New Release of Ring: “Live Free or Die” Version

Montréal, July 25th, 2018 – Savoir-faire Linux, a leading open source software company in Canada, has launched a new release of its free and universal communication platform Ring, called “Live Free or Die“, which is also the official motto of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. This major release includes additions such as audio and video call recording, push notifications, as well as quality, security and stability improvements.

Since its inception, Ring has always aspired to become a truly universal and stable communication platform at the service of societies while respecting their privacy and their freedoms. Today, with its iOS application being released, it has closed the platform compatibility gap.

Everyone who uses any of the following platforms can benefit
from Ring and join its community of users.

  • GNU/Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora)
  • Android & Android TV
  • Windows
  • macOS
  • iOS (iPhone & iPad)

OpenDHT: The Technology Behind Ring

OpenDHT Logo Created by Ring’s Team

Ring is a fully distributed system based on OpenDHT technology Ethereum  Blockchain that doesn’t need any central authority, an enterprise or even a server to function. Consequently, it avoids keeping centralized registries of users and storing their personal data. In addition, Ring is based on standard security protocols and end-to-end encryption. Thus, it prevents decryption of communications over the network and consequently offers a high level of privacy and confidentiality. In addition, Ring’s technological capacity can be expanded to a wider industrial setting with use cases like Internet of Things’ projects, industrial systems as well as custom communication needs, to name a few.

Ring’s Key Features and Characteristics

  • Encrypted audio/video/messaging communications,
  • Screen sharing,
  • Audio and video call recording,
  • Push notifications,
  • Conferencing service available on GNU/Linux and Win32 clients,
  • Support of Ethereum Blockchain as a distributed public users’ database,
  • Distributed communication platform (OpenDHT),
  • Platform support on GNU/Linux, Android (4.3+), Windows (Win32 and UWP), macOS (10.10+) and iOS (9.3+),
  • Distributed under GPLv3+ license.


Sources and Information:
Marie Pelland (Director of Communications)
+1 514 276 5468 (ext. 328)


Savoir-faire Linux Announces Gold Sponsorship at Liferay Symposium North America 2017

Montreal, QC – (October 11, 2017) – Savoir-faire Linux – a Canadian leader in providing expertise on a range of open source technologies to enable digital transformation strategies – announces today its participation as a Gold Sponsor at this year’s Liferay Symposium North America, hosted by Liferay.  Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices.Liferay Symposium North America will take place from October 16 to 17 in Austin.

This premier event for digital business and technology leaders will include two days of customer case studies, expert sessions, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, access to Liferay’s top executives and architects, as well as the keynotes from digital experience thought leaders.

Savoir-faire Linux is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the Liferay Symposium North America”, said Christophe Villemer (Executive VP). “We look forward to meeting other Liferay enthusiasts and offering our expert knowledge and experience in insurance, and banking as well as other sectors such as public services, education, health, mechanical and industrial to the attendees.”

This digital business technology event will showcase the company’s experience, expertise and excellence in Liferay technology field and it is poised to unveil their expertise in other domains of open source software as well.

To obtain more information on our Liferay services, please directly contact Marat Gubaidullin (VP Integration Platforms & Artificial Intelligence) through email ( or by phone (+1 514 276 5468   ext. 162).

Ring Stable Version Released: Ring 1.0 Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

21, 2017Savoir-faire Linux releases the stable version of Ring:  Ring 1.0 – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Ring is a free/libre and universal communication platform that preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms. It is a GNU package. It runs on multiple platforms; and, it can be used for texting, calls, and video chats more privately, more securely, and more reliably.

About Ring

Ring is a fully distributed system based on OpenDHT technology and Ethereum Blockchain. It means, it does not need any central authority, an enterprise or even a server to function. Therefore, it avoids keeping centralized registries of users and storing their personal data. In addition, Ring is based on standard security protocols and end-to-end encryption. Therefore, it prevents decryption of communications over the network and consequently offering a high level of privacy and confidentiality.

Key Functionalities and Features

– Encrypted Audio/VideoHD/InstantMessaging Communications (ICE, SIP, TLS)
– Screen Sharing and Conferencing (Win32 and GNU/Linux)
– Support of Ethereum Blockchain as Distributed Public Users’ Database
– Distributed Communication Platform (OpenDHT)
– Platform Support on GNU/Linux, Windows UWP (Windows 10 and Surface), macOS (10.10+) and Android (4.0+)
– Distributed under GPLv3+ License
– Parts of Ring can be used as a building block in any Internet of Things (IoT) project

Ring: An Impactful and Inspirational Social Innovation

Ring is based on the state-of-the-art technologies (OpenDHT) and follows strict ethical guidelines. Together, a mix of free software technologies, and ethical rules offers end-users: leading edge privacy and anonymity, confidentiality as well as security of conversations. In addition, its stable connectivity and innovative standard functionalities over multitude of platforms make it a suitable choice for an everyday communication. 

