FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software
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The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software is annually presented to a person who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software. Once an individual has been honored with an FSF award, they cannot win it again.
Since 2001, the award has been presented at Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM). The 2000 Award Ceremony was held at the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, France. In 1999 it was presented in the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
- 2005: Andrew Tridgell — for his work on Samba and his packet analysis work which led to the withdrawal of gratis BitKeeper licenses, spurring the development of a free software distributed revision control system for Linux. The other finalists were Hartmut Pilch founder of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure for his combatting of the Software Patent Directive in Europe and Theodore Ts'o for his filesystem development on the Linux kernel.
- 2004: Theo de Raadt — for his work in opening the drivers, documentation and firmware of wireless networking cards for the good of everyone. The other finalists were Andrew Tridgell for Samba and Cesar Brod for advocacy in Brazil.
- 2003: Alan Cox — for his work advocating the importance of software freedom, his outspoken opposition to the USA's DMCA as well as other technology control measures and his development work on the Linux kernel. The other finalists were Theo de Raadt for OpenBSD and Werner Koch for GnuPG.
- 2002: Lawrence Lessig — for promoting understanding of the political dimension of free software, including the idea that "code is law". The other finalists were Bruno Haible for CLISP and Theo de Raadt for OpenBSD.
- 2001: Guido van Rossum — for Python. The other finalists were L. Peter Deutsch for GNU Ghostscript and Andrew Tridgell for Samba.
- 2000: Brian Paul — for his work on the Mesa 3D Graphics Library. The other finalists were Donald Becker for his work on Linux drivers and Patrick Lenz for the open source site Freshmeat.
- 1999: Miguel de Icaza — for his leadership and work on the GNOME Project. The other finalists were Donald Knuth for TeX and METAFONT and John Gilmore for work done at Cygnus Solutions and his contributions to the Free Software Foundation.
- 1998: Larry Wall — for numerous contributions to Free Software, notably Perl. The other finalists were the Apache Project, Tim Berners-Lee, Jordan Hubbard, Ted Lemon, Eric S. Raymond, Henry Spencer.
- 2005: Peter H. Salus, Richard Stallman, Alan Cox, Lawrence Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Frederic Couchet, Jonas Oberg, Hong Feng, Bruce Perens, Raju Mathur, Suresh Ramasubramanian, Enrique A. Chaparro, Ian Murdock
- 2004: Suresh Ramasubramanian, Raj Mathur, Frederick Noronha, Hong Feng, Frederic Couchet, Enrique A. Chaparro, Vernor Vinge, Larry Wall, Alan Cox, Peter H Salus, Richard Stallman
- 2003 "The selection committee included": Enrique A. Chaparro, Frederic Couchet, Miguel de Icaza, Raju Mathur, Frederick Noronha, Jonas Oberg, Bruce Perens, Peter H. Salus, Suresh Ramasubramanian, Richard Stallman, and Vernor Vinge
- 2002 "The selection committee included": Enrique A. Chaparro, Frederic Couchet, Hong Feng, Miguel de Icaza, Raju Mathur, Frederick Noronha, Jonas Oberg, Eric Raymond, Guido van Rossum, Peter H. Salus, Suresh Ramasubramanian, and Larry Wall
- 2001 "The selection committee included": Miguel de Icaza, Ian Murdock, Eric Raymond, Peter H. Salus, Vernor Vinge, and Larry Wall
- 2000: (no details found)
- 1999: Peter H. Salus, (no further details found)
- 1998: Peter H. Salus, Scott Christley, Rich Morin, Adam Richter, Richard Stallman, and Vernor Vinge