I've been an official Member of the GNOME Foundation for the past 13 years.
I am also a corporate member/sponsor of the FACIL non-profit organization (defending FLOSS and users' digital rights in Québec).
I was previously president of the GNOME Foundation, among other things.

With over 19 years of involvement in the Free Software community and open-source software development model, I have a particular affinity with this branch of the IT industry. My experience in the field, combined with my background in business, makes me one of the very few publicly available bona fide free/open-source marketing & business management consultants on the planet who can claim expertise in the field with a straight face.

If you're looking for someone with a deep understanding of how the FLOSS community works, thinks and feels, and who can help your business integrate with it the proper way, you may be interested in my independent Open Source business consulting services; if you are looking for business development and marketing leadership specificially, you may be interested in my Open Source marketing firm's services.

Direct contributions

Every year, my contributions require tens of thousands of interactions with developers, designers, community members, business prospects, and the general public. The summaries below are an attempt to present some of the publicly-visible work I do to help the community, but it's basically just the tip* of the iceberg.


See my interaction design page if you are curious. That said, in recent years I have been doing much more project management & product engineering management work than traditional hands-on IxD & UX design work.

Project Management & Engineering

Open Hub profile for Jean-François Fortin Tam

For an overview of my code contributions to established projects, see the summary on OpenHub (or the full graph of code contributions over the years). You can also look at GNOME GitLab profile and my GitHub profile (you'll have to click through the various years of the graph).

Here is some software I wrote and/or managed:

Quality assurance

“Jeff is the best software issue reporter I have ever interacted with. See a masterclass with these issues reported to @virtualmin” (source)

Marc Laporte,
CEO of EvoluData / Tiki contributor for 20+ years

My continued involvement in Free and Open Source software has made me file hundreds of bug reports and thousands of comments on various pieces of software that I have used and loved. Over time, I have involved myself in bug triaging to ease the developers' task. My bug reports are scattered over the web, but are for the most part contained in:

I also have a list of some of the top bugs I'm proud to have helped solve or investigate (due to limited time, I don't update that list that often, however).

As part of my QA standardization efforts for the GStreamer project, I created and maintained Pitivi's automated user interface integration test suite for some years. Here is a video showing how it worked, sped up 5x:

*: Besides my individual hands-on assistance to multiple FLOSS projects in the day to day, many of the things I do happen behind the scenes (especially in my work as a fractional CMO), such as establishing strategic partnerships and cultivating healthy relationships, building communities, or defining an organization's attendance and sponsorship budgets for a conference. Those types of contributions are too numerous and fast-paced to list on this page, which I'm trying to keep as easy to maintain as possible.

Latest blog posts on Free/Open-Source software

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