Salt Named Black Duck Software Open Source Rookie of 2011

Salt Named Black Duck Software Open Source Rookie of 2011
Selected From Thousands of New Open Source Projects from and Black Duck® KnowledgeBase™

Salt Lake City and BURLINGTON, Mass., January 18, 2011— Salt, a central configuration management and remote execution engine, today announced that it has been selected as a 2011 Rookie of the Year by Black Duck Software. The prestigious annual award identifies the top 10 open source projects of the year, based on an analysis of open source projects found in the Black Duck® KnowledgeBase™ and

Black Duck reviewed thousands of open source projects that were initiated in 2011 to select the fourth annual Open Source Rookies of the Year. Using a weighted scoring system, points were awarded based on commit activity (commits per day), size of the project team and the number of in-bound links to the project. Black Duck determined the top 10 projects following an audit of its findings and normalization of scores.

“We are pleased to recognize Salt as one of 2011’s Rookies of the Year,” said Peter Vescuso, executive vice president, marketing and business development at Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of strategy, products and services for enabling enterprise scale adoption of open source software (OSS). “The Rookies represent open source innovation at its finest, driven by the forces of community, creativity and commitment to open source values, and Salt exemplifies these characteristics.”

Key takeaways from the 2011 Rookies of the Year include:
Nine of the top 10 and 56 percent of the top 50 projects are now on github. In 2010, just four of the top 10 and 32 percent of the top 50 projects were on github, a major shift in just one year. In the balance of the top 50 projects, GoogleCode was the repository for 10 percent, followed by SourceForge at four percent.

Javascript (28 percent), Java (14 percent) and Ruby (12 percent) were the languages of choice for the top 50 Open Source Rookies.

Three of the top 10 new projects in 2011 use the Apache License, Version 2.0, and one each chose the GPLv2, GNU AGPLv3, SpringSource License, Eclipse Public License, Mozilla Public License Version 1.1, WTFPL, and the Common Public Attribution License.

“Salt is pleased to be named as a Black Duck Open Source Rookie,” said Thomas S Hatch, Salt project Founder. “Salt has proven that the right idea, the right code and most importantly, an open community, can produce with little to no resources a project that can stand toe to toe with large organizations.”

For more information about the 2011 Open Source Rookies of the Year, please visit

About Black Duck Software
Black Duck Software is the leading provider of strategy, products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software, at enterprise scale, in a multi-source development process. Black Duck enables companies to shorten time-to-solution and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, compliance and security challenges associated with open source software. Black Duck Software powers, the industry’s leading code search engine for open source, and, the largest free public directory of open source software and a vibrant web community of free and open source software developers and users. Black Duck is among the 500 largest software companies in the world, according to For more information, visit

About Salt

Salt is a Remote execution and central configuration management system. Salt is being developed as a platform for bringing advanced cloud concepts and controls to the forefront and developing the next wave of computing beyond the cloud.

Black Duck Press Contacts
Sarah Gerrol
Black Duck Software
+1 781-891-5100

Ann Dalrymple
+1 781-404-2432

Salt Press Contact

Thomas S Hatch
President – Salt Stack, LLC
+1 801-509-7004


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dave H on January 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Good work, Tom. Looks like this is taking off!


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