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Hundreds of thousands of registered users have chosen their favorite Sourceforge projects in 14 categories. Also in this issue: Linux electrified, and Freenet’s plans for freedom of speech on the web. We’ll also round up the latest Debian news.

The community has made its choice! A major part of the free developer community – totaling over a million programmers currently registered with – were asked to cast their votes for the most popular Sourceforge projects in 14 categories. Sourceforge organizers asked the community to choose between a preliminary selection of the 40 most active projects. And if you accept the 250,000 voters as a representative cross-section, the results make very interesting reading. The two most popular projects, Azureus [1] (see Figure 1) and EMule [2], are platform-independent filesharing clients. Third place went to 7-Zip [3], a free archiving tool for Windows.

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