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2012 Free Software Award Winners Announced

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the anagram-was-a-good-strategy dept.

GNU is Not Unix 43

jrepin writes "Free Software Foundation president Richard M. Stallman announced the winners of the FSF's annual Free Software Awards at a ceremony held during the LibrePlanet 2013 conference. 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 Dr. Fernando Perez, the creator of IPython, a rich architecture for interactive computing. The Award for Projects of Social Benefit is presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life. This award stresses the use of free software in the service of humanity. This year, the award went to OpenMRS, a free software medical record system for developing countries."

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First Prize! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260587)

Stallman chews the dead skin off their feet.

Conditions? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260605)

Does he ignore software released under licenses that he doesn't "agree" with?

Re:Conditions? (3, Informative)

santax (1541065) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260617)

If those licenses don't make the software really free they can't win the price, because.... it's the price for FREE software.. It's not that hard.

Re:Conditions? (-1, Troll)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260819)

GPL doesnt "make the software really free" unless you subscribe to a particular definition of freedom which excludes developer freedom.

Re:Conditions? (2)

Richard Steiner (1585) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260901)

Many developers share that view. Many others do not. Is this really the time and place?

Re:Conditions? (1)

darkpixel2k (623900) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260973)

Many developers share that view. Many others do not. Is this really the time and place?

Really?

The time and place?

This is SLASHDOT!

Re:Conditions? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260941)

That's a silly thing to say considering it's the developer himself who is free to determine the license he wishes to release his work under. A lot of developers want to release their work under the GPL, and a lot don't. But all are free to license their work as they see fit.

Re:Conditions? (5, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260957)

GPL doesnt "make the software really free" unless you subscribe to a particular definition of freedom which excludes developer freedom.

Much like liberty doesn't make people really free unless you subscribe to a particular definition of freedom which excludes jailor freedom.

Any definition of freedom that doesn't let me put other people into cages just isn't really freedom.

Re:Conditions? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43261815)

Any definition of freedom that doesn't let me put other people into cages just isn't really freedom.

There is NO software on this planet that "puts people into cages". Typical FOSStard, spouting anthropomorphic propaganda to promote your "FREE Software".

Re:Conditions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43262175)

Philosophilically,was he talking: free range mind of the developer? or one limited by the range of the employer?

Re:Conditions? (1)

jimdouglass (867682) | about a year and a half ago | (#43272559)

\\\ Any definition of freedom that doesn't let me put other people into cages just isn't really freedom. \\\\ spoken like a true Nhilist .. great in theory but lacks any practical application in the what most of us call the "real world". ;-)

Re:Conditions? (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year and a half ago | (#43263381)

GPL doesnt "make the software really free" unless you subscribe to a particular definition of freedom which excludes developer freedom.

Shame you got modded Troll, because you're exactly right. Software Freedom and Developer Freedom aren't the same thing, nor are they obligatorily linked. GPL is about Software Freedom and BSD is about Developer Freedom. There's no better way to explain this than to compare the two licenses.

Of course the WTFPL folks would argue that neither are either.

Re:Conditions? (1)

PuZZleDucK (2478702) | about a year and a half ago | (#43267135)

You can keep developers free to do whatever they want to users.

Or you can keep users free from the controll of developers.

Without context free is just a useless word (like all the rest of 'em).

So I guess (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260615)

LLVM isn't in the running?

Re:So I guess (1, Insightful)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43261009)

That's not free software according to the FSF because it is BSD licensed rather than GPL. Also it was 'written solely to undermine freedom'. [ycombinator.com]

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20100806143457345 [groklaw.net]

36:50
What we are entering in upon then is our maturity. It isn't that GNU is finished. GNU, fortunately, is renewed all the time and is becoming renewable. In the same way that there was a moment a few years back when I talked to Leon, and I realized that there were a bunch of young hackers in their late teens who were getting into apps and that's going to have an enormous effect in renewing what was there. We are gonna have a flood of people towards GNU, and that's going to make an immense difference.

