Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:33 UTC
Gifts, Contests, Easter Eggs Let's all have some fun and leave a comment about what we liked most in the OS scene this year!
Order by: Score:
My awards... :)
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:37 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP PRO
Best Server OS: Solaris or FreeBSD. Can't decide. ;)
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Lycoris or Gentoo. Can't decide.
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker and WinXP's Luna (I miss and like features from both at the same time).
Most profound application of the year: gobeProductive 3.

[OT: BTW, to those who are wondering: The new red-ish headlines indicate the fact that the article is an original OSNews article, and not a link/portal to another article on another web site. All the articles marked on our database as "features", "interviews", or "editorials" will be showing with a red headline. I was asked to do something to show that OSNews has quite a lot of original content, but with the everyday newsbits we post, they get kinda "lost". Now should be better.]

RE: OSNews Reader's 2002 Awards
by Stephen Smith on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:41 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS (I consider it a hobby OS because I can't get it to connect to the Internet, so it's not very useful)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows 2000 Professional (I haven't used XP all that much)
Best Server OS: *BSD
Sorry, I can't answer the Linux questions, I've never actually used it.
Best desktop enviornment: Aqua (shut up...I like it)
Most profound application of the year: Civilization III

My Awards
by Rayiner Hashem on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:47 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS <--- Man, these guys can work!
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux! Meept!
Best Server OS: FreeBSD.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: QNX RtP. For awhile, I thought they had something...
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My Picks...
by Brad C. on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:49 UTC

Best Hobby OS:
Syllable (but i have hopes for OpenBeOS)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS:
MacOS X
Best Server OS:
Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year:
Red Hat 8.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year:

Best desktop environment:
BeOS/Tracker (then KDE)
Most profound application of the year:
Phoenix

And the Award Goes To...
by Kit Plummer on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:51 UTC

Best OS: MacOS X
Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Development Platform: Linux
Best Joke: .Net (Agile Business)
Best Server: *BSD
Most Profound Application: Rendezvous
Best Application: MySQL
Biggest Surprise: Tablet PC (Not that I'm truly surprised)
Best Game: Warcraft 3 / Dinky Bomb (http://www.gamer.tv)
Best Ad Campaign: Tie (IBM's Where's the servers? and "Switch"
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Worst OS: Lindows
Worst Hobby OS: Windows
Worst Development Platform: DOS
Worst Joke: .Net
Worst Server: NT
Least Profound Application: XP
Worst Application: SPAM
Worst Game: Too many to say...
Worst Ad Campaign: The "Butterfly" or Whatever It Is...

My 2 Pennies!
Kit

Re: OSNews Reader's 2002 Awards
by MattN on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:53 UTC

Best Hobby: SkyOS - Lengendary effort by pretty much one guy.
Best Desktop/Workstation: Win XP Pro - Stable, faster (can you believe it) than 2K.
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS Surprise: Lycoris - Nice ;)
Best Desktop Env.: BeOS Tracker or QNX.
Profound Application: Xml Spy

llamaX's votes
by llamaX on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:54 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable!
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X.ii.ii (get it?)
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: tablet PC's
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: redhat 8.
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: phoenix.

and the awards go to...
by zeusfaber on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:55 UTC

Best Hobby OS: i dont have any hobbies :p
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP PRO
Best Server OS: FreeBSD.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat 8.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: gnome
Most profound application of the year: phoenix

my nominations
by Von on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:56 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS
# It has some nice features like the file system, but a not
# really up to my desktop needs. Lack of applications, not
# stable on my computer, lack of multiple users concept and
# lack of hardware support. The looks show it age.

Best Workstation: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
# It just annoys me alot less than others :-) Although I
# haven't tried macosx yet, I will buy an ibook by the end
# of the year

Greatest Linux Distribution surprise blahblah: Red Hat 8.0
# Beautiful, stable, fast, excellent gnome desktop

Greatest Linux Distribution disappointment: Mandrake 9.0
# Lack of innovation compared to other distributions,
# "x.0" not really justified imo.

Best desktop environment: Gnome
# Not a "cluttered" feeling, easy, stable, fast, beautiful.
# Holds alot of promise for the future.

Most profound application of the year: eclipse
# It's just great to write, debug and keep track of
# my java programs.

my awards
by Thrift on Wed 27th Nov 2002 02:56 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Haven't seen much interesting here
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Redhat Linux 8.0
Best Server OS: OpenBSD
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: Slackware
Best desktop environment: Enlightenment
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla 1.0+

MHO
by mike on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:00 UTC

Most interesting OS Development: Open Beos or Zeta

Coolest Graphic Display Thing: SNAP looks cool, anything is better than Xfree86 If only there were a "free" version of it

Ugliest UI: I'm sorry Eugenia, XP's luna is fugly. It's truely deserves The Fischer Prices OS label. I prefer the classic look

Most Unexpected Development: Helix

Another Prop...
by Kit Plummer on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:01 UTC

I have to say that I am sorry I forgot all about PHP. You have to acknowledge that more and more "high-end" sites are moving towards Open Source's PHP - and proud to as well.

Way to go to the folks behind PHP.

RE: MHO
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:03 UTC

>I'm sorry Eugenia, XP's luna is fugly

The windowmanager and the taskbar of Luna is pretty ugly. But the widgets are fine. And when we say "best desktop environment" we don't necessarily ask for the most beautiful one. We ask for the one that doesn't get in your way and make your computer usage a pleasure through its consistency and ease of use. And in this regard, Luna is great. ;)

RE: RE: MHO
by Kit Plummer on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:04 UTC

It is just a shame it has to be wasted on an inferior OS...

<snip>
>I'm sorry Eugenia, XP's luna is fugly

The windowmanager and the taskbar of Luna is pretty ugly. But the widgets are fine. And when we say "best desktop environment" we don't necessarily ask for the most beautiful one. We ask for the one that doesn't get in your way and make your computer usage a pleasure through its consistency and ease of use. And in this regard, Luna is great. ;)
</snip>

Best|Worst of Times
by Sandwich Boy on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:05 UTC

Linux became really usable.

BeOS workalikes continue to be developed.

New Amigas released.

PalmOS has Be-like trimmings.



Not a bad year, all things considered. The downside is WE LIVE IN A BLOODY POLICE STATE! ; )

And don't forget...
by Nick Oppen on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:07 UTC

Best OSNews article... Eugenia'a rant about Greece and why she left (Yeh!)

My bits
by Redtux on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:09 UTC

Best Hobby OS Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS Linux
Best Server OS Any Unix
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year RH8
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year All KDE only "Linux" Distros

Best desktop environment Gnome2 (No contest)
Most profound application of the year Mozilla

When you only use and need Linux, how can you split between hobby and workstation.

wa1er@attbi.com
by aleksandr on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:09 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OBOS. I'm simply calling it a hobby OS because it hasn't reached R1 yet, at which point I would call it the best desktop OS. All of the other examples you cited were mainly hacks (Menuet), had no objectives (Sky), or were based on legacy architectures like POSIX (Athe/Syllable). Only OBOS started from the ground up with an elegant design, continued that elegance into actual coding, and continues to have a team (Glass Elevator) thinking of new revolutionary ways to change the OS, to prevent Unix-style stagnation.

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS, hands-down. Desktop-workstation does not include games. Be can run Moz/Phoenix, can check my mail, can use all IM platforms (via Jabber), can type essays (AbiWord), and can listen to SomaFM (SoundPlay). That's all I need.

Best server OS: Unix on Alpha. Or if that's not doable, Unix on Sparc; Solaris or Linux, doesn't matter. For servers, hardware is extremely important. Maybe there was a time when Solaris was signficantly better than Linux, but now, all the proprietary Unix vendors have been backporting so much stuff, the difference is becoming smaller and smaller. The fact that Linux is free probably makes up for any minor technical inferiority it still has.

