surprise as I've heard that it is quite com plicated and needs getting used to!! All the others were more or less expected! Hope this will add more

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Since I discovered Firefox

CJO's picture

Since I discovered Firefox I’ve forgotten IE, but have not migrated to Thunderbird, kinda comfortable with MWM. We use Wordpress for blogs http://www.caribbeanjobsonline.com/

Choice

güzel sözler's picture

Mozilla - Not impressed.
Pidgin - Excellent ! ---Skype should be banned :)
Gimp - Always the best
vi - best text editor, file editor , fileditor.

I'm also surprised that my

toteller's picture

I'm also surprised that my favorite program Konqueror gets less than 5%, inasmuch as it is unique in offering very fast browsing and powerful if slow file management in the same window and also offer multiple windows, tabs, and window panes. Of course, few Gnome users will use Konqueror and you need Firefox anyway for some sites, but I'm not happy that KDE had to launch a new file manager Dolphin which will not help Konqueror's popularity any.www.eniyioteller.net/alanya-otelleri/index.php http://www.eniyioteller.net/kemer-oteller/index.php http://www.eniyioteller.net/antalya-otelleri/126.html

mozilla

kadın's picture

Mozilla is affected me :) Pidgin is Very good,gimp like always,No other words to say :)

true list

Anonymous's picture

i like firefox and open office

Teknoloji ve Tasarım

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I have tried ubuntu a few times before. It complicated to me. I hope this version is easier than before. It is really look useful with mozilla advices. Thanks for article.

Thank you

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web tasarımı

web tasarımı's picture

I don't trust anything by Mozilla. That's why Opera all the way, baby.

I have tried ubuntu a few

deli dana's picture

I have tried ubuntu a few times before. It complicated to me. I hope this version is easier than before. It is really look useful with mozilla advices. Thanks for article.

Magma

Magma's picture

Mozilla - Not impressed.
Pidgin - Excellent ! ---Skype should be banned :)
Gimp - Always the best
vi - best text editor, file editor , fileditor.

Wordpress is indeed the best

Anonymous's picture

Wordpress is the best Content Management System I can't understand how Drupal is so close as I think Wordpress has more than 50% market share.

Jack

thanks

darkworld's picture

thats nice thanks alot

I'm surprised wordpress only

sync's picture

I'm surprised wordpress only got 28.8 %

Reader's Choice contest

John D. Collier's picture

Dear Reader's Choice:

I was wondering if can answer the following questions for me.

1. Can a person can enter your contest online?
2. I have a book that is printed by a publish on demand company. Do you know of any literary agencies you could refer me to who works with Christian material?
3. Can your editor critique my book?

Thank you,
John D. Collier

Honorable Mentions Bison

Anastois's picture

Honorable Mentions

Bison (14.7%)

javacc (12.8%)

thats nice thanks alot

Anonymous's picture

thats nice thanks alot

well/.//so surprised by the

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well/.//so surprised by the stastics.

Programming Languages

rr's picture

Programming is a very wide and deep area to cover,
unlike web-browsers or text editors, which are rather single-purpose;
perhaps you should have instead subdivided it into domains:

  • shell
  • web
  • UI
  • database
  • library
  • one-off
  • etc

-scripting/programming

Where oh where has Konqueror (and Opera) gone?

Theo Schmidt's picture

I'm also surprised that my favorite program Konqueror gets less than 5%, inasmuch as it is unique in offering very fast browsing and powerful if slow file management in the same window and also offer multiple windows, tabs, and window panes. Of course, few Gnome users will use Konqueror and you need Firefox anyway for some sites, but I'm not happy that KDE had to launch a new file manager Dolphin which will not help Konqueror's popularity any.

Lighttpd

Roel's picture

Apache is indd the most favorite webserver. But I think that webservers like lighttpd and nginx will rise this year. They have less memory footprints and are faster then apache. The proof for this is easy to find. The most popular websites like youtube and wikipedia do not run from apache but lighttpd.

The evolution in webservers that are more specific programmed for WEB2.0 and 3.0 is started.

Interesting

Jaqui's picture

BLOATWARE desktops are the choice?
only for those with more money than brains.

BLOATWARE browser?
not for me.
I'll use Mozilla's Seamonkey Suite, less resource intensive and 5 times the capabilities of Mozilla's Firefox.
[ and no IE look and feel to it ]

vi/vim both not installed on my systems, with garbage documentation written for something that has not been used since the 1970s, the "META" key, it just isn't worth using.

and any distro that has meta packages enabled is out of the running, that is a guarantee of bloat.

use a minimalist distro, or go back to MS bloatware.
[ Linux From Scratch, the only way to go ]

Regarding Jacqui's comment

Spiros's picture

Regarding Jacqui's comment from May 6th, 2008, vim has extremely good documentation both from within using it and in html format. It contains informative introductory chapters and detailed reference chapters. All of this completely cross-referenced. It's a pleasure to read and sets a standard for the documentation of any complex tool.

As for META, I use Alt as META and it works fine.

Your position sure makes

Anonymous's picture

Your position sure makes sense. Run 2008 software as if you had a 1970's machine, and yet shy away from 1970's software because it's poorly documented. (But hey, thick documentation is the ultimate bloat and can swallow lots of MB out of your 500GB disk!) What is your favorite, minimalist, run-me-on-0.1K editor, then, "cat >" ?

As for the vi documentation, were you able to write down where on earth it mentioned the META key before getting rid of it? Last time I checked you only needed ESC. Still, I'm sure such a resourceful guy could always look up one of the zillion web pages and tutorials available on the subject...

good list

Jean Ghalo's picture

well thats a good list and as expected FireFox is getting better all the way ....

cheers!
ghalo
http://www.jean.ghalo.com

I don't trust anything by

Xay's picture

I don't trust anything by Mozilla. That's why Opera all the way, baby.

Awards

FILEditor's picture

Mozilla - Not impressed.
Pidgin - Excellent ! ---Skype should be banned :)
Gimp - Always the best
vi - best text editor, file editor , fileditor.

So finally we get to know who

Jcbeown's picture

So finally we get to know who the cool winners of this year's Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards for 2008! Ubuntu is a real surprise as I've heard that it is quite complicated and needs getting used to!! All the others were more or less expected! Hope this will add more competition between them and we customers get the most out of it!! But it was wonderful work done by you guys and Linux must be appreciated for their wonderful world of web!!Internet Satellite

FTA: "Who would have

Anonymous's picture

FTA:

"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."

As far as Linux is concerned vi = vim. If a user types vi at the command their running vim. I simply do not believe that vi is more popular than vim.

Vim as an easy-install vi

Anonymous's picture

I voted for vi even though I'm using vim, because *only occasionally* do I use one single extra feature, namely syntax highlighting. Whenever I type vi or vim, my screen reads "Running in Vi compatible mode", and that's how I like it best.

Back to the Future?

Myriam's picture

Hm, I read "June 1st, 2008 by James Gray in Linux Journal" in the header of this article. So either you travel in time or you should check your date settings ...

Time travel

Anonymous's picture

This is just like the type of posts it's worth visiting 2 years after they were written.

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John Nousis

June Issue

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We are sort of traveling in time in that this is a preview of the article that appears in the June issue of Linux Journal, which hits mailboxes and newsstands any day now.

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Truth

Anonymous's picture

Jeje, you're right.

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