TL;DR: Vote for the February POTM here: http://twtpoll.com/7vt4lq
In the past, the reasoning around the Project Of The Month has been somewhat obscure. We’ve chosen one, and we’ve told you about it, and that was the end of it.
There are some basic criteria that we’re using to select the pool of contestants, and they look something like this:
First, we look at the stats, and choose the 25 projects that have grown the fastest in the preceding month. “Grown fastest” refers to website traffic and number of downloads, as those are things that are very easy to track, but we’re looking at integrating more development-centric metrics.
Next, I look through those projects and identify the ones that have actually had a recent release, where the definition of “recent” could still use some discussion.
I tend to give extra credit to projects that, in my not-so-humble opinion, have a sustainable community, which I primarily define as having more than one developer who has been active in the last year.
And then we see which project is most responsive to our request for an interview, so that we can write up something about the project. That, in itself, can be something of a measure of how active the community is, as we get to see how they respond to the request, and how they go about delegating who’s actually going to do the interview.
We’d like to involve you a little more in this process, so that the POTM is actually a community-selected project. We’re probably going to still do the initial filtering in the ways described above, narrowing it down to the top five or so, but from there, we’d like to leave it to you.
Please consider the projects below and vote for the February Project Of The Month.
The following projects are candidates:
- Aleph One: Marathon Open Source
Aleph One is the open source continuation of Bungie’s Marathon 2 FPS game engine. Aleph One plays Marathon 2, Infinity, and 3rd-party content on a wide array of platforms, with (optional) OpenGL rendering, Internet play, Lua scripting, and more.
- Boost C++ Libraries
Boost provides free portable peer-reviewed C++ libraries. The emphasis is on portable libraries which work well with the C++ Standard Library. See http://www.boost.org
- Minecraft Forge
The goal of this project is to provide a compatibility layer to Minecraft mods along with advanced modding capabilities. It’s aimed at being developed and maintained by a community of modders.
PokerTH is a poker game written in C++/Qt. You can play the popular Texas Hold’em poker variant against up to nine computer-opponents or play internet games with people all over the world. This poker engine is available for Linux, Windows and Mac
- TurnKey Linux
TurnKey Linux is an opensource project that aims to develop high-quality software appliances that are easy to deploy, easy to use and free. In a nutshell, we believe everything that can be easy, should be easy! http://www.turnkeylinux.org/
This project created for research on Samsung TV Firmware Hacking
- Redo Backup and Recovery
Easy rescue system with GUI tools for full system backup, bare metal recovery, partition editing, recovering deleted files, data protection, web browsing, and more. Uses partclone (like Clonezilla) with a UI like Ghost or Acronis. Runs from CD/USB.
PeerGuardian helps protect your privacy by blocking many ranges of aggressive IPs while you use P2P.
Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization.
- Album Art Downloader
The Album Art Downloader is a program designed to make life easier for anyone who wishes to find and update their album art for their music collection. The sources for the pictures can be defined by creating plugin scripts.
Ettercap is a multipurpose sniffer/interceptor/logger for switched LAN.
It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols (even ciphered ones) and includes many feature for network and host analysis.
Once again, the place to vote is HERE, and the vote ends on the morning of the 23rd of January, so that we have time to interview the winners.