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: The Hurd and PThreads. Only a little after year's end, the only Unix-based OS that is actually trying new concepts (translators and μKernel) is going to be released, with support for Gnome and 90-something% of Debian packages. They always said it would be released Real Soon Now, but now that pthreads support is in beta, we're really talking.

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: OS X.whatever. We were expecting revolutionary changes. Apple could have designed their next OS around Be. Instead, they took the worst of all worlds from NeXT and Unix. The only good thing in the OS, Cocoa, has been promoted so weakly by Apple that it might as well not be there. I want to see an OS that supports *only* a Cocoa-like environment. (Something like OBOS.) When that happens, you can actually have the kind of cross-application integration that MS and Apple have been talking about for years.

Best desktop environment: Palm OS. There is exactly one OS that takes absolutely no training to learn how to use, and it's for handhelds, and it's not Symbian or CE. Why can't desktop OS makers take a hint? Average people do not need a traditional filesystem. Keep all of their documents in a single folder, with metadata, and enable live queries. No application menus, just customizable application-metafolders. Everything installs automatically, sorts itself out, and registers itself as an available application that can handle x files; and all the user ever works with is documents and document types, and only in a very limited context. They never actually see programs, except as accessible links in a virtual menu. That's why Palm is so successful.

Most profound application of the year: Gnutella2. Maybe the activities on that network are predominately illegal, but the Gnutella peer-to-peer model has so influenced the world in both a technical and legal sense that it's impossible to ignore it. Maybe Moz might start up the browser war again, but we already have a browser. Evolution's cool, but we already have Outlook. OOo's cool, but we already have a word processor. Gobe... sure, it's cool screwing the difference between different types of data and using "master documents", but is that so revolutionary compared to peer-to-peer that it should be called the "most profound" application?

And, because we have to, Ideal Mac hardware platform strategy: AMD should use its RISC expertise to design a new uber-low-power embedded-style processor for Apple laptops and low-end devices, while Apple should switch to the POWER4/etc. platform for high-power products.

my picks
by Sean Long on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:11 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS
Have not tried it in awhile but it is moving at an incredible rate.

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: OSX
Sure it is a little slow but it is rock solid and works as an OS should (stays out of your way).

Best Server OS: *BSD or Linux
Not running any servers to test myself.

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Mac OS X Jaguar
The surprise was that Apple charged $130 for it. (I bought it anyway and happy I did)

Greatest OS/distribution disappointment of the year: Atheos
What happened to this one? Just slowed to a snails pace.

Best desktop environment: Aqua or BeOS Tracker.
I have not used BeOS in over a year but I still have fond memories. Aqua is nice better than any other mainstream environment.

Most profound application of the year: Apple Mail.app for Jaguar.
I get so much spam and the spam filters on this thing work very well.

Sean Long

Mine...
by Ronald on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:15 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BlueEyedOS (very impressive)
Best Desktop/Workstation: WinXP (I like it very much)
Best Server OS: Netware (Time tested)
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Red Hat
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: All other than Red Hat ('nuff said)
Best desktop environment: Aqua (Apple is the champion of UIs!)
Most profound application of the year: is Warcraft 3 eligible? (Did something ever happen in the apps section this year?)

My favorite highlight!
by spihunter on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:20 UTC

Was watching the slashdot crowd getting annoyed
by Osnews pointing out the flaws of all the latest
linux distros.

My Picks ...
by Xtreme on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:23 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBEOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOSX 10.2 Jaguar
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice.org

My Choices...
by Ken Crandall on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:23 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AtheOS (and offsprings, they're the same thing!)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: OSX
Best Server OS: Solaris

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Xandros
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: No FreeBSD 5.0 yet (apparently...there's still time!)

Best desktop environment: Gnome 2.0 (It's better than people would have guessed...)
Most profound application of the year: Tie -- OOo and Eclipse

My choices:
by jbett on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:26 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X (Jaguar specifically)
Best Server OS: OpenBSD ;)
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: Aqua

Man this has been a great year for OS's, and the computer world is looking better every second. I love this site, it's so unbiased, plus I do enjoy hearing many different opinions, and sometimes it feels good to be proven wrong. I think my head is a better size now.

en de winner iss!
by yaksox on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:26 UTC

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: red hat 8.0

Best desktop environment: FluxBox
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice.org

hrmmm
by nh on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:27 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best aspiring OS projects: Blue Eyed OS, Open BeOS
Best Desktop: OSX. Specifically the latest release on a dual 1Gig G4 PowerMac with that beautiful Cinema display. ( I have to stop loitering in the Apple section of local computer stores. I'm just messing around. I'm not buying the damned thing. I can't afford it.
Best Workstation OS: IRIX (Why is no one mentioning this?)
Best Server OS:Probably FreeBSD.
Greatest Distribution: Debian. (Someday you'll learn this and consider life before it a bit of a waste.)
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Best media OS? : Nominations anyone?

Red Hat 8 proven
by redtux on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:47 UTC

I find it interesting considering how much flak RH8 got from some of the KDE crowd, just how many people vote it best surprise/distro of the year.

Especially as a lot saying this prefer OSX or XP

OSNews Reader's 2002 Awards
by Fred on Wed 27th Nov 2002 03:50 UTC

Best Hobby OS -- GNU/Linux: LFS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS -- GNU/Linux
Best Server OS -- GNU/Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year -- Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year -- RH 8.0 //winXP was always going to be a disappointment :-)

Best desktop environment -- None. They all suck. I use WindowMaker
Most profound application of the year -- Blender going open -- expect good things

After careful consideration...
by Yama on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:01 UTC

Best Hobby OS: GNU/Hurd. It has some very interesting ideas, and although it is very UNIX compatible it doesn't try to clone any other OS (GNU = "GNU's not UNIX"). It is one of the few OSs I know of (along with Plan 9 and Inferno) that seems to be well-suited for distributed computing, which I think will be very important in the future.
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: GNU/Linux has proven to be a powerful OS that can also be user-friendly. Only Mac OS X comes close.
Best Server OS: GNU/Linux, with FreeBSD a close second. I also admire OpenBSD's security policy.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo Linux. Now I can compile my whole OS and keep it maintained with ease. My system is much faster now.
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows. Their false promises, dirty marketing and poor regard for security are doing the GNU/Linux, free software and open source communities a disservice. Companies like Mandrake and Xandros have proven that this type of approach is unnecessary to create a user-friendly GNU/Linux distribution.
Best desktop environment: GNOME2. It is leagues ahead of GNOME1 and it is quite speedy. All it really needs is a bit more polish and more apps. I commend them on their accessibility work and Human Interface Guide.
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla. It is more than just an MS-killing browser suite -- it is a great cross-platform application framework. OpenOffice.org would be my second choice, being a worthy competitor to MS Office (I personally think it is better).

Awards
by Ash on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:03 UTC

Best Hobby OS: HURD
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: OpenBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Debian
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Red Hat
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

This is fun!!
by Jay on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:04 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Tie! OS X for digital hub/Win XP for business

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Tie again! Red Hat 8 and Lycoris

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9

Best desktop environment: Tie! OS X, BeOS

Most profound application of the year: Tie! Mozilla and GoBe 3

Also - I agree - Best Article Of the Year - Eugenia & Greece! ;-)

Tha List
by goneaway on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:07 UTC

Best Hobby OS: GNU Hurd
Best Desktop OS: GNU/Linux
Surprise of the Year: Knoppix
Disappointment: OS X
Best Public Relations: Gentoo
Worst Public Relations: Lindows
Distribution: Debian
Environment: fluxbox/openbox (yes I know they're window managers)
Application: Phoenix - multiplatform and fast
Project to Watch: SourceMage

Awards
by eyeleica on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:13 UTC

Based on my personal experiences as an end user only:
Best surprise OS: OS/2 Warp 4. It is classic, does everything I need to do and does it well without problems. Will continued to be developed. Much like BeOS, there is new interest in it.
Best Linux: Libranet. I've used them all and beta tested
Xandros. Libranet has so much more to offer.
Wish of the year: BeOS continues to be developed by various groups and that it survives to take its place as a major OS.

