Black Duck Software has announced the 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year, a list of hot new open-source projects initiated in 2012.
Black Duck reviewed thousands of open-source projects started in 2012 to select this year's group of Open Source Rookies. This is the fifth year Black Duck has compiled a list of top open-source projects.
The Open Source Rookies program pulls its information from data on open-source projects from Ohloh.net and the Black Duck KnowledgeBase. Using a weighted scoring system, points were awarded based on project activity, commits pace, project team attributes and other factors. Black Duck determined the top 10 projects following an audit of its findings and project scores.
The Black Duck 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year are as follows:
- Ansible is a radically simple configuration-management, deployment and ad hoc task-execution tool.
- GPUImage is an iOS library that lets you apply GPU-accelerated filters and other effects to images, live camera video and movies.
- InaSAFE produces realistic natural-hazard-impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities.
- Sidekiq provides simple, efficient message processing for Ruby.
- Syte is a simple but powerful packaged personal site that has social integrations like Twitter, GitHub, Tumblr, WordPress, Stack Overflow and more.
- Twitter Bower is a package manager for the Web that lets you easily install assets, such as images, CSS and JS, and manages dependencies for you.
Receiving honorable mention was the DCPUToolChain, an assembler, compiler, emulator and integrated development environment for the DCPU-16 virtual CPU.
Past winners of the prestigious award include Twitter Bootstrap, Cloud Foundry, Mozilla Persona (formerly known as BrowserID), Red Hat OpenShift, Eclipse Orion, Apache Rave, Salt Stack, OpenStack, Diaspora and many other notable projects.
"The Black Duck Open Source Rookie of the Year award gave the Salt project and team a huge boost in 2012; not only was it great publicity, but it helped validate a young and growing project and helped give it the legs it needed to turn into one of the largest projects in the world during 2012," Thomas S. Hatch, founder and CTO of Salt Stack, said in a statement. "This award has helped Salt grow from a basement project in the beginning of 2012 to a viable company making a real impact in 2013."
In a prepared statement, Chris Aniszczyk, open-source manager at Twitter, said: "What started out as an initial open-source contribution to make it easier to do asset management on the Web for us has grown into quite a lively project. We are thankful to the Yeoman (@yeoman) project for initially adopting Bower and the community that has built up around Bower. We look forward to where they take the project."