Packt Publishing just finished announcing their last winner in their 2010 Open Source Awards festivity.
Each day in the last week, Packt recognized a project in one of their 2010 Best Open Source Awards
Even if for some awards everybody sensed and expected certain projects to win even before the votes were counted (jQuery and WordPress), the race was close in the other categories.
After their most recent announcement, the final winners' table for 2010 looks like this: Monday:
Most Promising Open Source category (Pimcore
Open Source E-Commerce Applications category (PrestaShop
Open Source Graphics Software category (Blender
Open Source CMS and Hall of Fame CMS categories (CMS Made Simple
After we previously announced
Monday Pimcore winning the “Most Promising Open Source Project” award, out-voting Tomato CMS and BuddyPress, Twitter just caught fire with the #Packtpub hashtag waiting for the next announcements.
The Packt Awards week continued as follows.
Tuesday, Packt announced PrestaShop as this year’s best e-commerce open-source application, racking up more votes than second placed OpenCart and third place TomatoCart.
Other e-commerce solutions in this category included well-established Magento and nopCommerce.
It was a surprise that Magento
didn't win, but maybe their split OS-commercial pricing system dented their chances at winning the big prize not being considered a full open-source project.
Wednesday a new category was awarded, the “Open Source Graphics Software Award,” which in its inaugural year went to Blender, a soft for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and game creation.
Truly a great app, Blender founder Ton Roosendaal, was very happy receiving this award: “I'm very proud of getting the confidence from voters and winning the 2010 Open Source Graphics Software Award! This awards the hard work of hundreds of people who are working on blender.org for software development, documentation and support, not to forget the enthusiastic artist community supporting the project.”
Second place went to raster graphics image editor GIMP, while Inkscape, a SVG graphics editor arrived in third.
Other nominees in this category included Scribus and jMonkeyEngine.
On the fourth day, Thursday, everyone expected jQuery to win, and they didn't disappoint.
With statistics from BuiltWith.com placing jQuery's usage at almost 40% of all Internet sites, no surprise was expected in this category.
Second came MooTools and Raphael in a tie, while projects like ExtJS and Dojo Toolkit being just happy to be nominated and get recognition for their last year's work in maintaining their code base.
Friday two awards were given, one for “Open Source CMS” and the other for “Hall of Fame CMS.”
The first one recognized the efforts made by smaller open source CMS projects in developing and advancing their project's state in the last year, while the second category recognized the advances made by former winners of the Open Source CMS Award in previous years, now considered to be in the Hall of Fame due to their huge success and wide-spread usage.
The prize for best 2010 Open Source CMS went to CMS Made Simple, a project that grew exponentially in quality and code quantity in recent years, getting more and more support and plugins from their community members.
As we also noticed here at Softpedia in our Scripts index, CMS Made Simple made bold moves and changed drastically, proving a real involvement in their project in 2010.
Second and third places went to SilverStripe, respectively MODx.
Other nominees included MojoPortal and a constant presence in the Packt Awards in previous years, XOOPS.
The 2010 Hall of Fame Award results hints in our mind that this may be the beginning of a long domination period for WordPress, hands-down the best and biggest open-source CMS project currently on the web.
This is WordPress' first year in the Hall of Fame category after previously winning the Best Overall Open Source CMS Award in 2009.
Maybe the award is also a direct consequence of WordPress 3.x.x coming out this year, but even with alpha and beta versions of Drupal 7 and Joomla 1.6
being also released in 2010, there hasn't been that much rave and excitement like the one caused by WordPress 3.
And why not give the award to WordPress, since Drupal has been trying to emulate WordPress' success with its Drupal Gardens
project, a hosted Drupal solution, similar to WordPress.com.
For the ones who voted in the awards, this is the time to check back with Packt to see if you won a prize in the voters lottery, and put a bookmark for next year's awards.