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 is the founder of F-Droid and contributes to the microblogging platform GNU social.


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.[6] In 2010, he founded the F-Droid software repository, a catalogue of FOSS applications for the Android platform.[7][8]


He is credited on the following games:[9]


  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". Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  6. ^ "CiaranG - Overview". Retrieved 6 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "About". F-Droid Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Interview with Ciaran Gultnieks of F-Droid — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software". Retrieved 6 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Mobygames profile

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