Important Links
> Download Ring
> Contribute to Ring
> Technical documentation

ICTC and Savoir-faire Linux Partnership: Empowering Ontario Youth to Digitize Small Businesses


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Toronto, March 29, 2017 – The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and Savoir-faire Linux Inc. have joined together to deliver the Small Business Digitization Initiative (SBDI). With this initiative being piloted in Ottawa, Toronto and North Bay, up to one hundred Ontario youth between the ages of twenty to twenty-nine will have the opportunity to receive twenty-four weeks of free training with the aim of transforming them into future business digitization leaders. This pilot initiative started its first class in Ottawa on January 23rd, 2017. Over the next six months, cohorts will be starting in North Bay and Toronto in March, and in Toronto and Ottawa in April.

SBDI is a training program, funded by the Government of Ontario, that connects youth and small businesses together to solve real employer digital adoption challenges. The initiative provides training for in-demand skills to unemployed and underemployed youth to prepare them for the digital workplace, while providing businesses with enthusiastic and knowledgeable talent to implement smart technology solutions to support their innovation.

One of the key features of this program is the integration of in-class training with hands on experience. The twenty-four weeks of full-time training will include a sixty-day experiential work placement, where each participant has the opportunity to work with innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses to expand their skill set while providing sustainable solutions to improve business operations by implementing technology solutions. Youth will attain transferable workplace skills in project management, data analytics and intelligence, entrepreneurship, as well as enterprise resource planning (ERP) (including principles of sales, marketing and accounting).

Savoir-faire Linux is responsible for more than half of the classroom training delivery. Savoir-faire Linux’s instructors kick-start the course with a boot camp on business strategy and innovation, focusing on the 4th industrial revolution driven by digital technologies. The main part of the course focuses on the automation of back-office processes, introducing technologies to save time and money to small businesses, and to provide a better service to their customers.

Savoir-faire Linux ensures that this training is grounded in reality. In class, Savoir-faire Linux instructors help students to understand technology and practices aimed at fitting software to the business. Students will spend the other half of the training at a work placement, to solve a real challenge. There will be ample time in class to provide guidance, as students learn by alternating class work with industry work.

Savoir-faire Linux Opens a Red Hat Individual Exam Center in Montreal: A Timely Response to Shortage of Linux and OS Experts in Quebec

Montreal, March 28, 2017 – From April 1, 2017, Savoir-faire Linux, the leading free and open source expert in Quebec and Canada, will host Red Hat® individual exam sessions at its Montreal office.

From left to right : Pierre Lamarche (Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships), Raymond Cantin (Director of Training Dept.), and Eric Schaefer, Red Hat-Canada Channels Leader.

As a Red Hat® Advanced Business Partner, Savoir-faire Linux will now be equipped with a kiosk to run individual Red Hat certification exams on its premises in Montreal. The exam will take place on a personal test station, secured and accredited by Red Hat® within a Quebec-based company. The Red Hat® Individual Examination Booth will cover a wide range of certifications: Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat® OpenStack System Administrator, Red Hat® Hybrid Cloud Management Expertise, Red Hat® Hybrid Cloud Storage Expertise, JBoss Developer, Jboss Administrator (RHCJA), and many more.

“We are very pleased that Savoir-faire Linux takes the lead in opening this unique individual exam center in Quebec. It has been logical to select Savoir-faire Linux because the company leads the free and open source initiatives in Quebec and has deep expertise in free open source software.”

Eric Schaefer, Canada Strategic Alliances and Business Development.

There is no need to emphasize that Red Hat® has already become the world leader in open source software technologies and it has done so within a relatively short time, about 2 decades or so. By collaborating closely with a broad network of IT leaders, open source supporters, developers and business partners, Red Hat® technologies have already changed the landscape of information systems and the companies success is echoed globally. Moreover, the digital revolution, marked by the rise of open technologies and the recognition of digital strategies at the heart of innovation and business growth, has already impacted the Canadian market and IT sector. According to Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)’s 2015 Labor Market Outlook, the cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent in Canada will be approximately over 182,000 by 2019.

