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Impossible choice

Packt-publishing, big on books about Open Source, now wants us to 'Vote for our favorite Open Source Graphics Software to win'. It is a clever campaign I guess: data about popular applications should be useful in deciding what books will sell. Packt gives away one proprietary e-reader to a random voter and I only hope there is also a generous donation to the winning projects (no mention of any on the Packt site).
What a strange idea that I would want to choose between Inkscape, Blender, Scribus, Gimp and jmonkeyengine. How counterproductive to assume competition between complementary projects. Imagine asking a carpenter whether she likes her hammer better than her screwdriver?