Congrats to the Open Source Rookies of the Year for 2010

Every year, Black Duck Software puts together a list of the top open source “Rookies of the Year.” For 2010, this list was compiled using both the Black Duck Software KnowledgeBase and the information found on Ohloh. For more info, check out the official announcement.

The Rookies of the Year for 2010

  1. Diaspora, the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network.
  2. OpenStack is an open source, open standards cloud computing platform, backed by RackSpace and NASA, for building reliable cloud infrastructure.
  3. Cloud9IDE, the Integrated Development Environment built on top of Node.JS, aims to bring the best features from other existing IDE’s and source code editors such as Eclipse, Netbeans, Textmate, and many others together, bundled as plugins.
  4. OpenStack Nova is a cloud computing fabric controller (the main part of an IaaS system). It is written in Python, using the Twisted and Eventlet frameworks, and relies on the standard AMQP messaging protocol.
  5. NuGet is a free, open source developer-focused package management system for the .NET platform designed to simplify the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.
  6. Activiti BPM Platform is a Business Process Management (BPM) and workflow system targeted at business people, developers and system admins. Its core is a super-fast BPMN 2 process engine for Java. Activiti runs in any Java application, on a server, on a cluster or in the cloud.
  7. SparkleShare is a file sharing and collaboration tool. It is designed to make sharing documents and collaboration easier, and to make peers aware of what you are doing. It allows you to instantly sync with any Git repository to which you have access.
  8. VoltDB is a fast, scalable, open-source OLTP SQL database with ACID. It is an alternative to NoSQL key-value stores and database sharing.
  9. RapidFTR is a mobile application that lets aid workers collect, sort and share information about children in emergency situations. RapidFTR allows for quick input of essential data about a child on a mobile phone, including a photograph, the child’s age, family, health status and location information. Data is saved automatically and uploaded to a central database whenever network access becomes available. Registered aid workers will be able to create and modify entries for children in their care as well as search all existing records in order to help distressed parents find information about their missing children.
  10. ownCloud is an open personal cloud which runs on your personal server. It enables access of your data from all of your devices. Sharing with other people is also possible. It supports automatic backups, versioning and encryption.

Interesting statistics from this year’s report

  • 30% of the top 10 new projects in 2010 used the AGPL license, indicative of an increasing number of new cloud/SaaS related projects
  • 40% of the top 10, and 32% of the top 50 projects, are now on GitHub, indicating a significant shift to this repository

Hear stories from the rookies

Every open source project has a story to tell, especially about its early days. If you’re interested in hear stories the from FOSS developers from the Diaspora, Activiti, VoltDB and RapidFTR projects, sign up for our upcoming webinar Launching a New Year’s Project? Learn from the Open Source Rookies of 2010.

Stay tuned for more webinars with all our rookies.

Congratulations to all the rookies!