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need some money…

Januar 25th, 2012 von buergermeister

No not for me, for someone else ;) I made a little pledgie for it, for what the money is you can read there or maybe the graphic speaks for it.

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Call A Cab To Bring The Colors

Januar 19th, 2012 von buergermeister

Before I left openSUSE I had an little idea how to bring color managment on the Linux desktop forward. If you use colord or Oyranos on the end you will need always ICC-profiles. On ubuntu you can install the package icc-profiles and you will have the most profiles for printing jobs mostly from Adobe. For Fedora and openSUSE you have to download them from Adobe. But this is easy against finding profiles from some hardware manufacturers. Sometimes it is an adventure to finde them, I can tell you that. It should be easy to build a platform for sharing free profiles and if there is an API applications can download them from there.
Now its not really only an idea anymore.

Last summer Sebastian Oliva worked as GSoC student on it, now the main parts are done. Also dispcalGUI integrated the service in his last version. But there is still some work todo. XOrg and ICC share on FOSDEM an DevRoom and on sunday there will be a lot of color managment talks and I will present the status of Taxi DB

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  • submit your talks….

    Dezember 29th, 2011 von buergermeister

    I just sent a mail to the ambassadors mailing list, as I was told to do in the meeting yesterday. So maybe you have an idea for an talk at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. CLT have not only talks in her program, there are also workshops for arround 30 people and the length is between 2 and 4 hours. But there are only a few days left for submitting talks or workshops. The deadline for the CfP is January the 6th. The plan is to get an track with Fedora related talks. So on the end we need talks for it ;)

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    Got myself a swag bag

    November 22nd, 2011 von buergermeister

    A few weeks ago SCALE made a contest for a design for there shirt for the next event. The prize was an flight and 3 days at hotel in LA and free entry to SCALE. Not really useful for me, so I participated more for the fun. So thats what I created:

    and I made a third place with it. The prize is more useful for me, so I am more happy with the third prize.

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  • Be a hero

    November 4th, 2011 von buergermeister

    I just finished my slides for the talk tomorrow and next week. Its a talk about how you can contribute to Fedora even when you havent programming skills. I doing my slides with Inkscape, so its an SVG and you can simple view it in a browser. And you can change it easy to.

    The slides contains simple what different teams doing and the steps to become part of them. So easy to change the content to another language and make that talk on an other event. If you like doing this, you can ask me for help changing some graphics.

    P.S. Because someone already asked for it, License

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    colors for packager or what you should know if you like to print something

    Oktober 10th, 2011 von buergermeister

    Today I had a little conversation with somebody about colors. He didnt understand what I meant with an color profile, he simple said to me we cant change anything because pantone is proprietary. The whole thing isnt easy to explain, I think I should begin really on the start. And the start is the difference between the color model RGB and CMYK. I think most have heard of it and know simple how it works.

    RGB is an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light is added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The opposite model CMYK works as a subtractive color model. But there is another difference, you can create different colors with the different systems. So I made a drawing and hopefully it brings more light to the problem. (Yes I know its not accademically correct).

