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GNU Project seeks nominations for the Free Software Award

Sep 05, 1999, 03:34 (3 Talkback[s])

The GNU project is asking for nominations for the 1999 Free Software Award. We want to give this award to a person who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software (free as in freedom; see http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html for the definition), through activities that accord with the spirit of free software.

Any kind of activity could be eligible--writing software, writing documentation, publishing CDs, even journalism--but whatever the activity, we want to recognize long-term central contributions to the development of the world of free software. "Accord with the spirit" means, for example, that software, manuals or collections of them (on tape or CD) must be entirely free. (Once again, that's free as in freedom; see http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html.) Work done commercially is eligible, but we want to give awards to individuals, not companies.

People such as Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds and Larry Wall, who have already received this or other awards for their contributions, are not eligible for the Free Software Award.

Please send your nominations to award-nominations@gnu.org , on or before September 24. Please put the name of the person you are nominating in the message subject.

Please include an explanation of the work the person has done and why you think it is especially important--but no more than 40 lines long. Also please state where to find the software which your nomination is based on.