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Cambodia – Statistics

Januar 8th, 2019 von buergermeister

We have a new year, so its time to look back, what was achieved in the old one. First for me this year was much shorter as 12 months, because me was forbidden to work for Fedora by our leadership. This had of course consequences on the results.
First of all, during the research I figured out that there are some problems, so the data are a bit incorrect. The result from datagrepper shows just 32 FAS accounts, but it are 33. Also a lot of the accounts added during last years translation sprint dont have the “Egg” badge even they have now since a year a FAS account. Another problem is, I have among the zanata group one who has not an FAS account. So I will clean this problems during the next months, at least I hope so.
So how does the statistic for Cambodia look like, first the amount of FAS accounts:

One of the problems, I have is that the caching of datagrepper data takes very long and in case I have a connection break, I can start it again. So it no fun to make this statistics. For last year I made a comparison with Vietnam as neighbor country, just keep in mind the country is in population 7 times bigger. For this year I decided not to do it again, as it takes a lot of time to get all the data.

For the CLA only accounts, a lot of them are added during ICT Camp in December and they will change soon to CLA+ status, when they start working. The unapproved groups, will also go.

 

So how big was the activity? The only indicator I have for that is the amount of badges, but as said before there are some not awarded. So the result is not that big. The good thing is, slowly also the developer get more interest on Fedora, we had this year the first Copr build by a Cambodian.

Next to make the name/brand of Fedora better known in Cambodia, one of my objectives is to drive the translation to khmer forward. Except the Translation Meetup we hold in January, there was no other one, Kuylim as Votey had from February to April no time and they at least would be needed as otherwise I might sitting there alone. After that well see on the begin. So there was not really progress on the translation and khmer people dont work online as we are used to, its better to do it event driven.
So how looks the stage of translation, first the translation team size compared to other South East Asian countries:

There are 5 new people in the translation team, they all joined during ICT Camp back in December and there is a high interest to drive the translation forward. There might be even kui as indiginous language be added, lets see. So what is the stage of the translation, of course through the missing events, the stage did shrink a bit. I tried to organize another sprint, but I still search for a venue for it (I have hopefully found one now).

I like to compare here with Albania, as they started nearly the same time. But for me its interesting, that a team doubled in size and with much much more sprints has compared to Cambodia such a low result. With the next sprint, we will continue to work on web as priority, as this helps to inform local people. I am not so sure if it is a good idea to continue then with “docs” as this is huge and makes partly translated not fully sense or if we continue with rhel, priority and upstream as there are lesser strings. This all depends a bit on the amount of people showing up during the next sprint.

Back in 2017 I have taken over the Facebook page, which was once created and fill it now with Fedora news, to have a communication channel. The mailing list is so far lesser successful but serves as point to speak to all cambodian contributors, I made it during the sprints and join-workshop mandatory to join it. I have not used the mailing list so far for announcements as there was nothing to announce, that will change with the next event.

So how does the Facebook page results look like:

The mass of the subscribers are really Cambodians, not as in other cases a lot of our own people. The average (not shared) post has between 50-300 views. Me absence from May until November did cost several subscribers as there been no news of course. Video posts get more attention as the normal links or posts. But there is not many shareable content so far, or better I dont have the time to spend hours searching for such one. The activity for posts in the group have grown during the year, as the group grows and more activity comes in this might grow in this year. Unfortunately fb let you look into the statistics, just for the last 28 days. I dont want to export the data month for month, to look for the development. For me its a side theater.

 

Objectives 2019

  • Translation Sprint 3 – as I was “off” for nearly half a year, I could not organize the annual sprint, it was to late to find a venue. So sprint 3 will happen 2019 instead 2018. For the next sprint, I might have a person who can in the future take off this work from me. For number 4 that would mean I just have to support it and if it works out with 5 this person will organize the sprints. Hope that works.
  • Reviving the Translation Meetups
  • Finish the web part of translation – as mentioned before this is the highest priority, I still think about the next objective.
  • Starting kui as language team – here is a interest to start with this, to keep this language alive but its not so easy even there are 250.000 kui speakers, the problematic is kui is spoken in Thailand, Lao and Cambodia, and they use the alphabet of these countries.
  • Revive GNOME, hunspell translation – one of the problems coming up now is, that some idiots (namely SUSE) paid once for translation. GNOME has now only one translator left, marked as inactive and the stage shrinks. What at a certain point will create the opposite of the stage of today (Fedora install in english and usage in khmer). Same for some other free software projects, so big task.
  • Release party with PNC, also here damage been done by denying me to work.  I sent out a mail several month ago and as the old partners left the school I start here on zero again, for Fedora 30 it will not happen. Hopefully can be done for F31.
  • Barcamp – after doing this event not for 2 years, its time to do a presence there again at least bigger as a talk, to keep the awareness on Fedora alive. This might include the printing of material this time, I already working on this.

When everything works out, the amount of FAS accounts should be end of the year over 40, so lets see.

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Cambodia ICT Camp 2018

Dezember 27th, 2018 von buergermeister

Sunday – Day -1

The day before the first day of ICT Camp Cambodia was mostly travel. I had to wake up early for going to the bus. I went through the city very fast, as it was sunday morning. But very often that doesnt mean anything, so to be on time you have to start early and sometimes that is right enough but sometimes you have then still time, especially the bus arrives later. So this time I was to early :D
A bus ride from Phnom Penh takes 6-8 hrs, night bus is a bit shorter. It always depends on the traffic situation and what I figured out, its better to take the smaller buses with lesser people, then its lesser an issue to getting all back in the bus during the breaks.
So I arrived at the hotel half past two, I unpacked my things and my room mate arrived, luckily the organizers picked Ar Arky as my room mate. I know him since a long time now but that doesnt mean we see each other regularly (thats the strange thing in this city) so we did catch up on a few things and planned to do some things to do some things together in near future (how near depends now for me, how fast I find funding for a new laptop) and we had even the chance to enjoy the pool before going to the welcome dinner.

