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Black Duck Software Names Open Source Rookies of 2009

New Projects Reflect the Breadth of Open Source Innovation in Cloud Computing, Gaming, Health Care, Mobile

WALTHAM, Mass., January 19, 2010, - From a Twitter client for World of Warcraft to a natural language processing system for the clinical health care community, open source projects have the answer to an increasing range of development challenges, according to Black Duck Software, which today announced its 2009 open source ‘Rookies of the Year’ list.

Working from a list of over 19,000 new projects launched in 2009, Black Duck evaluated project popularity using a scoring system that awards points for the number of releases within a project, the number of developers involved, and the number of web sites linked to the project. After auditing its findings and normalizing scores, Black Duck determined the top 10 Rookie projects.

Spanning mobile, healthcare, cloud computing, gaming and social media/collaboration, the Rookies exemplify the flexibility - and time-to-market advantage - of open source.

The Black Duck Rookies of the Year for 2009 include:

  1. Live Android - for those who want to try Android without buying a phone, Live Android lets the user run Android on his or her PC without affecting other files.
  2. Open Health Natural Language Processing - developed by the Mayo Clinic and IBM, the project gives medical clinicians and researchers access to unstructured textual documents (e.g., pathology reports, clinical notes, etc.)
  3. Mobile Browser Definition File - provides all the information needed to adaptively render content for mobile phones and devices, presenting server applications with a set of 67 capabilities or properties - from screen size to cookie support - to describe a mobile client device.
  4. Redis (REmote Dictionary Server) - An advanced key-store database which supports very fast, persistent access to a dataset. A simple way of storing data and a concept that can scale to the cloud.
  5. Smasher - Audio loop slicer designed to create striking effects from WAV, MP3, FLAC or AIFF files in seconds without a sequencer. Effects include filter sweeps, phasing, flanging, delay, and distortion.
  6. AbiCloud - Infrastructure software for the creation and integral management of public and private clouds based on heterogeneous environments. The project aims to offer users a tool with the capacity for scaling, management, automatic and immediate provision of servers, storage, networks, and virtual network devices, as well as applications.
  7. Transdroid - Remote torrent client for Android that supports faster downloads of large video, audio or software files.
  8. Rainmeter - This customizable PC resource meter can display various performance data in different formats. Rainmeter can measure CPU load, allocated memory, network traffic, performance data, uptime, free disk space, and more.
  9. TweetCraft - This World of Warcraft add-on enables players to send and receive tweets using Twitter without leaving the game; automatically upload and post screenshots using TwitPic (shares photos on Twitter) and automatically tweet certain in-game events such as achievements.
  10. Native Client - Runs x86 native code in web applications, with the goal of ensuring browser neutrality, OS portability, and safety.

“The Rookies of the Year projects represent some of the hottest areas in software – cloud, gaming, mobile, healthcare – and open source at its best, communities identifying problems and developing solutions in an open, collaborative process,” said Peter Vescuso, Executive Vice President, Black Duck Software. “ Some of the projects are niche and others are well-known, but all represent the broadening innovation and influence of open source software.”

Black Duck also identified five Honorable Mention projects lead by Android.
Black Duck spiders the Internet for open source code, collecting information about projects and code into the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, which contains information on more than 230,000 open source projects from more than 4,500 unique websites.

About Black Duck Software
Black Duck Software is the leading provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software, at enterprise scale, in a multi-source development process. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, security and compliance challenges associated with open source software.  Black Duck Software powers, the industry’s leading code search engine for open source, and is among the 500 largest software companies in the world, according to The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world.

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