    Yellow is the border for a CMYK color model and the blue one for an RGB model, here sRGB. So you can see there is a difference between the colors you can reach with RGB and CMYK, thats one of the problems. Technically I can create pictures on my computer they cant printed. But you should also see, there are lot of colors they cant be printed with the CMYK model. And thats where Pantone comes in, they begun in the 1950ies to define a color palette called Pantone Matching System. Most of the colors was outside of what you can print with an normal CMYK model, so that colors was unique. One thing is sure when you like to establish a brand, you will like unique colors. Starbucks e.g use Pantone 3425 C for there trademark. Pantone even created colors for some trademarks like that choclate who comes from a lilac cow ;) . There are some competitive systems like HKS or for germans more known should be RAL. Yes the person, has right its intellectual property of Pantone so you cant find it in Inkscape or GIMP and you dont need it often. Such spot colors are mostly printed in a second process, means first will be all process colors printed and then a process print that spot color. So you dont have to give the printing company a file where is the spot color attached to. Mostly its only one color so you can give them another file where the spot color is extra, and that have to be only a black and white graphic. But remember in the other file must the place then be white, because printing on an other color changes the results. And then say to them which spot color should be the black. Best way speak with the printing company, how to do it.
    So what are now color profiles? First of all not only humans see colors different even hour devices do that. The individuality of a device is reflected or should be in his color profile. There is an standard for them created from ICC as ISO 15076. So when we talk about printing, we talk about digital printing today. So its an device and it should have an color profile ;) Of course is has :D
    Such an color profile can be transferred/translated into another one, thats why you havent to give a printing company not really an CMYK PDF today. Normally you can give them a PDF with an embedded profile. There are some organizations they established some kind of standards. For europeans is more ECI interesting (ECI-Coatedv2.icc would be a common profile), in US there is a thing called SWOP more common an example would be USWebCoatedSWOP.icc
    But why its not unimportant to know the target profile before? You remember the differences between RGB amd CMYK and the colors they can created with. There are also differences between some profiles. So to make sure that everything I draw can be printed, I can use the target profile in Inkscape (GIMP cant do that but his little brother CinePaint can) so colors they out of range will be marked in a special color. And really cool it is, when I use color managment and I can see the colors from the target device ;) And there is another point, with every translation there comes little deviations. So the best way is to have no translations between color profiles ;)

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    Contribute or die

    Oktober 10th, 2011 von buergermeister

    I am really busy this year with workshops and talks. This weekend I will be at the german Ubucon and will give there 3 workshops and a talk. A week ago I was informed that I will have a talk and a workshop at BLIT in Potsdam (like all the years before, amazing I give talks there since 7 years). Now I got also the schedule and I know when they are. This year I will start with the Inkscape workshop at 1pm and then I will have a talk “Contribute or Die” at 3pm. The talk will be about how anyone can contribute to FLOSS even he cant program. I will show that with Fedora as example. I used my characters I made a while ago and Mizmos post card idea for my slides. Of course I will upload them later to my space at fedorapeople. I doing my slides with Inkscape and SVG so you can download them and make changes or use them as they are in a browser.


    A week after BLIT in Potsdam I should be at OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen. I got no message yet if I will have a talk or workshop there, but I think I will. Even when not I will be there and help on the Fedora booth. I would say a busy autum…

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    gnokii@ubucon

    September 9th, 2011 von buergermeister

    I will be at ubucon in Leipzig next month, I will give there some talks and workshops.

    1. Free your slides – a talk about how to use svg for presentations, friday 14th october, 5pm
    2. an workshop GIMP on saturday 15th october, 9am. Where we turn a normal picture of a person into a Naav’i
    3. same day only 2pm will be a workshop for Inkscape, where we look after the magic Inkscape has.
    4. and on sunday the 16th, 9am we will try to make a Tango icon also with Inkscape

    if you be there, you will find me very easy I am the guy in fedora blue ;)

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    FrOSCon 2011 – how it was

    August 23rd, 2011 von buergermeister

    I am back from FrOSCon now, so time to blog about. This year, it was my sixt visit to the event I didnt arrive on friday. I got the car (still broken) back from the garage on friday evening so it was better to drive over night and arrive on saturday morning. Actually that was a good choice, I needed only 6hrs to drive the distance.
    The saturday was like all the other years for me, meeting old friends and a lot of conversation, not only on the day also in the evening. The social event on FrOSCon is always a barbecue and so far I can remember the organizers had only one time bad luck with the weather, the weather was also good this year to enjoy it.


