Finalists in Packt's 2010 Open Source Awards announced

Packt Publishing recently announced the finalists in each of the categories for their 2010 Open Awards. While award categories for content management systems are still included, this year Packt is also adding additional flavors of open source projects to be judged. The new award categories include awards for most promising open source project, e-commerce applications, graphics software, and JavaScript libraries.

The Voting for the winners in each of the categories ends on November 5, 2010.  This "public vote" will then be combined with votes by a panel of judges in each category to be announced on November 15, 2010.

This year, I will once again be participating as a judge for the Open Source CMS Award. I'll be in good company on this panel and have been a long time admirer of the work done by OpenSourceCMS's Scott Goodwin and CMS Wire's Dee-Ann LeBlanc. Karen Koombs,, is a new name to me and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better via this panel. There is always some controversy in these type awards on whether those projects awarded are really "the best" in their category. I plan to give my perspective on these awards in a separate blog post.

The following projects make up the finalist of the 2010 Open Source Awards:

Open Source CMS Award

Every Content Management System (CMS) that is based on one of the Open Source licenses is eligible to participate for this category.


  • CMS Made Simple
  • MODx
  • mojoPortal
  • SilverStripe

Hall of Fame CMS

This category is reserved for those CMSes that have won the Overall Open Source CMS Award at least once in the past.


  • Drupal
  • Joomla!
  • WordPress

Most Promising Open Source Project

This category is for all Open Source projects, whose first release date is less than two years from 9 August, 2010.

  • BuddyPress
  • LiveStreet CMS
  • Pimcore
  • Tomato CMS
  • WolfCMS

Open Source E-Commerce Applications

This category is reserved for the type of web applications that simplify buying and selling of products on the Internet. This will include complete e-commerce applications or frameworks designed for e-commerce. E-commerce modules or extensions to other systems can also be nominated. 


  • Magento
  • nopCommerce
  • OpenCart
  • PrestaShop
  • Tomatocart

Open Source JavaScript Libraries

This category is reserved for JavaScript libraries, libraries of pre-written JavaScript controls which allow for easier development of RIAs (Rich Internet Applications), visually enhanced applications or smoother server-side JavaScript functionalities.


  • Dojo ToolKit
  • Ext JS
  • jQuery
  • Mootools
  • Raphaël

Open Source Graphics Software

This category, as the name suggests, is for all Graphic Application Software that is used for graphic design, multimedia development, specialized image development, general image editing, or simply to access graphic files. 


  • Blender
  • Gimp
  • InkScape
  • jMonkeyEngine
  • Scribus