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Second quarter Open Source Awards announced 106

JohnGrahamCumming writes "The Open Source Initiative has announced its Q2 award winners here. Three people/projects got $500 Merit Awards: Martin Pool for distcc, Tom Lord for GNU Arch and The GIMP. OSI is currently looking for nominations for the Q3 awards to be announced at OSCON."
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Second quarter Open Source Awards announced

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  • See!!! (Score:5, Funny)

    by TopShelf ( 92521 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:08PM (#9304241) Homepage Journal
    And who said Open Source can't be financially rewarding...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Congratulations to all honest winners! Keep up the great work!
  • by millahtime ( 710421 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:11PM (#9304266) Homepage Journal
    So, let me get this straight. Open Source awards are given out 4 times a year. Why so ofter? Doens't that downplay the importance of the awards.
  • Wide open (Score:3, Funny)

    by wombatmobile ( 623057 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:15PM (#9304322)

    "OSI is currently looking for nominations for the Q3 awards to be announced at OSCON."

    I nominate these (wide) open sourcers [securityfocus.com] from Washington state.
  • Speech... (Score:5, Funny)

    by bennomatic ( 691188 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:16PM (#9304336) Homepage
    I'd like to thank Linus, and Richard--This one's for you, Richard!--and the brave guys and gals at CollabNet. And for those of you just getting started, I'd like to say... this trophy is worth more than all the stock options I ever received!
  • by baywulf ( 214371 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:16PM (#9304341)
    Autotrace is a program that converts bitmaps to vector drawings: http://autotrace.sourceforge.net/

    Imgseek classifies bitmap images based on similarity . http://imgseek.sourceforge.net/

    Both would be awesome if converted into libraries used by other programs.
    • I'd give all awards to whoever takes The Gimp and makes an usable interface for it. I keed, I keed...
    • Yeah, but if you'd actually like these projects to be considered for an award you need to nominate [opensource.org] them, rather than posting in a /. comment.

      It's not hard, all it takes is sending an email!

    • Both would be awesome if converted into libraries used by other programs.

      Hear hear! There are so many great programs that are really just front-ends for some service, and yet aren't implemented as such. A classic example is netpbm, a great set of image manipulation programs to crop, rotate, convert formats etc - just the kind of operations that would be perfect in a general-purpose image manipulation library. But alas, all the logic is bound up in the program.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    No-one has done more for open source this year than Eric S. Raymond. He picked apart SCO's arguments against Linux and rallied Sun to open up Java.
    • because I haven't read much on the page, but...

      It would seem to me that the awards go to people/teams that have created great Open Source software, not evangelists.

      I could be wrong though.

      • It would seem to me that the awards go to people/teams that have created great Open Source software, not evangelists.

        Arguably the award for Gnu Arch was made to evangelists. They even go out of their way on their opening page (http://www.gnu.org/software/gnu-arch) to slam those who aren't true enough in their beliefs:

        It is somewhat well known, these days, that some of the core developers of the Linux kernel are using a revision control system which is not free software. There is a need to create a free

        • Just because one of the selling points of Arch (on a GNU site) is that BK is unfree doesn't mean that this is the extent of its usefulness. Go read up on the wiki [gnuarch.org] or elsewhere [gnuarch.org].

          You might note, by the way, that the gnu.org Arch site is not the primary Arch site (certainly not the most frequently updated), though that's the one linked by the article. (www/wiki).gnuarch.org are Arch's primary frontends to the world.
        • the "kernel developers use an unfree VC system" argument shows up only on the frontpage of the gnu.org Arch site, and not on the frontpage of either of the others.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Oh, hi Eric!
    • Insightful? I think he was going for funny. ESR is the president of the OSI.
      OSI Board of Directors [opensource.org]
    • From ESR not to him. Raymond is the president of OSI and co-founded it with Bruce Perens. Raymond winning would be like Bill getting the Microsoft award or RMS getting an award from the FSF.
  • Pearpc for Q3 (Score:3, Informative)

    by MrRuslan ( 767128 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:18PM (#9304374)
    I think they should consider nominating pearpc
    pearpc.sourceforge.net because that project acommplished what many people tought to be imposible.I mean a ppc emulator that runs OSX deserves a prize.
    • That's an awesome project, all right, but I don't know that it's ready for an award yet.

