Francisco J. Tsao Santín


Madrid, Spain


DevOps engineer. Former mission critical system administrator. Free Software Movement activist. Civil Engineering is an important part of my life.



March 2016 –

DevOps engineering at Rentalia.

Up and Running Supporting Services

October 2012-February 2016

Technical consultant at Hewlett Packard Enterprise: system administrator in large and critical environments. UNIX/Linux Support Team at MAPFRE .

Operating systems managed: GNU/Linux (RHEL and SLES Server on VMware, AWS, physical servers, Oracle Exadata, and IBM PowerVM), HP-UX (on Integrity/Superdome servers) and AIX (on IBM PowerVM). High availability: HP Serviceguard.

Troubleshooting, performance tuning, design and deployment of infrastructure enhancements. Interventions and system guards.

Structural Mechanics Group. School of Civil Engineers, University of A Coruña

October 2010-September 2012

Programmer. vPULO Project: Development of GUI for launched bridges design and optimization program with C++/Qt. MAAXIMUS Project: Structural optimization engines development with Python and NumPy for NAFEMS BOSS quattro. VoidSlab project: Simulia Abaqus scripts and GUI plugins programmer (with Python) and structural analyst to develop a tool for designing voided slab deck bridges.

Freelance programmer

June-August 2010

Assistant programmer (awk/Fortran) in GIS environments in A Cidade dos Barrios (urban planning and social participation project in A Coruña).

Cartolab. School of Civil Engineers, University of A Coruña

October 2008-March 2010

Development Group: UNIX systems administration: design and implementation of team infraestructure, network management and services organization and managemente: Debian file servers with NFS and samba, backup servers with rsnapshot and rsync, map server with Postgresql and Geoserver, proyect tools on LAMP infrastructure. Assistant programmer in civil engineering projects. gvSIG Fonsagua database and forms design.

Territorial Studies Lab. School of Civil Engineers, University of A Coruña

August-September 2008

GIS technician in EIEL (Infrastructures and equipments inquiry of A Coruña Provincial Government).

Ports and Coast Group. School of Civil Engineers, University of A Coruña

November 2005-May 2006

Programmer (Fortran/awk/csh/bash) and UNIX system administration (GNU/Linux and OpenBSD). SAPO (Wave Forecast Autonomous System) of Ferrol Outward Port development.

Civil Engineering and Computer Science Club

November 2005

Teacher in Introduction to GNU/Linux systems course.

Tuition class teacher

August 1996 and August 1997

Physics and Maths teacher.

Hostal Columbia

June 1990-October 2008

From dishwasher to manager, being maintenance boy, waiter, recepcionist too, in a hotel.



December 1998 –

Free software activist. 23 papers and workshops in several meetings managed by the Coruña Linux Users Group. Local team in GUADEC 2012. Coordination in 13 hackmeetings and 1 congress. External consulting for ESF Galicia (Engineers Without Borders Galicia). Treasurer for 2 years, president (2008-2014), currently chair.


October 2002-September 2009

Volunteer of OCV (Cooperation and Volunteering Office of University of A Coruña) in education of childhood in social risk since 2002. Team coordinator from January 2006 to September 2009.

GNU Project

2006 –

GNU España hackers group. Web translation. Galician team of Free Translation Project since 2006.


System administration

Linux HP-UX AIX OpenBSD OpenVMS Solaris HP Serviceguard Ansible SAN LAMP Zope Postgresql Postgis Mapserver Geoserver

Programming languages, frameworks, tools

Fortran Python Numpy AWK shell scripting C++ Qt Openlayers C MPI Forth Emacs Vim git

Civil Engineering

FEM methods GIS CAD Urban Planning Structural analysis


School of Civil Engineers. University of A Coruña

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (2 subjects and senior project pending)


  • LFCE Linux Foundation Certified Engineer. November 2015. License number LFCE-1500-0146-0200


  • Arrow ECS March 2014: IBM Course AN11: Power Systems for AIX I: LPAR Configuration and Planning
  • Arrow ECS August 2013: IBM Course AN142: AIX Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals
  • Hewlett-Packard February 2013: HP H6487S HP Serviceguard I
  • Stanford Know it! (now Coursera) Fall 2011: Introduction to Artificial Ingelligence. Advanced track
  • Spain National Geographical Institute Fall 2009: Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) course
  • III Workshop on free GIS Girona 2009: Bootcamps on QGIS and Openlayers.
  • School of Civil Engineers. University of A Coruña: 40 hours of training on Microstation, 20 on gvSIG, 40 in workshops and congress on urban and territorial planning.
  • OCV (Cooperation and Volunteering Office). University of A Coruña: 20 hours of volunteering training and workshops.
  • GPUL- Coruña Linux Users Group. University of A Coruña: Around 300 hours of training courses, workshops and congress on philosophy and development of free software, system administration, networks, security, criptography, digital forensic analysis, GUIs and graphical design.


Criptography Forensics analysis Philosophy Poetry Theology



Fluency: Native speaker


Fluency: Native speaker


Fluency: Fluent