 

Monday – Day 0

Before I talk about, what did happen on the first day of this event, I should tell you what it is and what is the idea behind it. The ICT Camp Cambodia, is definitely not an FOSS event, like we know it. Literally there are no such events in the region. The idea behind the camp is to solve problems, it is about getting people to new ways of thinking and teach them basic things about certain areas. This camp concentrated on Open Data, Cybersecurity and Open Source. At a certain point the participants was called to find problems which they could solve and one of the points for a possible solution was, that the solution will be Open Source.

 

So the first day was opened with an welcome speech by Thy Try, Executive Director of the hosting organization Open Development Cambodia. It was followed  what I calling keynote marathon, participants of the FUDCon APAC 2016 here in Phnom Penh might know what I mean. Keynote means here kind of opening talk, so in this case just 3 related to the topic plus one hold by Mok Khemera, Director of e-Government department, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

 

Since I living in Cambodia I am not that much interested in listening to such talks, its totally different to what I am used to. I had already enough of one of the opening “keynote” speeches at FOSSASIA where someone just did talk because his embassy was one of the sponsors, well Skype is so far from opensource, it was like a slap into the face. So I skipped most of these opening talks. Except the one of Norbert Klein, which was the part of “Open Source for Good” I already did ask Nobert the day before what he will talking about and I was already angry back then, Nobert sells Free Software/Open Source as free in kind of free beer, lesser as in kind of freedom. He has the typical end-user thinking of free and unpaid download, which never fits to the needs of government or business institutions. This kind of thinking is absolute poison and shows the wrong picture.

I only can hope that my talk which was the follow up in the track of “Open Source for Good” made this more clear. My talk was entitled “Free as in Freedom, not as in Free Beer” so I showed the definitions of Free Software as this ones of OSI as well and made clear that in neither the one or the other does contain any restriction according to money or does it not allow to SELL the software. My biggest problem at this point was, that 15 minutes before my talk my laptop did die. So I had no slides to present with, for me no problem I can speak about this topic freely. During the time I could upload my slides and shared them with the participants, a thing I would have done anyway. But before I presented another thing did happen, the morning circle on the first day of course with an introduction of everybody on this point I have to say, its planned always and nobody seems to calculate the time before, when 100 or more people introduce themself its not done in the 20 minutes which was planned. So coffee break was a bit shorter as planned but this had also a short calculated time, 10 minutes. I am opposed on such “breaks” during working events anyway there is a pro and a con and the con, that you never get back everybody into the tracks/talks seems to be a big problem in SEA. So I hope there will be some format changes for the next event. But I like the idea behind, getting to know new people and their views on problems/things. But I never figured out who my “secret buddy” was I mean who dragged me out of the pot. My secret buddy was Lov Hongthakvika, we had some conversations to each other (actually I like the secret buddy idea but some bug fixes must be done to it to make it 100% working) he had some questions to me anyway as he is one of the few already using Linux (ubuntu) and had interest in switching to Fedora as it seems to be the better solution for him as a developer. And we shared also our “Smallworld” experiences.

 

Tuesday – Day 1

This day I had no talk by myself and time to join others (as long they been in english, made me a bit sad most had titles in english and was hold in khmer) I joined John Weeks talk about “ICT4D in Cambodia” thats an attempt to connect different NGO’s together to work more closely together. I heard in this talk about a funny solution, you know what a WIFI-Moto is, yes its a moto bike which brings you for a few hours a day connection to the internet. Sounds crazy or? I also joined Arky’s talk about “Internet in a Box” which is related to us, as this project started on our Fedora Summer of Open Hardware and Fun! Wow that was a long time ago. From the software perspective every problem is solved, except that the GUI would need some rework to get it more attractive. From the hardware side, the current solution Raspi + Wifi dongle is not the optimum. There will be a deployment of this boxes in some schools here in Cambodia. Sure hardware solution could be better but thats a bit of chicken-egg problem, surly not without funding and an larger deployment.
Later that day, the pitch session did happen. So the participants had to come up with problems and ideas how to address them. There been 14 problems/ideas. First I was happy to see that none of them was about make a new business and all of them addressed social problems. If you would been strict to the regulations, some had more a solution and searched for a problem where they can be used for. Some been really interesting, like a dictionary for the indiginous language kuy (Cambodia has 19 languages, kuy is one of them). Unfortunately they felt back to “App” instead of really bringing their idea to that what later “Apps” can use. But there will be light, the people who had this problem/idea already joined our translation team, so lets see if we can offer Fedora in kuy. I have starting to work to figure out, how to do it in the best way. Two ideas was related to OSM, one group wanted to better the data of it and searched for ways how to build an OSM community in Cambodia and one wanted to use it to promote the Battambang region amongst tourists. Two projects wanted the trash problem Cambodia faces, so all in all a lot of interesting things.
After the pitching the mentoring session did start, opposite to others speakers I did not choose a team to mentor as one of the the rules was to make the solution open source, I felt responsible for all (the only FOSS person left was Arky and he was one of the judges). This sessions went until the dinner and after dinner another session did happen.

