In Pictures: 10 most successful open source projects of 2012

It's that time when we look back at the year that was and speculate about what's in store for the next. This is my list of the top open source success stories for 2012.


Since its genesis as part of a NASA/Rackspace joint effort, dozens of companies have signed on in support of OpenStack. Its widespread support has become something of a double-edged sword, with critics pointing out that, although a lot of companies claim to support it, it's unclear how many are actually contributing to or even using OpenStack. Still, there are more than 6,000 lines of code in OpenStack, so someone is doing something. Despite having to contend with Amazon and CloudStack, OpenStack is firmly entrenched in the cloud market.

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