[BangPypers] Python and 5 Euro a.k.a How to make Money with Free Software

Anand Balachandran Pillai abpillai at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 06:49:48 CET 2008

On Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 5:52 PM, Ramakrishna Reddy <ramkrsna at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://pythonide.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-money-with-free-software.html
> The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition
> for which a selected group of architectural offices (unstudio, nox,
> ...) and artists were invited, including myself. The goal of the
> competition was not to design a building, but the new 5 euro
> commemorative coin with the theme 'Netherlands and Architecture'. The
> winner will be rewarded with a nice price, but most of all with the
> honor: his design will be realized and will be a legal coin within the
> Netherlands.
> I approached the subject 'Netherlands and Architecture' from two
> points of view. On one hand I paid tribute to the rich Dutch
> architecture history and on the other hand to the contemporary quality
> of Dutch architecture. These form also the two sides of my coin.
> Traditionally the front of the coin needs to portray the queen, while
> the back side displays the value of the coin .........

Yes, this is a great example of innovative use of ideas combined
with great skills in the selection, creation and application of open source

It is really an achievement for the creator Stani and also for
free software like GIMP, Python etc in that he was able to create
such a masterpiece from combining simple tools - the Unix/FOSS
philosophy. I hope FSF and PSF take notice of this and use this
in their web pages as a great example of the power of such tools.

Also note that this is the same guy who is the creator of SPE
(Stani's Python Editor), a really good Python editor written in
Python. Need to truly appreciate his multi-talented genius.

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