Last session of this very long day (until 11pm) was John Weeks with “Sketch Noting” this session was mainly there for showing the participants that everybody can draw (not a thing you have to show me) and how to use such drawings for recording sessions and talks or present ideas. I met John several times already and he has done comics about FOSS already, we had since a plan to produce a Fedora related one, lets see we can do it this time. I would need some for Barcamp PP 2019 and this graphical stories are really the best way to explain Khmer people what it is about. We used some time during the event to speak about this kind of project.

 

Wednesday – Day 2

This day was only a half day filled with talks, after lunch an trip was planned. The organizers gave the choice between Angkor Wat and Kampong Phluk, the floating village. I been to Angkor already, yes I find it a great place but 30$ for a day ticket and paying this for just a few hours (not the whole day) is simple to much especially the money wents in the pockets of a private company. So I did choose the floating village and it was the right choice, its not that it is impressive like Angkor Wat and the engineering behind it, its a village build on piles on a river. There are all in all 3 of this villages left, with 900 family living in all three of them. Its not so tourist crowed like Angkor (half China is there) just a few tourist. The only thing what made me sad that day, was that my session chair said to the participants of the talk, they shall get into a bus with me and then continue there and the organizer packed all speakers, facilitators and organizers in one bus. So they had no chance to continue their exploring of our huge world.
But before we went for the trip, I had my second talk on this event, it was about the Fedora Security Lab but it was more concentrating on Flavors, Labs and Spins and show the different things we offer. It is hard for the most to understand that an operating system has nothing to do with an graphical user interface/desktop environment and that on Linux you have the choice to find one that fits your needs. I already had this last year at PNC, but they did understand that during the week we had.
The tour did end with an self-organized dinner in Siem Reap, so for me been already in SR but never seen the famous Pub-Street before, but the time was to short as some projects wanted to work on their idea, I had to go back with the bus at 8pm. I mentored after that the OSM-Battambang idea a bit and went around 12pm to my room, so a long time again.

 

Thursday – Day 3

This day did open with the presentations of last years winner projects. This was also the big day for me as the first slots being my “Start your Life as Fedora Contributor” workshop, this workshop I always divide in two parts. In part one I show that there are many things to do and you not rely on any programming language to contributing to an FOSS project. I dont know why a “Mindshare guy” wants to see my material for this workshop, I do it since years and the slides are shared on my fpo account and the rest of the workshop is helping the people creating their FAS account and understand the ways we use, its explaining why we use IRC and not do video conferences, its some basics about how to use mailing lists and similar things. There is no kind of material, because it depends on the knowledge of the audience. As material always serves me apps.fedoraproject.org which gives a nice overview on Fedoras infrastructure and how huge our project is. This time I was a bit troubled as my laptop died on the first day, I managed to show my slides but showing IRC and so on was a bit hard but this was with the audience I had this time also lesser an issue. Over the days before the right people crystallized out and so 5 new FAS accounts being created and 5 new translators being added to Zanata, and I am sure 3 will definitely show up for the next translation sprint. Besides that the khmer-community mailing list found some new subscribers and the facebook page some new subscribers to. We used also some time during my session to talk about translation topics, there is a strong need now for it, MoEYs has made a policy to deploy increased FOSS but only when it is available in khmer. Guess what next to LibreOffice, GNOME (which been translated several years back paid by SUSE) Fedora is ahead.

 

Friday – Day 4

This day had lesser talks, as the projects had to finish their presentation for the marketplace as well presenting them. I joined that day “FOSS and Khmer Application in Education – How community can contribute!” presented by Phel Phearoun from the Ministery of Eduction, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). Again time to discuss, how FOSS projects get translated and what the ministry can do for this. The hierarchical thing the ministry has in mind their will not work, the encourage and facilitating points will be more helpful. However I will have with Phel Phearoun a meeting during the next weeks as we developed together some ideas already how we can improve the situation. So far we agreed to connect the different translation teams together, an idea I had a long time ago but never got it running. So lets see if with the help of MoEYS this will happen. The first meeting, is now nearly a week after the event set up.

 

Saturday – Going home

Getting home, this can be described in a few words, hurry up to get breakfast, checking out and then wait for the rest joining the bus and take their seats in it. The ride back was a lot of fun, forget about Karaoke hour at Flock, khmer do karaoke whenever they can. In a bus it means there are microphones, the driver/owner shares with you the phone connection via bluetooth and you can search in youtube or other such platforms and sing the song you like, he they even got me singing (people who know me what that means), so the 7 hours what it took us to reach Phnom Penh went fast.

Output

So all in all it was a successful event, personally for me as well for Fedora. Not that we just won new contributors and more people did hear about it. There are also some contacts are made and ideas developed how to bring FOSS (and therefore also Fedora) forward in Cambodia. I have now a full agenda again and have to catch up with all of this contacts to move on. But if half of it does happen, Fedora will make a big step forward in Cambodia again.

