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Marcel Ribeiro Dantas

Brazil - LATAM

Birthday: October 4th

Location: Natal, RN


  • Brazilian Portuguese (native)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Italian (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Basic)
  • German (Basic)
  • Russian (Basic)


Free Software advocate, Computer Engineering student and Biomedical Engineering researcher.

About Me

I'm a Computer Engineering student at UFRN and an undergraduate researcher at LAIS, the Laboratory for Technological Innovation in Healthcare.

I've been involved with Free Software and GNU/Linux for almost a decade now and contributed with some Free Software projects along the way. I had been trying a few GNU/Linux distributions but hadn't got the feeling of completeness till a while ago when I finally tried out Fedora and got in touch with its philosophy.

Fedora's Foundation caught my attention at the first sight. Its free software policy, astonishing community, usability and so many things amazed me in a way I could not believe. It's like I've been a blue hat all the time unknowingly (-:Þ


Innovation is something I deeply admire, and being able to find out better ways to solve problems with technologies is what I currently do at the lab I do research. You can have a look at some of the researches I've been involved in, by clicking here.

How I support Fedora

  • Talks

I have given talks on Free, Libre and Open Source Software since 2007. During this time, I had the pleasant opportunity to speak to probably thousands of people in several Federal Universities in Brazil like UFPE, UFC and UFRN plus many community events.

Based on that, one of my goals as Fedora Ambassador is to keep speaking about FLOSS, but focusing more on the GNU/Linux distribution I use and support, which is Fedora.

It's important to note that Fedora goes beyound a software in my opinion.
Fedora represents to me a way of making excellency through Free and Open Source Software. It represents you can still offer great things to people based only in FOSS and more than only softwares and documentation, it shares ethics amongs us all. I will probably prepare some material about it and will link it here :)
  • Translation

I can speak English and Italian reasonably well, apart from Portuguese, which is my native tongue. I have attempted to learn German and Russian in the past, but most of these languages just vanished from my memories. As Fedora Translator, I translate Fedora into Brazilian Portuguese. Right now, I'm focusing on the Official Wiki which has a large amount of useful information. Sadly, it's useless for people who can only speak Brazilian Portuguese, and I have raised this issue by starting translating it.

  • Coding and packaging

I'm looking forward to my vacations so that I will have some spare time to learn how to package and who knows I'll become a packager too :)


  • Email: mribeirodantas at
  • IRC: mribeirodantas @ - #fedora-br, #fedora, #fedora-latam, #fedora-ambassadors, #git, #rhel, #zsh, #postgresql, #postregsql-it, #postgresql-br, #fsfla, ##programming
  • Website:
  • Fedora Account: mribeirodantas

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