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InfoWorld's 2009 Best of Open Source Software Awards (Bossies)
MySQL, Java, NetBeans, VirtualBox, and Recognized
September 7, 2009,
Volume 139, Issue 2

spotlights today's best open source products for business and IT pros

NetBeans 6.7 and VirtualBox were named as two of the 40 named best open source softwares in InfoWorld's 2009 Bossies (Best of Open Source Software awards). This year a new Hall of Fame list was compiled to name the top picks for the most indispensable open source software of all time and MySQL landed in the top 10 of "the most important and valuable" open source software.



Sun's open source database earned the number 6 spot. Noted as not only the world's most popular open source database, MySQL also has become the database of choice for a new generation of applications built on the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl / Python.) MySQL runs on more than 20 platforms including Linux, Windows, OS/X, HP-UX, AIX, Netware.

InfoWorld's take: "What's wrong with using a database you actually like? As the huge and active MySQL user community attests, nothing at all. MySQL's easy administration, excellent read performance, and transparent support for large text and binary objects make it the top choice for many Web sites."

The complete top 10 Hall of Famers are:

1. Linux Kernel

2. GNU Utilities and Compilers

3. Ubuntu

4. Three BSDs: FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD

5. Samba

6. MySQL


8. SendMail

9. OpenSSH and OpenSSL

10. Apache

A total of 36 open source solutions have been named to the Hall of Fame. Sun and its Java programming language received a salute along with JIT compiler for becoming a part of the open source community.


InfoWorld's Bossies recognize the best open source software for business with a mission to identify the most promising and cost-effective products available to IT organizations. The selection committee looks for innovation, functionality, ease of use and implementation, and a proven track record in serving the needs of businesses.

For 2009, the staff decided to omit desktop productivity tools and focus strictly on enterprise software, application development tools, networking and network management software, and platforms and middleware. The group does note, however, along with other top desktop productivity tools have been named to the best free open source software for Windows.

NetBeans 6.7

For application development, NetBeans 6.7 won kudos for "what may be its best release ever." Features cited were its speed, internationalization, boosted support for Ruby and JRuby, advanced Groovy and expanded C/C++ capabilities, unit testing in PHP, and its expanded project-level tools with built-in support for Maven and seamless integration with projects hosted at, including SCM and Jira interoperability.


VirtualBox was one of three virtualization tools winning Bossies this year. InfoWorld said it was the "best way to test out a Linux distribution before installing it." VirtualBox is also the tool of choice to develop and test a multimachine client-server system, according to the InfoWorld staff, explaining that multiple VMs on a single system can be run and wired all together through VirtualBox's virtual LAN.

More Information

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Best of Open Source Software Awards 2009 - InfoWorld's complete report

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Best of Open Source Enterprise Software Slideshow

Best of Open Source Platforms and Middleware Slideshow

Best of Open Source Networking Software Slideshow

The Best Free Open Source Software for Windows

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