[Linux-aus] 2020 Rusty Wrench awarded to Jonathan Oxer

Julien Goodwin secretary at linux.org.au
Tue Feb 4 14:46:45 AEDT 2020

The Rusty Wrench award for 2020 was presented to Jonathan Oxer.

Jonathan Oxer has made significant contributions to open source both in
Australia and Internationally. It is difficult to list all of his
accomplishments - let alone his impact - not only to the commons of Free
Software, but also to society through his work on assistive
technologies. Jon has been a Debian developer, miniconf organiser, Linux
Australia President, cryptography advocate, and even labeled
"Australia's geekiest geek" - to list but a few. Lately he has been
focusing on Open Hardware with contributions to Arduino, IoT, assistive
devices, and more.

Past recipient and representative of the council, Joshua Hesketh,
presented the award during the closing ceremony of linux.conf.au 2020:

For an excellent example of Jon’s recent work, view his linux.conf.au
presentation this year about building accessible custom input devices:


The Rusty Wrench Award is Australia's highest honour for community
contributions to the Open Source movement in the country. It was
eponymously named after luminary Rusty Russell, one of Australia's most
prominent contributors and community members, founder of linux.conf.au
(as CALU, in 1999), and the inaugural recipient of the award.

Thanks to everyone who nominated someone for the award: 11 highly worthy
nominees were received. Thank you also to the 2019 council and previous
Rusty Wrench awardees for reviewing the nominations and making the

Kind regards,

Julien Goodwin
Secretary, Linux Australia

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