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LibreGraphicsMeeting Campaign

Februar 5th, 2013 von buergermeister

In october I started a campaign, collecting some money for some people so that they can go to the next LibreGraphicsMeeting in Madrid. So the deadline for two of the persons is very near, only 10 days. At 15th the have to apply for an visa and for that they need the flight tickets and an accomodation. So far we collected 721 US$ on pledgie, that are 660 US$ after the fees. It’s not enough to send one of the 3 persons. As I stated before Gustav Gonzalez goes first but for him we need arround 100 US$ so that we can book the flights. For him the LibreGraphicsMeeting becomes more important as before. Some might know Nina Paley and/or her famous “Sita Sings The Blues“, four days ago she wrote a blogpost willing to migrate to an open source tool in the future, if there would be one. As you can see in the comments, nobody considers Tupi as tool. A lot of the mentioned tools arrent open source, wtf. Nina himself will go to the next LibreGraphicsMeeting and submited a talk there as an plea for an easy to use open source 2D animation tool, what of an coincidence. The only thing what is between a meeting of award-winning animator Nina Paley and Gustav as the author of an easy to use 2D animation tool are 100 US$.

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Blender Cube Landscape

Februar 4th, 2013 von buergermeister

I was asked to do a screencast how to do the abstract cube thing from the last post, I am sorry cant record that as it is to much for my machine running that big file in Blender and recording at the same time. It stops recording sound. Instead of this I did another screencast, what you can do with cubes in Blender.

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  • F19 Design Brainstorm Meeting

    Februar 2nd, 2013 von buergermeister

    The Fedora Design Team met yesterday in his IRC channel for a first brainstorming for Fedoras next version Schrödingers Cat. We had two major ideas, how Schrödingers Cat could represented in the design. First one is Schrödingers Cat is a thing between alive and dead, which are the opposite. That can be represented in the design with contrast or something like that. The second idea is boxes as the cat was in a box.

    We collected some ideas arround the ideas and Mizmo putted them on a pinterest board. Some of them are really interesting and definitly worth to work on them.

    I started working during the session on a mockup for one of the ideas, it can be found on the pinterest board. I even worked during last night more on it and so it looks now.

    In case you are interested to work also on that idea, the source file can be found here. It’s mainly to find the right color combination, lighting and camera position. The modelling isnt to complicated its only the default cube with a lot of modifiers.

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    F19 Design Brainstorming

    Januar 30th, 2013 von buergermeister

    The Design Team will do an Brainstorming meeting this friday at 6pm UTC in his IRC channel #fedora-design. So if you have ideas how Schrödingers Cat should look like and/or interested in the design for the next Fedora version, you should join this meeting.

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    Schroedingers Zombie Cat

    Januar 26th, 2013 von buergermeister

    If it is dead and still alive it must be a zombie! In case you search for a cool “Fedora 19″ shirt getdigital a german company for geek stuff has a new shirt in his sortiment, Schroedingers Zombie Cat. Maybe I should draw something similar in blue….

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    Blender Hangout v3

    Januar 25th, 2013 von buergermeister

    Just in case you have not noticed yet, I will doing another Blender Hangout tomorrow. It is scheduled for 6pm UTC again, to fix a lot of timezones, what we try to do is this scene, you can see at the left side. So if you are interested learning a little bit about Blender just join.

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    Next Blender Hangout

    Januar 17th, 2013 von buergermeister

    2 weeks ago I did a Google Hangout for learning Blender and I prepared some tutorials more and this weekend the next Hangout will take place. I will do it a little bit later this time, that should be helpful for participants from the other side of the Atlantic. So it will take place this Saturday at 6pm UTC, there is a event page on Google+ for it so pleas if you are interested tell it there so that I can invite you to the hangout. As there are a lot people they like to join, I think I will do it On Air. So I will publish the URL for it on the event page as it has started.