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How Fedora’s Wallpaper Are Made

Dezember 7th, 2018 von buergermeister

I am now member of the Design Team more then 10 years and had my hands in, in many off the fedora wallpaper. Over the years the Design Team developed a way to be creative and come up with a unique design for each release. This way was build around the release names, yes it became harder, how funnier the release names became. For Fedora 20 aka Heisenbug, there was no idea how this name could be represented. So this wallpaper was build with the number of the release 20 and his latin representation XX. Then the council disabled the code names, what put the Design Team into a little crisis, we tried to work furthermore with the numbers but except for Fedora 24 (which represents 24 hours of a day) not work. So a solution was needed.
Since Fedora 25 I running a small voting among the Design Team, giving a few names of inventors/discoverer. This is not the same as code names, as we use it only as an creative starting point. Nevertheless there are always people outside the team taking the vote (and they vote mostly just because they find the name cool and have no eye what can be done with)

 

Archimedes

Archimedes, Al-Battani and Armstrong been the choices for this version, and Archimedes won very clear. And so the wallpaper bases on a design of an archimedian spiral, maybe you can see it now.

 

Alexander Graham Bell

For Fedora 26 Charles Babagge, George Beauchamp and Alexander Graham Bell as inventor of the telephone been the choices and Bell won the voting. But how do you come from telephone to a line of trees? Take a closer look, the line of trees is nothing else as a waveform of a spoken word, here Fedora. Isnt that genius?

 

Jaques Cousteau

Jaques Cousteau came out as the favorite for Fedora 27, the other choices been Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot and Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey. And so the beautiful jellyfish design was created.

 

Emily C. Duncan

For Fedora 28, Mo requested the change one of the person shall be a woman (thats a bit problematic as there are lesser woman inventors outside. Since then we have 4 options to choose from. Giovanni de Dondi, Arvid Gerhard Damm, Georges Darrieus and Emily C. Duncan. Emily C. Duncan did win, the concept of the artwork bases of “information travelling down/up wires”.

 

Gertrude B. Elion

As I was not available for wrangling the Fedora 29 inspiration, Mo suggusted relative late to go with Gertrude B. Elion and so the wallpaper was made on a concept of hexagons representing cells.

 

Augustin-Jean Fresnel

For the upcoming Fedora version 30, we held the voting and there been Federico Faggin, Rosalind Franklin, Sandford Fleming and Augustin-Jean Fresnel the options. The team decided to go with Fresnel, so you can be curious with what we come up.

Some closing words, as I said before there are always people who read the mail on the list and vote, even they are not member of the team. That would be fine, but there is one thing, they always vote because they find the invention cool or the name but this doesnt help the Design Team. This is a two-sided thing I have spoken about this a while ago with Mo, the people have interest to “contribute” into such a voting but as said, its not helpful in this way for the team itself. I have an idea how to solve this problem, maybe there is room to hack the needed thing together during next GSoC.

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Science Glyphs

Juni 15th, 2018 von buergermeister

Its a while ago since the last update here. What not means I dont do anything. Some months ago Martin Owens aka doctormo (from the Inkscape team) came to me and asked me if I could help to rework and extend a project he started, called science icons.https://gitlab.com/doctormo/glyphicons-science

I started working on it a while ago. First I added the missing glyphs for microscope, atom, robot, telescope, satrun, radioactive and replaced the rocket one. Now I added also antenna (radio astronomy), galaxy, orbit, asteroid and observatory.

On the end a font set with glyph icons for science shall be developed from it, a font set like fontawesome which you can use in apps around science projects. I think there is a lot in it.

Lets see what I can do next. Next to the drawing and tiring node cleaning (what has to be done for glyphs) there is also a bit of organizational work behind.

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  • Update on Supplemental Wallpaper for Fedora 28

    Februar 11th, 2018 von buergermeister

    I used the weekend to moderate the supplemental wallpapers for Fedora 28. I did already check from time to time the sumissions and rejected the ones who break the guidelines, and started checking the legality of the ones with given references of the license.
    So far we have 124 submissions, but I rejected a lot (so far 18) this time for wrong aspect ration, some never will get that we dont accept submissions with the Fedora logo on it and unclear licenses, this time I rejected all who was not licensed with the same license as on Flickr or any other given reference. Before I always informed the submitter about this inconsistency, but there is to many of them now and it is very time consuming (some really think its just hitting a button inside Nuancier, I can assure you its not). 61 badges are so far awarded
    There might come some more submission as there is some time until 13th left. But dont think I can moderate you last minute submission, Pingou already added now finally the feature that we can have deadline for submission and the begin of the voting phase on different dates.

    some of my personal favorites so far:

    The contest is a time and resourcen devouring thing for me, I spend an average of 160-200 hours working time with it. I have to mention this also now, I have to live with just a mobile connection and this costs me serious traffic. I had to add volume on Sunday just to finishing it and that after spending already on saturday a lot of traffic for it. Ok mobile traffic is in Cambodia (for western view) very cheap, to add 500MB costs me just 0.30$ but there is a downside, if you topup here the money is only valid for usage during next 7 days, so using 30 cents from a dollar means, 70 cents stay and normally I just have 1$ a week costs for my subscription, so this money will be not used and on the end I paid 1$ for the add, except I use it for adding more. Currently a dollar, is a lot for me I also get a good meal for it but unfortunately a coffee (at least not a good one)

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    Freelancer.com – Let’s blow the whistle

    Januar 4th, 2018 von buergermeister

    As I am allways in need of money, I looking fro freelance jobs. So therefore I am member of freelancer.com. From time to time they send me “interesting” projects in my area in kind of newsletter, so I got yesterday also this newsletter with an bid I should look at. It was like to often something, where you dont see how much work it is but you shall give a bi for how much you doing it, so nothing for me. Around 2 hrs later I got an email again from freelancer.com directly addressed to me and written from a person. I took the freedom to answer to this person, how in gods name he figured out that this job offer would fit to me as there is nothing written what shall be to do. I got no answer, but this time I said to myself ok, lets bid and I did. So now I got a clearer job description what I shall do and its this:

    I took the freedom and asked the guy when he will pay, after he got the information. Quiet funny to me I shall work for nothing also ^^. But I was already planning to publish this and blow the whistle, but as civilized person I gave freelancer.com the opportunity to give me an answer if they find this is morally right and belongs to their projects. So I contacted the support. After explaining what happen I got a link to foundations why projects get rejected. So if I am seeing that right, freelancer has nothing against being used for such kind of “jobs”. Well the first support employee wanted to have the link to the project so that the “admins” can have a look. She got it and after several minutes she closed the chat, she would have not heard from me. Ok next attempt, after again explaining the support employee contacted the legal team and the project got deleted but for what reason?

