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Richard Stallman: 2001 Free Software Award Nominations Being Accepted

Jun 25, 2001, 23:30 (23 Talkback[s])

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Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 01:47:16 -0600 (MDT)
From: Richard Stallman <>

[Please redistribute widely where appropriate]

The GNU project is asking for nominations for the 2001 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:
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:

Work done commercially is eligible, but we want to give awards to individuals, not

People such as Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, Larry Wall, Miguel de Icaza, Donald
Knuth, and Brian Paul, who have already received this or other awards for their
contributions, are not eligible for the Free Software Award.  This award is designed for
people who have not yet been recognized widely for their contribution.

Please send your nominations to <>, on or before 15 August 2001.
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.  The text should be no more than 40 lines long.  Finally, please state where to
find the software or other materials contributed by the nominee.