Linux Journal Readers' Choice

John Bailey rekkanoryo at
Sat May 2 12:51:49 EDT 2009

Yesterday, Linux Journal issued a press release announcing the winners of its
annual Readers' Choice Awards.  It's an annual event that attracts a lot of
attention in the magazine.  In their effors to "take the pulse of the Linux
community," they run this poll and announce the winners and grant honorable
mentions to "strong contenders" in the pool of runners-up.

This year, it's been announced that Pidgin has won a Readers' Choice award for
Favorite Communications Tool, a category that we're no stranger to winning--we
won this same category last year as well.  The landscape is similar as well.
This year, we won with 42% of the votes, beating out honorable mention Skype,
which received 18% of the votes.  Last year, we also garnered 42% of the votes,
with Skype and Kopete earning honorable mentions at 17.8% and 12.8% respectively.

Winning this award for the second year in a row reminds us that our work is
quite well appreciated, something that is often easy to forget.  It also reminds
us that every once in a while we need to stand back and thank everyone involved
in making Pidgin such a popular project.  In this case, we need to thank the
2,000+ people who voted for Pidgin in these Readers' Choice Awards, as well as
all our developers, Crazy Patch Writers, drive-by contributors who spot a simple
bug and fix it, and our users.  All of these people in our community come
together to make Pidgin a success as a project, and while we'd be just as happy
to work on Pidgin if we had only a few hundred users, we certainly appreciate
all of the contributions to our success.  Thanks!


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