The Linux Foundation itself has published a report in 2016 in which it describes a growing shortage of Linux and open source specialists. 87% of professionals acknowledge the difficulty of recruiting adequately trained and certified experts; while 59% intend to increase the recruitment of these same specialists to meet the digital transformation challenges they face.

“In a rapidly changing technological sector, where competition is fierce to attract top talent, we consider these certifications to be essential to support the development of a pool of digital talents in Quebec and strengthen Quebec’s position in the digital economy of the North America. This kiosk installation was more than necessary to respond locally to the emerging technological trends”

Christophe Villemer, the Executive Vice-President of Savoir-faire Linux.

With this new service in Quebec, Savoir-faire Linux becomes the only Red Hat®’s partner in Quebec to offer both Red Hat® training and certifications in a collective and individual fashion. The company intends to consolidate its position as a major partner in the digital strategies of Quebec companies.

Report “2016 Open Source Jobs Report” (May, 2016).
ICTC Press release (March 12, 2015).

Liferay Community Excellence Award 2015: Savoir-faire Linux being honored once again

Liferay Community Excellence Award 2015Montreal, November 24th, 2015 — Savoir-faire Linux® — an exceptional team of 110 Free Software Consultants based in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Paris — was honored with a Liferay Community Excellence Award at the Liferay North America Symposium which was held last week in Chicago. This prestigious annual award recognizes ten Liferay partners who have shown unique and valuable dedication to the Liferay open source community and contributed significantly.

“We are very much honoured to receive this award from Liferay for the 5th year in a row”, said Savoir-faire Linux’s Executive Vice-president Christophe Villemer, in a short thank you video uploaded online shortly after the Award Ceremony on November 17th. “I am particularly proud of our team for the amazing work they do with our customers and the community (…), Sven Werlen, Marat Gubaidullin, and all our certified developers and trainers.”

liferay_sp_webLiferay develops the leading open source portal and collaborative tools for the enterprise. Savoir-faire Linux, which started to explore the potential of this platform based on the Java technology in 2008, is now in the global Top 30 of Liferay’s Platinum Partners.

“Liferay strongly believes in the power of open communities to develop high quality software”, said Liferay’s Community Manager James Falkner. “The Community Excellence award is an important part of that — it recognizes those leading companies that have given much more than they have received and that share our same open spirit. Savoir-faire Linux continues to be an important part of our success and Liferay is pleased to recognize them for their achievements in our community.”

About the Liferay Community Awards

In open source project, community excellence is expressed in several ways:

Best partners standing out by their community excellence gain skills and influence. They thrive with the community.

As a matter of fact, Savoir-faire Linux is pleased to congratulate other recipients of these Community Excellence Awards 2015: ACA-IT (Benelux), Ambientia (Finland), Arcusys (Finland), Cignex Datamatics (Asia, Americas, Europe), Permeance Technologies (Australia), SMC Treviso (Italy), EmDev (Russia), and XTIVIA (U.S.A.). As our social media editor wrote on Twitter: One for all and all for… Liferay!

Our Team Receiving the Liferay Community Award 2015 in Chicago
Savoir-faire Linux’s team Receiving the Liferay Community Award 2015. From left to right: Christophe Villemer ↘ Sven Werlen ↗ James Falkner → Nicolas Juneau → Serjik Sayad.

Savoir-faire Linux Announces New Gold Sponsorship at Liferay North America Symposium 2015

Liferay logoLogo Savoir-faire Linux

Leading open-source technology event will showcase Savoir-faire Linux’s expertise and advanced services in Chicago

Montreal, QC – October 29, 2015 – Savoir-faire Linux Inc., an outstanding team of 110 Free Software consultants and Liferay certified developers based in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto & Paris, announced today its participation as a Gold Sponsor at this year’s Liferay Symposium North America.

Hosted by Liferay, Inc., the world’s leading open-source portal provider, the Liferay Symposium North America will take place from November 16 to 17 in Chicago. This premier event for Liferay’s business and technical users and developers in North America will include two days of expert sessions, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, access to Liferay’s top executives and architects, and keynotes from open-source community leaders.

Savoir-faire Linux is proud to be once again a Gold Sponsor at the Liferay Symposium North America,” said Christophe Villemer, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian company. “We look forward to meeting other Liferay enthusiasts and to supporting some of our canadian customers to this major event.” Savoir-faire Linux has won a Liferay Community Excellence Award four years in a row, from 2011 to 2014. “Given our contribution to the success of our clients with large-scale Liferay projects in industries such as finance, education and manufacturing, we hope to bring back home another one this year”, added Christophe Villemer.

