Michael Meeks, Novell
GNOME The pre-eminent Linux desktop, fast, crisp, clean, and the birthplace of lots of recent innovation. Of particular note is the commitment to ongoing ABI stability for ISVs, which apparently hasn't hindered the flow of great new features arriving without disruption.
OpenOffice "The app many love to hate is slowly becoming more beautiful: faster startup, lower memory use with an increasing interoperable feature set: how is it done? The cleanups continue. If Sun can loosen its grip on it, OpenOffice is set for stardom and will become a fun place to hack."
Mono "A great development platform for building applications, I was blown away with its beauty writing a tool recently; of course - it lets you migrate your applications away from Windows too, that must be good."
Ross Turk SourceForge Community Manager
Ross Turk, SourceForge
Ross explains that it's a little politically incorrect for him to pick favorites: As the community manager at the site thats a motherload of incubating projects, how can he say which ones he likes best?
Oh boy. Picking winners is dangerous! he says. Any of our previous Project of the Month entries are good choices, though.
When pressed, however, he does select one to spotlight: Personally, though, I do think that dimdim [a free Web meeting service] is particularly interesting. They're just getting started and I want to see them do well."
Dirk Riehle Leader of the open source research group at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA.
Dirk Riehle, SAP
From a researcher's perspective, the three most interesting and innovative open source projects (in no particular order):
PostgreSQL For showing the world how a diverse community can build an excellent database that nobody owns and that benefits everyone.
MySQL For showing the world how to create jobs and how to make money using the dual-license-based commercial open source business model.
Eclipse (and IBM) For showing the world the future of software by leading the second generation of community open source.