WordPress Wins 2011 bOSSie Award

WordPress can put yet another trophy on its mantle with a 2011 bOSSie award by InfoWorld within the Best Open Source Applications category. Confusingly, Drupal also won an award within the same category. Are the two pieces of software so different that they can be considered seperate entities with regards to what they enable the end user to accomplish? Don’t they both accomplish the same task but in their own way?

2011 Bossie Logo

As an aside to open source software, I thought this quote on TechnewsWorld made a good point.

“I had a client that was unhappy because the robot he is helping design for a NASA competition at the local college just doesn’t have the level of lighting realism he wanted with Solidworks,” hairyfeet added. “So I just sent him to this link on the Blender wiki and voila! Thanks to FOSS and a volunteer that wrote the import scripts, he is happily having his robot rendering in photo realism by Blender.”

That, in fact, “is what FOSS should be about — not about politics or factions, or all the GPL vs. BSD flamewars, but ‘can this software make someone’s day easier and/or better?'” hairyfeet concluded. “If it does, that is what makes good software to me.”


  1. I have used WordPress numerous times to set up and maintain simple and complicated sites.I have also used Drupal to set up a multiblog site. Both softwares have their strengths and weaknesses.However, WordPress wins hands down when it comes to ease of use,ease of design change and ease of adding features via thousands of available plugins and themes.The fact that both are open source is amazing if you consider the other alternatives to set up a web site ,especially a blog or CMS. (And even open source software can make money indirectly.)
    WordPress deserves all it’s awards. Whether someone does or does not like awards is like saying that I cannot tell you which award was most important to me since I have received so “few” of them.


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