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    Hangout invitation

    Januar 3rd, 2013 von buergermeister

    As I stated on Google+ a while ago, some asked me for some Blender tutorials. So I used the christmas holidays for preparing a serie of Blender tutorials for 2013. So of course I will prepare screencasts for them an publish them. But for this saturday I planning a google hangout session with one of the tutorials.

    Its planned on saturday Januar the 5th at 3pm UTC, language depends on the audience german or english and of course thats what we trying to do.

    So if you are interested participating, just drop me a message here or on g+.

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  • Reminder

    Dezember 13th, 2012 von buergermeister

    It’s time to remind you on that little campaign, that going on. It started nearly 2 months ago, but it looking not so good. There are 2 months more and the money for the flights should be there otherwise Gustav and Onyeibo dont get a visa.

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    Draw an Christmas candle with Inkscape

    November 27th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Its that time of the year, some might need a drawing for preparing Christmas cards or invitations or stuff like that. With Inkscape such stuff is really easy to make. A while ago I made an screencast how to do a candle with Inkscape but it is in German. So time to do that screencast also in English. You can find it here. The colors you need for it, you will find in the SVG I did upload to OCAL, of course the whole candle is also in it ;)

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  • First Linux ColorManagement Hackfest

    November 14th, 2012 von buergermeister

    I am back from the first Linux ColorManagement Hackfest in Brno, four days working on color management stuff an we achieved a lot. Normally I planned for every day a post, but there was no time for it, really every minute was used for hacking and learning, testing. We even went not out for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, just pizza or sandwiches, on Friday we also did not went out for dinner we worked until the RedHat offices was closed at 10pm. But we had a lot of fun on Saturday during the “Colord vs. Oyranos Bowling Death Match”, colord has won it ;)

    For me is was mostly handing over TaxiDB to Daniel Jahre, who is interested in continuing the work on it, but we also worked a lot on it, because like it is now its not really useful. I personally like the KISS principle but Sebastian who made during the TaxiDB happen during GSoC 2011 made it really so “kissy” that there are now many problems there. So we worked on implementing full text search for the profiles and things like that, as we need it in the future for the work with colord.

    Øyvind (pippin) analysed all the VCGT data in the icc profiles from Taxi so that he could find a colour-managed resistant dithering routine to reduce the amount of banding in gradients. Designers like me using always gradients with colors very nearby on there work, that includes wallpapers so they are interested in it as you can see here.

    Lukáš Tinkl fixed a lot of bugs in colord-kde and implemented also some new things and polished the UI, so there is a really working version now. To bad that Daniel Nicoletti could not work on that, as he was arrested in Munich at the airport. He still needs some help with that problem. Honza Grulich did a lot of work on the UI of kolormanager and Dan Vrátil got ksnapshot working color managed and fixed a lot of bugs on different things, like an bug in SELinux.

    Besides of that, there was a lot of discussions and tests get printing color managed under Linux, so Till Kampetter, Richard Hughes, Chris Murphy and Kai-Uwe Behrmann worked on that. It looks they found out also an nasty bug in Ghostscript. There was also discussed how to do an real print preview and Richard Hughes coded a small reference implementation. During doing that he found a bug in lcms2 which has to be fixed but he found with Pippin also a problem with CAIRO, so there is still work which has to be done. I am sure a lot of the things that was discussed there will help on a new printing dialog for GNOME. I am not sure I mentioned here everything, there was done a lot of things more. Think Hughsie mentioned in his blogpost some things more.

    I am sure that is was a good idea to bring experts in color management together, with the authors of software that should be included in that process. As John Layt wrote “We really need more of these type of events to build communities around the common desktop infrastructure.” Right now we plan to do a kind of round table for one day at the LibreGraphicsMeeting and do an Linux ColorManagement Hackfest next year again.

    Thanks goes to RedHat Czech for hosting us, Jaroslav Reznik for helping me a lot with organizing the hackfest and of course to the sponsors Google and KDE e.V.

