Hi, I'm Kevin

I’m a Libre Software Craftsman.



My name is Kevin Ottens and I live in France. In general, I love to learn new things regularly which can be technical or about soft skills. Because of that depending who you talk to, you can get a very different picture:

  • Software Craftsman, since I’m a developer by trade and I like to share new insights on the job with others;
  • Free Software Hacker, since I’m involved in several projects, most notably with KDE;
  • Community Whisperer, since I study communities and help with their stewardship when I can;
  • Graphic Facilitator, since I like to do sketchnotes or help meetings using live scribing or innovation games;
  • Researcher, since I also have an academic background in general and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence in particular;
  • Aikidoka, since I’ve been practicing this martial art for years.

But really even in the different facets above, I always feel like there’s more to learn and more progress to be made. In fact I’m just a mere explorer.

If you want more exhaustive and professional information, you can also download my formal resume.


Latest Post

Oct 22, 2021

Web Review, Week 2021-42

Let’s go for my web review for the week 2021-42. Facebook Plans to Rebrand Company With New Name, Verge Says Tags: tech, facebook, business Lipstick on a pig as they say. :-) https://www.inkl.com/news/facebook-plans-to-rebrand-company-with-new-name-verge-says?share=pWQmVXfrAQr Software Freedom Conservancy files lawsuit against California TV manufacturer Vizio Inc. for GPL violations Tags: legal, free-software, compliance Important lawsuit, let’s hope it goes through. https://sfconservancy.org/copyleft-compliance/vizio.html Jira: Razor Blades? Tags: tech, agile, jira With the amount of time I spent with this particular beast I have to agree. Read more


To get in touch with me you can use email, Mastodon or IRC (‘ervin’ on the freenode network).

When possible I sign my messages using my GPG key ID 8DEC C9E2.

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