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Guido van Rossum Awarded FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software

Feb 18, 2002, 13:51 (9 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Bradley M. Kuhn for this link. ]

Brussels, Belgium - Saturday, February 16, 2002 - The Free Software Foundation (FSF) bestowed today its fourth annual FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software. FSF President and founder, Richard Stallman, presented the award to Guido van Rossum for inventing and implementing as Free Software the Python programming language.

The award ceremony was hosted at the Free and Open Source Software Developers' Meeting (FOSDEM) in collaboration with the Free Software Foundation Europe.

A committee of Free Software pioneers and leaders selected the winner and two other finalists from the scores of mostly volunteer programmers worldwide who dedicate their time to advancing Free Software. The selection committee included: Miguel de Icaza, Ian Murdock, Eric Raymond, Peter Salus, Vernor Vinge, and Larry Wall. Prior to committee deliberations, a two month open nominations process decided the list from which the committee chose these finalists.

Guido van Rossum was chosen from three finalists for the award. The other finalists were L. Peter Deutsch, for his work on GNU Ghostscript, the popular Postscript emulation program for GNU/Linux, and Andrew Tridgell, for his work on Samba, a Microsoft Windows network file system emulation program. This was the fourth award of this kind. The prior winners were Larry Wall, Miguel de Icaza, and Brian Paul.