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 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.[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]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Retrieved 2015-05-06.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "About". F-Droid Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Retrieved 2015-05-06.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Mobygames profile