Yes Drupal fans, it's that time of year again. Packt Publishing recently announced the finalists in each of the categories of its 2009 Open Source CMS Award. Drupal is one of the five finalists in the award category, Best Open Source PHP CMS.
Drupal is also included in the Hall of Fame which is a new category for the Packt award and intended for past winners of the Overall category. Previous winners in the Overall category include Drupal (2007, 2008) and Joomla! (2006). Why the Hall of Fame? Previous winners of the Overall category are not eligible for the Overall category in 2009 as Packt Publishing apparently wants to prevent the Overall category from being dominated by Drupal past winners. So this year, Drupal has a chance to finally put the smackdown on Joomla!.
As a side note, this year I will be participating as a judge for the Overall Open Source CMS Award. Similar to last year, I asked Packt Publishing to place me on a judging panel that did not include Drupal due to my well-known bias for favoring Drupal. This year, I have the honor of sharing the judging panel with John Resig of jQuery fame, Deane Barker of Gadgetopia and Blend Interactive, and Karen Coombs from Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries.
The Voting for the winners in each of Packt's categories ends on October 30, 2009. This "public vote" will then be combined with votes by a panel of judges with the top three CMS and overall winners in each category to be announced on November 9, 2009.
Bryan Ruby is the owner and editor for CMS Report. He founded CMSReport.com in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers desired visiting sites where they could learn about content management systems without the sales pitch. Besides this site, you can follow Bryan at Google+ and Twitter.