Any kind of activity could be eligible--writing software, writing documentation, publishing CDs, even journalism--but whatever the activity, we want to recognize long-term central contributions to the development of the world of free software. "Accord with the spirit" means, for example, that software, manuals or collections of them (on tape or CD) must be entirely free. (Once again, that's free as in freedom; see link Work done commercially is eligible, but we want to give awards to individuals, not companies.
People such as Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds, who have already received other awards for their contributions, are not eligible for the Free Software Award.
Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org, on or before August 9. In addition to the name of the person you want to nominate, please include an explanation of the work the person has done and why you think it is especially important.
The awards committee will consider nominations and decide who will receive the award. The committee's decision will be final. The committee's members are Peter Salus (Chairman), Scott Christley, Rich Morin, Adam Richter, Richard Stallman, and Vernor Vinge."