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Packt Announces Winners of Open Source Awards: Joomla, Drupal, Plone Top List

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Packt Publishing has announced the winners of its sixth annualopen source awards, and some familiar players have taken top spots. Take a lookat the results and see if your favorite project won.

The Open Source Awards

Packt Publishing has been conducting its awards since 2006toencourage and support open source development. It began by focusing exclusively on content management platforms, but was soon expanded toothercategories. Since its inception, Packt has awarded over US$100,000. Thisyear’s awards included six categories:

  • Open Source CMS
  • Open Source Mobile Toolkits and Libraries
  • Most Promising Open Source Project
  • Open Source Business Applications
  • Open Source JavaScript Libraries
  • Open Source Multimedia Software

Projects were nominated by the public starting inAugust. Voting began in September and concluded at the end of October.

Award Winning Software

In the Open Source CMS category, originally the onlycategory,Joomla! took top honors. This is the third time that the popular content management platform has taken home honors in the Packt awards.Drupaland Plone took first and second runner up; neither is a newcomerto the honor.Plone won the best non-PHP category in 2008 and 2009.Drupal has placed in atleast one category since the awards began.Drupal also dominated the CMSsub-category rankings this year, voted as having the best performance,community and ease of use. Theother nominees in the CMS category weremojoPortal, Plone andSilverStripe.

jQuery won the JavaScript library category as well as all sub-categories. Dojo and Sencha placed second and third. The mostpromisingopen source project category, which highlights new projectsless than two yearsold, was won by ImpressPages, a webCMS with a drag and drop interface.

The winners in other categories include:

Open Source MultimediaSoftware

Winner: Blender
1st Runner up: GIMP
2nd Runner up: Inkscape

Learning Opportunities

Open Source BusinessApplications

Winner: PrestaShop
1st Runner up: nopCommerce
2nd Runner up: OpenCart

Open Source Mobile Toolkitsand Libraries

Winner: jQuery Mobile
1st Runner up: PhoneGap
2nd Runner up: Sencha Touch

Additional details about theawards is available at Packt's Website. Did you vote in this year’s awards? Did your favorite project place? Let usknow your thoughts on this year’s outcomes.