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Open Web: News Feed Item 2006 Community Choice Awards Winners Announced

Nearly 250,000 Votes Cast in the First-Ever Open Source Awards Recognizing Innovative Projects Making Outstanding Contributions

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/06/06 -- (part of the OSTG, Inc. technology media network, a wholly owned subsidiary of VA Software Corporation), (NASDAQ: LNUX), the world's largest collaboration site enabling IT strategy through Open Source, has announced the winning projects in the First Annual Community Choice Awards. The winning projects were announced at LinuxWorld Expo on April 5, 2006.

" is honored to enable the Open Source Community to recognize the extraordinary contributions projects on the site make to technology today," said Jay Seirmarco, general manager of "We are deeply committed to fostering creation of, participation in and evaluation of Open Source software worldwide. Offering an annual opportunity to highlight top achievements in Open Source software development is one avenue for us to demonstrate our commitment."

Nearly 250,000 votes were cast in the final voting process. The finalists included a range of Open Source solutions ranging from CRM and firewall solutions to anti-virus and Xbox Media Center innovations.

With nearly 1.3 million registered users worldwide, currently hosts almost 117,000 projects. Of those projects hosted on the site, only those with the highest activity rankings in key technology categories were eligible for nomination. In keeping with's mission to foster the Open Source movement and community, the annual Community Choice Awards program will enable the worldwide technology community to voice their support and appreciation for projects on the site. The 2006 Community Choice Awards project winners were selected by voting within 13 key technology categories, plus "Best Overall." A nominations phase was concluded on March 15, 2006 and final voting was conducted March 17 - 23, 2006. Nominations and voting were managed by the third-party research firm, Wilson Research.

Following is the list of those projects that received the winning votes:

Clustering Project
BitTorrent Queue Manager

Database Project

Desktop Project
WINE for Darwin and Mac OS X

Development Project

Enterprise Project
Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Financial Project
A PHP Paypal API

Game Project
Xbox Media Center

Hardware Project
Linux on the Microsoft Xbox

Multimedia Project
Xbox Media Center

Networking Project

Security Project

SysAdmin Project

VoIP Project
Asterisk GUI client

Overall Most Popular
Azureus-BitTorrent Client

To see a list of finalists and read more about the awards, visit


Launched in 1999, has been at the heart of the Open Source movement by providing robust development platforms and enabling community interaction. currently hosts nearly 117,000 Open Source projects and close to 1.3 million registered users worldwide.'s unique value to the IT community is in providing a fully integrated resource for developers to create Open Source projects and applications, enabling IT professionals to participate in the enhancement of those projects, and giving IT professionals and technical enthusiasts the ability to evaluate those projects and applications in a trusted, collaborative environment. was recently highlighted as a top collaboration site in BusinessWeek's Best of the New Web Editor's Picks.

About OSTG, Inc.

OSTG, Inc. (Open Source Technology Group) is the cornerstone of the Open Source movement and the leading online network for IT managers and development professionals. OSTG's technology-focused sites include,,,, and The OSTG network receives more than 290 million page views and 30 million unique visitors monthly. OSTG also owns ThinkGeek, Inc., the leading retailer for innovative technology products. For more information, visit

VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), the online media, software and e-commerce leader in community-driven Open Source innovation. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG. For company information, visit

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