July 19, 2012

Interview with GUADEC Organizer Francisco Javier Tsao Santín

Our next interview comes from the President of the GPUL-Linux Users and Developers Group, Francisco Javier Tsao Santín. GPUL is the main local organizer involved in the organization of GUADEC 2012 in A Coruña, Spain.

Whats your name?
Francisco Javier Tsao Santín

Where do you live and/or work?
I live in a little coastal village called Pontedeume, between the cities of Ferrol and A Coruña. I work as programmer in the School of Civil Engineering in A Coruña.

What do you like to do in your free time?
What is free time? :) Seriously, I like to experiment with several OS’s, to improve my programming methods, to learn about structural engineering and urban planning, reading Poetry and Philosophy. And, of course, I like music, cinema and sports too.

What is your favorite part of A Coruña (and/or the surrounding area)?
My favorite part is the medieval town (Azcárraga-María Pita-España squares). There are some pretty places to go for a walk, nice restaurants, funny pubs…

Why did you want to hold GUADEC in A Coruña?
Since its foundation in 1998, GPUL have been organizing meetings spreading free software philosophy and helping to developers to integrate into free software projects. GUADEC is the greatest meeting we have ever celebrated, and it is a challenge and an honor for us.

Have you attended GUADEC in the past? If so, when/where?
No. But I was in the local team we organized GUADEC-ES two years ago in A Coruña.

Has organizing GUADEC been fun?
Of course it is very fun… but I’m a little nervous now ;-)

What was the most challenging aspect of organizing GUADEC?
We’ll try to make everybody feel comfortable like they were at their homes.

What are you looking forward to most?
Mmmm… network running fine? People enjoying food?

Any other thoughts on GUADEC this year?
I wish that our effort could help to push GNOME to be the favorite desktop for disabled people.