And the winners of the Free Software Awards 2023 are…

Free Software Awards 2023

During the celebration of “LibrePlanet 2024” which took place in BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA, the already known awards ceremony to announce the winners of the annual awards «Free Software Awards 2023».

This celebration was established by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and awards are given each year to people who have made significant contributions to the development of free software and socially significant projects. The winners are recognized with commemorative plaques and certificates, since the FSF award does not imply any monetary reward.

Free Software Awards 2023 Winners Announced

The award «Advance of Free Software» (awarded to a person who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software through activities that are in accordance with the spirit of software freedom) was awarded to Bruno Haible, who maintains the Gnulib project. Gnulib is a collection of generic code that is shared among several GNU packages. Additionally, Bruno is one of the creators of CLISP, an implementation of the LISP language, and has contributed to the development of projects such as GNU M4, Automake, libiconv and gettext.

Bruno Haible GNULib

By accepting the award, Haible said:

«I have been a GNU hacker for many years. Receiving the FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software is a great honor, because it is an honor to be mentioned in a line with Alan Cox. , with Theo de Raadt, with Paul Eggert and Jim Meyering I receive the award for my work on GNU Gnulib But this project is not an individual work, it is a team effort: by Paul Eggert, Jim Meyering, Simon Josefsson and. much others."

Another of the prizes awarded at the "Free Software Awards 2023" was in the category intended for projects that have provided significant benefits to society and have contributed to the solution of important social problems, the award went to the project of the «France Free Software Unit», which has made great strides in increasing the use of free software like LibreOffice in the daily departmental work of the French government, a space where non-free software like Office 365 typically dominates.

This project help government agencies in the transition towards the use of open source software and also supports the open source process for projects developed by these agencies.

Bastien Guerry of Unity collected the award. Upon receiving the award, Guerry mentioned the following:

«We want public administrations to have a voice in the free software ecosystem. Contributing directly with commitments. Financing free software solutions. Rewarding key maintainers. Driving a digital commons approach in the critical free sphere. software projects. The French Free Software unit has existed since 2021. […] We take this award as a stimulus to create more Free Software units in European countries and beyond.»

In the category of «Best New Free Software Contributor», which recognizes newcomers whose early contributions have demonstrated significant commitment to the free software movement, the fue for Nick Logozzo. Nick, a SUNY Stony Brook student, has developed the set of Nickvision apps for GNOME in C# using GTK 4 and libadwaita.

Nick Logozzo

Its projects include the Parabolic program for downloading video/audio from the Web and viewing YouTube without running JavaScript code (a wrapper for the yt-dlp utility), a Tagger music tagging system, a Denaro financial management system, a Cavalier audio and FlatpakGenerator, a Flatpak file generator for C# projects.

Upon receiving the award, Logozzo said:

“So far it has been a real pleasure working on my apps with community members. From personal money management with Denaro to my audio tools like Tagger and Parabolic, I never thought any of these apps would have the support and popularity they currently have […] I'm sorry I can't be there to receive this award and share more about my experiences. projects, but what I can say is that the best is yet to come. come!"

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