Another wish: that OSNEWS continues to offer news, views and interest to all interested in operating systems. It is the best operating system site in cyberspace, in my opinion.

My List
by average joe on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:14 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP PRO
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: BeOS
Most profound application of the year: Visual C++.NET compiler

This is how it goes
by michaek on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:14 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS <--- Man, these guys can work!
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux! Meept!
Best Server OS: FreeBSD.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: QNX RtP. For awhile, I thought they had something...
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

RE: This is how it goes
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:15 UTC

> Another wish: that OSNEWS continues to offer news, views and interest to all interested in operating systems.

I hope so too, as I am leaving OSNews soon... ;)
(http://slashdot.org/~Eugenia%20Loli/journal)

This is how it goes
by michaek on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:16 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BSD
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Redhat
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake
Best desktop environment: GNOME
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice.org

My 2c
by Obry on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:17 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP Pro
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat8
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9
Best desktop environment: Gnome2 (as in RH8)
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My votes
by mpconnick on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:22 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X (Jaguar)
Best Server OS: Mac OS X Server
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year:
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Microsoft licensing scheme version 6
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: iSync

This is how it goes
by eyeleica on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:23 UTC

I can only wish the best to you. It is your personality, wit, intelligence, etc. that has made OSNews what it has become. You will never be replaced, but hopefully someone will provide their dynamics create a thriving site.

From this corner of the universe, thank you and God bless.

NeoWolf's
by NeoWolf on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:23 UTC

Best Hobby OS: MenuetOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: OS X
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: BeOS
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

RE: This is how it goes
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:29 UTC

Thank you eyeleica. ;)

My Awards
by Rob on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:38 UTC

Best Hobby OS: N/A
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux (2.4 kernel)
Best Server OS: Solaris 8
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat 8.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: Gnome 2.0.x
Most profound application of the year: StarOffice 6.0, OpenOffice.org 1.0

Mandrake 9.0 is the best, by far. :o)
by med on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:40 UTC

Best OS: Linux Mandrake 9.0
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: ditto
Best Server OS: *BSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Knoppix ;)
Greatest OS/distribution disappointment of the year: Red Hat 8.0
Best desktop environment: KDE3(.1?) with Keramik and AA fonts
Worst OS of the year : Windows (unstable, spywares, closed source, unsecure, expensive, hard to use (unintuitive), hard to install, etc. (what i said is based of my own experience, and i've been using computers since i'm 6 so i'm not too ackward with them :-))

Answers
by Stug on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:47 UTC

Best Hobby OS : Atheos (and now Syllable I suppose)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: XP Pro
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Redhat 8!
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: BeOS
Most profound application of the year: Phoenix

OSNews Reader's 2002 Awards
by Mo on Wed 27th Nov 2002 04:56 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS

Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: OpenBSD

Greatest OS/distribution disappointment of the year: QNX

Best desktop environment: Aqua and BeOS/Tracker (tied)

Most profound application of the year: Phoenix

My awards
by GreyArea on Wed 27th Nov 2002 05:18 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AtheOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win XP Pro
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: OSX
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year: Opera7

the awards
by matt on Wed 27th Nov 2002 05:35 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: OpenBeOS/BlueOS etc... fracturing into separate projects
Best desktop environment: Gnome 2
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice.org

All your bases belong to us
by Piers on Wed 27th Nov 2002 05:38 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Open BeOS
Best Desktop OS: GNU/Linux
Surprise of the Year: Gentoo
Disappointment: OS X
Best Public Relations: Gentoo
Worst Public Relations: Microsoft
Distribution: Debian
Environment: Gnome 2
Application: (do simulations count?) Il2 Sturmovich, the best piece of historical entertainment I have found. Also with the best active community and developer support not seen in computing since the early days of 3Dfx

Joining in on the fun.....
by IFightMIBs on Wed 27th Nov 2002 05:38 UTC

Best Hobby OS: GNU (The Hurd)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOSX 10.2
Best Server OS: Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat 8.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: UnitedLinux
Best desktop environment: While there are many good choices here, I'm still partial to Platinum MacOS9.x
Most profound application of the year: Gnome2

My votes...
by dev0 on Wed 27th Nov 2002 05:41 UTC

Best Hobby OS
MenuetOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS
GNU/Linux
Best Server OS
GNU/Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year
Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year
Windows XP

Best desktop environment
Gnome / ROX
Most profound application of the year
Mozilla

The winners are...
by citizen428 on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:01 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Gentoo (for me)
Best Server OS: Debian, FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: AtheOS (because its development seems to have stopped completly, go Syllable!)
Favourite application: Tkabber

Eugenia
by Jay on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:04 UTC

Eugenia, OS News is what it is because of you. Over the course of time, I have done certain calculations in my head and had come to the conclusion that this, your "hobby", had to be taking up almost every waking hour of your life. I had begun to wonder how long you could possibly keep that up. I am so glad you will be doing some articles and be here to some degree. But, I'm very glad you're going to be taking time for yourself and your family now. But, how will talking about operating systems ever be the same??? ;-)

RE: Jay
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:08 UTC

Thanks Jay. ;)
Indeed, I will have to have a... focus shift now. But I will be around from time to time. Thank you so much for your support all this time. ;)

Choices
by Alex on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:16 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Mandrake
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: none at everything, it depends on waht you sue your computer for
Best Server OS: Solaris by far
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RH 8
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9
Best desktop environment: GNOME
Most profound application of the year: Photoshop 7

OSNews 2002 Readers' Awards Vote
by Michael Wardle on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:24 UTC

Best Hobby OS: GNU/Hurd
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/Distribution Surprise: Gentoo
Greatest OS/Distribution Disappointment: Mandrake

Best Desktop Environment: GNOME
Most Profound Application: Mozilla

Am I missing something???!!
by Alex on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:34 UTC

"I can only wish the best to you. It is your personality, wit, intelligence, etc. that has made OSNews what it has become. You will never be replaced, but hopefully someone will provide their dynamics create a thriving site.

From this corner of the universe, thank you and God bless."

Sounds almost like somebody mourning at a funeral! What's going on? Eugenia are you going? Please don't!! You have the most critical honest reviews and OSnews is my favorite site. SOmeone answer me!



AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

RE: Am I missing something???!!
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:37 UTC

Yes, I will have to go. As I explain in my journal, I want to change my life and have more time for myself, which is something I left forgotten the last 2-3 years... But I will be around from time to time. ;)

My Awards
by Sebastian N. on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:38 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Redhat
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: SuSE

Best desktop environment: Gnome-2/Bluecurve
Most profound application of the year: ISE EiffelStudio 5.2

OSNews 2002 Readers' Awards Vote
by oma2la on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:43 UTC

Best Hobby OS:
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win2k
Best Server OS: Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RH 8
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9/QNX
Best desktop environment:Jaguar's Aqua; Bluecurve
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My Awards
by Eric Chen on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:43 UTC

Best Hobby OS: FreeBSD
Best Desktop OS: Windows XP
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS suprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS disapointment of the year: No.
Best Desktop Environment: Windows XP
Most profound application of the year: Tablet PC

My::Awards
by Pimp on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:53 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Suse Linux

Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Netbeans

my votes
by Richard Fillion on Wed 27th Nov 2002 06:54 UTC

Best OS: Linux
Best Hobby OS: i'll give my vote to OpenBeOS, mainly cause they have a set goal, and i admire that.
Best Server OS: the only server OS i've used this year was linux.
Greatest Distro of the year: Debian 3.0 !! ;)
Best Desktop Environment: its not a desktop, but the best environment is ion window manager.
Most Profound application of the year: I'll give this one to Galeon, the best browser i've ever used, hands down.

