Rusty Wrench Award Nominations

The more astute of you may have noticed from the meeting minutes that the Council is bringing the Rusty Wrench Award out of retirement. Someone has even already updated the Wikipedia page!

The Rusty Wrench Award was first awarded in 2005 and seeks to recognise outstanding service to the free software and open source communities in Australia. It is named for Rusty Russell, one of Australia's most prominent contributors and community members who started (before it was called :) and has been a source of inspiration and amusement for a number of years.

Previous winners of the Rusty Wrench Award have been:

  • 2007 - Kim Weatherall
  • 2006 - Pia Waugh
  • 2005 - Rusty Russell

Traditionally, the award has been presented to a person of the previous winners choice, in liaison with the Linux Australia Council.

This year the Council has decided to open up the process a bit. We are taking nominations for the award at

The Linux Australia council will then create a short-list, from which previous Rusty Wrench recipients will then choose the new recipient.

If you know someone who you think should receive the Rusty Wrench at 2012 in Ballarat, please fill out this form and let us know!

Nominations will close on the 31st December 2011.