We have a lot to share to the Liferay community about our strong devops expertise in complex infrastructure management and automation,” said Sven Werlen, Vice-President – Enterprise Solutions, at Savoir-faire Linux. “We excel in assembling free software bricks and legacy components that cannot be replaced easily. We demonstrate at the Symposium how easily new environments can be deployed and configured to meet your agility and speed to market requirements.

We are happy to have Savoir-faire Linux join us again at this year’s Liferay Symposium North America.” said Brian Kim, Chief Operating Officer for Liferay in conclusion. “Our partners play an important role in Liferay’s success and having this great team at our event brings added value to our attendees looking to meet the industry’s top-level enterprise technology vendors.

Liferay Symposium Gold SponsorTo learn more about the Liferay Symposium North America and to register, visit the event website.

To learn more on the Liferay expertise of Savoir-faire Linux, visit our website. Photographs of previous symposiums are published under a Creative Commons BY license (credit only) on our photo gallery on Flickr.

Savoir-faire Linux and Microsoft Canada announce a close partnership in the open source field

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Montreal, October 5th, 2015 – Becoming the first “Microsoft Open Source Partner” in Canada, Savoir-faire Linux, a leader in Free software and open source technologies, is strengthening its ties with Microsoft Canada to best meet the needs of organizations. Both companies have concluded this week in Toronto, a close partnership in this field.

The Microsoft Open Source Partner program is a new global program at Microsoft and we are very excited to have Savoir-faire Linux as our first partner in Canada”, said Keith Loo, Open Source Lead at Microsoft Canada. “Open Source Software is a critical part of Microsoft’s business, and it is important that we partner with and learn from partners such as Savoir-faire Linux. This program will ensure that we can continue improving and supporting our customers’ cross-platform needs, and with this partnership we can bring the best of both OSS and cloud.”

The work done by our experts in software engineering is remarkable and I am delighted to be involved in this new partnership,” said Cyrille Beraud, president of Savoir-faire Linux. “The Azure cloud platform has become essential and free software developers communities can no longer ignore it. We want to send a very strong message to our clients — if we are sometimes competitors on the market, we are partners when the time comes to serve our customers and to provide together the best services and the most appropriate solutions to their needs.

The new partnership will allow Savoir-faire Linux, which acquired the Silver Microsoft Cloud Platform competency to provide its customers with highly skilled and certified experts that can work on Microsft’s Azure cloud computing platform and perfectly integrate open source components. It will allow Microsoft to strengthen its strong strategy towards open source developers communities and enable customers to benefit from a rigorous integration of the best existing free software in the market.

There are several cloud offers such as Azure and OpenStack for private deployment or OVH for the pure data center field,” says Jonathan Le Lous, Vice-President, Business Development – Cloud and Infrastructure, at Savoir-faire Linux. “We believe these offerings complement and hybridize. Each one is relevant to actual needs and constraints. So I’m excited to work with Microsoft for a greater use of innovative and flexible open technologies in the business community – both in existing Microsoft environments and on the Azure cloud platform.

This is a new era at Microsoft,” concluded Adi Morun, Azure Product Manager at Microsoft Canada. “We are truly committed in creating the most Complete and Open Cloud! You can see it in so many of our recent investments, our partnerships and our offerings. In fact more than 20% of our virtual machines in Azure run on Linux. This partnership is extremely exciting as we continue to embrace the fantastic Open Source community in Canada!

Savoir-faire Linux becomes OpenERP Gold Partner in Canada


Learn more about OpenERP’s advanced features and value-added services provided by Savoir-faire Linux!

Montreal, April 22, 2014 – We are excited to announce that Savoir-faire Linux has been promoted by OpenERP to Gold Partner status. OpenERP is is an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and a great platform for the development of business applications.This promotion demonstrates the raising adoption of OpenERP in North America.

As an OpenERP partner since 2012 and a contributor of the Canadian localization, Savoir-faire Linux has built a solid team of 20 consultants dedicated to help organizations implementing OpenERP with hosting, training, consulting, development and support services.

Becoming an OpenERP Gold Partner is a great achievement made possible by our customers, our continuing effort with the OpenERP community, and our strong relationship with Igor Cardoso, our Account Manager at OpenERP”, states Maxime Chambreuil, OpenERP Practice Leader at Savoir-faire Linux. “It also demonstrates our involvement and support to OpenERP.”

