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FSF member #3877 since 2005
I am a full-time consultant, mostly doing "free IT" advocacy & coaching (software , hardware, formats, licenses) in and around Montreal, QC, Canada, focusing on training, security and migration from non-free IT. I am always open to any full-time positions or opportunities, specially if they involve using or promoting free technologies. My full contact information is available on my personal site.
I am interested in free technologies advocacy (including formats, content, licensing) & training for new users, with an emphasis on security. I am fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Although there is no local FSF chapter in Quebec province or in Canada, FACIL is probably the closest thing we have. I volunteer my time and participate in both organizations (FSF and FACIL).
The Free Technology Definition
I have adapted the Free Software Definition principles to apply them broadly in technology usage:
- The freedom to use the technology, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how any given technology works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code, schematics, plans or creation / manufacturing instructions are a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to improve a technology, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code, schematics, plans or creation / manufacturing instructions are a precondition for this.
At the FSF
- Since October 2011, I am encouraging local technology freedom advocates to help with LibrePlanet Québec. Among the first services we offer under l1bre.ca is a local instance of SemanticScuttle. See http://l1bre.ca/l.
- As an associate member since 2005, I closely follow FSF activites and try to help in any local events. The last one was Software Freedom Day 2011 where I started coordinating Canadian teams and organized conferences, an install-fest and other activities in Montreal.
- I volunteer my time in translation and wiki content maintenance. The first document that caught my attention was the GPLv2 license, which was missing a paragraph in French. Lately I contributed to FDroid, part of the Replicant project for Android devices.
- Within the High Priority projects I contribute by testing and using Trisquel. As a former Ubuntu Systems senior support analyst at Canonical for 4 years I try to document my findings, share best practices and help other users transition to Trisquel or use Ubuntu with as much free software as possible, targeting 100% :)
- Every year I help organize and participate in local activities - our hub for such local events is the Agenda du Libre
- I have a keen interest in free, open media formats, which makes my advocacy work often intersect with the PlayOgg and Defective by Design campaigns. I use archive.org regularly to illustrate transcoding and hosting media formats and often bring attention of local media to the problems introduced when using Flash only. I currently coordinate a campaign to get Radio-Canada to use free formats on their web site.
- I am a founding member and Vice-President since June 2012
- I am a regular contributor to the blog and media archives of local interviews/news reports
- I participate in the Forum mailing list and volunteer at different activism events
- I actively network with other organizations.
- Intel Core i5 680 workstation with integrated Intel GPU (HD55) on an Asus P7H55-M PRO motherboard (home system, now runs Trisquel since version 5, now at version 6)
- Main OS on SSD hard disk, see my SSD checklist, data on secondary HD
- GPU full support starting with xserver-xorg-video-intel version 2.14
- Temperature and other sensors also fully supported
- Lenovo Thinkpad x230 Intel Core i5-3320M CPU laptop with Intel HD Graphics 4000, running Debian (see my install notes on ThinkWiki and my hardware report on h-node.org)
- Backlit keyboard and Thinklight options
- Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] [8086:0085] wifi required non-free firwmare from the non-free repository. I am researching options to replace the internal wifi card for one supported with free open source drivers+firmware, but this requires the BIOS being hacked too.
- Added a Crucial 256GB SSD myself, an upgrade I had hacked together on my previous laptop - I appreciated having two hard disks.
- HP Pavilion tx1220ca tablet laptop (4 GB RAM, 320 GB HD) - previously my main work laptop, now acting as a dedicated ProxMox virtualization management server (based on Debian 6). This accomodates a software PVR built with Trisquel 6 and TV HeadEnd, storage sits on a DNS-323 NAS (see below), as well as test server installs.
- Linksys WRTGS2 router with DD-WRT
- Printing: HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-One Printer, a bit pricey for the model with scan-to-email and duplex features, but worth every penny. 100% supported and work out of the box in GNU/Linux with HPLIP.
