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Submit your nominations for the 2007 free software awards

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Aug 08, 2007 12:10 PM
Nominations are requested by 31 October 2007.

BOSTON, August 7, 2007—The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project announce the requests for nominations for the 10th annual 2007 Free Software Awards.

Award for the Advancement of Free Software

The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software is presented annually by FSF President Richard Stallman 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 free software.

Last year, Theodore Ts'o was awarded the Award for the Advancement of Free Software in recognition for his major contribution to the kernel Linux, Kerberos, ONC RPC, and other works. Ts'o joined a prestigious list of previous winners including Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Miguel de Icaza, Larry Lessig, Brian Paul, Guido van Rossum, and Larry Wall.

Award for Project of Social Benefit

Nominations are also open for the 2007 Award for Project of Social Benefit. The Social Benefit award recognizes a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration to accomplish an important social task.

The previous two winners of the Award for Project of Social Benefit were Wikipedia, in 2005, and the Sahana project, in 2006. Sahana was created, in the wake of the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in 2004, to compensate for the devastating consequences of a government attempt to manually manage the process of locating victims, distributing aid and coordinating volunteers.

In the case of both awards, previous winners 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 2007 award committee has not been finalized, but the 2006 award committee was composed of: Peter H. Salus (chair), Richard Stallman, Andrew Tridgell (winner 2005), Alan Cox (winner 2003), Lawrence Lessig (winner 2002), Vernor Vinge, Frederic Couchet, Jonas Oberg, Hong Feng, Raju Mathur, and Suresh Ramasubramanian.

Please send your nominations to, on or before Wednesday, 31 October 2007. Please submit nominations in the following format:

  • In the email message subject line, either put the name of the person you are nominating for the Award for Advancement of Free Software, or put the name of the project for the Award for Project of Social Benefit.
  • Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (40 lines or less) of the work done and why you think it is especially important to the advancement of software freedom or how it benefits society, respectively.
  • 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 Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony.


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