The article by InfoWorld identifies their picks for best of open source in a variety of categories. It was part of the case we made for choosing Liferay Portal as an intranet solution and could be interesting when making other base technology choices.
Different categories will likely be interesting to different people. I’ve pulled out all the categories and product winners with their (sub-category) in parentheses. That’s to save you having to click through a slideshow for each category. Can’t believe they didn’t just list it somewhere easy.
- Collaboration – Elgg (Web 2.0 CMS), MediaWiki (Wiki), Scalix (enterprise email and calendar), VNC (remote control), WordPress (blog)
- Enterprise applications – Alfresco (Enterprise Content Management – image, document, records, and Web content mgmt), Compiere (ERP), dotProject (project management), Hyperic HQ (app monitoring), Intalio (business process management), Liferay (enterprise portal), Magento (e-commerce), Pentaho (business intelligence), SugarCRM (CRM), JasperReports (reporting),
- Networking – Asterisk (IP telephony), AWStats (log analyzer), inSSIDer (wi-fi network scanner), Nagios (server monitoring), NDISwrapper (wireless network interface), Vyatta (router, firewall, vpn), Wireshark (VoIP monitoring), Zenoss Core (network monitoring),
- Platforms and middleware – CentOS (server os), JBossESB (enterprise service bus), MySQL (database), phpMyAdmin (MySQL administration), Puppy Linux (small footprint OS), Jitterbit (data migration), Ubuntu (desktop os), VirtualBox (desktop virtualization), Xen (server virtualization)
- Productivity applications – Audacity (sound editing), Blender (3-D modeling), Firefox (web browser), GIMP (image editing), OpenOffice (productivity suite), PDFCreator (PDF creation)
- Security - Metasploit (penetration toolkit), Ophcrack (windows password cracker), SmoothWall Express, Firewall Builder (network firewall), Snort (network intrusion detection), Splunk (security log analysis), TrueCrypt (disk encryption), Untangle (gateway security)
- Storage - Amanda (network backup), FreeNAS (storage server), Free Online Backup (online backup), WinMerge (file management), smartmontools (disk monitoring), StorageIM (storage administration)
Here’s the full article.