Alexandre Oliva

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Alexandre Oliva receiving a Free Software Award at LibrePlanet 2017

Alexandre "Alex" Oliva, is a Brazilian free software activist, developer, former vice president of the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) [1] and founding member of Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA).[2] 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.[3] 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 Parabola GNU/Linux-libre and Trisquel, all of which are recommended by the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project.[4]

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.[5]

He is an official GNU and Free Software Speaker.[6] He is also one of the voting members of the FSF.[7]


  1. ^ "Resignation from the FSF Board of Directors". FSFLA. 2021-01-10. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  2. ^ "What is the Free Software Foundation Latin America?". FSFLA. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  3. ^ "Contributors - Using the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)". Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  4. ^ "Linux-libre project". 2011-09-12. Archived from the original on 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  5. ^ O Porco e a Caixa, Oliva's translation of "The Pig and the Box"
  6. ^ "GNU and Free Software Speakers - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)". 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  7. ^ "Staff and Board — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software". Retrieved 2022-06-09.

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