- DNS-323 NAS (2x500GB), using the Alt-F alternative free firmware, I use NFS R/W mounts (for data) and Samba RO mounts (for media), everything worked out of the box but required some exploration for admin tasks
- DNS-323 NAS (2x2TB) using Debian 6 - NFS file server also acting as a local packages proxy using apt-cacher-ng
- Two Silicon Dust HD Homerun network tuners: these provide 4 network continuous streams from off-the-air (OTA) HD TV signals, allowing me to watch & record most TV programs I want. I wrote an article providing some background and details about my free software PVR project.
- Bicycle: A BionX - equipped bicycle is my daily ride. Ok, this does not run Gnu/Linux but is very hackable. :) As an early adopter I had my share of problems mostly due to my infinite ignorance combined with the incompetence and terrible customer service of local dealers.
Phones / Tablets / other
- Google Nexus 7 tablet running Cyanogen's ROM based on Android, without any Google applications (only free software applications from F-Droid)
- Nook Color Android 7" tablet running the latest Cyanogen's ROM based on Android, without any Google applications (only free software applications from F-Droid)
- HTC Wildfire S and HTC Panache (AWS phone, aka HTC myTouch 4G) both running Cyanogen's ROM based on Android, using the F-Droid repository of freely licensed apps in addition to some Google apps.
Retired / repairing
- Neuros OSD open, embedded media center
- Asus WL-500W 802.11n Multi-Functional Wireless Router, undergoing unbricking
- Google Nexus One
- [N810] Internet tablet - I need to buy a new battery and install Android on this thing
- Samsung N120 netbook (home system), with Trisquel 5.5 (deffective LCD)
- Chumby, a Gnu/Linux-based multi-media hardware player. Used mostly to show pictures, jokes and remaining days until important dates.
Presentations / Events
These are some examples of past presentations and speaking engagements, workshops and other events participation. I am open to present on related subjects in FLOSS or non-FLOSS events. My presentation material is licensed under the Free Documentation license or some variant of Creative Commons licenses, accordingly.
- May 2013 - Debian 7 release party, Debian 7 presentations (Montreal)
- April 2013 - Debian 7 presentation (Club Atomic, Montreal)
- April 2013 - Introduction to web content management (private customer)
- March 2013 - OpenStreetMap workshop (Caravan, Montreal)
- July/August 2012 - James M. Stine College (St-Marc, Haiti) - Computer room setup, help desk implementation (OCS Inventory/GLPI), free software training & workshops
- June 2012 - Accessibility Day (Montreal, Canada) - OpenStreetMap participant, observer for on-site survey and possible OSM proposal for extended accessibility attributes
- Apr. 2012 - LibreOffice workshop for a local NPO (Montreal, Canada) - including presentation notes, branded DVD
- Mar. 2012 - LibrePlanet (Boston, USA) - organizer for 5 people to represent LibrePlanet QC at this annual, international event
- Oct. 2011 - LibrePlanet Québec kickoff meeting
- Oct. 2011 - Occupy Montreal, Montreal - on site advocacy and FLOSS demonstrations, advocacy material donations
- Sept. 2011 - Software Freedom Day 2011 - Canadian coordinator, Montreal events organizer, speaker. Round tables, conferences, and workshops
- Jul. 2011 - Fin de semaine du Logiciel Libre 2011, Centre Culturel Simón Bolívar, Montreal - audience participation, InstallFest organizer (2 days)
- Apr. 2011 - Centre St-François d'Assise, Grand Goâve, Haïti, "Les logiciels libres et GNU/Linux, une alternative durable"
- Oct. 2010 - Mile-End Library, Montreal: "Getting started with Linux and FLOSS", offered monthly starting Jan 2011
- May 2010 - Libuntu, 2-day advocacy event at SupInfo: "FACIL and FLOSS in Quebec", "Why is it important to know about Ubuntu ?"
