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## 2010 Free Software Awards announced

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 -- Free
Software Foundation president Richard M. Stallman announced the
winners of the FSF's annual free software awards at a ceremony on
Saturday, March 19th, held during the LibrePlanet 2011 conference at
Bunker Hill Community College.

Two awards were given: the Award for the Advancement of Free Software,
and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

The Award for the Advancement of Free Software is given annually to an
individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and
development of free software, through activities that accord with the
spirit of free software.

This year, it was given to Rob Savoye. Savoye is a long-time free
software hacker, who has worked on GNU and other free software for
over 20 years. He has contributed to dozens of projects including GCC,
GDB, DejaGnu, Newlib, Libgloss, Cygwin, eCos, Expect, multiple major
GNU/Linux distributions, and One Laptop Per Child. Savoye has led the
effort to produce a free software Flash player, [Gnash][1]. This work
has enabled free software users to avoid dependency on a pervasive
piece of proprietary software. Rob is also CTO and founder of Open
Media Now, a nonprofit dedicated to producing a freely licensed media
infrastructure.

Savoye joins a distinguished list of previous winners:

  * 2009 John Gilmore
  * 2008 Wietse Venema
  * 2007 Harald Welte
  * 2006 Ted Ts'o
  * 2005 Andrew Tridgell
  * 2004 Theo de Raadt
  * 2003 Alan Cox
  * 2002 Lawrence Lessig
  * 2001 Guido van Rossum
  * 2000 Brian Paul
  * 1999 Miguel de Icaza
  * 1998 Larry Wall

The Award for Projects of Social Benefit recognizes a project that
intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration
to accomplish an important social task.

This year, the award went to the [Tor Project][2]. Using free software, Tor
has enabled roughly 36 million people around the world to experience
freedom of access and expression on the Internet while keeping them in
control of their privacy and anonymity. Its network has proved pivotal
in dissident movements in both Iran and more recently Egypt.

Tor Project executive director Andrew Lewman was present to accept the
award on the project's behalf.

Tor joins an impressive list of previous winners:

  * 2009 Internet Archive
  * 2008 Creative Commons
  * 2007 Groklaw
  * 2006 Sahana Disaster Management System
  * 2005 Wikipedia

Stallman and the awards committee also gave special acknowledgment to
the work of Adrian Hands, who passed away on February 3rd of this
year. Adrian suffered from ALS, and was unable to use a keyboard --
but using a Morse code device and deep dedication, he spent some of
the last days of his life writing [code to improve the usability of
GNOME for himself and others.][3]

This year's award committee was: Suresh Ramasubramanian, Peter H.
Salus, Wietse Venema, Raj Mathur, Hong Feng, Andrew Tridgell, Jonas
Oberg, Verner Vinge, Richard Stallman, Fernanda G. Weiden and Harald
Welte.

[1]: http://www.gnashdev.org
[2]: http://www.torproject.org
[3]: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=78514#c19

### About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to
promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and
use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating
system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free
software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and
political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites,
located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information
about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at
<http://donate.fsf.org>. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

### Media Contacts

John Sullivan  
Executive Director  
Free Software Foundation  
+1 (617) 542 5942 x23  
<campaigns@fsf.org>  

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