Savoir-faire Linux is a safe choice for companies looking for an OpenERP integrator in Canada considering their 100+ employees specialized not only on OpenERP, but also on industrial, infrastructure, and enterprise soluions“, says Igor Cardoso. “In addition, they have one of the worldwide Top 3 OpenERP Certified Professional in 2013 in their team.

For small businesses, home offices, national or international organizations, Savoir-faire Linux is the place to go to adapt your OpenERP-based solution to your needs, your budget and your deadline.

For more information, please contact Savoir-faire Linux:


OpenERP is one of the leading Open Source ERP platforms that cater to multiple customer segments and industry verticals. OpenERP is supported by an active community that has over 400+ partners, 1500 developers and has customers in over 70 countries.


Savoir-faire Linux is the leading Free/Open-Source Software company in Quebec and Canada. Since 1999, the company has developed a unique expertise which it supplies to companies and public organizations to meet the challenges of information systems in constant evolution. With a multidisciplinary team of 100 consultants in 2014, Savoir-faire Linux delivers services to a customer base of over 500 organizations, including Quebec and Canadian government organizations, major international agencies, industry giants, and SMEs/ SMIs. Silver member of the prestigious Linux Foundation and ISO 9001/ISO 14001 certified, Savoir-faire Linux has a strong presence in the Free Software community.

Savoir-faire Linux and French publisher Bluemind sign partnership agreement

Under the agreement, Quebec based Savoirfaire-Linux will distribute the innovative collaboration and unified messaging solution within Canada.

BlueMind Premium Partner

Learn more about BlueMind’s advanced features and value-added services provided by Savoir-faire Linux!

Montreal, February 13, 2014 – With the annoucement of the release of BlueMind Version 3.0 collaboration suite this week BlueMind has also announced the signing of a Partnership Agreement with Quebec based Savoir-faire Linux. Under the agreement Savoir-faire Linux will act as distributor for the innovative and affordable open source collaboration solution. Savoir-faire Linux is well positioned to grow and develop the market for BlueMind by being the established Canadian leader within the Free Software industry.

BlueMind is an open source solution of messaging, calendaring, contact management and collaboration of new generation. It stands out from competing solutions by clean ergonomics and a modern and open architecture. As a matter of fact, BlueMind received the Open Innovation Award at the Open World Forum 2012.

In Europe, BlueMind quickly attracted many customers among businesses of all sizes, government, and higher education institutions, particularly in France. “In a short time, we have developed a strong ecosystem around our solution and it has skyrocketed. Now we want to build an international network of partners wishing to offer their customers a collaborative messaging solution alternative to Microsoft Exchange, Google Mail or Lotus Domino that is credible, economical and mature,” explains BlueMind CEO Pierre Baudracco.

Last November, the company announced a dozen new partnership agreements, including one with Savoir-faire Linux for Canada. “Blue Mind intelligently focuses on its core business, that is, writing the best possible software,” explains Savoir-faire Linux president Cyrille Béraud. As a major partner and integrator of open source software, our role is to develop local expertise and to provide our customers with business contacts, professional services, technical assistance and training.” The partnership agreement also provides for the establishment of a national ecosystem of BlueMind partners that Savoir-faire Linux will help develop over the years to come.

Savoir-faire Linux and BlueMind will jointly present a series of public seminars about the platform in Montreal on April 22, and at the CSPQ Vitrine technologique on April 23 in Quebec City.


Based near Toulouse, France, Blue Mind is the editor of the Open Source collaborative messaging solution BlueMind. First released in 2012, BlueMind aims to offer a valid, world-class, innovative and mature alternative to traditional enterprise and cloud-based messaging solutions. Developed by a team of enterprise messaging experts, the BlueMind software comes in a single open source version downloadable for free. Most organisations take advantage of the BlueMind Professional Solution subscription (product guarantee and editor support) and of services offered by the authorized partners network (intégrators, cloud operators and VAR). With its many functional features and low TCO, BlueMind quickly makes her mark, especially in French governments and public institutions.


Savoir-faire Linux is the leading Free/Open-Source Software company in Quebec and Canada. Since 1999, the company has developed a unique expertise which it supplies to companies and public organizations to meet the challenges of information systems in constant evolution. With a multidisciplinary team of nearly 80 consultants in 2013, Savoir-faire Linux delivers services to a customer base of over 500 organizations, including Quebec and Canadian government organizations, major international agencies, industry giants, and SMEs/ SMIs. Silver member of the prestigious Linux Foundation and ISO 9001/ISO 14001 certified, Savoir-faire Linux has a strong presence in the Free Software community.