This really is a horse race now, with ten great blogs at the starting gate to determine who gets the bragging rights to claim the FOSS Force Best Personal FOSS or Linux Blog–2013 prize. Unfortunately, more than a few really great blogs that were in the running in the second round of our competition are, sadly, now gone. Oh well, that’s the way it goes. Sometimes really good horses fail to win, place or show.
Going into round two, Martin’s Blog was the blog to beat. In the first round, our qualifying round, the blog maintained by Martin Gräßlin, maintainer of KWin for KDE garnered 157 votes, a good distance ahead of second place Larry Cafiero’s Larry the Free Software Guy which came-in with 116 votes.
In round two, Martin’s Blog still made a respectable second place showing, but with only 46 votes. Larry the Free Software Guy also dropped a notch, tying for third and fourth place with Web UPD8 with 22 votes. Mr Cafiero had two blogs in the running in round two, and his Larry the CrunchBang Guy survived the final cut, tied for sixth and seventh place with Linux Notes from Dark Duck, with each receiving 17 votes.
This weeks blog to beat is the very excellent Alien Pastures published by Eric Hameleers, or AlienBOB as he’s known in Slackware circles. At the end of round two, his blog seems untouchable, with 116 votes. However, as a great sportsman once said, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.
Actually, anything could happen in round three. Round two voiting was much lighter than in our qualifying round, partly because the first round poll was open for two weeks compared with a week for round two. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see voting go up considerably in our third and final round–and none of our ten finalists are out of the running, especially given the low numbers in round two.
When the figures are examined, it’s easy to see that there’s really not that much difference in numbers between fifth place Dedoimedo with 20 votes and tenth place The Blog of Helios with nine votes. This is especially true because all the blogs on this list are not only great, they’re also all very popular within the FOSS community.
At this point, we wouldn’t hazard a guess at who’s going to take the top spot. Certainly, the handicappers might want to vote with those blogs that performed well in the first two rounds. Others may look at blogs such as Benjamin Kerensa, Everyday Linux User and others that weren’t even listed in round one, made round two only through write-in votes, and have now made the cut for our third and final round.
Voting has already begun and will continue until noon EDT on Monday, August 26, 2013. Unlike the first two rounds, where each voter was allowed to vote for two blogs, in round three voters will be limited to voting for one blog only. As with our second round, we will not display any voting results until after voting has finished, as we don’t want the vote tally to influence the outcome of this poll.