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.

Apache Hadoop

In many ways, 2012 has been the year of big data. Several distributors of Hadoop are vying for the market lead. Hortonworks, Cloudera and MapR are just three of the leaders, but the big boys, like IBM, are using Hadoop as well. The big data revolution is only going to get bigger, and it seems that open source Hadoop has cemented its leadership position.

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