If you think you can easily whittle down the best open source software to a manageable number, you''ll soon discover that you can''t do it without a great deal of hair pulling, nail biting, and gnashing of teeth. There are just too many excellent tools. Even if you give up on a "manageable" number and go whole hog -- say, a top 100, which is certainly doable -- you''ll still face too many hard decisions and too many arguments. You''ll be looking for a way out. rnrn
It happens every year: as the calendar gets ready to turn over, we get an itch to pause, to be quiet, to reflect. That's probably why "year in review" stories are so popular at this time of year: they channel a seasonal compunction among editors and readers alike.