    Why took this soooooooooo long, 1,5 hours communicating with support of freelancer but the end is interesting, its morally totally ok but it got deleted for being wrong described. The funny thing to me is also they deleted the project (indeed they did) but they kept the “customer” (but under observation hahaa) . Ok judge this all by yourself. For myself I find it not morally right, that such platforms can be used for this and that there is nothing clear written in the rules for the projects about such kind of stuff. I also find it funny that the guy is not deleted, that gives him the chance to communicate with bidders, so on the end oppositional groups and persons might get reported to him. Ok judge that by yourself. And to sad is just, I still need some work to do :D

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  • Khmer Translation Sprint Round 2

    Dezember 4th, 2017 von buergermeister

    After two years it was really time to organize another sprint to move on in Fedoras translation to khmer. I started to organize it back in September. Normally enought time to get it done, but like often here the communication chain was broken and I didnt hear back from the event place if we can do it. So I did hear as I did ask on which date we might delay it. So now the last things had to be organized in very short time. With the consequence also have to have only a short time to make marketing for the event. But the result was not that bad, we have in Cambodia anyway the problem that for a lot of people the Saturday is a normal working day. Especially students, who have during week a normal job, going on Saturday to university. Like Kuylim Tith, he could join us for translation only on sunday. But then he translated like two years ago, a lot.
    On Saturday we started at 9 am with an introductional talk about the Fedora project itself. There was some questions and after answering them, we started to do all necessary steps to get all participants an FAS account and subscribe all mailing lists and make all the things. This takes always a while and we needed until 1.30pm to do it all. But now there are 13 new FAS accounts in Cambodia.


    The only thing that lays me like a stone in the belly is, that the L10N has on their pages in the regulations written, that they require an personal wiki page and that is only possible after getting into another group as CLA/FPCA.
    Normally its not a problem, just doing it later with the participants means on some I have to run behind to make sure its done, and they always feel safer if somebody is doing it with them. So hope that will be done during the next week.
    My co-organizer went out during that time, to get the lunch, which brought some smiles to the faces. We decided this time to go for pizza, which is here not cheap but young Cambodians like it also like other young people around the world.

    After eating this delicious lunch, we started with the translation or better to have a deeper look into Zanata. Then the first day was nearly finished but we managed to really start with the translation. Votey surprised me in the evening asking if we could start earlier in the morning as planned, so we decided to start one hour earlier.

    Kuylim was already waiting in the morning as I arrived, I did not see him for nearly two years as he was in Korea for studying but now he is back and already started from home again to translate. He also translated as I remember it, nobody can stop him when he is started. Also Hok Sovanvotey aka votey, translated a lot, she finished all translations for getfedora.org by herself. But we not just translated to khmer, as my co-organizer is czech, he also translated to czech language. He started to translate cockpit to his native language.
    We concentrated this time to translate more the group “web” to get something done which is faster visible to the public. Votey managed to translate getfedora.org entirely. She holds the record, with 5817 words translated just on sunday. Kuylim made a huge progress in translating spins.fedoraproject.org, its to 65% done. There are also some translations on labs.fedoraproject.org, arm.fedoraproject.org and others but still some work to do. All in all the translation of the web part went from 0 to 40% and main also raised to 13%. The group agreed to have no lunch break and go instead all together for dinner and so we worked during the lunch time also. But we went after 6pm to a nearby soup place.

    Looking retroperspective it was a very succesful event, not just because the translation made progress as more that we did win with Votey another translator like Kuylith, who wants to continue the translation. We also had time to talk, how we could improve the situation with the translation work and together we developed an idea, what we could do. We will start with end of this month with smaller meetups, just to come together and move on with the translation. Let’s see if that will work out.

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    Inkscape Workshop for the Young Eco Ambassadors

    September 28th, 2017 von buergermeister

     

    After a long time it is time for another Inkscape Workshop here in Phnom Penh. This time the audience are young “ecopreneurs”. The environmental situation in Cambodia isnt the best, especially the situation with the trash. It is really a problem, if you drive trough the city, you seeing that Khmer always have a coffee or sugar can juice on their motobike hanging, that is a ot of plastic which ends up directly on the street. The effect of that is it flowing around when the rain comes, the channels are full of them it stinks and it always ends in the chain if you drive with the bicycle during the rain. So not nice!
    This young people, want to change that. They do events educating people, what they can do better and founding businesses with an higher ecological impact and sometimes they just going on the street and collect the trash by them self. So a good thing to do.
    This workshop shall help them to reach more people. We will do it for two days, the first day will be an introduction to Inkscape, with an practical part where we draw an trash bin. The second day will an introduction to poster design, where we work out the principles for it and design with Inkscape a few posters.

