Open-source software development site SourceForge.net has hosted the equivalent of the open-source Oscars award ceremony.

File archiver 7-Zip won the top award as all-over best project, and also picked up the prize for best technical design. The Firebird relational database was another double winner, being voted both best project for the enterprise and the project providing the best user support.

It was the second time SourceForge.net has asked its community to vote for their favourite open-source projects, after launching its Community Choice Awards last year.

The awards are one way SourceForge.net has discovered to highlight strong and popular performers among the more than 150,000 open-source projects the site hosts, according to Ross Turk, SourceForge.net’s community manager. “Last year, there was a really good response,” he said. “I think people really value being a winner.”

SourceForge.net has around 1.6 million registered users, around 80 percent of whom are based outside of the US.

The community first nominated 10 finalists for each of the 11 awards and then voted for the winner in each category.

One surprise for the organisers was eMule, a peer-to-peer file-sharing client, winning best new project, since the project was first published on SourceForge.net in 2002. Because of that, Turk said, they decided to have two winners of the best new project award, also recognising runner-up Launchy, an application launcher for Windows and a more recent project on SourceForge.net.

The other SourceForge.net 2007 Community Choice Award winners were:

Audacity as the best project for multimedia;
Azureus as the most collaborative project;
phpBB as best project for communications;
phpMyAdmin as the best tool or utility for system administrators;
ScummVM as the best project for gamers;
TortoiseSVN for the best tool or utility for developers.