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Call for nominations for the 2006 FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project announce the request for nominations for the 2006 Award for the Advancement of Free Software. This annual award is 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 software freedom (as defined in the Free Software Definition).

Last year's winner Andrew Tridgell was recognized for his work as originator and developer of the Samba project, and for his contributions to the Linux kernel. Tridgell joined a prestigious list of previous winners including Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Miguel de Icaza, Larry Lessig, Brian Paul, Guido van Rossum, and Larry Wall.

Any kind of activity could be eligible for the award — writing software, writing documentation, publishing software, journalism — but whatever the activity, we want to recognize long-term central contributions to the development of the world of software freedom. "Accord with the spirit" means, for example, that software, manuals, or collections of them (online or on CD), must be entirely free. Work done commercially is eligible, but we give this award to individuals, not to companies, organizations, or teams.

Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged. From those who are eligible, the award committee will try to choose the person who has made the greatest contribution.

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