Novell has announced the winners of its First Annual Dister Awards, which recognize innovators and inventors who build Linux-based software appliances using SUSE Studio from Novell.
A panel of five independent judges awarded Radical Breeze, of Everett, Wash., 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 features appliances that include commercial, proprietary components or applications. The "Community" category consists 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 to SUSE Gallery, an online showcase where developers can publish their appliances and end users can download them at no cost.
To learn more about the Dister Awards, go here.
For more information about the SUSE Appliance Program, go here.