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 [email protected] ,
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.