IDG’s InfoWorld Names the Winners of the Best of Open Source Software for 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – September 10, 2007 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT Solutions Management, today announced the winners of the Bossie Awards, an innovative recognition program focused on the best of open source software. Full results are available at

The InfoWorld Test Center’s central mission has always been to identify the most promising and cost-effective solutions available to IT organizations. Increasingly, those solutions come from the open source camp. The time has come to formally acknowledge this fact, and to give credit to the developers and community that made it happen. InfoWorld selected those businesses that exemplified innovation, functionality, ease of use, implementation, and a proven track record in serving the needs of today’s businesses.

“Open Source Software has moved into the mainstream,” said Steve Fox, Editor in Chief at InfoWorld. “InfoWorld's inaugural Bossie Award winners represent mature, flexible, and reliable solutions that increasingly define the segment.”

This Year's InfoWorld Bossie Award Recipients (listed alphabetically)


Best of open source applications

Alfresco Community Release, Content management

Jabber, IM server

Liferay Portal, Enterprise portal

Openbravo, Enterprise resource planning

Scalix Community Edition, Mail and collaboration

Sugar Community Edition, Customer relationship management

Best of open source platforms and middleware

Apache, Web server

CentOS, Server operating system

JBoss Seam, Application server

Mule, Enterprise service bus

MySQL, Database

Ubuntu Desktop Edition, Client operating system

Xen, Server virtualization

Best of open source in software development

Cruise Control, Continuous integration

JBoss Drools, Business rule management system

NetBeans, Enterprise IDE

OpenLaszlo, Rich Internet application framework

Tibco General Interface, Ajax toolkit

Best of open source in networking

Asterisk, VoIP telephony

Azureus Vuze, Streaming media

Kismet, Wireless network sniffer

Open Directory, Directory server

Wireshark, Network protocol analyzer

Best of open source in storage

AoE, SAN transport protocol

FreeNAS, NAS server

Iometer, Block I/O benchmarking

Iozone, File I/O benchmarking

ZFS, File system

Best of open source in security

ClamAV, Anti-virus

IPCop, Firewall

Nessus, Network vulnerability scanner


SELinux, Application firewall

Snort, Network intrusion prevention