    But hot weather means also for the projects, that they have to sweat in the building. And this year the organizers had a great idea, they hired an caterer who managed it to prepare the sausages in the room. That was great more heath and “delicious odor”. This year Fedora got a place for the booth who was not so nice. Only one table and a bar table and not so lot of space. But we managed it. I also managed to give Hendi the GNOME banner I prepared for FrOSCamp last year, I dont need really a GNOME banner but he can use it very well.
    On sunday was also prepared a Fedora event in one of the rooms, the FrOSCon give to the propjects they ask for it. I dont know if it was good visited or not, because I had the whole day some workshops to give. I think the workshops was good. First the organizers had in advance some problems to get participants. There are holidays now and most of the kids are on vacation with there parents, but on the end I had 10 participants each workshops. What I have to say is enough when the workshop is for kids. So I think they had a lot of fun and of course all manged to draw what we liked to draw. I think I should propose next year at the FrogLabs workshops again.

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    Branding stupidity

    August 11th, 2011 von buergermeister

    One of the last talks I attended on Desktop Summit was “Swimming upstream or downstream? Both!”. Announced as speaker was Vincent Untz, but he didnt the talk alone, there was also Allison Randal, Harald Sitter and our own Jaroslav Řezník.In this talk came up the problem with the branding.

    I should start with an quote: “Freiheit ist immer die Freiheit der Andersdenkenden”. Translated it says “Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters” or better Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. This quote is from Rosa Luxemburg a socialist politician from the begin of the 20th century. On the end it means, that you can have your freedom so long that you can accept that other people have an other opinion and give also the freedom to them. So let us talk a little bit about it what it means.
    All this started with an blogpost from Aaron Seigo about Building brand together. There was also offered help to doing that. So where is the problem then? So let me show a little bit how the help looks like.

    That are the Striped wallpaper done by Ivan Cukic, they was mentioned in the talk as example but it wasnt looked in all sides of that topic. So let me explain a little bit more on that. It was mentioned that they can do the wallpaper in the color of the distribution., fine. There the problem begins. So look how many distributions use blue as main color? So would you see which distribution it is when the logo is removed, in the case of debian, arch or fedora one? So when the colors are interchangable then its very clear that the color dont make it typical, its the pattern. Btw. KDE dont like dark colors so another limit, and they need some light differences in the wallpaper otherwise, the AIR theme dont looks so good (it becomes Win95 grey). So not every color is chooseable.
    There is no problem for distributions like Kubuntu or Pardus who provide only the KDE desktop environment that they use the upstream wallpaper or such a striped wallpaper in the color of there distribution. There are more problems on distributions who give the user the possibility to choose the environment they want.
    The experience with the desktop of a “normal” user dosnt begin with the desktop himself, it begins with the bootsplash. So what pattern should be used then, the KDE one or that of GNOME? In the case of openSUSE it begins earlier the backgrounds are used in YaST installer.
    Anaconda does that not, so no problem for Fedora there. But it should become clear a distribution should look well designed from the begin of installation, over the booting process and finally on the desktop.

    As I did the in the talk mentioned “positive example” I was totally captured between limits and sitting between the chairs. First of all green as color for a distribution sucks or better use it for the distribution wallpaper sucks. It looks totally different on every monitor. Move away from this color is extrem hard, there is a party who think the design for openSUSE has to be green because it was always green. What isnt true, there was some versions with blue and some with photo backgrounds. That party doesnt even think about to use the green as a accent. First limitation.
    Second limitation, I mentioned KDE needs a lighter color with differences in the lights that the AIR theme looks good. First I came up with a green tone like teal or pine green. To dark for KDE, but they didnt come up with a better solution until short before christmas or the Release Candidates. The solution for them was celadon an light green, they even let Coolo change the codename for the release to using it. It was not the problem using it, but noone of them considered how it would look compared to the color for GNOME.
    On GNOME side there was only a limitation called Sonar theme. Jimmac did it once and it looks good and the people love it. There are crazy dudes on ubuntu who make it available for there distribution. The problem with Sonar is, it uses a dark olive green what is additional blended with black. It looks not so good on every green. Two opportunities, first remove Sonar and risk a flame war with the openSUSE is green lovers, second one choose a neutral color who looks Sonar good on and which looks also fine with the KDE color.
    I thaught second solution would be the best and choosed a dark grey for the GNOME environment. Vincent Untz spoke with me, that he dont think that GNOME can be represented from the grey I choosed. After a short discussion why I like to use it, the GNOME team had understanding for the choice I made.

