Hi! I’m Kristóf Marussy. I’m a software engineering PhD student. My research area involves trying to make complex systems like self-driving cars and satellites more efficient and reliable.
For me, free software is not just a hobby but a political stance: I believe people should have access to information about how their computers work, and how they can make them work the way they want, free of intrusions to their liberty, security, and privacy. This feels like a natural extension of my work as a researcher publishing results for public benefit as openly as possible.
Hence, when the previous tool I was using for messaging went proprietary and stopped releasing source code, I couldn’t trust them any more. I took what I’d have previously paid for a yearly subscription, and donated it to Ferdi. I also started to work on Ferdi’s code, trying to improve it for my and others’ use cases.
I sometimes also contribute to Firejail (link in bio), which is a sandboxing tool for Linux to prevent unruly software, including proprietary apps like Zoom, from accessing parts of your system you don’t want to expose. You can also follow me in the Fediverse at @firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @k_marussy, where I usually post nothing at all.