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Innovation/Great Idea Of The Year:
Definitely the GUI-contest enacted by SkyOS's Robert. What a great idea!
Favourite Overall OS:
Windows Server 2003 w/ Talisman 2.7. The best Windows release ever. And when properly tweaked, just as desktop friendly as any other OS. And stable
Favourite "2nd" OS:
Still Mandrake (as of now, the kernel 2.6-test11 based snapshot). In my opinion Mandrake is close to getting the best of both worlds; perfect as a desktop OS, but very customizable.
(2nd meaning other than Windows, Windows is still my main OS, but only because of MSN6... )
OS With The Most Potential:
SkyOS for me. Need I say anything more?
Same as above.
OS Surprise Of The Year:
QNX 6.2.1. Just try it. It's stability, it's speed (especially on lower-end computers), it's ease-of-use (best package management system ever, Apt-get eat your haert out!) and it's clean beauty will rock you!
The Sun Java Desktop System. I had the privilige (and with me many others) to test the beta, and it just was a huge dissapointment... They promised us a clean and easy-to-use system, but it turned out to be 'just' SuSE with a different
Best Desktop Environment:
A tie between Talisman 2.7 and KDE 3.x. Although of course it's kind of hard to see Talisman as a DE (by the way, they might be overthrown by Panther, though, next year: this house is going to be Mac-enabled! )
Best Input Device:
My very cool Optical Trackball. That thing just rocks, I just don't understand why people still use mice :S ...