My choices
by Steve on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:11 UTC

Best Hobby OS : SkyOS

Best Desktop/Workstation OS : Windows XP

Best Server OS : Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : SymbianOS

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : AtheOS

Best desktop environment : MacOSX

Most profound application of the year : Borland C++Builder 6

Here's my list...
by P-Dave on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:24 UTC

Best Hobby OS don't know, never tried one

Best Workstation OS Linux -- the one I use at work

Best Desktop OS Windows XP -- the one I saw doing things that Linux didn't, or did not as easily.

Best Server OS Linux -- 8:22am up 63 days, 15:16.

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year Lycoris -- the one that did almost as Windows XP. Almost.

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year ELX -- the one that don't live up to the hype.

Best desktop environment KDE 3 with Keramik -- the one I'd love to see everywhere.

Most profound application of the year Mozilla -- the one I use everyday, everywhere. I.E.? What's that?

All of the above, IMHO. Obviously.

The award goes to...
by Vazz on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:30 UTC

Best Hobby OS:OpenBE OS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP
Best Server OS: Win2k
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Knoppix
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lycoris
Best desktop environment: Luna
Most profound application of the year: Eclipse

This year
by Ivo Limmen on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:32 UTC

Best Hobby: SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP PRO
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Aros, couldn't do much with it but it got me excited.
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: ... dunno

Best desktop environment: Syllable
Most profound application of the year: Eclipse (without any doubt)

My choices
by Raphael on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:47 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: OS X
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Xandros
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: OpenBeOS
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Kate

gotta be *nix
by colonel.sys on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:47 UTC

favourite hobby os: redhat 8
best desktop os: os x
best server os: os x server
best linux: redhat 8
best application: gyazmail
biggest surprise: no surprises

my wish for the future: everything stay the same! did i mention i love my mac?

My awards
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:53 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS 5 MAX
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP Professional
Best Server OS: Debian 3.0
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Lycoris Desktop/LX
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake Linux 9.0
Best desktop environment: Windows 2000 / XP in Classic mode
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice.org 1.01

The Best thing.
by Stefan on Wed 27th Nov 2002 07:58 UTC

Best Hobby OS: DOS 6.22 (my favourite)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows ME
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: WHAT?
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: AmigaOS (how long can it take to reborn amiga???)
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: MS paint. (I think it is Bill's best child. He wrote it himself?)

The best thing in OSNEWS are icons.

imho
by darkezt on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:09 UTC

Best Hobby OS: netbsd
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: freebsd
Best Server OS: solaris or freebsd
Best Network Appliance OS: openbsd
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: freebsd
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: winxp
Best desktop environment: cde
Most profound application of the year: OO

My Votes
by Arlen on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:11 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS
Yeah, it didn't used to be a hobby OS, but the fact that it has been discontinued and the fact that there are so few applications make it sort of a hobby OS (that is useful for some). It's fast and powerful.

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win2k or Linux
Depends on what you need, but they are both quite useful I prefer dual boot.

Best Server OS: OpenBSD
1 remote hole in 6 years that's all I have to say.

Greatest OS/distro surprise: Debian
I guess this was a tough one...It just always seems to be there for me and it works better than other distros on bleeding edge hardware.

Greatest OS/distro dissapointment: Red Hat 8 and Lycoris
Red Hat 8 had apps segfaulting out of the box. Configuration apps, XMMS, etc. Lycoris just plain wouldn't let me load nvidia video drivers.

Best Desktop Environment: Gnome/Win2k
I work more efficiently in Gnome. It's so nice and customizable. It's slow and unstable though. Win2k allows me to work quite nicely with good stability.

Most profound application: Vim
What do I use more?

Look mom, I made a comment!
by Kasper Henriksen on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:14 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win2k or Linux
I run Win2k at home so that my technology impaired family (parents... bah!) can use it. While it is "not bad" (as in: it's the only OS from MS that doesn't p*** me off, and it tends to get the job done), I still feel limited by it when I come home from university where I use KDE.
Best Server OS: OpenBSD
FreeBSD comes close, but OpenBSD has to be the most solid system in existance, and ultimately that's all that matters when you run a server.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Debian
They actually nodged it up a number to 3.0, and I managed to install it without any hazzle. Sure it's a little confusing that you have to switch virtual terminals during the install to get your ADSL connection working, but once you have that down, it's a breeze ("nv", "emu10k1" and other stupid driver names aside, that is).
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: RedHat 8.0
I hated this thing. Sure it's all nice and pretty, but it didn't take 5 minutes from having it installed until I started hating its guts. First of all, the menus were just [i]too
newbie-friendly. What's with "Web Browser" instead of "Mozilla"? Why does it have such a fugly icon and not a more lizzard-like one? ADSL using PPPoE just refused to work when using their friendly wizard the first couple of times. Somehow I got it working the third time, but I have no idea why it suddenly worked. And why won't it let me change that fugly red hat in the lower left corner to a Gnome foot? These, and lots of other small annoyances just add up to immense frustration and hairpulling. I regret having wasted an entire day downloading those 3 CD's -- that bandwidth could have been used a lot more productively.
Best desktop environment: Gnome 2 or KDE 3.1
KDE 3.1 is just beautiful and overall nice to use. However, I must commend the Gnome guys for their work on making a desktop environment based on a filosophy that is more true to that of UNIX. There is a lot to be said for doing it their way rather than the KDE teams more monolithic approach, but that doesn't change the fact that at the moment KDE 3.1 is more complete.
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla and its relatives (except Netscape - because it's basically just a repackaged Mozilla but with pop-up ads)
I finally have a browser that is not an automated add-delivery system with the ability to install spyware on my computer without my knowledge. That alone should be enough reason to move away from that other browser (which shall remain nameless). Thanks to Mozilla, it is finally a joyful experience for me to browse the web again. That it feels the same both here at the university and at home is just a bonus.

a preview button would be a GODSEND!
by Kasper Henriksen on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:15 UTC

and you can see why...

Hmm
by Arne on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:16 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Amiga, actually got a couple the last year and the more I learn the more time consuming hobby it becomes.
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows 2000 Professional
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: To me, Amiga since I've never used it before.
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Didn't like RedHat 8.0, can't really explain why..
Best desktop environment: BeOS is king
Most profound application of the year: Opera 6

...
by Olov on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:32 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AmigaOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: LindowsOS
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: WindowsXP
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Evolution

Slightly OT Eugenia
by mike on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:38 UTC

A focus shift? Let's hope there is no OSNewsIA or even a EugeniaIA/Eugeniaia. E-I-E-I-O.

Beos learned and Microsoft will learn that the world isn't ready for tablets or internet appliances.

Only when the cost goes down and durability goes up. Who want to drop a tablet PC and have ir break? Something like digital paper is the future.

Like the newspapers in Minority Report.

Eugenia, please give us more journals so we'll have something to remember you by. *tear runs down cheek*

My choice
by Betcour on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:38 UTC

Best Hobby OS : Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : Windows XP
Best Server OS : FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Lycoris
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : Slackware

Best desktop environment : Aqua
Most profound application of the year : OOo

And the nominations are...
by xork on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:41 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AROS
Best Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker

Here goes
by Staros on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:42 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS Really hoping this project works out.
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP And *only* because the software I need is available only on it, I don't like Microsoft or their products themselves *at all*.
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: SuSE 8.1 Not a surprise in comparison to older SuSE distributions, but to other current Linux distributions -- it's simply so much better than anything else.
Greatest OS/distribution disappointment of the year: Lindows Breaking every possible Linux convention in one package -- not for me at all.

Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Cubase SX This one was the easiest choice in this list by far; a truly, truly remarkable piece of brilliant UI and software design and really tight coding in one package. My congrats to Steinberg for creating the best piece of music software the industry has seen so far.

