Currently, I am mostly known for my involvement in the free software community, especially for being the lead developer of the Replicant project and liberating devices at the lower levels. I currently live near Bordeaux, France where I study electronics at ENSEIRB-MATMECA.
I have been using free software since 2008, with a particular emphasis on running fully free systems: I support the ideas behind the GNU project as I am a strong free software advocate. I care deeply about being in control of technology and especially about the ability to understand how it works and change its behaviour, driven by a strong curiosity.
I have an overall interest in science, especially in physics. I like fine cheese, enjoy travelling aboard trains and airplanes, sometimes read science-fiction books as well as philosophy and like to see all the hands of my watch lined up. I am particularly interested in cinema and watch all sorts of films. Some of my favourite directors include T. Gilliam, S. Kubrick, M. Scorsese, Q. Tarentino, W. Allen, W. Anderson, A. G. Iñárritu and L. Kaufman (who co-founded Troma, the long-lasting independent film production and distribution company). I also sometimes watch series and find some to be quite good, such as South Park, Breaking Bad, House and the Monty Python's Flying Circus. I listen to various kinds of music but I'm not into any group or musician in particular.
Here are some photos and a biography that I usually distribute along with free software talks descriptions:
Paul Kocialkowski started using free software in 2008 and soon gained interest in software freedom, with a particular emphasis on running fully free software. After breaking his Openmoko FreeRunner, he took at shot at Replicant, the fully free version of Android. He soon became involved in active development and has been the lead developer of the project since 2012. Driven by a growing interest in embedded devices, he took charge of the single board computers and plug computers freedom comparisons on the Free Software Foundation's website. Recently, he's been working on freeing mobile and embedded devices at the lower levels, contributing to the U-Boot, Flashrom, Coreboot, Libreboot and Linux projects.
There is a list of projects I contribute to (more or less often):
The most efficient way to contact me is to send me an email at: email@example.com
Please find my GPG/PGP public key: 8FEE950C with fingerprint:
01B7 0C5D 940C B63D 5FA6 12C2 84FD C1EA 8FEE 950C
In order to keep the Internet non-centralized, I host most of the services I use on the Internet and generally don't push any personal or non-public data on a third party server.
I currently run two different servers on two separate LANs. The hosts behind armstrong.paulk.fr are named after the Apollo 11 crew, the others, behind gagarine.paulk.fr, after famous Soviet astronauts (collins is my laptop and travels back and forth):