[FSFE PR][EN] [FSF Press] Guido van Rossum Awarded the Free Software Foundation
Award for the Advancement of Free Software
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Mon Feb 18 13:05:10 CET 2002
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Bradley M. Kuhn <pr at gnu.org>
Media Contact: Free Software Foundation Europe
Georg C. F. Greve <greve at gnu.org>
Guido van Rossum Awarded the Free Software Foundation Award
for the Advancement of Free Software
Brussels, Belgium - Saturday, February 16, 2002 - The Free Software
Foundation (FSF) bestowed today its fourth annual FSF Award for the
Advancement of Free Software. FSF President and founder, Richard
Stallman, presented the award to Guido van Rossum for inventing and
implementing as Free Software the Python programming language.
The award ceremony was hosted at the Free and Open Source Software
Developers' Meeting (FOSDEM) in collaboration with the Free Software
A committee of Free Software pioneers and leaders selected the winner and
two other finalists from the scores of mostly volunteer programmers
worldwide who dedicate their time to advancing Free Software. The
selection committee included: Miguel de Icaza, Ian Murdock, Eric Raymond,
Peter Salus, Vernor Vinge, and Larry Wall. Prior to committee
deliberations, a two month open nominations process decided the list from
which the committee chose these finalists.
Guido van Rossum was chosen from three finalists for the award. The other
finalists were L. Peter Deutsch, for his work on GNU Ghostscript, the
popular Postscript emulation program for GNU/Linux, and Andrew Tridgell,
for his work on Samba, a Microsoft Windows network file system emulation
This was the fourth award of this kind. The prior winners were Larry
Wall, Miguel de Icaza, and Brian Paul.
About the Free Software Foundation Euroope:
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non-governmental organization dedicated to all aspects of Free Software in
Europe. Access to software determines who may participate in a digital
society. Therefore the freedoms to use, copy, modify and redistribute
software - as described in the Free Software definition - allow equal
participation in the information age. Creating awareness for these issues,
securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people freedom
by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSF
Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the European sister organization of
the Free Software Foundation in the United States.
More information about the FSF Europe can be found at
About the Free Software Foundation:
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computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute
computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of Free (as
in freedom) Software - particularly the GNU operating system and its
GNU/Linux variants - and Free Documentation for Free Software. The FSF
also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
freedom in the use of software. Their web site, located at
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They are headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.
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Some people call the GNU/Linux system "Linux", but this misnomer leads to
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kernel, one part), and spreads an inaccurate picture of how, when and
where the system was developed. Making a consistent distinction between
GNU/Linux, the whole operating system, and Linux, the kernel, is the best
way to clear up the confusion. See
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