Correct answer
by kon on Wed 27th Nov 2002 08:48 UTC

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows 2000/XP
Best Server OS: Linux
Best desktop environment: Windows
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

my 2... $.02 (why dont keyboards have a cent sign???)
by Sam on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:03 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: LindowsOS

Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: mono

My awards
by Jure Repinc on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:15 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AtheOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: GNOME
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

my vote
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:25 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP
Best Server OS: NetBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat 8.0

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: KDE

Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice.org

Another post
by juha on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:31 UTC

Best Desktop Environment: pwm
Greatest Server OS: FreeBSD

Best ...
by ZB on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:34 UTC

Best Hobby OS : OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : Win2k
Best Server OS : freeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Syllable
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : AtheOS
Best desktop environment : BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year : Mozilla

my vote :)
by bact' on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:52 UTC

Best Hobby OS : SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : WinXP/2k/NT
Best Server OS : Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : OSX
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : Lindows
Best desktop environment : Aqua
Most profound application of the year : OOo

RE: OSNews Reader's 2002 Awards
by Aidan Delaney on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:52 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Uninunium
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: DOJ/M$ deal

Best desktop environment: KDE (nicely integrated programs)
Most profound application of the year: JUnit

Post
by Lion Vollnhals on Wed 27th Nov 2002 09:56 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: IRIX

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Evolution


Lion Vollnhals

My €0.02
by DaaT on Wed 27th Nov 2002 10:30 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS (hooby for now...)
Best Desktop/Workstation: BeOS
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/Dist. Surprise: Zeta (coming out in December, stay tuned) and RedHat 8
Greatest OS/Dist. Disappointment: Mandrake 9 (feels like it's still 7)

Best Desktop Environment: BeOS/Tracker
Most Profound Application (er.. profound??): Phoenix (a breath of fresh air in the browser war, cross-platform too)

DaaT
http://www.beosjournal.org

My awards
by Larry Cow on Wed 27th Nov 2002 10:31 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS and childs
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year:
Best desktop environment: ROX
Most profound application of the year: Galeon

The award goes to...
by Excalibur on Wed 27th Nov 2002 10:37 UTC

Best Hobby OS Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS MacOSX
Best Server OS Tie - Solaris and *BSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year MacOSX Jaguar
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year Lindows

Best desktop environment Aqua
Most profound application of the year Mozilla

Best wishes to you Eugenia in your new pursuits, and DO visit time to time. Take care.

THE BEST!!
by ekaulia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 10:37 UTC

BEST OS : WINDOWS XP PRO !!

BEST FUTURE OS : WINDOWS XP LONGHORN !!

BEST HOBBY OS : WINDOWS 98 SE !!

BEST DESKTOP : WINDOWS XP PRO + OBJECTDOCK + Y'Z SHADOW !!

BEST WINDOWS WANNA BE OS : LINUX + KDE/GNOME !!

ALL TIME BEST GUI : NEXTSTEP !!

what i think:
by IPX on Wed 27th Nov 2002 10:41 UTC

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP Professional (for the common user, for me linux is best)
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0 (not a bad dist, but it should have bin much better)
Best desktop environment: KDE 3.1 (Windows XP is a good number two, but only if you hack the visual style engine and change skin, luna is probably the most awful look i have seen in a desktop-envorement)
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My awards
by Sv on Wed 27th Nov 2002 10:44 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS and childs
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOS X Jaguar
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year : OpenOffice

Awards
by guictx on Wed 27th Nov 2002 11:01 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win2K (unfortunately)
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo Linux
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0
Best desktop environment: As everything nowadays is themable, I guess the only real contestants are Aqua and BeOS/Tracker.
Most profound (?) application of the year : Mozilla 1.0
Best Software License: ...just jocking.

My Choices...
by The Lone OSer on Wed 27th Nov 2002 11:07 UTC

Best OS - WinXP Pro still
Worst OS - Linux (It gets more bloated with each release)
Best Server - FreeBSD (Nice to use and configure)
Best Hobby OS - AROS, I wish these guys lots of luck!
Best desktop environment - Windows desktop
Best Dev Platform - Win32 with MS Visual C++ 6
Most profound application of the year - Battlefield 1942

Red Hat-Work SuSE for home
by David Blomberg on Wed 27th Nov 2002 11:15 UTC

Best Hobby OS [Gentoo]
Best Desktop/Workstation OS [Linux]
Best Server OS [Linux]

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year [Gentoo]
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year [OSX]

Best desktop environment [KDE]
Most profound application of the year [Misapplication of US Justice in the MS fiasco]

My awards
by Aurelus on Wed 27th Nov 2002 11:31 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: GNU/Linux
Best Server OS: GNU/Linux or *BSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment: Debian
Best desktop environment: Gnome
Most profound application: GCC and OpenOffice (although OOo can improve a lot)

Of the year
by Chris on Wed 27th Nov 2002 11:41 UTC

And my vote goes too...

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOSx
Best Server OS: Solaris
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: Redhat 8.0
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla 1.*

just my two kronors
by schmuck on Wed 27th Nov 2002 11:41 UTC

Best Hobby OS [N/A]
Best Desktop/Workstation OS [Solaris/CDE]
Best Server OS [OpenBSD]

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year [Gentoo]
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year [Lindows]

Best desktop environment [Aqua]
Most profound application of the year [Evolution]

and the award (might) go to ...
by chris on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:02 UTC

</lurk>
Best Hobby OS AtheOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS MacOSX
Best Server OS - Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year MacOSX Jaguar
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: No new Amiga yet

Best desktop environment Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Flash MX
<lurk>

My Choices
by Anton Klotz on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:11 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOSX.2
Best Server OS: AIX5L
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 8.0.
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: fink

RE: OSNews Reader's 2002 Awards
by Sandman on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:19 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP PRO
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Lycoris
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: OS X Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My vote
by C.H. on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:29 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat 8.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year:
Best desktop environment: BeOS
Most profound application of the year: Eclipse

-
by EAE on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:34 UTC

Best Hobby OS: n/a
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: FreeBSD (favorite windows os is Windows 2000)
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Windows XP
Best desktop environment: Gnome2
Most profound application of the year: Anjuta

Ahaha It's Funny
by Michael Vinícius de Oliveira on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:35 UTC

mike: "A focus shift? Let's hope there is no OSNewsIA or even a EugeniaIA/Eugeniaia. E-I-E-I-O."

hehe EugeniaOS turns into EugeniaIA!

Eukalia: You're funny! hahahahahahaahh

Well, let's go:

Best Hobby OS: BeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: maybe OpenBeOS, BlueEyedOS and Zeta beta versions ;)
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: Windows, of course!
Best desktop environment: Gonx (BlueEyedOS GUI) and, of course, the future GUI of OpenBeOS, design by "stubear" (if Mr. Phipps wants)).
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla 1.*/Phoenix for BeOS/OpenOffice!

-----------------------------------------------------------

Well, the year is finishing, but always we have forces to bring BeOS back to life!

Michael VI

os awards
by TVRG on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:36 UTC

Best Hobby OS Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS W2K
Best Server OS linux, solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year Lycoris/Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year RedHat psyche

Best desktop environment fluxbox & KDE
Most profound application of the year mono(www.go-mono.com)

MHO
by morgoth on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:36 UTC

Best Hobby : Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation : Linux for all, Win 2k for Word and Excel
Best server, gateway : linux

Best Distribution : Mandrake 9.0
Greates disapointment : Windows XP (to many annimations, it's not an OS but a cartoon)

Best enviroment : KDE 3

my choices
by Siebharinn on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:36 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP PRO
Best Server OS: Small Business Server
Best desktop environment: WinXP's Luna

My vote:)
by Andreas Louca on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:36 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP pro
Best Server OS: FreeBSD.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo.
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9.0.
Best desktop environment: WinXP's Luna
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice

"Michael VI" is wrong!

