I am a developer of free digital technology and hardware support, mostly known for my involvement in the free software community. I have been involved with the Replicant project for years, despite not actively contributing anymore. I have instead moved on to new endeavours in the realm of liberating hardware support for various devices (and especially ARM CrOS devices).
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 live near Bordeaux, France where I study electronics at ENSEIRB-MATMECA.
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 portraits 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 as well as the use of fully free systems. After breaking his Openmoko FreeRunner he took at shot at Replicant, the fully free version of Android. He soon became involved in the project's active development and has remained its lead developer since 2012. Driven by a growing interest in the lower levels of digital technology, he evaluates various devices from the perspective of software freedom, in particular for the Free Software Foundation's website. Recently, he's been working on freeing digital devices at the lower levels, contributing to the U-Boot, Coreboot, Libreboot, Flashrom 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find my GPG/PGP public key: 8FEE950C with fingerprint:
01B7 0C5D 940C B63D 5FA6 12C2 84FD C1EA 8FEE 950C
If you'd like to make a donation directed to me personally (as opposed to making one to one of the projects I'm involved with), I can receive such donations either via bitcoin, bank transfer or credit card payment. Feel free to contact me directly about the latter two.
Personal donations help me dedicate more time to the active development of freedom at the lower levels, by relieving the stress cause by monetary requirements. In particular, such donations allow me to keep going without having to worry about taking a job in addition to contributing and studying.
Please direct any bitcoin donation to:
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 three different servers on three separate LANs. The hosts behind armstrong.paulk.fr are named after the Apollo 11 crew, the others, behind gagarine.paulk.fr and leonov.paulk.fr, after famous Soviet astronauts (collins is my laptop and travels back and forth):