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    Linux Color Management Hackfest Day 0

    November 9th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Today was for the most of the participants the day for travel or better  for arrival at Brno. So we all checked into the hotel and waited there for all to arrive. But there was also bad messages as we arrived, Daniel Nicoletti was arrested on the airport in Munich and we did not know really what did happen. After all arrived we went for a beer and some local food and of course there was a lot of “color discussions”.

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  • Brandenburger Linux-Info-Tag 2012

    November 4th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Yesterday the Brandenburger Linux-Info-Tag or short BLIT happend. It was the 9th edition of this event and also my ninth one. I always had there talks or mostly workshops about using Inkscape and GIMP, so also in this year. This year was the first year Fedora had also a booth there, Dominic Hopf and Michael Spahn helped me with it. Logistic was really easy, Dominic brought the rollup banner which he took from the FrOSCon and also the rest of the DVD I sent them for the SFD Hamburg and I brought the table cloth and the rest of the DVD I had. Christoph Wickert sent Dominic also a WeeTab and OLPC, because he had a talk about OLPC and Fedora at the event. He also sent some cool Beefy Miracle stickers and pins. So thanks to Christoph we had really enough on the booth as I had also some stickers left. We handed out really lot DVD, my part was after the event gone and Dominic had only a few left, so it was arround 120 DVD, which is a lot for such a “small” event like BLIT. But we had also a lot of conversations on the booth.

    After the lunch break I had my 2 Inkscape workshop, which was good filled with arround 15-20 people. Even I had not in booth workshops the same people, so it was a good result. After my workshops was only an hour left of the event and I had to leave as I use always a weekend ticket for travelling to that event, it takes me not longer as travelling with ICE but its cheaper and so we travel as group with the ticket as it allows to take 4 persons with you and I was back home short after half past 11pm. So it was an amazong day trip. I think I will do it next year again.

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    Sexy Jeans

    November 3rd, 2012 von buergermeister

    I did a new screencast, how to do a jeans texture in Inkscape and use it for draw a jeans pocket. So hope you have fun with it.

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  • Day 2 Ubucon

    Oktober 22nd, 2012 von buergermeister

    Today was the second day of the german ubucon. As expected it was a little quieter today, it looks on sunday not a lot of ubuntu users like to visit talks or workshops. But some of the LibreOffice folks showed up today as there was also a LibreOffice Development workshop. I only had one workshop today. I did exchange the slot with another one so I got the slot in the morning and as expected there was not a lot of participants. But on the end that was not bad as so all participants had more time for learning and get some things explained.
    We will see if I go to next years Ubucon also, but I have a feeling I should also offer an GIMP workshop again. I had a strange feeling about the GIMP workshop from this program, I don’t find its the right way to show new users only a thing like GMic they learn nothing with it as using functions of it. And it looks I had right because all participants including the speaker had an hour later done with the workshop. Sorry if there will be a workshop from me next year I will not exchange the slots and take the morning time so that another one gets the better slot I don’t use it really.
    So for me on the end is was not bad going to the Ubucon again, as I wrote yesterday I handed some Fedora DVD out and saw also some running. One thing is clear on this community driven event are not the “fanboys” and things are not discussed on an emotional layer. So we will see where the Ubucon next year will be after the tradition the should be also in Berlin at the HWTK. The location wasn’t that bad, a little bit better organized and the Ubucon would reach the level she had the year before.

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    Day 1 Ubucon

    Oktober 21st, 2012 von buergermeister

    So today was the first day with talks and workshops at the german ubucon. And I had my first talk at 1pm and after a break for one hour an 2 hours workshop. I took some Fedora 17 DVD to the ubucon and placed them next to the Ubuntu versions at the registration desk, after my workshop they was all gone and I saw also some people sitting around with an running Fedora. So they looked really at it and tested fedora. One of the results of my workshop was, that some asked me if there is an overview about projects/software for doing presentations with CSS/HTML and SVG. As I showed this time also such software. I don’t know if there is one, but I think I will write such one when I am back home. With both my talk and my workshop I can be happy with the amount of participants. Not so much like last year as I did the same talk as the opening talk on friday and the room was crowed but still enough.

