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Fabián Rodríguez

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About me

FSF member #3877 since 2005

I am a full-time consultant, mostly doing IT freedom/autonomy advocacy & coaching (software , hardware, formats, licenses) in and around Montreal, QC, Canada, focusing on systems administration, 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.

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

  • As an associate member since 2005, I closely follow FSF activities and try to help in any local events. The most visible may be Software Freedom Day in Montreal where I started organizing conferences, install-fests and other activities.
  • 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 used to contribute by testing and using Trisquel until version 7. As a former Ubuntu Systems senior support analyst at Canonical for 4 years I documented my findings, shared best practices and helped other users transition to Trisquel or use Ubuntu and Debian 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 coordinated a campaign to get Radio-Canada to use free formats on their web site.

At FACIL

  • I am a [FACIL ambassador], available to speak at meetings and conferences
  • I am a founding member since 2003, President from June 2013 - June 2015
  • I participate in the Forums and volunteer at different activism events
  • I actively network with other organizations.

Hardware

  • Family / Home office PC (Debian GNU/Linux with GNOME desktop environment)
  • Laptops/Netbooks
    • Thinkpad X200, X201, X100e
    • Acer C720 Chromebook re-flashed with Coreboot (Debian GNU/Linux 9, GNOME desktop)
    • Acer C202S Chromebook re-flashed with Coreboot (Debian GNU/Linux 9, Mate desktop)

Home networking

  • Turris Omnia free open source, open hardware router w/mSATA SSD
  • Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet Pro 8510 - 100% supported and work out of the box in GNU/Linux with HPLIP
  • Storage:
    • 2 x DNS-323 NAS (2TB RAID 1), using the Alt-F alternative Free firmware
  • Three 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.

Phones / Tablets / other

  • OnePlus 5 phone with LineageOS
  • OnePlus 3 phone with LineageOS
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with LineageOS
  • Samsung Galaxy Tabs S2 with LineageOS

Retired / repairing

  • Android devices
    • OnePlus One
    • Google Nexus One
    • Google Nexus 7 tablet running Cyanogen's ROM based on Android, without any Google applications (only free software applications from F-Droid)
    • Kobo Arc 7 converted to full Android tablet (not CM)
    • 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.
  • Other
    • Chumby, a GNU/Linux-based multi-media hardware player. Used mostly to show pictures, jokes and remaining days until important dates.
    • [Nokia N810] Internet tablet
  • Laptops
    • Thinkpad X130E (sold)
    • Thinkpad X131e (AMD chipset) as secondary home laptop (dual boot Windows 7 / Trisquel 7) (sold)
    • Thinkpad X131e (Intel chipset) as a family laptop (Debian GNU/Linux stable) (sold)
    • Acer C710 Chromebook (with SSD upgrade) converted to GNU/Linux as Debian Gnome demo system (sold)
    • Acer Aspire ONE D257-1881 (donated)
    • Samsung N120 netbook (home system), with Trisquel 5.5 (defective LCD) (donated)
    • HP Pavilion tx1220ca tablet laptop (4 GB RAM, 320 GB HD) - previously my main work laptop, also birefly acted as ProxMox virtualization management server (based on Debian 7) for a software PVR built with Trisquel 6 and TV HeadEnd (donated)
  • Other

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.

  • November 2018 - U. St. Paul, Impact and relevance of Free software for social networks
  • October 2018 - SQIL2018, speaker, Le Logiciel Libre au service d'un Numérique Éthique
  • October, November 2018 - TechnoCompétences "Rencontres techno" IT career mentorship at high-schools and adult ed. organizations
  • August 2017 - Debconf 2017 - Welcome Team organization, advocacy
  • October 2016 - February 2017
    • Sécurité informatique - course preparation, including documentation for Réseau Alternatives
  • September 2016
    • Debian InstallFest (Montreal, Canada)
    • "State of Debian in 2016" presentation during Software Freedom Day 2016 (Montreal, Canada)
  • May 2015-ongoing: "How to control your family PC without spending too much time or money" - Local PC shop workshops (Montreal, Quebec)
  • May 2014: "Bitcoin, mythes et réalités" presentation (Club Atomic, Montreal)
  • February 2014: "Hacker, un métier ? Hackers white hat vs Hackers black hat" - Elementary school talk (Montreal, Quebec)
  • September 2013-March 2014 - Bitcoin workshops (French & English) - Bitcoin Embassy:
    • Bitcoin 101: What is Bitcoin, security and privacy best practices, basic wallet setup, bitcoin use cases
    • Bitcoin 102: Desktop and mobile wallet security, 2FA, encrypted disk/containers, dark-wallets
    • How to get donations in Bitcoin? A technical + accounting workshop introducing online donations for web content producers and NPOs
  • July 2013 - Attended "Troubleshooting WordPress" (special workshop @ WordCamp Montreal)
  • June 2013 - WordCamp 2013 -Micro sponsor (Le Goût du Libre)
  • June 2013 - FACiL presentation (Club Atomic, Montreal)
  • May 2013 - OpenStreetMap workshop at Caravan Coop - presenter, workshop helper (Montreal)
  • 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 GNU/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)
  • Ubucon
    • 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 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 GNU/Linux » (speaker)
  • 2001 – Provincial OCTAS programming contest (evluation committee)
  • 2000 – ISP Con Toronto, Linux Expo Montreal - « Microsoft ASP applications under GNU/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