It's going to happen everywhere. But Mr. Jobs is investing heavily in LLVM solely so he can stop using GCC, lest the patents somehow leak across the GPLv3 barrier, and we become able to use his claims. Nobody has ever tried before, to build a multi-platform C compiler solely in order to undermine freedom. [laughter] A hardware manufacturer or two has done something here and there -- we had a little bit of BSD interest in non-copyleft compilation -- but here's the man whose selfishness surpasses any recorded selfishness. [laughter/applause]

38:26
It's unfortunate. But writing software is what we do best. And catching GCC with LLVM isn't going to be easy. [?] you know, there's lots to do.

Basically the FSF's objection to LLVM is that it duplicates functionality in GCC and that they don't control it so they can't put it under GPVv6 when an angel reads that out to Stallman in a toejam inspired hallucination.

The strange thing is that bad mouthing competing projects because you don't control them is the sort of thing Jobs or Ballmer would do.

Re:So I guess (3, Insightful)

Plombo (1914028) | about a year and a half ago | (#43261217)

That's not free software according to the FSF because it is BSD licensed rather than GPL.

That's not true. The BSD license is definitely present in the FSF's list of free software licenses [gnu.org] .

Re:So I guess (0)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43261323)

So LLVM is free software because of its license but it was 'written solely to undermine freedom'? Wait, what?

Re:So I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43266965)

So LLVM is free software because of its license but it was 'written solely to undermine freedom'? Wait, what?

The fact is the GPL is a restrictive license and is thus about control to a degree, now restrictive license advocates will often resort to attacking permissive licenses by argumentum ad absurdum with a false analogy about imprisoning people or claiming that source code can be 'closed' simply because of the ability to create closed derived works. This is done through ignorance, malice and/or an inability to communicate their point effectively in context.

Permissive licenses allow different ideologies to interoperate, leaving the choice of what to code to give away to the developer and not forcing them to have the same ideology just to work together.

Re:So I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43261623)

not only is the BSD license on the FSF list, but IPython, for which Fernando Perez just won the FSF award for Advancement of Free Software is BSD licensed!

Re:So I guess (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | about a year and a half ago | (#43261761)

I'm reading the link you made, snd the original and plain BSD license _is not_ considered free or compatible with GPL. The modified BSD license, that removes the advertising clause, is considered free but dangerous precisely becuase of the kind of confusion you just experienced.

Interesting bias (2)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260679)

2012: Dr. Fernando Perez, (IPython)
2011: Matz (ruby)
2001: Guido van Rossum (python)
1998: Larry Wall (perl)

Rasmus Lerdorf (php) must feel a little left out.

Re:Interesting bias (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260713)

I take it that you have never had to write in php.

Re:Interesting bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260721)

I notice there's a few years missing in that list.

Re:Interesting bias (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260761)

The incompatibility of the PHP License with the GPL may have something to do with not winning the award. OTOH, it's PHP. That probably more of a knock against it than anything else.

Re:Interesting bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43264205)

Rasmus Lerdorf is an uneducated hack that gave us the worst designed programming language in the world, excepting esoteric languages.

In fact, you could rightly say that it was not designed at all.

Lerdorf deserves to die of gonorrhea and burn in hell with Ray Finkle.

Giving him an award would be like like giving Lindsay Lohan an Oscar.

I admire these people (4, Insightful)

supertrooper (2073218) | about a year and a half ago | (#43260849)

As someone who writes software for living, I admire these people.

Re:I admire these people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43262561)

In what universe is your comment insightful?

Re:I admire these people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43263085)

The other code monkey dorks get wood off it thinking they're these fucking geniuses.

Re:I admire these people (1)

kakaburra (2508064) | about a year and a half ago | (#43263407)

The one you're in

Re:I admire these people (1)

supertrooper (2073218) | about a year and a half ago | (#43263633)

These people are devoting their own time to create something others can benefit from, and they are not asking for anything. This is possibly the only recognition they get. On the other hand, we have people like you, who are so lazy they can't even create an account on the forum they use. Anyway, thanks for coming out of your mom's basement to enlighten us with your wisdom.

Well... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260863)

From what I saw and read the award means just about as a mug saying "worlds greatest grandpa".

Re:Well... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43260969)

I'd rather put that mug on display than a tiedyed tapestry with Stallman's face on it.

