My career journey guided by ‘open source values’

Hello open source

My open source journey started in 2012 because of my curiosity about Raspberry Pi. This credit card-sized computer was featured in the local television news in the Philippines. It was described as a tiny computer, easy to use, cheap, and has all the fundamental components that can unleash one’s tech creativity. After almost one year of Raspberry Pi 1 release, I finally got a chance to save up and buy one. Then, for the first time, I got to experience Linux, mainly Debian. After that, our thesis team (see photo below) used it for an exciting Internet of Things (IoT) project for renewable energy monitoring and assessment.

Open source advocacy

After getting exposed to Linux and open source values, I realised that I would like to share this knowledge with more students like me. So in 2013, I organised the first Software Freedom Day (SFD) at our university. SFD is a worldwide event which aims to increase awareness of free software and its virtues and encourage its use. More events followed SFD PUP. The photo below captures all the fantastic volunteers who made the SFD 2016 event possible; watch the same day edit (SDE) video here.

Open source interlude

I moved to Europe to study and work, and I had a long pause in getting involved in the open source community. Though 2017 was an exception as I joined the Open Source Summit in Prague, Czech Republic. It was a dream come true for me to be able to attend as an audience. I also had a photo-op with Linus at this event, in which Jim Zemlin took this photo. 😁

Open source continuation

December 2021, I came back in open source community again, as I joined Canonical/ Ubuntu as the Data Solutions Product Manager. I first encountered Ubuntu 13.04 — Raring Ringtail. I can’t believe I am an employee in Ubuntu 22.04 — Jammy Jellyfish release!

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Michelle Tabirao

Michelle Tabirao

technology. community. open source. (and anything in between)