Hi! I'm Paul Tagliamonte, but my friends call me paultag. I'm running for an OSI affiliate member seat this winter.
I'm a 25 year old software hacker currently living in Washington DC. I've been using GNU/Linux on the desktop on every machine I've owned, since primary school. I've been involved with the Free and Open Source community for over 10 years now, and an active contributor for the last 7 years.
Most of my current F/OSS work is working on Debian, Ubuntu, Fluxbox and a handful of smaller Python projects (in particular, my dayjob is working on, as well as a Lisp to Python bytecode compiler called ).
My time in Debian is spent working on the, the team responsible for interpreting the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG), and maintaining the archive. I maintain a handful of packages, such as , , and . You can find a full list of packages I'm currently maintaining at my .
During the day, I work as a Software Engineer for the nonpartisan nonprofit, the. I'm fortunate enough to work at a place which is F/OSS by default, and uses high technology to help enable citizens to better engage with their Government. My work focuses around modeling the Legislative processes that exist within the US on the Federal, State and Municipal level.
Why I'm running
I've always been thrilled with the OSI's ability to engage with the private sector, and help ensure that organizations know that honoring user freedom is not incomparable with the commercial software industry. I've always seen OSI, the FSF and Debian as the three major organizations that define what it means to be Free / Open Source, and if elected, I intend to work to find consensus that allows us all to work in a more coherent and tight-knit way.
I believe that my time working on the ftpteam will allow me to provide the Debian perspective from within discussions, rather than waiting for external feedback on digests of discussion. I believe that my work in interpreting the Debian Free Software Guidelines will aid in helping to interpret the OSD through its place within the world of F/OSS licensing.
I'm also interested in finding ways we can collectively work to provide helpful guides and resources for organizations that wish to adopt an Open Source policy. I've been seeing quite a few go up, and starting to put together recommendations for such documents would be powerful.
If elected, I'd be honored to help continue to fight for the user, and advocate for consistency in F/OSS messaging. I would welcome your support!
Thanks so much for reading, and I'm happy to answer questions over.