- Oct. 2008 - [attachment:20081013-Ubuntu-FabianRodriguez-BarCampDelhi.zip Why is Ubuntu important for you ?] (16MB), delivered at BarCamp Delhi
- Ubuntu Developers Summit: Montreal (6.06 LTS, 2005), Seville (7.10, 2007), Texas (10.04 LTS, 2009), Orlando (11.04, 2010)
- 2008 - San Francisco - Speaker: "Discovering the Ubuntu Desktop"
- 2008 - San Salvador - Speaker: "Ubuntu: En pro o en contra del software libre", taller de práctica
- 2008 - Guatemala - Speaker: "El ecosistema Ubuntu: comunidades, empresas, Canonical "
- 2007 - New York (Google HQ) - Speaker: "The Ubuntu support ecosystem"
- 2007 - Seville
- 2008 - Linux World Expo – Ubuntu desktop and Landscape presentations
- Sept. 2007 - Cultures Libres, innovations en réseau, UQAM - "L'écosystème de soutien technique Ubuntu: réussites, expériences" (speaker)
- « Myths and truths of securing a software development environment », presentation at PHPConf 2006
- Summer 2006, « Securing email communications: a challenge everyone can take – and win», Accès Libre magazine
- 2004, Semaine Québécoise de l'Informatique Libre, « Improving security on your computer desktop with Mozilla »
- Oct. 2006 - 33e Congrès annuel et colloque de l'ASTED, "Appropriation des Technologies Émergentes: nouveaux contenus, nouveaux services" (speaker)
- Apr. 2006 – Linux Expo Toronto (sales engineering support for Savoir Faire Linux)
- Apr. 2006 – ARIN XVII – American Internet Registry annual meeting (for ISOC Québec)
- Mar. 2006 – Forum Internet Participatif Internet Society Québec (speaker)
- Nov. 2005 – Ubuntu Below Zero, Ubuntu Linux developpers conference
- 2005, 2006 - PHPConf : "PHP: Pretty Hot Programming: Tips & Tricks to keep coding securely" (speaker)
- Mar. 2005 - Forum ISOC Quebec sur l'Internet participatif - "Les outils de l'Internet participatif: Un petit tour d'horizon" (speaker)
- Oct. 2004 – GTEC 2004, largest canadian hi-tech expo for governement and their suppliers (Ottawa)
- Oct. 2004 – Conference day: « eGovernment: community groups and minorities problematics » (Montréal)
- Sept. 2004 – Semaine Québécoise de l'Informatique Libre « Improving security on your computer desktop with Mozilla » (workshop speaker)
- Aug. 2004 – Conference: “Profession: Entrepreneur; colombian entrepreneurs success stories in Quebec” (organizer)
- Jun. 2004 – First eGovernment Seminar (Québec, QC)
- Jun. 2004 - Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal (CRIM) / Linux Québec – Conference: « Residential VoIP »
- 2003 – Conference: « Constellation W3 » - provincial hi-tech « Think Tank »
- Dec. 2003 - Conference « Digital security: It's (no) kid's play » (speaker)
- Oct. 2003 – Provincial Free Software Conference
- May 2003 – CRIM / Linux-Québec – Conference « La sécurité (n'est pas) un jeu d'enfants » (speaker)
- Mar. 2003 – U. Del Valle, ICESI, ACUC, etc. (Colombia) – Training and conferences on security and cryptography
- 2002 – Mercado Multimedia de las Américas, Montreal QC (business development)
- 2001 – eCommerce Gala (finalist, “Security” catégory)
- 2001 – Linux Expo Toronto - « Microsoft ASP applications under Linux » (speaker)
- 2001 – Provincial OCTAS programming contest (evluation committee)
- 2000 – ISP Con Toronto, Linux Expo Montreal - « Microsoft ASP applications under Linux » (speaker)
- 1998 – Provincial OCTAS programming contest (finalist)
- 1996 – iNet '96 – « Creating an Internet Presence - Student's extra-curricular IT activities » (speaker)
- 1995 – GTEC 2004, largest canadian hi-tech expo for governement and their suppliers (Ottawa)
- 1986 – CompuExpo (Bogota, Colombia) speaker, invited by Radio Shack Colombia
- 1985 – Microsistemas conference (Cali, Colombia) at age 13 , speaker invited by Apple Cali, Colombia