Welcome to the eighth edition of the Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year awards. Each year, Black Duck reviews the world of open source and recognizes the best new projects launched during the past year -- and since 2014, we've published the results on InfoWorld.
Most of the top projects in this year's Rookies are sponsored and contributed to by for-profit companies. Some projects are adjuncts to their sponsors' core products or offshoots of internal development initiatives, while others drive development of the core products themselves. Generally, the award winners reflect three industry trends:
Voyage of the Docker container ship: Docker, a previous Open Source Rookies of the Year selection, has established containers and devops as heirs apparent to server virtualization. The Docker ecosystem continues to expand, with several projects, including ones sponsored by Red Hat and Capital One.
The rise of open collaboration: The success of Facebook messaging and Skype for personal use fuels demand for similar solutions in the office, with real-time tools like Slack and GoToMeeting gaining broad adoption. Those proprietary solutions face competition from open source alternatives, which promise all the same features of the originals without the lock-in.
The renaissance of artificial intelligence: We may be a long way away from truly sentient machines, but deep learning techniques are enabling computers to teach themselves by using multiple processing layers to model the neural network of a human brain.