10 new open source projects to watch

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Open Source, Black Duck Software, open source

One of the most exciting things about open-source software is the sheer diversity of projects that are always under way. Aiming to recognize some of the most promising of those projects, Black Duck Software on Friday announced its 2010 open-source "Rookies of the Year" list.

Black Duck helps companies automate the management, governance, and security of free and open-source software in businesses. Working from a list of thousands of new projects launched in 2010, the company evaluated the popularity of each using a weighted scoring system that awards points for "commits" or changes to software within a project, the number of developers involved, and the number of Websites linked to the project. It then audited its findings and normalized the scores.

So which projects were the winners? Included among them were several names familiar even to those outside the open source world.

OpenStack Cloud Platform

At the top of the list, for instance, is Diaspora, the open-source social network that began its alpha testing phase just before Thanksgiving. I've actually been playing around with Diaspora as an alpha tester, so it's exciting to see this Facebook alternative officially recognized.

Though no specific rationale is provided for the order of Black Duck's list, the next project to appear on it is OpenStack, an open-source, open-standards cloud computing platform that's backed by RackSpace and NASA. Cloud computing fabric controller OpenStack Nova, meanwhile, is also on the list in fourth position.

Integrated development environment Cloud9IDE, which was built on top of Node.JS, is third among the Rookies of the Year, while NuGet--a free, open-source, developer-focused package management system for the .NET platform--takes the fifth spot.

VoltDB Database

In the sixth position is the Activiti BPM Platform, a business process management and workflow system designed for business people, developers, and system admins, while the seventh spot goes to SparkleShare, a file sharing and collaboration tool that aims to make sharing documents and collaboration easier. SparkleShare also lets users instantly sync with any Git repository to which they have access, Black Duck notes.


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