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Submit your nominations for the 2009 Free Software Awards

by peterb Contributions Published on Sep 15, 2009 09:16 AM

Nominations are requested by 31 October 2009.

BOSTON, September 15, 2009--The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the request for nominations for the 12th annual 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 an individual 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, Wietse Venema was recognized with the Award for the Advancement of Free Software for his contributions to network security, and his creation of the Postfix email server. Venema joined a prestigious list of previous winners including Harald Welte, Ted Ts'o, Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Larry Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Brian Paul, Miguel de Icaza and Larry Wall.

Award for Projects of Social Benefit

Nominations are also open for the 2009 Award for Projects of Social Benefit. The Social Benefit award recognizes a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration to accomplish an important social task.

Last year, Creative Commons received this award, in recognition of its work to foster a growing body of creative, educational and scientific works that can be shared and built upon by others, and to raise awareness of the harm inflicted by increasingly restrictive copyright regimes.

Previous winners have included Groklaw, the Sahana project, and Wikipedia.


In the case of both awards, previous winners are not eligible for nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged. Only individuals are eligible for nomination for the Advancement of Free Software Award (not projects), and only projects can be nominated for the Social Benefit Award (not individuals).

The 2009 award committee has not been finalized, but the 2008 award committee was composed of: Suresh Ramasubramanian (Chair), Peter H. Salus, Raj Mathur, Hong Feng, Andrew Tridgell, Jonas Oberg, Verner Vinge, Richard Stallman, and Fernanda G. Weiden.

Please send your nominations to, on or before Saturday, 31 October 2009. 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 Projects 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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