He’s now a holder of the Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande), says the FSFE.
“Georg’s tremendous dedication to freedom in technology has been a driving force for Free Software in Europe and around the world”, says FSFE’s president Karsten Gerloff, going on >>>
He has put Free Software on the political agenda, and has created the structures to harness the community’s energy towards our common goals. His hard work over more than a decade has brought enormous progress for Free Software.
With FSFE, Georg worked hard to create the understanding of Free Software as a cultural technique. He gave Free Software a voice at the United Nations, including the “World Intellectual Property Organization” (WIPO) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). With FSFE’s Freedom Task Force, he was the architect for a centre of expertise on legal aspects of Free Software, and drove the concept of legal maintainability for Free Software projects. He initiated the community resistance against Microsoft’s OOXML format, and worked on some of the first EU-funded projects for Free Software. Under Georg’s leadership, FSFE was also a key player in averting the threat of software patents in Europe.
Greve, who has a classic scientific background as a physicist, has been developing software since he was 12 years old, says the FSFE, going on:
“In 1993 he came in contact with Free Software and GNU/Linux. In 1998, Georg Greve became the European speaker for the GNU project. At this time, he also started writing the ‘Brave GNU World,’ a monthly column on Free Software published in the German Linux-Magazin and other magazines worldwide, as well as online in up to 10 languages.
“In early 2001, together with a group of dedicated people he initiated the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), the first Free Software Foundation outside the United States of America and the largest transnational Free Software Foundation so far. Building and coordinating FSFE as a European non-governmental organisation was the focus of his work for most of the past decade.”
Now CEO of Kolab Systems, a Free Software busines, “He continues to be active amongst FSFE members and European core team”, says the FSFE.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
FSFE – FSFE founder Georg Greve awarded German Cross of Merit, April 28, 2010
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