Michael Vinícius de Oliveira
BlueEyedOS Webmaster

i saw eclipse, so ...
by gabor on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:48 UTC

Best Hobby OS - Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS - Linux
Best Server OS - Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year - OS X
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year - OS X
Best desktop environment - Gnome
Most profound application of the year - Eclipse

My Picks
by Kevin on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:49 UTC

Best Hobby OS SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation BeOS
Best Server OS FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: OSX
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year
Mandrake 9
Best desktop environment BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year
OpenOffice

my nominations
by Henrik on Wed 27th Nov 2002 12:55 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AROS www.aros.org

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux

Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Mandrake

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year:Redhat
(no xine, mplayer)

Best desktop environment: xfce

Most profound application of the year: Phoenix

my 2 cents...
by glaf on Wed 27th Nov 2002 13:12 UTC

Best Hobby OS : hobby ?
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Suse Linux
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Debian Linux
Best desktop environment: Beos/Tracker, KDE
Most profound application of the year: www.thelavalamp.org ;)

Competition
by Jan Spitalnik on Wed 27th Nov 2002 13:26 UTC

Best Hobby OS:
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Konqueror

My Awards
by Josep on Wed 27th Nov 2002 13:26 UTC

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: OSX or Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Knoppix
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: ESware
Best desktop environment: KDE 3.1
Most profound application of the year: Konqueror 3.1

Also I like to note the Koffice 1.2, Mozilla and OpenOffice.org

My best list goes...
by Johnathan Bailes on Wed 27th Nov 2002 13:27 UTC

Best Hobby OS [e.g. SkyOS, AtheOS, MenuetOS, Syllable etc etc]

BeOS

Best Desktop/Workstation OS [WinXP/2k/NT, Win9x,* BeOS, Linux, OSX, etc etc (no individual Linux distros here)]

OSX (yes, its slow but damn it is slick)

Best Server OS [e.g. Solaris, IRIX, Win2k, FreeBSD, Linux etc etc (no individual Linux distros here)]

Solaris (Proven, solid but slow once again)

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year [e.g. Lycoris, Gentoo, OSX, OpenBSD etc]

RedHat 8.0
(never expected it to actually feel that slick)

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year [e.g. Lindows, QNX, AtheOS etc]

Mandrake 9.0 (expected so much more)


Best desktop environment [e.g. Aqua, Luna, KDE, CDE, BeOS/Tracker, Gnome, Syllable etc.]

Aqua (not as revolutionary as I had hoped but still very nice and very livable)

Most profound application of the year [e.g. Mozilla, Photoshop, Evolution, Outlook XP, OOo, iCal, KaZaA, VS.NET, Eclipse etc]

Evolution (it has gotten a lot of great press for the opensource movement)

Best Hobby OS: BeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: FreeBSD
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: AtheOS
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My little vote...
by Cesar Cardoso on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:00 UTC

Best Hobby OS:
OpenBeOS (or whatever name they have now)
-> Gee, they're doing a great job! Hope in 2003 they go further. They deserve a note (fala BGA!)

Best Desktop/Workstation OS:
Linux
-> If I could vote on XP separately, it'll be my vote, because XP is impressive as a desktop despite the Luna ugliness. But the most interesting happenings on Linux in 2002 was on desktop. It's nearly a whole new world compared to 2001.

Best Server OS:
Solaris
-> It's my choice. Linux is great, FreeBSD is fantastic, 2000 is capable (I haven't testes OS X Server), but Solaris is still the king of the hill.

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year:
RedHat 8
-> Bluecurve is great, the overall distro is impressive. Now all free/Open Source OS that want to be a desktop contender will have to be better than RH 8.

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year:
Lindows.com
-> They supposed to be the 'agent of change'. Nice try, Micheal Robertson, but RedHat, Mandrake, Xandros and Lycoris are ahead of you now.

Best desktop environment:
BeOS/Tracker
-> It's still the most elegant desktop over there, Luna is ugly, Aqua is too childish to my taste. Hope in 2003 I vote for Gnome. Go Gnomers! ;)

Most profound application of the year:
OpenOffice.org
-> I could have voted for Mozilla here, but the OOo team are achieving some impressive feats.

My Votes
by Ryan on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:05 UTC

Best Hobby OS: None have really sparked m interest
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: None
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Chimera

Awards
by D. Bowman on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:13 UTC

Best Hobby OS: ???
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP/2k/NT
Best Server OS: Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Xandros Desktop 1.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year:OOo

David

BE rules
by djozz on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:16 UTC

Best Hobby OS : BeOS... runs fine on my dual-P3@800 and U160 SCSI
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : BeOS... multi-thread, stable, quick
Best Server OS : FreeBSD... for personnal home serve

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : OpenBeOS... keep on guys

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : Lindows...

Best desktop environment : BeOS/Tracker

Most profound application of the year : BeShare


My thoughts...
by David B on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:19 UTC

Best Hobby OS:
OpenBeOS

Best Desktop/Workstation OS:
BeOS

Best Server OS:
FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year:
Gentoo

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year:
Red Hat

Best desktop environment:
BeOS

Most profound application of the year:
Phoenix

Votes
by Touti Freeman on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:40 UTC

Best desktop/workstation OS: Red Hat Linux 8.0
Best server OS: Red Hat Linux 7.3 or OpenBSD 3.2
Best applications: Phoenix and PostgreSQL
OS disappointment: Mandrake 9.0
OS surprise: NetBSD 1.6 (just because I hadn't used it before)

My choices
by Jesper on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:48 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: AIX
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Slackware Linux 8.1
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: LindowsOS
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice

my vote
by surak on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:50 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year:
Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker

My choices
by Andrew on Wed 27th Nov 2002 14:52 UTC

Best Hobby OS: -
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: BeOS
Best Server OS: Linux (really depends on what you are doing)
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Xandros
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: AmigaOS 4
Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year: Visual Studio .Net (as much as I hate to admit it.

IMVHO
by Meesa on Wed 27th Nov 2002 15:10 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOS X.2 Jaguar (power of unix + all the great apps)
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: New Amigas (finally!)
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: Windows XP (a real step down from Windows 2000 in my eyes).
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Chimera

Rev's Vote
by RevAaron on Wed 27th Nov 2002 15:44 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Well, for obvious reasons, I'm partial to Dynapad (http://dynapad.swiki.net).
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X 10.2
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo- it really came from relatively nowhere to one of the more popular distros!
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year AtheOS- too bad he lost interest...

Best desktop environment OpenStep 4.2's desktop environment is still winning, which is sad- why hasn't anything else caught up yet?
Most profound application of the year Nothing on the list seemed profound to me, just business as usual... Even though no one else will know what this is, I'll vote for the Faure PIM system (http://russell-allen.com/squeak/faure/).

Finally, after much thinking...
by Manik on Wed 27th Nov 2002 15:49 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS, MorphOS, RiscOS (but are they hobby OSs, really?).
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: OS X, BeOS.
Best Server OS: FreeBSD.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: ?
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: ?
Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker, Aqua.
Most profound application of the year: Groboto

dia's vote
by dia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:14 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Gentoo Linux
Best Desktop/Worstation: Mac OS X.2 Jaguar
Best Server OS: Debian GNU/Linux 3.0

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Gentoo Linux
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : LindowsOS

Best desktop environment: OS X's Aqua
Most profound application of the year : Mozilla and kids (Phoenix & Chimera)

Special mention to Mandrake Linux 9.0, which is according to me a pretty good worstation OS.

My choices
by Lycoris User on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:15 UTC

Best Hobby: Any linux distro, and then BeOS

Best Desktop OS: Lycoris Desktop/LX

Best Server: I dunno...I don't have a server...

Greatest OS: Lycoris Desktop/LX

Greatest Dissapointment: Mandrake 9

Best Desktop environment: KDE3

Most profound app: Open Office or Evoloution (too bad Evo is gnome based)

Well
by tC on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:25 UTC

Best Hobby OS: MenuetOS
Best Desktop OS: Linux
Best Server OS: OpenBSD

Greatest distribution of the year: Gentoo
Disappointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: Enlightenment
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

My picks...
by Ben on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:31 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS (and derivatives)
Best Desktop: Mac OSX
Best Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux (almost a tie with xBSD)
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Tie: Gentoo and RH 8.0
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: OEOne's HomeBase. Great idea, decent implementation, but no K6 support and it's still quite slow.

