Alexandre Oliva

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Alexandre Oliva at CONSEGI

Alexandre "Alex" Oliva, is a Brazilian free software activist, developer and founding member of Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA).[1] He is currently on-hold from his PhD studies at the Institute of Computing of the State University of Campinas, Brazil whilst working as a compiler engineer at Red Hat, contributing in the GCC compiler.[2] He is the maintainer of Linux-libre, a fork of the Linux kernel which removes non-free software components, such as binary blobs from the kernel. The Linux-libre kernels are used in Linux distributions such as gNewSense, Trisquel and BLAG, all of which are recommended by the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project.[3]

In 2008, Oliva translated and produced "O Porco e a Caixa", a Brazilian Portuguese translation of "The Pig and the Box" - a Creative Commons-licensed book that teaches the perils of DRM to children. Over 10,000 copies were eventually printed by the FISL conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.[4]

He is an official GNU and Free Software Speaker.[5]


  1. ^ "What is the Free Software Foundation Latin America?". FSFLA. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  2. ^ "Contributors - Using the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)". Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  3. ^ "Linux-libre project". 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  4. ^ O Porco e a Caixa, Oliva's translation of "The Pig and the Box"
  5. ^ "GNU and Free Software Speakers - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)". 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-09-19.

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