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  4. <title>FSFE founder Georg Greve awarded German Cross of Merit</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE founder Georg Greve awarded German Cross of Merit</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Berlin 28. April 2010. Georg Greve, founding
  9. president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, has received the Cross
  10. of Merit on ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am
  11. Bande). Georg received this high award from the German President for his
  12. work on Free Software and Open Standards.</p>
  13. <p>"FSFE is very proud to have a 'knight' among its team," says FSFE's
  14. president Karsten Gerloff. "Georg's tremendous dedication to freedom in
  15. technology has been a driving force for Free Software in Europe and
  16. around the world. He has put Free Software on the political agenda, and
  17. has created the structures to harness the community's energy towards our
  18. common goals. His hard work over more than a decade has brought enormous
  19. progress for Free Software."</p>
  20. <p> With FSFE, Georg worked hard to create the understanding of Free
  21. Software as a cultural technique. He gave Free Software a <a
  22. href="http://fsfe.org/projects/un/un.en.html">voice at the United
  23. Nations</a>, including the "World Intellectual Property Organization"
  24. (WIPO) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). With
  25. FSFE's Freedom Task Force, he was the architect for a centre of
  26. expertise on legal aspects of Free Software, and drove the concept of <a
  27. href="http://fsfe.org/projects/ftf/fla.en.html">legal
  28. maintainability</a> for Free Software projects. He <a
  29. href="http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20061208135621706">initiated</a>
  30. the community resistance against Microsoft's OOXML format, and worked on
  31. some of the first EU-funded projects for Free Software. Under Georg's
  32. leadership, FSFE was also a key player in averting the threat of
  33. software patents in Europe. </p>
  34. <p>"I'm deeply grateful for the official recognition that Free Software
  35. and Open Standards receive with this award", says Georg Greve. "Around
  36. 2000, I decided to dedicate myself fully to this cause out of a sense of
  37. necessity: I felt that I had glimpsed how software shapes our society.
  38. But I also saw that society had not yet understood how much it is shaped
  39. by software. It is my hope that this award will help to make people
  40. aware of these questions, and bring support for the work of FSFE, which
  41. is more important than ever."</p>
  42. <h2>About Georg Greve</h2>
  43. <p>Born on 10 March 1973 on the German island of Heligoland, Georg Greve
  44. has a classic scientific background as a physicist. He gained his
  45. interdisciplinary diploma in the field of nanotechnology at the computer
  46. science faculty of the University of Hamburg.</p>
  47. <p> He has been developing software since he was 12 years old. Besides a
  48. first publication of a program in a professional journal in 1991, coding
  49. partly paid for his studies when he managed the software development to
  50. evaluate SQUID-sensor data in the biomagnetometic laboratory in the
  51. University hospital of Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany. </p>
  52. <p> In 1993 he came in contact with Free Software and GNU/Linux. In
  53. 1998, Georg Greve became the European speaker for the GNU project. At this
  54. time, he also started writing the "Brave GNU World," a monthly column on
  55. Free Software published in the German Linux-Magazin and other magazines
  56. worldwide, as well as online in up to 10 languages. </p>
  57. <p>In early 2001, together with a group of dedicated people he
  58. initiated the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), the first Free
  59. Software Foundation outside the United States of America and the largest
  60. transnational Free Software Foundation so far. Building and coordinating
  61. FSFE as a European non-governmental organisation was the focus of his
  62. work for most of the past decade.</p>
  63. <p> Having led FSFE for eight years, Georg Greve is now CEO of Kolab
  64. Systems, a Free Software business providing services around the Kolab
  65. Groupware Solution. He continues to be active amongst FSFE members and
  66. European core team. Happily married, he lives with his wife Ava in
  67. Küsnacht near Zürich.</p>
  68. <p>(See also Georg Greve's <a
  69. href="http://fsfe.org/about/greve/">profile</a> on FSFE's website, a
  70. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=27">detailed
  71. interview with him</a>, and his <a
  72. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/greve/?p=403">personal statement</a> about
  73. having been decorated with the Cross of Merit.) </p>
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