Who's the BOSS?
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Latest News The BOSSIES, or Best of Open Source Software awards, are a yearly ranking of some of the highest ranked open source tools and projects. In this year's Security category, they included many, but not all, of the best tools. And although they didn't, it is, as always a great overview of what's going on in the industry. Standard winners include Snort for Intrusion detection, Nessus for scanning, ClamAV for Anti-virus, other old-timers, and a couple of new comers. But what about the manual?

The OSSTM (Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual) winning an award? First off, this seems like a first rate organization, and I have absolutely no objection to standards/methodologies that aid in creating secure frameworks. In fact, they should be applauded for the kind of behavior they are fostering.

That aside, do they qualify as an open source project? Is this the best venue to showcase? Perhaps the editors at InfoWorld wanted to show some respect to the organization, and this was the only venue to do so, but I think the awards should retain a similar format across awards. Maybe these awards are given to Open Source Organizations or Open Source projects - but should there be a difference? Perhaps the awards aren't that structured, but on a list of software projects I'd rather see a great new tool or one I haven't heard of rather than an organization. What say you?

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I don't MindWritten by Gordon on 2007-09-11 11:38:26
Most of these lists exist to inform, not necessarily judge. I don't mind that they mentioned an organization. It has some really great depth and provides a great example to the open source community on how to build, run and display common standards for security. That being said, sure it left out some tools and other projects - but that's OK.

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