      If they get the speed up to something a bit more reasonable, it'd definitely be a worthy candidate.
      • I don't know if the awards are given with this in mind, but wouldn't it make sense as a way of attracting attention (possibly financial, more likely volunteer/coder) to a project that's still developing, like PearPC?
  • by Futurepower(R) ( 558542 ) <MJennings.USA@NOT_any_of_THISgmail.com> on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:23PM (#9304421) Homepage
    Glad to see GIMP getting an award. The new version is excellent on Windows XP, too. Amazing! If you need a program to edit photos, GIMP is all you need.
    • How true. If you just want to do things like crop images, change light levels, adjust saturation etc there is no reason not to use Gimp. For what most digital shutterbugs do GIMP works quite well and it has the added bonus of being a program you can grow into. The sad thing is now that we have mentioned The Gimp, 100 Photoshop fanboys will magically show up and tell us how Gimp sucks and Photoshop rules...Sigh.
    • Actually, GIMP doesn't play well on XP with Avid DV Express (or maybe it's Avid that's the offender). The XML libraries conflict with each other.
    • Except if you like something called user interface. The gimp's UI is the worst I have ever seen in a photo editor. What especially ticks me off is the having to right click on the image to save it ... really usefull on a mac. There needs to be program menu's somewhere besides the right click menu!
    • Glad to see GIMP getting an award. The new version is excellent on Windows XP, too. Amazing! If you need a program to edit photos, GIMP is all you need.

      While it's nice to see GIMP getting an award, GIMP is NOT all you need.

      It lacks 16-bit-per-color (48-bpp) editing support.

      "Why is this stupid feature necessary?", you ask?

      It's needed because of cameras like the Canon EOS-300D/10D (see the other slashdot article [slashdot.org]). Canon's RAW format is wonderful for people who need to squeeze every last ounce o

  • CoLinux (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    CoLinux is interesting too. It allows you to run Linux natively, side by side with Windows, at kernel-level. That beats emulators hands-down.

    It should get nominated.
  • $500! (Score:3, Funny)

    by lawngnome ( 573912 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:42PM (#9304614)
    Im sure some people here will claim $500 isnt a lot of money, but its programmers were talking about here - imagine how much ramen that is !
  • by selan ( 234261 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:48PM (#9304678) Journal
    That sentence should read:
    Three people/projects got $500 Merit Awards: Martin Pool for distcc, Tom Lord for GNU Arch, and The GIMP.
    Yet another example of why it's a good idea to use a comma before the last item in a list. The last two awards went to the GIMP project and to Tom Lord for his work on GNU Arch.
  • Bigger! More! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by stomv ( 80392 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:56PM (#9304764) Homepage
    It would be nice if they could (a) increase the number, and (b) increase the monetary value of the awards. But, with what money?

    I have no idea (and I did read a bit) how they manage their money, other than their 503(c) status and necessary government reporting. Do they have an endowment, or do they rely on annual donations to cover the annual (and quarterly) awards?

    I would hope they have an endowment. If so, It'd be nice to know how one could make small (less than $100!) donations to the endowment. After all, if lots of little guys would start giving to funds like this*, than they could give out mo'bigger awards, resulting in more media coverage as well as help fund good coders in future projects.

    So... do they have an endowment? Do they accept small donations to help fund this endowment? Anybody got details?

    * as well as the EFF and other "goods"
  • Tom's been struggling financially for a while, and even had to stop developing Arch because he didn't have enough funds. Arch is the only open source revision control system that is comparable to BitKeeper. Subversion may be an improvement on CVS, but it's nowhere near as comprehensive as Arch or BK. Incidentally, even Larry McVoy admits that Arch has the potential to be even better than BK. The current difference is that BK is much more polished and production ready.
    • I thought monotone [venge.net], codeville [codeville.org], and darcs [abridgegame.org] all used the distributed repository model as well as arch & bk. They may be a little further behind in terms of features or surrounding tools, but each one does have some interesting theory/philosophy of version control behind it.

      And darcs is written in haskell, so it wins points for enjoying the soundness and showing once again that pure FP can be and is used in the "real world"...

      I wouldn't discount any of them yet, but I agree that the subversion fa

  • I'd like to nominate Wilhelm IV for open sourcing Beer back in 1516.
    #include "barley"
    #include "hops"
    #include "water"
    #include "yeast"
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Please submit this story, the Green Party of Canada could use some help :)

    An interesting development in the current Canadian election [elections.ca] is that at least one party, The Green Party of Canada [greenparty.ca], seems to be paying attention to geeks this time around. The Green Party of Canada endorses open source software [greenparty.ca] in the Science and Technology section of their platform [greenparty.ca]. Some of their promises include:
    • Require federal agencies to initiate transitions to open source operating systems and productivity software.
  • Kudos to Martin! (Score:1, Informative)

    by E.S Taog ( 594473 )
    Martin made it much easier for me to come out. When I ran across his mailing lists and found how casually he could joke about these things, and how nobody else seemed offended or attacked him for it, I was floored.

    Say what you will about the open software community. Some people may be hot tempered, some may be exclusionary or quick to criticize, but I've yet to find a group so willing to accept people from all walks of life.

    Thanks to more than Martin and OSI. Thank you to everyone for making open source a

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