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Ilyes Gouta

Who Am I

My name is Ilyes Gouta and I'm from Tunisia, north Africa. My hometown is Sousse and I do work as a Senior Software Engineer in Tunis, the capital. Tunis/Sousse on Google Map


I've been seriously using Fedora since the Fedora Core 5 days, however I've started experiencing with Linux since the RedHat 5 and Mandrake 7 days (which came with the early KDE 1.1 desktop and Qt 1.44). Throughout the time I had the opportunity to try out many distributions such as SuSE, Debian and more recently Ubuntu but for some reasons I kept going back to Fedora. I like Fedora because it has always been a distribution that comes with bleeding-edge software and that has a very solid community supporting it. You get all the latest tools, software and kernel configured properly to start doing what you do. My main interest being software development (including device drivers), I find that Fedora served well my needs.

Open Source

I participated in the development of a couple of device drivers for the Linux kernel (m560x-driver) for the ALi M5602 and M5603C based webcams. These are USB bridges for a variety of sensors. I wrote also a V4L2 user-space companion program livecam that helped a lot debugging the driver. This was a team work and recently the m5602 driver was included into the mainline kernel.

I'm also interested in the Linux graphics subsystem architecture, both 2D and 3D fronts, also the companion toolkits such as Gtk+, Qt that abstract all the platform's details and allow applications to be written in an efficient and portable way.

I've developed some solid skills and an extensive knowledge about some of the fine technologies in the Linux ecosystem, and what matter most to me is the design and the architecture of a given solution, which I believe should be debated in the public, in a group. This is what I find most exciting about open source and I found that Fedora is a niche, because of all of its qualities, where I can practice, participate and contribute.


I attended a couple of Software Freedom Events performed here in Tunis. I found that my home town, Sousse, wasn't fairly represented so I decided to become a Fedora Ambassador. I intend to spread the Fedora love whenever possible. :)

I contributed and organized two Fedora events in Tunis:

  • Fedora at SIB 2010
  • Fedora at Iset'Com 2010
  • GNU/Linux distributions day at ENISo [1]

I've also recently attended events abroad, both as an attendee and as part of Fedora's booth personnel :)

  • Solution Linux 2009, in Paris
  • FOSDEM 2010, in Brussels
  • FOSDEM 2011, in Brussels
  • FOSDEM 2012, in Brussels


  • E-mail: ilyes .DOT. gouta .AT. gmail .DOT. com
  • IRC: breaker19