    After 7pm we went to the Cancun at Alexanderplatz for the social event. Was really funny because the offered beer not only in a pitcher there was also a bigger version. A la card is was 3 litre but as it arrived and we had 3 litre drunk, we calculated there there over 4 litre are in it. So it was really a bargain, because you had only the choice which beer they have to fill in and we took Duckstein which is a really good beer.  So four litre are definitly enough for three man and we had beside of that a lot of fun and interesting conversations. So now is time for the bed as I have tomorrow morning the next workshop.

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    Day 0 Ubucon

    Oktober 20th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Going to a conference means on the first day or the day before always travel. This time its not to far for me because its only Berlin, with ICE via Leipzig its just 2 hours. And there was no delay, so I arrived the time I planned. So I went to the hotel, checked fast in and then went to the venue. Which is this year the HWTK in the city centre. Which was hard to find. On the venue there was first an little welcome and some finger food was served. After some waiting we went to C-Base, which some might know, for a combined LibreOffice/Ubuntu Party. Time for meet some friends. Some people spoke to me and said they already plan to visit my talk and my workshops. So lets see if they are not empty :D

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    LGM 2013 – Travel founding for Gustavo, Onyeibo and Tatica

    Oktober 15th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Some might remember a little campaign I started in February. Its time to do it again, bit why now? The answer is very simple LibreGraphicsMeeting will be next year a little bit nearly a month earlier. Additional to that some of the receiver of the campaign need a visa for going to Spain, where the next LibrGraphicsMeeting will be. They have to get the visa 6weeks before they enter the country so that would be end of February. And additional to that the have to show the tickets for the flights especially the back flight and the reservation of a hotel, pension or something similar. So we need the most of the money until that date or they can not go to the event.

    This time there are three persons, I like to collecting for:

    Gustavo Gonzalez, who is the author of Tupi – Open 2D Magic, a program for doing traditional 2D animations. If you take a look there are really not a lot of alternatives in this area in the FLOSS world, the only one would be SynfigStudio but that is to complicated. Tupi is easier to handle and to learn. In the last months Tupi made also a lot of progress, we tried to package it but it was totally wrong build dependencies like ffmpeg made it not possible to include it into Fedora. So Gustavo removed all that dependencies and structured it new, so that you can use it without ffmpeg and export the animations as ogv. But ffmpeg support is still available as plugin. There was also some other major improvements like a storyboard. I am sure when it is packaged (it’s really near I have a packaged version running) a lot of people will like Tupi, the Design Team cant wait for it.
    Gustavo tried already this year to go to the LibreGraphicsMeeting in Vienna but it did not happen because he had no money for doing it. He like to present Tupi at that event and I am very sure that is useful for him and the development of Tupi. Gustav made a little video trying to explain, why he wants to go to the next LibreGraphicsMeeting. So lets help him.

    Second person is Onyeibo Oku from Nigeria. Onyeibo is since a long time member of the Fedora Design team, but he is also active as Ambassador in Africa. Onyeibo sketches really good and he is good with Blender. For him is important to meet some other people from the design team and he wishes also to give a talk at LibreGraphicsMeeting.

    Last candidate I might know, its Tatica again. She was, thanks to a lot of donations, at the last LibreGraphicsMeeting and learned a lot there and like to go again.

    So what will it cost? There are the flights for Tatica around 1200€/1550 US$, for Gustav around 1000€/1290US$ and for Onyeibo around 800€/1030US$. For Tatica last time we calculated 70€/90US$ for hotel. But we didn’t need so much because Tatica slept in an apartment which became much cheaper. I did some research and want to rent an apartment for them again, that will cost another 900€/1160US$. So the whole makes 3870€/5030US$

    Because Pledgie and Paypal get each 3% of the sum, the sum would be 4080€/5300US$. Additional to that Paypal gets a small sum for each transfer, but that is hard to calculate. I calculated 80€/100US$ for that.

