Alexandre Oliva

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Alexandre "Alex" Oliva, is a Brazilian free software activist, developer, former vice president of the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and founding member of Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA). 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. 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.

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.

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


  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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