Open Source Pros Pick their Favorite Projects: Page 4

Posted December 17, 2007

James Maguire

James Maguire

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Michael Meeks
Novell distinguished engineer

michael meeks, Novell

Michael Meeks, Novell

“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.”

"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."

"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 Turk, SourceForge

Ross explains that it's a little politically incorrect for him to pick favorites: As the community manager at the site that’s 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

Dirk Riehle, SAP

“From a researcher's perspective, the three most interesting and innovative open source projects (in no particular order):”

“For showing the world how a diverse community can build an excellent database that nobody owns and that benefits everyone.”

“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.”

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