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Vote in O'Reilly's "Open Source Goes to COMDEX" Contest

O'Reilly is working with COMDEX to organize an Open Source Innovation Area on the COMDEX Exhibit Floor. We've nominated 21 projects and we'd like you to help us select the six projects we'll send to COMDEX. The winning projects will be recognized by COMDEX and we'll invite a leader from the project to come to COMDEX and run demos on the show floor. This will give Open Source projects an opportunity to go where only commercial software vendors have gone before.

The COMDEX Contest is now closed. Please visit http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/3957 for the results.

Here is the list of projects that participated in our contest:

Audacity
Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy, and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode, and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Bass Boost, Wahwah, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST plug-in effects. Available for Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other *nixs.

Eclipse
Eclipse is a kind of universal tool platform--an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular. The real value of Eclipse comes from tool plug-ins that "teach" Eclipse how to work with things: java files, web content, graphics, video, etc. Eclipse allows you to independently develop tools that integrate with other people's tools seamlessly.

Evolution
Ximian Evolution is the premier personal and workgroup information management solution for Linux and Unix-based systems. Ximian Evolution integrates email, calendar, contact, and task list management in one powerful, fast, and easy-to-use application. With full support for key data exchange and communications standards, such as IMAP, POP, SMTP, LDAP, iCalendar, vCard, and more, Ximian Evolution enables tight integration with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, and other messaging systems. Ximian supports Evolution on a broad range of leading Linux distributions and Unix variants.

Gaim
Gaim is an all-in-one IM client that resembles AIM. Gaim lets you use AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, Jabber, Napster, Zephyr, and Gadu-Gadu, all at once.

Gimp
The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.

Gnome
The GNOME project has built a complete, free, and easy-to-use desktop environment for the user, as well as a powerful application framework for the software developer, built on the *nix core. In rivalry with KDE for the best desktop environment.

GNUCash
GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income, and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. It is backed by an active development community and is blossoming into a full-fledged accounting system.

KDE
KDE is a powerful open source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system. Often seen as the neck-n-neck rival of the Gnome desktop for best desktop environment for *nix.

MoinMoin
MoinMoin is a Python clone of WikiWiki.

mplayer
A video player for Linux.

NoCatAuth
NoCatAuth is the Perl-based authenticating captive portal. You use an authenticating captive portal to control access to your 802.11 access point (similar to what Starbucks/T-Mobile might employ).

OpenOffice
OpenOffice.org is the open source project through which Sun Microsystems is releasing the technology for the popular StarOffice productivity suite.

phpMyAdmin
phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP, intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the WWW. Currently it can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, and manage keys on fields.

Plone
Plone is a leading content management system that combines great ease of use with a powerful workflow engine and the industry's first standards compliant templating system. Plone is powered by Zope and Python.

SpamAssassin
SpamAssassin is a mail filter that uses a wide range of heuristic tests on mail headers and body text to identify spam. Once identified, the mail can then be optionally tagged as spam for later filtering. It provides a command line tool to perform filtering, a client-server system to filter large volumes of mail, and Mail::SpamAssassin--a set of Perl modules that implement a Mail::Audit plug-in, allowing SpamAssassin to be used in a Mail::Audit filter, a spam-protection proxy POP/IMAP server, or almost anywhere.

SquirrelMail
SquirrelMail is a PHP4-based web email client. It includes built-in pure PHP support for IMAP and SMTP, and renders all pages in pure HTML 4.0 for maximum compatibility across browsers. It also has MIME support, folder manipulation, etc.

Subversion
The goal of the Subversion project is to build a version control system that is a compelling replacement for CVS in the open source community.

TightVNC
TightVNC is an improved version of VNC, a free, cross-platform, remote desktop package. It allows you to control your computer remotely over TCP/IP networks. It offers many new features, improvements, and bug fixes over the standard VNC, and allows more configuration options in the GUI. TightVNC can be used to perform remote administration tasks in Windows, Unix, and mixed network environments. Also, it can be useful in distant learning and remote customer support.

XMMS
XMMS is a multimedia player based on the look of WinAmp. XMMS plays MPEG layer 1/2/3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, all formats supported by libmikmod, and CD audio. XMMS has a plug-in system for Input / Output / Effects / Visualization, and through plug-ins it can play a lot more sound and video formats.

Zoë
Zoë is an email client. It's also an email server. And a long-term archive. And a search engine. And an application server. All that at once on your desktop. Or server. Or both. Or it doesn't matter because client and server are the same.

Zope
Zope is a free, open source web application platform used for building high-performance, dynamic web sites. It contains a powerful and simple scripting object model, and a high-performance, integrated object database.


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