Best desktop environment: KDE 3.1

Most profound application of the year: Four way tie for very different reasons: Eclipse, Freevo, Crossover Office and the Fluxbox WM (yes, you read that right.)

Just an elaboration with Fluxbox: As tabs are an addictive feature with browsers and xterms, they become quite central with window management. While Fluxbox's implementation could use a few tweaks, it is _very_ productive. I tried it on a lark, and now I find using anything else very cumbersome. (Including OS X, Win32, KDE and Gnome...)

My $0.02CDN.

my votes
by sphere on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:32 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Open BeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: w2k
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: RedHat 8
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake 9

Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla 1.x

List 139?
by Michael Zandstra on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:34 UTC

Best Hobby OS SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS Linux
Best Server OS Solaris

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year QNX

Best desktop environment KDE
Most profound application of the year AMSN

heu
by Jean-Marc L on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:38 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS, BlueEyedOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows2K/XP <Shame>
Best Server OS : *nix

Greatest OS surprise of the year : Gentoo
OS dissapointment of the year : WinXP

Best desktop environment : BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year : Mozilla, OpenOffice

IMO
by Diogo Kollross on Wed 27th Nov 2002 16:52 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllabe
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: OpenBeOS
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: AtheOS

Best desktop environment: Luna
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla 1.0

My choices
by Ramunas V. / RAX on Wed 27th Nov 2002 17:07 UTC

Best Hobby OS : OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : MacOS 8x/9x ( OSX?? Next year...)
Best Server OS : ........
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Lycoris
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : AtheOS
Best desktop environment : BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year : OpenOffice

The award goes to...
by nymia on Wed 27th Nov 2002 17:16 UTC

Best Hobby OS:
------> OpenBeOS, Syllable

Best Desktop/Workstation OS:
------> BeOS R5, KDE2, W2K

Best Server OS:
------> Linux 2.4, Apache, PostgreSQL

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year:
------> BeBits, SourceForge

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year :
------> Win2K, WinXP, Linux, Mandrake.

Best desktop environment:
------> BeOS: Tracker & Kits, BeFS

Most profound application of the year:
------> Mozilla, Flash MX, BeIDE, GCC, GDB, Embedded Javascript, Mesa3D, GLUt, Xerces XML, DirectX, OpenGL, LibArt, Visual .NET.

Best!
by Squidgee on Wed 27th Nov 2002 17:16 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBSD
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X.2.x
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: RedHat 8.0/WinXp (Always a disappointment)
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Chimera 0.6.0

And, the Best OS of the year is: Mac OS X.2 (Jaguar)

Best of 2002...
by Mauricio Peltier on Wed 27th Nov 2002 17:44 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeos (walter?!!)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: MacOSX (10.2), WinXP,
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year:Lycoris, Conectiva Linux (Brazil)
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Mandrake
Best desktop environment: MacOSX, BeOS, WinXP
Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice, Mozilla

The best?
by Henry on Wed 27th Nov 2002 17:52 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Danger OS*
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year: Ogg/Vorbis**

*If that doesn't count, then RedHat 8.
**If that doesn't count, then Chimera.

My Pick
by J on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:02 UTC

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: FreeBSD (I have used it on my desktop for a little over a year).
Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: OSX
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: OSX (Why do I have to be locked into a GUI) WindowsXP (It is just broken)

Best desktop environment: FVWM2 (I can make it act any way I want it to)
Most profound application of the year: Delphi 7 (Kylix)

My Picks
by Phil Hall on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:02 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP Pro
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Xandros
Best desktop environment: Luna or KDE

Don't know enough about the rest of the categories to make an intelligent guess.

Nothing really hits this year
by garapheane on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:06 UTC

Best Hobby OS - AtheOS (for good apps availability)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS - BeOS (can't beat a thoroughly thought GUI, AND low latency)
Best Server OS - OpenBSD (obscure. OpenBSD wins because it does the work just as well as others, but with much greater security)

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year - MacOS X (Everything from the new interface, and the mutation of FreeBSD(or was it NetBSD?))
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year - RedHat Linux (I'm a KDE guy, period.)
Best desktop environment - BeOS/Tracker (Still the best GUI ever)
Most profound application of the year - OpenOffice.org (A major catalyst for the focus shift of linux distro towards desktop)

my vote
by rajan r on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:13 UTC

Best hobby os: Menuet OS.
I picked this one because it is truly something different from the rest. Everything else uses the same conventional stuff. The architecture may be a little different from Linux, Be OS and/or Windows, but nothing really interesting. Menuet OS on the other hand is. Probably it would become the Amiga OS of x86.

Best desktop/workstation OS: Windows XP
I have to say, I'm mighty impressed by it. There are some annoying bugs, but they are fine anyway.

Best server OS: Solaris
Of course, any other UNIX other than IRIX is fine, but it really depends on what kind of server. For example, web servers I would find FreeBSD and Linux great.

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Red Hat Linux 8.0
It was a surprised, considering a few months prior to that, they didn't have much interest in the desktop. It has a .0 quality, but it should be fixed in the next release, for sure. Others, like SuSE, was good, but didn't surprise me.

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Amiga OS 4
Still not released yet. It was supposed to be released last year.

Best desktop environment: NeXTstep
Simply the best design ever, not the same conventional design. Everything was design for produtivity and ease of use, rather on familarity.

Most profound application of the year: KOffice
I would say Office because it has been truly remarkable having so many features, but this isn't something out of the usual. KOffice had, with so little help, manage to go so far in just 11 months. I'm real proud of it. Now, in the 1.2, it has all the features I would need. Features that would be nice (SmartTags, for example) should come in handy, but I'm not demanding.

Awards
by Henne on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:14 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Red Hat
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Mozilla

More opinitons
by Anonymoose Quadruped on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:15 UTC

Best Hobby OS: AROS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: AmigaOS
Best Server OS: Solaris
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: New Amiga HW!
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: ???

Best desktop environment: Workbench/Intuition
Most profound application of the year: gcc-3

Aquí va:
by PH on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:21 UTC

Best Hobby OS BeOS & friends
Best Desktop/WORKSTATION OS Linux
Best Server OS Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year Mandrake 9

Best desktop environment Gnome (2.0)
Most profound application of the year OpenOffice.org

RE:My Pick (By J)
by Squidgee on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:26 UTC

>...biggest disappointment: OS X (Why do I have to be locked into a GUI)...

Actually, you don't! Enable the >console user, log in as them, and there's no GUI in sight, unless you logout.

My awards
by Friedmud on Wed 27th Nov 2002 18:53 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Hmm, haven't used any
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux
Best Server OS: Linux
Greatest distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest distribution dissapointment of the year: Gentoo 1.4 (because it hasn't been released yet!)
Best desktop environment: KDE 3
Most profound application of the year: Quanta 3.0 (Quanta has just blown me away, it makes my life as a PHP programmer so much easier)

Here are my favorites and least favorites
by Iconoclast on Wed 27th Nov 2002 19:37 UTC

Favorite Hobby OS: SkyOS
Favorite Desktop OS: Debian Linux
Favorite Development OS: Debian Linux
Favorite Server OS: OpenBSD
Favorite window manager: WindowMaker

Surprise of the year: Xandros (somebody finally made Debian accessible to the masses)

Dissapointment of the year: The outcome of the Microsoft trial.

Favorite newly discovered application: Zope

Favorite newly discovered game: Frozen-Bubble

Favorite OSNews article: All of them I participated in.

I hope next year is a great as this one was. Thanks Eugenia.

Funny Outcome
by Jay on Wed 27th Nov 2002 19:42 UTC

One of the really interesting things about what people have posted is the large number of those who chose Red Hat 8 as the Greatest Surprise or the Biggest Disappointment. A lot of divided opinion on that.

yeah.
by nxtw on Wed 27th Nov 2002 20:13 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: Windows XP with Luna or Classic
Most profound application of the year: they all suck or aren't original.

