[FSFE PR][EN] [GNU/FSF Press] Call for nominations for the 2006 FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software

John Sullivan johns at fsf.org
Tue Aug 8 23:59:01 CEST 2006

Nominations are requested by 31 October 2006.

BOSTON, August 8, 2006 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU
Project announce the request for nominations for the 2006 Award for the
Advancement of Free Software. This annual award is presented to a person
who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of
free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of
software freedom (as defined in the Free Software Definition). 

Last year's winner Andrew Tridgell was recognized for his work as
originator and developer of the Samba project, and for his
contributions to the Linux kernel. Tridgell joined a prestigious list
of previous winners including Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Miguel de
Icaza, Larry Lessig, Brian Paul, Guido van Rossum, and Larry Wall.

Any kind of activity could be eligible for the award -- writing
software, writing documentation, publishing software, journalism -- but
whatever the activity, we want to recognize long-term central
contributions to the development of the world of software freedom.
"Accord with the spirit" means, for example, that software, manuals, or
collections of them (online or on CD), must be entirely free. Work done
commercially is eligible, but we give this award to individuals, not to
companies, organizations, or teams. 

Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination, but
renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged. From those who are
eligible, the award committee will try to choose the person who has made the
greatest contribution.

The 2005 award committee was composed of: Peter H. Salus (chair), Richard
Stallman, Alan Cox (winner 2003), Lawrence Lessig (winner 2002), Guido van
Rossum (winner 2001), Frederic Couchet, Jonas Oberg, Hong Feng, Bruce Perens,
Raju Mathur, Suresh Ramasubramanian, Enrique A. Chaparro, and Ian Murdock.

Please send your nominations to award-nominations at gnu.org, on or before Monday
31 October 2006. Please submit nominations in the following format:

  - Put the name of the person you are nominating in the email message
    subject line.
  - Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (40
    lines or less) of the work the person has done and why you think
    it is especially important to software freedom.
  - Please state, in the body of your message, where to find the
    materials (e.g., software, manuals, or writing) which your
    nomination is based on.

Information about the previous awards can be found at
*** About The Free Software Foundation

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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
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John Sullivan
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