Roland Mas, informatique libre


A few of my references...

Forge administration and maintenance


Probably my best reference is ADULLACT, a French non-profit providing help to administrations using and/or developing Free Software. This help includes the Atelier ("Workshop"), a FusionForge instance customised and adapted for their precise needs, for which I handle all technical aspects (development, migration, updates, system administration, support and training) so that the actual usage is as smooth as possible.


I also maintain the OpenDO forge, a FusionForge instance hosting development related to certifiable software, related to AdaCore. This mostly involves upgrades, configuration, a little systems administration.


I'm involved in the development of Evolvis, a FusionForge derivative hosted by Tarent for their own developments, with separate instances for their clients. This involves ensuring compatibility of the Evolvis-specific changes with the changes that happen in FusionForge, to limit divergence of the codebases and permit upgrades based on future versions of FusionForge.


Let me also mention Alioth, yet another FusionForge instance, slightly modified to fit the needs of the Debian project (of which I've been a member since 2001). Here again, my responsibilities include administration, development for specifics, support, maintenance, etc.

One-shot missions on forges


Sagem had special needs concerning its collaborative development environment. GForge would almost fit the bill, but several adaptations were required, such as an integration with Bugzilla and Mediawiki, Kerberos-based authentication, and a workflow involving several distinct GForge instances. All that required patching and adapting, which I did in collaboration with Linagora.

GForge Group

The GForge Group needed some specific plugins: support Subversion in addition to CVS, and authentication against an external LDAP directory. I developped these plugins, which have been released to the public under the GNU GPL and are now part of GForge (and FusionForge).

Other companies having contracted me for installations or upgrades of FusionForge include OCamlCore for OCamlForge, INRA for MulCyber, INRIA for INRIAGForge (which runs FusionForge despite its name), and Ifremer for Private instances include those for Fresenius and Wind River.

OCamlCore INRA INRIA Ifremer

Fresenius Wind River

Systems administration



Data Publica


I also do some regular systems administration on Debian (or derivative) systems for Araxxe, Courtanet (publisher of the Les Furets website), Data Publica and Capstan — setting up and hosting for services, monitoring, setting up backups or high-availability systems, occasional help in times of need, and so on.


Pythagore FD

Pythagore FD is a company specialising in technical training, in domains such as Unix, Linux and development environments. The training sessions are organised by Pythagore, the teacher being either from the company or a external professional. As such, I animated several sessions for various clients.


I also gave GForge training sessions for a large client of Wallix (an If Research Group company). Separate sessions focused on the users and the administrators.

Miscellaneous jobs

France télécom   Orange

My last employer was known by many names during the time I was employed there due to a string of mergers, but is nowadays most widely known as Wanadoo or Orange, part of the France télécom group. My job there as a software engineer/lead developer included the management and administration of the colloborative development infrastructure. It started as a simple bug tracker and CVS repository, then a Sourceforge instance, and ended up as three separate GForge/FusionForge instances. I also provided support and training for my co-workers. I'm currently on extended leave since June, 2006.

Éditions Eyrolles

On a different subject, I also work with the French Eyrolles publishing company on computing books. This includes technical proofreading, for which my references are Raphaël Hertzog's Cahier de l'admin Debian and Lionel Dricot's Ubuntu efficace (which serves as a second edition for Ubuntu, une distribution Linux facile à utiliser). Also, Raphaël Hertzog and I translated Martin Krafft's The Debian System — Concepts and Techniques book into Debian, Administration et configuration avancée. More recently, I coauthored (with Raphaël Hertzog again) Debian Etch and Debian Lenny, which are the updated, extended and partially rewritten third and fourth editions of the “Cahier de l'admin”.