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Black Duck Software Names Open Source “Rookies of the Year” for 2008

Top New Projects Created in 2008 Demonstrate Continued Open Source Innovation across All Facets of Application Development

WALTHAM, Mass., January 21, 2009 - Black Duck Software today selected the top ten “rookie” open source components from a list of over 17,000 projects that were created in 2008. With 2009 budgets contracting, more and more software development organizations are enhancing productivity by reusing open source components. Developers at these companies are aided by the significant number of new open source projects that emerged in 2008, and over 600 companies now rely on Black Duck solutions to streamline how open source code is incorporated into development projects.

Engineers at Black Duck actively spider the Internet, aggregating downloadable code into a giant repository, the Black Duck® KnowledgeBase™. This resource currently contains about 180,000 open source projects from nearly 4,000 unique web sites. Black Duck surveyed the KnowledgeBase to discover projects created last year, and researchers ranked them according to the number of project releases issued during the year, which demonstrates project momentum within the community.

The Black Duck “rookies of the year” for 2008 are as follows:

  1. Beacon Cache - Peer-to-peer file sharing web cache based on Gnutella.
  2. AnimeVision - Anime management software.
  3. Wordpress Themes & Plugins - Themes and plugins for the Wordpress open source blog publishing application.
  4. Artica-postfix - Protects an SMTP mail server from malicious programs and spam.
  5. sorian-ai-mod - A game called “Sorian AI Mod for Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance.”
  6. SysDirector - Configuration management system.
  7. Lockdown - Authentication/ authorization system for RubyOnRails.
  8. Bombusmod (bm2) - Modified version of the Bombus instant messaging client for mobile phones.
  9. notefinder - Cross-platform desktop note-taking application.
  10. jbooktrader - Automated trading system for market securities.

“The Black Duck KnowledgeBase is a treasure trove of information that provides insight into the state of open source development today, and our recent list demonstrates the accelerating acceptance of open source within development,” said Peter Vescuso, senior vice president of marketing at Black Duck Software. “If you look at the list of star rookie projects, you see components that can assist developers in many ways, from configuration management to messaging and from file sharing to blog publishing tools.”

The Black Duck KnowledgeBase is the largest collection of open source software in the industry, representing collectively more than 150 engineering years of research time. Within the KnowledgeBase, Black Duck maintains component information, or metadata, on OS projects including: name, description, URL, license, language, security vulnerabilities and more.

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software is the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development and maintenance costs while mitigating the risks and challenges associated with open source reuse, including hidden license obligations, security vulnerabilities, unsupported open source and version proliferation. The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world.

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