O'Reilly Open Source Awards

Location: Portland Ballroom

The O’Reilly Open Source Awards recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of Open Source Software. Past recipients have included Brian Aker, Angela Byron, Karl Fogel, Pamela Jones, Bruce Momjian, Chris Messina, David Recordon, and Andrew Tridgell. The nomination process is open to the entire open source community and all entries are judged by the 2010 winners.

Congratulations to our 2011 Winners:

  • Fabrice Bellard – While Fabrice’s biggest contribution is QEMU, a generic machine emulator and virtualizer which powers most of the open source virtualization infrastructure, he is also a prodigious and ingenius hacker. He wrote a program to compute 2700 billion decimal digits of Pi with a desktop computer and a a PC emulator in Javascript which can run Linux in a modern browser.  He additionally launched and lead for several years the project FFMPEG, the Open Source Multimedia System.
  • Ryan Dahl – Ryan is the Creator of Node.js. He’s responsible for bringing JavaScript on to the server side, and changing the way many people think about JavaScript programming.
  • Kohsuke Kawaguchi – Kohsuke is a serene but intensely productive leader. The founder of the Hudson Continuous Integration server project, he not only led the creation of a great and important product, but politely led it through troubled times and has continued to foster a great community.
  • Keith Packard – Keith is the person behind most of the improvements made on the open source desktop in the last ten years at least. Hardware acceleration, font antialiasing/rendering, native mode setting, native device output selection, on the fly resolution and orientation change, and compositing have been designed and started by Keith.
  • Karen Sandler – Free and open source software comes down to legal issues. Karen and her coworkers at the Software Freedom Law Center have tirelessly defended and advanced the issues that make everything we do possible. An “outside the box” thinker, Karen’s pioneering work includes advocating for free software on implanted medical devices. She has now joined the GNOME Foundation as its executive director.