The following is the complete / uncut transcript of the interview I got from Nicoleta Gherlea in 2010 when I was named top OpenERP contributor.
Interview with Luis Falcon Wed, 12/01/2010 – 15:42 _ admin
*Located in:* Argentina and Spain
*Occupation:* Founder of Thymbra and GNU Solidario
Tell us about about yourself :
How would you describe yourself:
Social activist. I love working on the field, learning from people in
hospitals and rural areas, combining medicine and computer science (in that
I like simplicity and try to stay away from any kind of _sophistication_
(food, clothes, programs, people,….).
Who or what in your life would you say influenced you most?
What is the best birthday present you could receive?
Hope and dignity for the children in developing countries.
What do you do in your spare time?
What is your favourite place in the world?
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Tell us about about You and OpenERP
When did you start working on OpenERP?
Long time ago. In 2005 (TinyERP at that time).
What got you excited about OpenERP?
Free Software. Versatile. Small
Can you tell us more about your key contributions?
Medical : The Free Health and Hospital Information System. Large project
running today on different health centres around the world (
Started the Argentinian and Spanish localization, including electronic
Created in 2007 the OpenERP Academy in LatinAmerica, bringing OpenERP to
the Spanish speaking community.
What attracts you to Open Source?
I like more the Free Software concept.
Free software is about sharing and building communities. It a great tool for
the development of societies.
Wrote my first GPL program in 1995 (netload). It’s still being shipped on
most GNU/Linux distros.
What is your most embarrassing OpenERP moment?
I will tell you as soon as it happens 😉
Any personal message to other members of the community ?
I’m worried about how _the industry_ is getting into the Free Software. At
the end of the day, is your actions what count, not the tools you use.
If OpenERP was …what would it be :
An animal : A goat. Cabra loca 🙂 A colour : Blue
A famous character : Monty Python rabbit.
A Dish : Potaje de lentejas
A Song : Libertango
Update: The interview was removed from the site when I started to criticize the lack of freedom and democracy on the OpenERP (Odoo) project.
The OpenERP project was rebranded as Odoo
The Medical project was continued as GNU Health
(The original link of this interview was http://www.openerp.com/node/549 )