The good folks over at Packt Publishing have found a good way to get me back in the blogging habit, which is to say, bribe me with some free books in return for promoting their 2011 Open Source Awards. Sounds like a fair deal to me, so here we go…

The selection stage is now over, so the finalists in the several categories have been chosen. The categories are

  • Open Source CMS
  • Open Source Mobile Toolkits and Libraries
  • Most Promising Open Source Project
  • Open Source Business Applications
  • Open Source JavaScript Libraries
  • Open Source Multimedia Software
  • The Open Source CMS subcategory
  • The Open Source JavaScript Libraries subcategory

I’m personally using a couple of these projects on a daily basis, so it’s nice to have the chance to vote for them to show my appreciation. Similarly, I’ve never heard of some of these projects (primarily the PHP ones) so it’s also a good opportunity to look at new ideas.

As a further bonus, you have the chance to be the randomly selected voter who wins an Amazon Kindle (I’ve already got one, and it rocks. It also rocks my credit card on a weekly basis, since Amazon have made it bloody easy to buy books through it!)

There’s a rather nice selection of prizes (totalling $24000, if my maths hasn’t deserted me) for the various categories, so this is a chance to help the authors of your favourite open source projects get some payback for all their efforts too!

Voting runs from September 19th through to October 31st, so there’s plenty of time to deliberate and even try out some of the projects you may not be familiar with. So, head on over to the 2011 Open Source Awards and exercise your democratic rights!

End of shameless plug!

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