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Alexandre "Alex" Oliva, is a 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 GNU/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 MCM's "The Pig and the Box" -- a 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].


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