    Merken

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    The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 4

    August 1st, 2017 von buergermeister

    The Release Party did already happen 3 days ago but I been busy since then and also a little bit tired, so thats why this post comes a bit later. The students had time until Thursday in the afternoon, to correct the slides with the things we told them. I got them in the evening, but they still had some issues. So we decided that I do the correction of the slides together with them on Saturday morning at 11am. Therefore I had to go earlier to PNC as originally planned and having lunch around there.
    But as always something happens and you have to change plans, as I arrived at PNC there was no electricity. Its not a big problem, they have a generator for this cases but as generator hours are not cheap, you have to get permission of the general manager to start it and this took a while.
    So we started a bit later and we also had some problems to solve, but the students saw why you should set on free software, I could open their Powerpoint presentations in LibreOffice but they could not open odp files in M$ office. But we managed to make all left changes and have after that a short lunch.

    After the lunch break the moment of truth for the students came, the Release Party started. As the biggest room, PNC has, has only a capacity for 200 people we decided not to push it to the Alumni network, so there was not to much people just around 100, mostly students. We started with a small opening speech from John Munger as Manager of PNC, after his greetings, I did play a video with greetings from Matthew Miller. Then we started with the talks, the first talk was mine where I gave an introduction to Fedora at least that was planned but as the most of the audience been the students and will have later with me another Fedora Introduction workshop, I switched to an talk to show how easy it is to contribute to Fedora without programming skills. Then came the first student presentation, we started with the team which presented GNOME and the features of the version 3.24. Before the next talk started, we had another video with greetings, this time from Christian Dersch as owner of the LXQt spin feature. The LXQt team was the next to present and they did same like the team before an amazing job.
    For all the students Linux is new, as I wrote in one of the first posts many of them have not seen a computer before nor do own one by themself (yet) so the concept of having different desktop environments is totally new for them and a bit confusing. But in generally they like it, they got that they gather some freedom with is to choose for their needs, the more comfortable GNOME or the spartanic LXQt, which then runs on some older hardware.

    After the LXQt presentation followed another video greeting this time from Miro Hroncock, as owner of the Python Classroom feature of course followed by the presentation of the team which presented it. The Python Classroom feature got a ot of questions, no wonder there are not many Python developer in the country but a high demand for them.
    After this last student presentation, I followed again and made an overview talk about all the other features of F26 which was left (far to many for a talk). Then the event did end.
    All in all it was exciting but also exhausting week in preparations of this Release Party, the work for it isnt even finished yet. The students got on Monday a questionaire, which they have to fill and submit. For us this will be the base if we want to repeat this kind of event again, and how we will do it. So the questionaire must be evaluated and then I will have another meeting at PNC, for maybe more events as this one. So lets see.

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    The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 3

    Juli 25th, 2017 von buergermeister

    For day 3 of the preparations for the Fedora 26 Release Party at PNC in Phnom Penh was planned that the different teams present GNOME 3.24, the Python Classroom and LXQT as features of Fedora 26. We have 4 teams for GNOME, 4 Teams for LXQT and 2 teams for the Python Classroom but presenting would be on the end just one team for each feature. I had fears that we can not select today as on Sunday no team had started to create their slides and we would need the two hours we have with each class to prepare them. Opposite to Saturday, where I had the afternoon and no classes would be after the workshop, I had to start at 7.30 in the morning and there would be classes afterwards. So no chance to overdo in time. But the students already did do them as homework by themself, so they did need only a few more minutes to finish them.
    We managed to see the presentations and choose which teams will present on Saturday to the public. Especially both of the teams for the Python Classroom Lab, had a very good presentation. The chosen team just did win because their slides looked a bit more profesional and they was a bit more safe in presenting it. The team chosen for GNOME 3.24 hat a small overview about GNOME in general to, which I did like. For a lot of them it will be also the first presentation so there are some rethorical issues but presenting will help them in the future to master such kind of task. Next step now is, that the selected teams rework their slides with the given issues, mostly typos. And on Saturday will be the big day for them.
    One sad thing, is I did not manage today to shot a photo of the second class, as we was really a bit under time pressure but I am sure on Saturday will be more time and I will shot some more pictures. So no picture for today but you can be sure it did happen ;)

    to be continued…

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    The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 2

    Juli 23rd, 2017 von buergermeister

    Today was part 2 of the preparing sessions for the Fedora Release Party at PNC on Saturday the 29th of July. So I did spent again the day at this school, I remember a discussion I had at Flock in Prague about the motivation of Asians. There was a saying that you have to motivate them to doing things, I did not agree at that time and I still have this opinion. Whenever I did work with the young people here they allways doing it with lot of passion, yes they are take longer to understand complex things and it is harder for them but they allways if they do something they do it with a lot of motivation. Like today, the first class did still work as the second class was already waiting before the door and the second class did not stop me, so we did overdraw the time for more as 1.5 hours and they still did work as I left them.
    Its a big thing we try to achieve, I already told you in part one most of them have never seen a computer before so the knowledge is not that deep. So when it comes to the Python Classroom Feature, they come with question like what is Docker and what is Vagrant and what now is Containerization. Also on the other topics, mostly they use windows so the division between and Desktop Environment and the actually Operating System is not clear to them and must be explained. As we started plan this event we calculated 3 days a 4 hours for each class but through the lack of available computers, we have only 25 we can go with one class at once. What means first class only 2 hours and the second class is more lucky as we can overdraw. (I am sure PNC would be very happy about hardware donations). All teams are now in a stage that they have figured out what all the features are and what they do and have made at least a plan on paper, what they want to put onto the slides. On Tuesday we wanted to do normally the selection process but I fear we have at least to use one hour for each class to prepare the slides, which leaves us one hour to test the teams. Lets see if it works out, if not we might have to do it on Saturday in the morning.

