Readers' Choice Awards 2008
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.
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?”
Linux System Administration by Tom Adelstein and Bill Lubanovic (O'Reilly) (16%)
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.
Cooking with Linux by Marcel Gagnï¿½ (26.9%)
Work the Shell by Dave Taylor (15%)
Hack and / by Kyle Rankin (14.1%)
Looks like Marcel Gagnï¿½ 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.
ASUS Eee PC (37.3%)
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.
James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.
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