The previous winners of the award were its namesake kernel hacker, Rusty Russell; past Linux Australia president, Pia Waugh; and intellectual property lawyer, Kim Weatherall.
The award had previously been presented to a person chosen by the last recipient of the award, in consultation with Linux Australia Council. This year, the process begins with a call for nominations, a shortlist will then be created by the Linux Australia Council, with the final word going to the three previous winners of the award.
Nominations are open until the end of the year.
The award will be presented for the first time since 2007 at linux.conf.au 2012, which is being held between 16th-20th January next year in Ballarat.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.