    In general I got some nice feedback from the students, yes Linux and Fedora is totally new to them, so that you have a complete environment installed with an Office Suite, video player, music player and all of the things you might need for your daily needs in working with a computer is for some amazing and they did like it. To the LXQT spin, well there is one problem GNOME has a nice application called Software on LXQT you have to use the terminal, for this environment its better there would be a graphical software tool, they are scared of the terminal. We did use the terminal a bit and the most was amazed what you can do with it and how easy it is at all. But a GUI tool would be better to put on to the LXQT spin, especially this DE aims for to ranges of people that ones with older hardware (would be here very often the case) and people who wants more ressources for work. I hope Christian finds a good way to install software in a graphical way on LXQT.
    Back to Release Party topic, we will see how far we come on Tuesday or if we have to use the Saturday morning for the selection of the teams who will present.

    P.S. I forgot to make a group picture with the first class today as there was a flying change, so just half of the students are shown. The other one I will do on Tuesday.

    to be continued…

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    The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 1

    Juli 22nd, 2017 von buergermeister

    Since Fedora 21 we had not really a Fedora Release Party here in Phnom Penh, Fedora 21 we did at Development Innovations which was wonderful supported by Greta Greathouse the head of this US AID driven institution. But well in Asia an not to mention non-foss oriented company showed a behavior like in Europe 25 years ago. So DI has a new boss, which is lesser FOSS oriented. So we had to find a new place. For Fedora 24 the time frame was to short for me to organize something and Fedora 25 was an epic fail on the Royal University Phnom Penh, which cancelled the party, an hour before it.
    So this time I going with Passerelles Numerique as partner, which will not just provide the room and helps eqipement and this is what makes this Release Party a bit different from the “normal” ones.
    First of all what is PNC, PNC is a french NGO which helps young under-educated Cambodians to start a career in IT. Its a bit different here as home in Europe, there students of economics are the lower class and the engineers are seen different. Here the rich studying economics or marketing, IT is not from such high value. What means most of the students come from the provinces and have never seen a computer before. I spent now some years here and looking around in the IT companies, I find mostly graduates of PNC, a lot of them went later on to university and did study IT. So it plays a vital role in Cambodias IT sector.

    So what is now different, to a normal Release Party. Well on a normal one mostly the Fedora Ambassadors present and here it will be different. Yes I will present of course but there will be other talks which are held from the students. Well now you could think that I am a lazy guy, but it is the opposite. Before we will have next Saturday our Release Party I spent 3 days working with the students on their presentations.

    Today the first day of this kind of Fedora Workshop was. There was two classes a 25 students of the first year. We started after an short introduction, with installing Fedora Workstation and the LXQT spin. It took a bit longer as planned, thanks to Murphy but we managed it. We picked 3 features the students will present GNOME 3.24, the LXQT spin and the Python Classroom. For GNOME and LXQT we have 4 teams a 5 students and for the Python Classroom 2 teams. After the installation, the students did start their research, what this feature is about and how to present it the best way. They will continue this for tomorrow the Sunday and on Tuesday there will be a test presentation before a jury.

    to be continued…

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    Sneak Peak into F26 Supplemental Wallpaper

    März 20th, 2017 von buergermeister

    There are just few days left, then the submission period for the Fedora 26 Supplemental Wallpaper ends and the voting will be open. Time for looking a bit behind the scenes. So far we had 94 submissions, that is again the average we had over the last contests.
    The quality is also again average, compared to the time we started Nuancier its much lower. I have a strong feeling we have a lot of people just submitting something to get the badge. We have to get to a stage with an higher quality again and I started this time also to reject for quality reasons, from the 94 submissions stay after 83, so 11 rejections. I think thats record, but its not for quality reasons most I had to reject for copyright violations. Its a bit hard for me that some Ambassadors have no idea about licensing, and that they are not the author/creator of a picture even the real creator has licensed it CC0. So this time all this things was direct rejected, no second chance and I think I will keep it that way. Why sould I invest more work as necessary especially it doesnt get honored and I get insulted later on for it.
    It cost me an average of 6 minutes just to moderate a submission and award the badge, not to mention that I have to do a legal research for them which costs an average of 2 hours a submission. Not to mention that there is also time needed for the creation of the election, for the article in Fedora Magazine which anounces the start of the contest, the article in the Community Blog which reminds you to go for the vote and and and…. Its more as a full month work just for that.

    So for the next election there will be some changes more according to the submitters who submit work of others. I definitely will deny submissions from other wallpaper services/pages. Some other things will follow but require some technical changes in Nuancier, back to quality back to honor the people who create things for Fedora and work for doing it. Not the ones who search for 10 minutes in the internet for a free licensed picture and submit it but later on are the loudest ones, that they have submitted.

    Thats all for now and now my usual 5 favorites amongst the submissions

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    FUDCon APAC Phnom Penh 2016

    Dezember 9th, 2016 von buergermeister

    FUDCon 2016, that was for me first of all a lot of work especially after the change of the venue in nearly last minute. Instead of ITC BarCamp happened this year at Norton University, what turned out not to be a good choice. A new hotel had to be found, not an easy task as on this side of the river are not many yet.

