Top 10 Open Source Distributions


We have compiled a list of what we consider the best in Open Source today based on overall ease of usage and adoption rates among the open source user community during 2011.
In the open source world applications for the desktop, the cloud, new GUIs, and enhanced new functionality lead many open source projects to new successes in 2011. We believe these applications remain on target to continue their growth into 2012.
Here are the 10 best products ( in our opinion - from least to most popular ) that resulted from open and community-based development during 2011.
10. Fedora 16

Looking for the best LAMP stack around? Here it is! It’s faster, it supports LibreOffice and it supports Condor Cloud, the IaaS implementation based on Condor and Deltacloud -- the technology that lets you write a cloud solution once and have it run on multiple platforms. Fedora one again shows it focuses on enterprise-level computing rather than consumer, with a clear aim to the future of IT.
9. Ubuntu 11.04

The latest version of Ubuntu has introduced the Unity interface which is a streamlined graphical application launcher that is sleek, elegant and useful. Though not as strong with mobile device support, Ubuntu 11.04’s UI and desktop cloud integration (with an application known as Ubuntu One), are friendlier and easier than either Windows 7 or Mac OS X.
8. OpenStack

OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.OpenStack platform was originally formed by the partnership of Rackspace and NASA. It is comprised of nearly 5,000 open source contributions and is now beginning to change the on-demand computing environment in a significant way. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.
7. Asterisk 10

The open-source VoIP platform now supports conferencing via a function called “confbridge.” The VOIP industry is estimated at more than $3 billion annually and continues to grow. The advancement of open source into conference calling will help many organizations manage a large volume of conference calls at a lower price point.
6. MySQL 5.6

MySQL 5.6, includes significant advances in text-based search within a database, as well as other performance enhancements. The volume of global data continues to grow rapidly with the proliferation of mobile devices and organizations require innovative ways of building their data wharehouses.  MySQL 5.6 is currently the leading option in the open-source database sector. Oracle has done a good job of keeping the MySQL open source community happy.
5. Android 3.X

Android, Google's mobile operating system, is soaring, with more than 700,000 smartphones activated every day. There have now been 250 million Android devices sold to date. Several versions of Android brought the open-source, mobile operating system to the tablet form-factor. Android enhancments now support for a fullerkeyboard, better graphics, better media support and multiple screen sizes.
4. Firefox For Android

Firefox for Android, is designed the way you’d expect a full browser for a tablet to be designed. Viewd on a 10-inch Android tablet provides a visually pleasing browsing experience. With this version of Firefox users can synchronize bookmarks from your PC to their Android tablet. This is a full-featured browser ideally suited to the Android platform.
3. Linux Mint 12

This has rapidly become one of the more popular Linux desktop distributions along with Ubuntu and Fedora. Linux Mint is now in release 12 adds significant UI improvements including a graphical bottom launcher panel.
2. Ubuntu 11.10

This version of Ubuntu provides Software Center in which applications could be downloaded or purchased.  It also defaulted to LibreOffice as its default productivity suite – a significant boost to the  community of developers that splintered from the community.
1. LibreOffice

LibreOffice has improved the ease of use and functionality of its Impress and Calc applications and support for a full range of file formats, including ODF, .doc, RTF, HTML, XML, .ppt, and .xls. As a default to Ubuntu, it will be on millions of desktops pretty quickly. Libreoffice has come very far in a small period of time thanks to their dedicated community of open source developers.




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