    So whats the point of all this? Retrospective on the quote I mentioned on the begin, it means if you claim all freedom for yourself you deny it same time to others. There are so many limits of technical nature, ressources and others that one desktop environment cant have all freedom it maybe want. It’s more that one environment can have so much freedom as it is possible if it grant the other ones the same.
    The solution is definitly not that KDE designers do the artwork for KDE in Fedora. They would do artwork what gives KDE all freedom but would not think what Fedora, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and all the others need.
    Means to provide an KDE look&feel in a distribution really using a pattern provided from them or means it more to come up with a design what respects the design of KDE?

    In the first case the claim for an KDE branded desktop in distributions is so senseless like the claim that all linux distributions should be called gnu/linux! In the second case some people should definitly think about, that a distribution is more then the desktop environment and that they are not the only desktop.

    So hopefully some people start to think about that what others need instead of claiming only what they need for themself. Retrospective looked on Aaron Seigos article “Building brand together”, together is not offer something without talking to the other side what they need ;) Using upstream artwork on a multi-desktop distribution will never work! What can work is design artwork what gives the look&feel what KDE like to have but only it needs not more ressources.

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    World domination II

    August 10th, 2011 von buergermeister

    I dont know, but this mockup for the new website of the GNOME Foundation reminds me on Fedora. More about it

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    World domination

    August 8th, 2011 von buergermeister

    KDE dominates the Desktop Summit, they even convinced the design shop opposite the venue to decorate with an big K. :D

    I would say thats definitly Kabel font

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  • are they to cute ???

    Juli 15th, 2011 von buergermeister

    There goes something on, there are wishes to illustrate the processes for the different ways to contribute to Fedora better or should I say how to join the teams. There was some discussions about it on FUDCon in Panama. After that Tatica came to me and asked if I can draw some cute characters for that. So I begun to work and now the most of the work is done. Now the EMEA ambassadors asked in their last meeting, to bringing that forward. Now after some recognized my characters, there came up some voices if I would be the right thing to use such “kids” for doing that.

    So I may introduce some (not all are done yet) of the characters and asking you for your opinion on that topic. So is that ok, with you or should we go more for “adult” characters? So tell us your opinion!

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    How do a license plate with Inkscape

    Juli 4th, 2011 von buergermeister

    The font you need for doing the license plates can be found here.

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    openSUSE der Schein eines Projektes

    April 6th, 2011 von buergermeister

    Die neuerliche Entscheidung über die Nummerierung der Release von openSUSE zeigt es wieder sehr deutlich, openSUSE ist kein wirklich offenes Projekt. Entscheidungen, werden all zu oft in diktatorischer Weise getroffen. Wenn man sich den entsprechenden Thread auf der Project Mailingliste zu diesem Thema anschaut, waren nicht wenige erstaunt das man das jetzt ändern müsse. Genauso sieht jetzt am Ende auch, das Ergebnis des durchgeführten Poll aus, nicht wenige sind der Meinung man müsse hier nicht unbedingt Fedora mit nur vollen Werten oder Ubuntu mit Jahreszahlen nachäffen.
    Wenn man sich den entsprechenden Thread (oder die) auf der Mailingliste anschaut, so war das Poll voreilig veröffentlicht worden ohne wirklich alle geäußerten Möglichkeiten zu bedenken und so darf es auch nicht verwundern, dass im Anschluss dann noch eine Änderung durchgeführt wurde, die Releasenummer Null wird es in Zukunft nicht mehr geben. Ein Vorschlag eines einzelnen, über den dann auch nicht mehr abgestimmt wurde. Naja, wir streichen openSUSE scheindemokratisch an! Und die Community wartet auf die Diskussion um die Codenamen (warum will man auch funktionierendes ändern, anstatt unfunktionelles?), naja wahrscheinlich vergeblich, wie auf die “Strategie”.

