Apr 3

Nat Torkington

Nat Torkington

Call For Open Source Awards 2007 Nominations

The last two years, Google and O'Reilly have presented a set of Open Source Awards at OSCON. For the first time, we're opening the nominations up to the entire open source community. The award will recognize individual contributors that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, collaboration, in the development of Open Source Software. Past recipients for 2005 and 2006 include Doc Searls, Cliff Schmidt, Gerv Markham, Julian Seward, D. Richard Hipp, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

The nominations process ends on the last day of April, 2007. Valid nominations will need to include the name of the recipient, any associated project/org, title, and a description of why you are nominating the individual. Google and O'Reilly employees cannot be nominated. Nominations to be sent to osawards AT oreilly DOT com.

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  Ed Bruce [04.04.07 07:48 AM]

Julian Field

I believe this is one of the best Open Source projects because it makes my job so much easier in controlling Spam and infected email.

  Ken Goods [04.04.07 09:18 AM]

Julian Field


MailScanner integrates email spam and virus scanning into an easy to manage yet extremely flexible package. It supports nearly any mail transport and all of the common anti virus products. Spamassassin is supported by default. Features are robust yet it works great with the defaults right "out of the box".

If that weren't enough, if a needed feature does not exist, Julian has allowed hooks to easily created custom functions. Then Julian took everything up another notch and supplies not only MailScanner with it's own installer, but also put a package together to install Spamassassin and ClamAV (the two most popular add-ins). Actions to get a complete, working, and very effective email scanning system, is well within the grasp of a *nix newbie because of these dirt-easy to install packages.

Support for MailScanner (on the MailScanner list) is the best I've found for any open source project, friendly, responsive, and very helpful even when posts go a little off topic. I've learned more about *nix OS's in general by using MailScanner and reading list posts than I would have any other way. Because of that, I have been looking more and more at open source projects to fill needs as they arise. When I came on board at my present position there were no *nix boxes or open source programs running at all. Now we have 3 *nix servers running critical systems and they out perform our MS servers on almost every front. MailScanner, and the way it performs, was a key factor in getting the other open source programs approved.

MailScanner makes my job (wearing several hats) infinitely easier.

I whole-heartedly nominate Julian and MailScanner not only because of how well it does what it was designed to do, but also for the "good will" and positive exposure that it brings to the entire open source community.

Ken Goods

Network Administrator

CropUSA Insurance, Inc.

  YAN [04.04.07 10:05 AM]

Julian Field


This project is a 'must have' for any mail server admin. The support given by Julian (and the MailScanner community) is first rate.

Features are added regularly and the whole project is kept updated with changes and additions to suit new circumstances and situations found in the battle of reducing unwanted or unsafe email.

Without MailScanner my job would be much harder and.

Thanks Julian for your continued development of this project.

  Jennifer Minor [04.23.07 01:50 PM]

Matchbox window manager by Openedhand.

With matchbox window management on your embedded device just work. It is an incredible project that is getting use in many embedded device.

  Michele Campbell [01.07.08 03:28 PM]

Can you tell me the deadline for submission for O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2008?

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