    So what will happen if we get not the whole sum? When we reach the sum for the flight for Gustav, he will get it first, after that Onyeibo and last Tatica as she was already at LibreGraphicsMeeting. But we need the sum for the flights in February otherwise we get no visa for Gustav and Onyeibo. But hopefully we get the sum but that’s up on you. The Pledgie campaign can be found here.

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    travel & speaking plans

    Oktober 9th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Thats again a part of the year, where I have to do a lot of travel and talks/workshops on FLOSS events. In 10 days I will go to Berlin for the german Ubucon. I will be there again in Fedora blue and give an talk and 2 workshops. On the first weekend in November I will go again back to Berlin or better to Potsdam, which is nearby. This time for BLIT and there Fedora will have a booth, it’s the first time Fedora is present there with an booth. But I also will have speaking engagements on this event. I will give two lectures about Inkscape. But there will be also a Fedora related talk from Dominik Hopf, who will talk about OLPC & Fedora. Just a few days later I will go to the RedHat offices in Brno where the first Linux ColorManagement Hackfest will take place. I am happy that I found someone who is interested to work in the future on my TaxiDB idea. We will work on implementing the features Richard Hughes requested on LibreGraphicsMeeting, that gives the new guy a chance to look in the code and become familiar with it. After that I will have another full weekend workshop inhouse on 23.-25. of November. I already had one on the last weekend, I think all the participants learned a lot about Inkscape, but there are still some out there who had problems with the date, so I offer a second/third workshop. In December I plan to attend the EMEA Ambassador FAD in Rheinfelden, which will begin for me with an horrible train/car or plane ride. That place is really a damn corner of Germany, at least for me. That will be the last event this year for me (hopefully). But the good thing is thanks to many friends, I can spend the travel time now working ;)

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    Supplemental Wallpaper Fedora 18

    September 11th, 2012 von buergermeister

    The submission phase for supplemental wallpaper ended already last week. We got this time 65 submissions, not the biggest sum we ever had but the biggest since a few releases. Also this time the quality of the submissions was very good, which made it not easy for the Design Team to decide which should be the choosen. The submissions came from 20 people some submitted only one, some more. Now the Design Team has voted and the results are there. So let us take a look at what will be in the supplemental wallpaper package.

     

    The first one called “Churi” is a submission from Kushal Das – damn if I am honest, that was even my favorite. I like the colors. The next called “Vienna Nights” comes from our own Nicubunu and was taken during the last LibreGraphicsMeeting in Vienna. The “Pink Flower” comes from Cleide Isabel, who contributed her first time to Fedora but I am sure it will be not the last time. She also has two other wallpaper in the package “Patagonia” and “Caminhos”. The really confusing structure on the next wallpaper is somewhere in Duisburg and was submitted by Charly Kühnast, german users might know him more as columnist from LinuxMagazin, but he also does amazing photographs. And because it is so one more of his submissions called “Calluna” was selected. The Lighthouse on the next wallpaper in that really amazing waves was shoot from Francisco Crippa. The next wallpaper comes from Diego Turtulici who normally contributes more to Mageia and Ubuntu, think he submitted two good wallpapers and the one called “Trama calda” was selected. The next one called “Calm” speaks for itself and comes from Harald Hoyer, who contributed also that amazing widescreen wallpaper on the end of this article called “Bastorf Lighthouse”. Sylvain Naudin submitted first one wallpaper unfortunatly the same wallpaper was choosen from Ubuntu for his next version, but everything he submitted after that was even better and so his snowy landscape called “Lioran” and his submission “Luminaire” was selected. Last wallpaper called “Giza At My Roof” and “Schmetterling” came both from our own Tatica.

    If you are interested in all the other submissions you find them in the wiki, and I am sure you will also get to the conclusion it wasnt an easy job to decide. For the next collecting for Fedora 19, there will be some changes so stay tuned.

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