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    Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2011

    März 22nd, 2011 von buergermeister

    Last weekend, there was a event called Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, it’s a little “family” meeting. Together with Jan Krings, Marcel Richter, Michal Hrusecky and Klaas Freitag I took my part of the event. Alexander Graf was also there with a talk and Kai-Uwe Behrmann presented Oyranos there. Sascha Saigkill Manns showed not up, so the openSUSE medical presentation flopped. It was planned to show openSUSE medical together with Oyranos, because doctors need for medical pictures exact colors, thats an use case.

    Klaas had on saturday a talk about his project Kraft, a suite for smaller companies, he was in the business track of the Linux Live foundation and his talk was really overfilled. Alexander Graf had on sunday a talk “AHCI and KVM – how to do storage access right”. Michal had on sunday an workshop about the openSUSE Buildservice. I had also on sunday a workshop about Inkscape and in the morning I did a talk about openSUSE 11.4
    For all of us the event started on friday with the arrival and the preparing of the booth. But we had also a little surprise (or not really I saw that coming) Jörg Luther the chief editor of the magazin LinuxUser asked us, who would represent openSUSE in the Distribution Battle. We decided that really in the last moment and Klaas and me took that part, was easier as we thaught. We “fought” against Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Pardus and Ubuntu and the first task was installing flash and the second question for us was AppAmor comparing to RedHat’s SELinux.
    Over the whole weekend we got a lot of feedback, actually in my talk was 90% openSUSE users and the talk was in the beginners forum. Interesting that machine cloning and infini band drivers are interesting for them :D I load up my slides yesterday, they can be found here. Like always, I do my slides with SVG and JavaScript so they can used in a browser, if you download them you can change them. The license is Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 and I have to say thanks to the oxygen-project here, because I used some icons from them in my slides.
    Nearly everything what Klaas brought us from Nuremberg we gave out, so we distributed 300 DVD and I know there was 5 direct installations in the Praxis Dr.Tux. Some had the chance to get an openSUSE beer, really the last ones. On the end we can say, we had a lot of fun this weekend.

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    Running for Board

    Januar 4th, 2011 von buergermeister

    Some time ago I got nominated for the election of the openSUSE Board and a few days later I got the message from the election committee. Since then I had some time to think about it and today is the last day for make a decision to run.
    I also watched who step forward and made my decision depending who candidates. Would there be from my point of view enough candidates who contributed enough in a good way and constant. There are some but not enough, and some cant get elected, when the other person is elected. So I have to step forward and candidate.

    I don’t write how long I use Linux or openSUSE or such stuff. I write better for what I stand. More democracy, make it easier to contribute, give honor to them they deserve it. I already have to say to that points something, but that we do better in the IRC session, what should be made. You can already ask me here to, the comments are open.  And btw. I am not a bad cop or  I play a role. I am what I am, direct and honest

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  • Countdown runs

    Dezember 31st, 2010 von buergermeister

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  • openSUSE 11.4 – Color trouble

    Dezember 21st, 2010 von buergermeister

    If you have the last Milestone of openSUSE, thats already number 5,  installed then you can take a look into the history. You would see a dark splash as I planned them long time ago. You also see the KDM in the color I planned in August.

    2 weeks ago Coolo asked for some artwork for integrate it into the next Milestone, a weekend with lot of work, for Javier and me. After that some people woke up. First the KDE team wanted the color changed to celadon, whats also is the codename for 11.4. Thats ok for me, its there choice and it would be work with the grey what I planned for the GNOME side.

    But now the GNOME team also want it changed. And that becomes now harder to do. There are some possibilities and also some borders for the work. Right now there is a little discussion on the mailinglist. But the default background of GNOME would be definitly not happen, he is nice but the blue works not with the celadon green tone. Also change that background to celadon green, wouldnt work because I have to choose one of the backgrounds for the bootsplash. Hope they find a solution I can work with. I would prefer a grey one, with a celadon geeko on it and change the green tone in sonar to celadon green also.

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    Don’t forget the vote – click me!

    Dezember 20th, 2010 von buergermeister

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