Adriaan de Groot is a Canadian by birth and a Dutchman by training. He has worked as a researcher in software quality and formal verification, is an experienced C++ programmer and an active member of several large Free Software organizations such as KDE e.V. His university work culminated in his PhD. thesis on Practical Automaton Proofs in PVS at the University of Nijmegen. In 10 years of programming he has worked on many parts of the KDE platform, focusing on software quality and portability issues so that all Free Software operating systems can use the software. As a member KDE e.V. and the NLUUG, he has experience in organizational and management matters and has spent the last several years cultivating knowledge about legal and licensing matters in Free Software projects.
Adriaan’s first Free Software project started in 1989 when visual editors on serial consoles were all the rage (and the license he had written was just terrible). He contributed bits and pieces to other projects until settling down with the KDE project where he worked on synchronizing PalmOS-based handhelds with the desktop; he also works on FreeBSD and OpenSolaris portability. The English Breakfast Network is his sideline in Free Software Quality Checking. As a researcher, he worked on various Free Software quality projects, measuring product, process and business aspects of Free Software.
Adriaan is a vice president (legal affairs) on the board of directors of KDE e.V. and a member of the board of directors of the NLUUG. He was coordinator of the Freedom Task Force (FSFE’s “legal department”) in 2009.