    What I learned during my stay in South East Asia is, things need time here. So last minute changes bring you a lot of more work, what costs you time that you could spend in other tasks. So you need a lot of flexibility to handle that, a thing that drives a german sometimes mad. A special thanks goes here to Yekleang Dy, who helped me organizing all this small but important things like getting the people from the airport, the breakfast and lunch. I hope she helps me also for future events we planning in Cambodia.

    Even the rooms of Norton University are better the exhibition area is it compared to ITC not, so there was much lesser exhibitors. Even the talks play a more vital role at the BarCamp, the exhibition seems to be from interest to. I remember last year the exhibition was not just bigger they had a stage with talks to. This and the the venue itself, which is located on the peninsula between Tonle Sap and Mekong. To get there you have to cross the Tonle bridge, what is especially in times of the rush hours horror. So that and the rain which was on sunday might kept a lot visitors away. But still the auditorium at the opening ceremony was filled (not comparable with the 3.500 seats at ITC but still 1.000 people). Next to Alex Davis Environment, Science and Technology Officer of the US Embassy in Cambodia, Dr. Seng Sopheap President of the National Institute of Post, Telecommuncation and ICT, Chan Sokheang Rector of Norton University, H.E. Chun Vat Director General of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication and our own Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator Brian Exelbierd gave a keynote.

    Brians keynote nailed it down, there is no better way for an IT student as contributing to an Open Source project like Fedora to improve his CV, everybody can see what he has done because it is visible for all, his contributions are very visible for possible employer. Sadly we could not fill this large room again for the following talks, other events had that problem to, I had during FOSSASIA in that room a talk, which was also then just 10 people in that large room. But the rooms we had on the other floors was at least on Saturday good filled.

     

    Especially Mohan Prakaschs workshop about Android Development with Fedora and also Jens Petersens talk about Functional Programming was good filled. In Jens talk was alone more then 25 students of PNC (Passerelles numériques Cambodge). A school who gives the young from underprivileged families a chance to become an IT professional.

    Besides that there was time to speak about the situation in APAC and develop ideas how to improve Fedoras presence in the region. I had good conversations with Gerard Braad and Tommy about, what could help in China and with Jens about Japan. We also had the chance to deepen the contacts with the organizers of other Barcamp in the region, so was organizers from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong around. Finding contributors in Cambodia is still very hard, the awareness for Open Source is low but presenting Fedora to an bigger audience in cooperation with an well know and good visited event, gave us the chance to make Fedora more known in Cambodia. Objective was to make Fedora more known in Cambodia and show that Fedora is leading the development in the FOSS world and that Fedoras contributors are experts in their area. To be sponsor of the BarCamp ASEAN, made Fedora very visible and also the big banners in the main hall did a good job. And it is still working, as the pictures go viral now.

    Also giving the Barcamp volunteers FUDCon T-Shirts made us a lot of new friends. So there will be a brighter future for Fedora in Cambodia.

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    I am speaking at

    Oktober 5th, 2016 von buergermeister


    about the Linux Professional Institute – Linux Essentials Certification, which I doing here in Cambodia and a bit about Fedora to :)

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  • Sneak into…

    September 16th, 2016 von buergermeister

    the current stage of the Fedora 25 Supplemental Wallpaper.. Start of this month I openend the submission phase for the Fedora Supplemental Wallpaper. So far we have received 91 submissions and currently 72 of them are approved. So far 49 contributors earned a badge for their submission. But there is still time until 11. October left to contribute a wallpaper.

    So far that are my favorites:

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    No event report – No badge!

    August 13th, 2016 von buergermeister

    Some was triggering me during this week, to get the badge for the Release Party for Fedora 24 awarded. But looking to the wikipage I find not a lot reports, even when I look at the event pages I dont find them. On some I only find pictures, well it seems I am expected to know everybody of Fedora by face.

    So if you want something bring something, if you expect to get the badge awarded, link your event report on the wiki pages!

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    Faces of Flock 1

    August 5th, 2016 von buergermeister

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    August 4th, 2016 von buergermeister

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    Design Team FAD

    August 4th, 2016 von buergermeister

    Durng the weekend of 28th to 31st of July I was in Westford for the Design Team FAD, which we had now for the second time and we use mainly for organizing the work in the team. We all arrived during the week, but we are much lesser then last year, as some flights are more expensive like mine. So we are just 7 people this year.

    Day one we spending most of the time with preparing for the open badges hackfest which we will held tomorrow. So we prepared some Inkscape lessons for an entry to Inkscape. The rest of the day we was spending time for organizational stuff we have to do for the work with the Design Team. We organized during the FAD 2015 the work of the Design Team new, we have since then regular meetings in IRC where we look over our ticket queue. Since we doing that, we handle all tickets very fast and our ticket queue is always in short time solved. But that creates another problem, we never have tickets for newcomers left, so we have to find a solution for that. The other problem we have with that is, that we concentrating to much on the tickets and the design for the distribution itself does not end up there, so we sometimes loosing track of it. With the meeting we have to find a solution for it as a bigger part of the Design team is now living in APAC, like Ryan Lerch and me. So its very difficult for us joining the regular meeting. We also spent time organizing the migration of our ticket system to Pagure, which will be happen soon. The migration from trac to Pagure is for the Design Team and the Badges a little bit more problematic as we need some features to do so.

    Next to this organizational things we had on saturday an open house workshop, about using Inkscape and doing badges with it. Mo has an more detailed report about that part of the FAD

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