Australia's national Linux conference, linux.conf.au. The award is sponsored by Sun Microsystems.
The announcement was made at the conference which is under way in Adelaide this week.
Palmer, a software developer from NSW, was given the award for development and management of eight software packages for the Debian project.
In a media release, Sun said Palmer had also made a significant contribution to the NSW ComputerBank project, an initiative to supply free GNU/Linux
systems to low-income individuals, community groups and disadvantaged schools.