Nordic Free Software Award – nomination is open

The nominating period for The Nordic Free Software Award begins May 1.

Send an email to “award@fscons.org” with the following information:

Name of nominee

Description/Bio of the nominee

Motivation for the award

Description of accomplishments

About the award:
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The Nordic Free Software Award given to people, projects or organisations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of Free Software.

Previous year’s awards:

http://fscons.org/2008/award/
http://fscons.org/2007/award-winner

The award committee of FSCONS is currently looking for people willing to participate as jury members for the Nordic Free Software Award 2009. If you wish to be considered a jury member, please submit a request to award@fscons.org including name, organisation, credentials and a short letter of motivation.

Bill Gates om mjukvarupatent

Jag kan inte låt bli att påminna er om den här:

“If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete stand-still today. The solution … is patent exchanges … and patenting as much as we can… . A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose. That price might be high: Established companies have an interest in excluding future competitors.” Fred Warshofsky, The Patent Wars 170-71 (NY: Wiley 1994).