Nice award (-1, Flamebait)

lucm (889690) | about a year and a half ago | (#43261065)

I wonder if they hired retarded kids to put together those quilts. Maybe the runner-ups get a macaroni necklace or a paper people chain.

Hopefully they get free beer (as in "free beer") during the ceremony.

nice hippie poster award (0)

deathguppie (768263) | about a year and a half ago | (#43261097)

Stallman cracks me up.. I just love the paper hippie poster award that he is handing out. It's also funny because besides smiling the recipients look as if they barely want to touch it..

Re:nice hippie poster award (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43261125)

Yeah, and the funny thing is that it looks like RMS put a lot of effort into it. But the recipients probably would've preferred a little trophy or engraved placque that you'd order for 20 bucks or so. Even if they had to pay for it themselves.

AND THE PRIZE IS !! FREE LINUX SOFTWARE !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43261347)

Yippie !! What more can a hard-working basement dweller want !!

The irony ?? No one wants that as the prize !!

"developing" countries - LOL... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43261779)

What a nice euphemism for "people who are too many IQ points below the rest of the world, and too screwed up, to make a functioning society"...

"a free software medical record system for developing countries."

Why can't they write their own?

Any answers?

Re:"developing" countries - LOL... (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about a year and a half ago | (#43263801)

How about giving them an option to use that for FREE on their terms versus "being given" something by Bill and Melinda that uses power requirements they don't have and expires in 3 years causing them to spend all their Medical Aid money on software, not medicine.

The USA is far to behind for this, and far to ligatuous. It's ironic, because you'd think the USA would benefit form all the Federal interest in Open Medical Redords standards... But in reality, that mandate is going to be so complex, only the big companies already playing have a chance.

Re:"developing" countries - LOL... (1)

PuZZleDucK (2478702) | about a year and a half ago | (#43267241)

option to use that for FREE on their terms versus "being given" something by Bill and Melinda

I don't quite follow you, but you've piqued my interest... Is there an article you could link to for this concept or an alternative explenation?

Where has the wit and humor gone? (1)

boudie2 (1134233) | about a year and a half ago | (#43262407)

I realize it's Sunday morning, yet after reading the above comments, might I suggest you offer a new moderation option of dipshit. About as entertaining as an Ellen Degeneres marathon.

ipython (3, Insightful)

Beetle B. (516615) | about a year and a half ago | (#43263043)

The Ipython notebook, although not an original idea (I think they were inspired by the Sage notebook), is just fantastic. I do a fair amount of exploratory analysis and it's so much better doing it in a notebook than in a standalone script - I get to see all the plots, and document as I go along. Most importantly, it lets me experiment with commands as one would in a regular interpreter shell, but without the clutter of all my faulty commands.

If anyone wants to help open source, I would strongly recommend helping improve ipython, scipy or matplotlib. Fernando Perez pointed out in a recent conference that while on the surface these all seem like excellent, well polished projects, if one looks at the committers, they'll find most commits are being done by 2-3 people (for each project). It's not healthy for it to depend on so few people. As a case in point, the main committer for matlplotlib passed away recently and everyone's nervous about its future.

Re:ipython (1)

WeatherGod (1726770) | about a year and a half ago | (#43266847)

"everyone's nervous about its future"

As sad as John's passing was to our community, he did an excellent job of passing the torch on before he left us. There was only one unresolved pull request from him (we are still working on it, actually), and he selected an excellent person with almost as many commits as him to take over. Michael Drottenboom has been doing an excellent job, and our developer base has actually grown a bit. Of course, we would love to have some more people involved, but there is absolutely no uncertainty in our community with regards to the future of matplotlib. Have you tried out the experimental WebAgg feature? Pure awesomness.

Re:ipython (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43268547)

If anyone wants to help open source, I would strongly recommend helping improve ipython, scipy or matplotlib.

That would be an excellent idea, indeed.

I do a fair amount of exploratory analysis and it's so much better doing it in a notebook than in a standalone script

That would make you the one in the best position to help out those projects. Consider contributing time, or bug you employer or institution to contribute with money, or hosting/hardware.

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