Novell has announced the winners of its First Annual “Dister” Awards, handing out two $10,000 grand prizes to software companies Radical Breeze and Anderware. The Dister Awards celebrates innovators and inventors who build Linux-based software appliances using SUSE Studio from Novell.
A panel of five independent judges awarded Radical Breeze the top honors in the “Commercial” category for its Illumination Software Creation Station , a self-contained solution that allows users to visually design their own software applications with no programming experience required and no need for set-up.
Anderware, a software company from Sweden, won in the “Community” category for its Hypergrid to Go appliance, which allows users to easily set up an extension to the OpenSim platform to create a multi-user 3D world similar to Second Life.
The “Commercial” category featured appliances that include commercial, proprietary components, or applications. The “Community” category consisted of appliances created from components of openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, the openSUSE Build Service, and other open source components that are freely available. Entrants created appliances and posted their entries in SUSE Gallery, an online showcase where developers can publish their appliances and end users can download them at no cost.
The Disters were selected by a panel of leading Linux and open source luminaries, including Jason Brooks, eWeek Labs editor in chief; Sean Michael Kerner, senior editor at InternetNews; Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE community manager; Markus Rex, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell; and Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation.
“The Dister Contest submissions really represent the power of Linux and open source software to spur innovation and push the envelope on what software appliances can do,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Novell for hosting this important contest.”