Black Duck Software today announced the 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year recognizing the top new open source projects initiated in 2012. The trusted partner for open source software adoption, management and governance, Black Duck reviewed thousands of open source projects started in 2012 to select this year’s Open Source Rookies.
Now in its fifth year, the Open Source Rookies program utilizes data on open source projects from Ohloh.net and the Black Duck® KnowledgeBase™. Using a weighted scoring system, points were awarded based on project activity, commits pace, project team attributes, and other factors. Black Duck determined the top 10 projects following an audit of its findings and project scores.
Trends Driving This Year’s Standout Open Source Projects
Three clear trends drove the success of the 2012 Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year:
The Black Duck 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year Include:
- Ansible –a radically simple configuration management, deployment, and ad-hoc task execution tool.
- GPUImage –an iOS library that lets you apply GPU-accelerated filters and other effects to images, live camera video, and movies.
- InaSAFE – produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities.
- Sidekiq – provides simple, efficient message processing for Ruby.
- Syte –simple but powerful packaged personal site that has social integrations like Twitter, GitHub, Tumblr, WordPress, Stack Overflow and more.
- Twitter Bower – a package manager for the web that lets you easily install assets such as images, CSS, JS and manages dependencies for you.
- Honorable Mention: DCPUToolChain – an assembler, compiler, emulator and Integrated Development Environment for the DCPU-16 virtual CPU.
Past winners of the prestigious award include Twitter Bootstrap, Cloud Foundry, Mozilla Persona (formerly known as BrowserID), Red Hat OpenShift, Eclipse Orion, Apache Rave, Salt Stack, OpenStack, Diaspora and many other notable projects.
“The Black Duck Open Source Rookie of the Year award gave the Salt project and team a huge boost in 2012; not only was it great publicity, but it helped validate a young and growing project and helped give it the legs it needed to turn into one of the largest projects in the world during 2012,” said Thomas S. Hatch, Founder, CTO, Salt Stack Inc. “This award has helped Salt grow from a basement project in the beginning of 2012 to a viable company making a real impact in 2013.”
“We’re thrilled to have a project included in the list this year again. What started out as an initial open source contribution to make it easier to do asset management on the web for us has grown into quite a lively project,” said Chris Aniszczyk, Open Source Manager, Twitter, Inc. “We are thankful to the Yeoman (@yeoman) project for initially adopting Bower and the community that has built up around Bower. We look forward to where they take the project.”
For more information about the 2012 Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year, please visit www.blackducksoftware.com/open-source-rookies.
About Black Duck
Offering award-winning software and consulting, Black Duck is the partner of choice for open source software adoption, governance and management. Enterprises of every size depend on Black Duck to harness the power of open source technologies and methods. As part of the greater OSS community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources through Ohloh.net, and to the latest commentary from industry experts through the Open Source Delivers blog. Black Duck also hosts the Open Source Think Tank, an international event where thought leaders collaborate on the future of open source. Black Duck is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, St. Louis, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. For more information about how to leverage open source to deliver faster innovation, greater creativity and improved efficiency, visit www.blackducksoftware.com and follow us at @black_duck_sw.