|Industry||Open Source Software and Digital electronics|
|Founder||Cyrille Béraud, Jean-Christophe Derré|
|Headquarters||Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Paris, and Lyon|
(President & CEO)
|Products||Helping customers develop their products|
|Services||Business services, Product engineering, project engineering and DevOps|
Number of employees
|Divisions||Infrastructure and Cloud/DevOps, Enterprise Applications, Web & Mobile, ERP, Product Engineering|
Started in 1999 in Québec, Savoir-faire Linux is specialized in open source software and digital electronics. Savoir-faire Linux is one of the largest open source companies in Canada. Headquartered in Montreal, the company has Canadian offices in Quebec City, Ottawa, and Toronto, as well as two French offices in Paris and Lyon.
Savoir-faire was founded in 1999 by Cyrille Béraud and Jean-Christophe Derré. Today, the company has several offices in Canada (4) and France (2).
- 1999 : Launch of Savoir-faire Linux;
- 2000 : Consultation and support services for Open Source Software;
- 2001 : Launch of the Montreal Training Centre;
- 2004 : Partnership with Novell for training services. Launch of SFLPhone;
- 2005 : Partnerships with LPI, Sophos, and Open-Xchange. Launch of the Quebec City Training Centre;
- 2006 : Partnerships with Red Hat and Zabbix. Opening of the Quebec City Office;
- 2007 : Partnerships with Ubuntu, Compiere, Zimbra, and Scalix. Opening of the Ottawa Training Centre;
- 2008 : Partnership with Novell (renewed). Opening of the Ottawa Office. Launch of SFLvault;
- 2009 : First Certification ISO 9001:2008
- 2011 : First Certification ISO 14001:2004
Savoir-faire Linux is certified ISOO 9001 and 14001.
Research and development
In 2004, Cyrille Béraud initiates the development of a fully Open Source digital phone for enterprises. SFLPhone is a Softphone designed to manage an unlimited number of lines and calls for enterprises. Compliant with industry standards such as SIP and IAX, it interoperates with Asterisk, the Open Source Software PBX.
Ring takes SFLPhone to the next level, by removing the bottleneck and main security risk: the centralized service. Ring uses the same technology as Bittorrent to allow users to find each other, from there allowing them to connect directly one-to-one and one-to-many.
Launched in 2008, SFLVault simplifies the management of access keys and passwords to large portfolio of services.
SFLvault is a networked credentials store and authentication manager. It has a client/vault (server) architecture allowing to cryptographically store and organise loads of passwords for different machines and services.
Savoir-faire Linux is working towards a free world, through the development of Free Software. The team of 100+ consultants share the same values, while focusing exclusively on these technologies. Ring and SFLVault are two examples of projects led by Savoir-faire Linux.
Savoir-faire Linux has gained recognition in Quebec by making the provincial government accountable for its IT practices. Treasury Board President Michelle Courchesne announced the Quebec Government will favour Free Software when it makes economic sense. For example, the Ministry of Education could save $450 million by introducing Free Software in schools.
To influence the legislator, the company first had to take the government to the court. This trial also set a record in Quebec for the first live-tweeted trial. Eventually, the Quebec Superior Court gave reason to Savoir-faire Linux, leading to Bill 133. Savoir-faire Linux, and Cyrille Béraud in particular, has been the voice of IT businesses in Quebec throughout the public consultation for Bill 133.
Savoir-faire Linux in the media
A non-exhaustive list of articles in the press:
- Asselin, Pierre (2010-03-09). "Contrat sans appel d'offres: perdu d'avance, dit Savoir-faire Linux" [Contract bypassing open procurement is deemed to fail according to Savoir-faire Linux]. Le Soleil (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Asselin, Pierre (2010-03-10). "RRQ c. Savoir-faire Linux: premier procès "twitté" au Québec" [RRQ vs. Savoir-faire Linux: the first live-tweeted trial in Quebec]. Le Soleil (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Asselin, Pierre (2010-06-03). "Le logiciel libre remporte une victoire en cour" [Free/Libre Open Source Software wins in court]. Le Soleil (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Therrien, Yves (2013-10-10). "Nouveaux locaux, nouvelle accréditation et nouveau contrat pour Savoir-Faire Linux" [New Office, Launch of Red Hat Training Centre, and New Contract for Savoir-faire Linux]. Le Soleil (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Marchal, Mathias (2013-08-01). "Dans l'antre de Savoir-faire Linux" [Inside the belly of Savoir-faire Linux]. Métro (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Ferland, Jean-François (2013-09-10). "Contrat international et expansion européenne pour Savoir-faire Linux" [International Contract and European Expansion for Savoir-faire Linux]. Direction Informatique (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Jébrak, Benjamin (2014-02-13). "Accord de partenariat entre BlueMind et Savoir-faire Linux" [Partnership Agreement between BlueMind and Savoir-faire Linux]. Direction Informatique (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Members of The Linux Foundation
- Article from The Linux Foundation: Why and how to use Ring instead of Skype
- Article from Montreal Gazette: Public Sector Eyes Free Software
- Youtube: Question Period, Legislative Assembly of Quebec (June 7, 2012)
- Savoir-faire Linux inc. c. Régie des rentes du Québec, 2010 QCCS 2375 (CanLII)
- La Presse (2010)
- Bill n°133 : An Act respecting the governance and management of the information resources of public bodies and government enterprises
- Allocution of Cyrille Béraud to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec (April 14, 2011)