May I Have The Envelope, Please?
by Freethinker on Wed 27th Nov 2002 20:49 UTC

Best Hobby OS ..... Linux
Best Server OS ..... Linux
Best Desktop/Workstation OS ..... Xandros/Libranet
Greatest Distro Surprise ..... Xandros DEsktop 1.0
Greatest Distro Disappointment ..... Mandrake
Best Desktop Environment ..... KDE
Most Profound Application ..... Codeweaver's Crossover Office

<drumroll> and the winners are ....
by michel on Wed 27th Nov 2002 22:07 UTC

Best Hobby OS: We don't need no steenking hobbies!

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: <insert your fave distro here>Linux

Best Server OS: <insert your fave distro here>Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: The prices Apple dares to charge for .x upgrades. Have these people no shame?

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: The continued existence of Microsoft, Inc.

Best desktop environment: xfce!

Most profound application of the year: Kword - finally has the features I need most and exports to WordPerfect 8 well enough to let me do the final layout touches there. This one is going places, folks!

Best Reporter : Eugenia
by Glidedon on Wed 27th Nov 2002 22:48 UTC

Eugenia you're the one that made this site(and BeNews) enjoyable and informative to read everyday. Not enough people appreciate how much work you have done! You are just too dedicated when you have a commitment:-)

Thanks for the effort.

Once you get some rest, I'm sure you'll be up to your ears in some endeavor again. I just hope I can find the fruits of your labor !

Keep in touch

Don

os poll
by whydouneedname on Wed 27th Nov 2002 23:21 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: WinXP/2k/NT

Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: OpenBSD

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows

Best desktop environment: XP Media Edition

Most profound application of the year: VS.NET

OSNews and thanks
by Piers on Thu 28th Nov 2002 01:00 UTC

Eugenia, thankyou for this site which is my favourite for OS related material. Your news and comments have been interesting and insightful. I hope you enjoy your new found freedom but I also hope that OSNews will continue on in the same spirit it has in the past. I find that not only is it you who makes OSNews but also the participants on the forums and the general community you have gathered to your site.

I can list quite a few apps that have really gathered my interest this year are Opera beta 7 ( a great browser others can learn from although Mozilla is a great development platform), Open Office (which allows for decent competition in the office suits that is cross platform), Cubase SX (which ties me into WinXP unfortunately but it is a great program and much better than Logic 5 which I swapped it for (after Apple's buyout)), and of course Il2 (my fav entertainment piece of software).

I am really rooting for Open BeOS (aka Walter, a name I quite like) to get going strong on the desktop as BeOS is ideally the best OS for my needs which are audio and gaming. Hopefully with the initial release, many developers like Steinberg will release apps for it as I know they had a beta of Nuendo running rings around their Win2K version on BeOS 5. Then Mac OS and Windows can go the way of the Dodo as they deserve cause they are bloody archaic Operating Environments who think making the desktop pretty and bloated is innovation. I'm sorry but it ain't. It is shite and just gets in the way of using the computer. Nothing has surpassed BeOS/Open Tracker in that regard which adheres to the "Keep It Simple Stupid" principle of life.

2003 is shaping up to be a great year for computing (and simming, go Il2 FB) and I hope MS and Apple are relegated to the scrap heap as they deserve.

Sorry for the Rant.

Piers

Yet Another My-Award Thing
by t3RRa on Thu 28th Nov 2002 01:22 UTC

Best Hobby OS : BeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : Win2k ( for windows specific devices ;) )
Best Server OS : OpenBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : Lindows

Best desktop environment : BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year : OOo

Best of 2002
by AdamR on Thu 28th Nov 2002 01:49 UTC

Best Hobby OS: OpenBeOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Mac OS X
Best Server OS: FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: redhat 8
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: --
Best desktop environment: Aqua
Most profound application of the year: Phoenix

Best OS
by Rick Caudill on Thu 28th Nov 2002 02:45 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Syllable

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win XP

Best Server OS: FreeBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: mandrake 9

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: redhat8

Best desktop environment: XP, but hopefully soon Syllable ;) .

Most profound application of the year: Codeweaver's Crossover Office

My Picks for 2002
by digitalb0y on Thu 28th Nov 2002 03:14 UTC

Best Hobby OS SkyOS So much work done by mostly one person.
Best Desktop Linux, XP PRo
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo!
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: AtheOS
Most Talked about OS: Open BeOS
Best Potential OS: B.E.O.S
Best From the Ground Up OS Open BeOS

Best desktop environment DANO even though it's from last year!
Most Profound Product of the year MOZILLA
Most Profound Game: Exult , Unreal 2003


Best/Worst
by woojin jeon on Thu 28th Nov 2002 05:01 UTC

Best Hobby OS : OS/2 Warp 4
Best Server OS : OpenBSD
Worst OS in all area : Windows series

my pair of pennies
by WK on Thu 28th Nov 2002 07:40 UTC

Best hobby OS - OpenBeOS (though not exactly a "hobby")

Best Desktop OS - BeOS

Best Server OS - Solaris

Greatest Disappointment - Windows XP

Best environment - Be/Tracker or QNX Photon
Worst " " - Windows XP

Most Profound Application - Opera 6/7

Best|Worst of Times
by mX on Thu 28th Nov 2002 12:37 UTC

Best Hobby OS : M$ DOS ;-)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS : Linux
Best Server OS : dunno
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Slackware 7,
RedHat 8.
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year : SuSE 8
Best desktop environment : blackbox
Most profound application of the year : kstars

I don't do any Linux...
by mtt on Thu 28th Nov 2002 15:01 UTC

Best Hobby OS: BeOS (because it sure doesn't have any apps to do work with)

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Windows XP Pro (amazing how stable and usable a MS product can be)

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Jaguar

Best desktop environment: Windows running Litestep

Most profound application of the year: OpenOffice (amazing that a program that great could be free and open source)

I'm serious!
by Jeff on Thu 28th Nov 2002 15:33 UTC

Best Hobby OS: MS-DOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: FreeMiNT/N.AES (Atari)
Best Server OS: Linux

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: WinXP (who knew windows could be this stable!?!)
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: HP-UX (why use this outdated hunk-of-crap over Linux?)

Best desktop environment: jinnee (Atari again)
Most profound application of the year: GTA3

voting
by Daniel Mark on Thu 28th Nov 2002 19:06 UTC

Best Hobby OS SkyOS
Best Desktop/Workstation OS BeOS
Best Server OS FreeBSD
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year OSX
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year AtheOS
Best desktop environment BeOS/Tracker
Most profound application of the year Mozilla

IMHO
by zthompson on Fri 29th Nov 2002 03:26 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS

Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Linux

Best Server OS: OpenBSD

Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Tie Gentoo/Knoppix

Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: RH 8.0

Best desktop environment: KDE

Most profound application of the year: Evolution

foobar
by Ludootje on Fri 29th Nov 2002 16:25 UTC

Best Hobby OS: SkyOS (unless GNU/Linux can count as such too ;)
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win2k
Best Server OS: GNU/Linux
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Gentoo
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: Lindows
Best desktop environment: KDE
Most profound application of the year: Konqueror (the konq team really did a great work!)

huh?
by Ludootje on Fri 29th Nov 2002 16:28 UTC

<quote>
By mX (IP: ---.eas.sinp.msu.ru) - Posted on 2002-11-28 12:37:51:
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year : Slackware 7,
</quote>

Slackware 7? Apparently, you don't realise that 8.1 is the latest, and that 7 isn't from this year?

OSes
by emo879 on Sun 1st Dec 2002 05:42 UTC

Best Hobby OS: Cosmoe. Just for what he's trying to do.
Best Desktop/Workstation OS: Win2K Pro
Best Server OS: Don't know. I haven't tried running a server.
Greatest OS/distribution surprise of the year: Lycoris. It works!
Greatest OS/distribution dissapointment of the year: WinXP Win2K was soooooo nice.
Best desktop environment: BeOS 4ever. ;)
Most profound application of the year: Pheonix, plus any flie sharing that's managed to stay open. Mozilla with out the bloat.