Ciaran Gultnieks

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Ciaran Eugene Gultnieks (born 1970) is a British computer game programmer, whose projects include Star Wars (1988, for home computers), Dogfight (1993), Slipstream 5000 (1995) and Hardwar (1998)[1] for the PC. He also founded F-Droid, a software repository for free Android software, and contributes to the microblogging platform StatusNet.


Gultnieks was the first employee at Vektor Grafix,[2] later moving on to work for Microprose and Spectrum Holobyte.[3] In 1993, he co-founded development house The Software Refinery,[4] which closed its doors in 2002.[5] In recent years he has contributed to various open source software projects, most significantly microblogging platform StatusNet.


He is credited on the following games:[6]


  1. ^ Magazine interview about Hardwar
  2. ^ Crash Article
  3. ^ Ciaran Gultnieks' bio,
  4. ^ Article/interview in PC Format - Best of British supplement
  5. ^ Hardwar FAQ - Closure of The Software Refinery
  6. ^ Mobygames profile