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Linux Torvalds Wins Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica

May 29, 1999, 12:42 (0 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Pekka Riikonen for this link.

"The Golden Nica for .net (US-$ 8,620/ Euro 7.267) goes to Linus Torvalds of Finland for the operating system "Linux".

"The Jury of the .net category awards the 1999 Golden Nica to Linus Torvalds as representing all of those, who have worked on this project in past years and will be participating in it in the future. One of the most important arguments for the jury was the fact that Linux is the first product to come out of the cyberspace of the Internet, which has had an enormous impact on the "real" world. In addition, Linux could only have been created in this form on and with the Internet. This Golden Nica is also intended to be a sign that the .net category is not a prize for the most beautiful or most interesting homepage on the World Wide Web. This prize is for all projects on the net. It is also intended to spark a discussion about whether a source code itself can be an artwork."

"With a record number of 2119 entries this year, the Prix Ars Electronica 99, conducted by ORF Upper Austria, has been decided."

"Entries were sent to Linz from 60 countries. Participation by artists, scientists, researchers and professionals from the field of entertainment shows that the Prix Ars Electronica, now in its 13th edition, is once again the outstanding presentation forum for international cyberarts today."

"With prize money amounting to ATS 1.35 million, donated by Siemens, the Prix Ars Electronica is recognized as the leading prize for digital media."

"The Prix Ars Electronica 99 awards presentation will be held in conjunction with the Ars Electronica Festival on Monday, September 6, 1999 at the ORF Upper Austrian Regional Studio."

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