It's gotta be tough for InfoWorld's overworked editors to figure out how to recognize the best open source products out there. Open source has become so pervasive in IT that there aren't too many areas where there aren't at least a half-dozen interesting pieces of open source technology from software infrastructure, networking, development tools, desktop software, you name it. I'm not a part of the decision making process in these awards, but I have empathy for them and all the different products they need to consider.
Somewhat overshadowed in last week's headlines was news about the forthcoming MySQL 5.4 release, internally known as "Summit." While MySQL Engineering team was somewhat heads-down last year finalizing MySQL 5.1, this new version demonstrates a dramatically shorter release cycle by focusing on just two key issues: performance and scale.