Adrien Bourmault Application 2022

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My name is Adrien Bourmault and I am applying for membership in the XSF.




About me

I am a free software activist: associate member of the Free Software Foundation since 2016 and notably member of the Libreplanet committee which organizes the event of the same name, former contributor of the Free Software Directory where I maintained the Conversations XMPP client page, and also co-founder of the Libre en Communs association which promotes and acts for free software in France notably by providing its computing infrastructure to projects which need it and by maintaining free and ethical services for the general public such as an XMPP service. This project for general public is called Chalec.

I'm also a student in a master of computer science, more specifically in processor and integrated circuit architecture, and I teach on the time I have left. My field is hardware oriented, and I recently started working on the Libreboot project.

Also I speak french (the best cryptosystem ever !)

About my nick

My nick name is neox.

It does not have any meaning, except that I carry that nick for a long time and it probably finds its inspiration in the Matrix trilogy.


  • Sorbonne Université , as a student and teacher
  • Libre en Communs , as treasurer and member of the board and IT infrastructure manager, also in charge of the Chalec project

My XMPP projects and activities

I have been an XMPP service administrator for a long time. The first service I opened to the public was (it no longer exists) and that was in 2017.

I was an administrator of the service, within the french association April, and I left those functions in 2020.

I am currently an administrator of the service (the XMPP service of Libre en Communs, used for the activities of the association), and (service open to the general public).

I am also the main translator of the monthly XMPP newsletter for the French language, jointly published on the LinuxFR and JabberFR websites.

I help and motivate people to move their chat activities from GAFAM and co. to join decentralized networks. I generally help people join XMPP when it is relevant to their use case.

I sometimes contribute to XMPP-related free software, such as ejabberd where I created a new captcha script (called next-gen).

Through Libre en Communs, I regularly give conferences on free software and in particular XMPP, I explain the characteristics of the protocol and how it is decentralized, and I explain in particular the principles behind OMEMO and how it works.

My interest in XMPP

I'm interested in free software, decentralization, user empowerment, and freedom in general, and XMPP helps us bring these ideas to some life. Also, I do like this community very much.