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Document Freedom Day Phnom Penh

März 24th, 2016 von buergermeister

As one of the points we had to revive the Phnom Penh Linux User Group again, was to really do activities on Software-, Hardware- and Document Freedom Day and coming to a regularly meeting, which we have now each first Tuesday in the month at the iCafe. As it is the time for Document Freedom Day (DFD) we will have at our next meeting of course, a topic that fits to it. I will be showing how easily it can be done to use Inkscape for presentation slides, to bring the people to use this instead of flash, pdf or more evil prezi.

 

The talk will happen 5th of April 2016, 8.00pm at the iCafe (next to Brother88, on 2nd floor) #196z Street 19

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InstallParty Phnom Penh

Februar 9th, 2016 von buergermeister

Last Saturday, we had another event with the PPLUG. Back on Software Freedom Day 2015, we agreed that we should have some InstallParties here in Phnom Penh to growth the amount of Linux users. It took us a while until most of us had time for doing such an event. But on 30th January we all had time, a venue was found very fast the National Institute of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology (NIPTICT) offered their rooms and supplied us also with drinking water and the necessary equipment.

We started at 1pm and the room filled up very quickly around 30 people showed up, who wanted to know more about Linux and Free Software. We started with an introduction talk what Free Software is and I did later on an introduction to the most common Linux distributions.
We demonstrated later on installation processes and gave an introductions to the file hierarchy and made with them the first steps in their new operating system. Even their choice was not Fedora, its a win for the Linux community in Phnom Penh, especially the Phnom Penh LUG got new life with this event.

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Look over the fence – StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh

Februar 6th, 2016 von buergermeister

Linux and Free Software plays in South East Asia not that role as in Europe or North America. To change that at least a bit, I came here. The asian culture plays definitely a role and this was often discussed. But it plays lesser the vital role as we think and as the linked article shows, we will not find an easy an solution for the cultural differences. From my perspective it is lesser necessary that we adopt, the most asians I met are willing to accept the differences and can live with them.
The people in South East Asia have other interests and that is the problem, Google has here more success with his Google Developer Community. There are only a few successful FOSS events and most of them are one timer opposite the BarCamp scene is huge. BarCamp Yangon 14.000, Bangkok 7.000, Phnom Penh and HCMC 5.000 visitors. If you go to them you will meet a lot of tech interested people but you will realize that the interest in start up topics is much higher. I am not the only one who realized that, Pravin made the expirience on his visit to BarCamp Yangon also.

So it was time for me, to digg deeper into the StartUp scene and look if we have common areas and if we could inter-connect so that we have an profit from. So I participated in StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh 2016 as an mentor. What is StartUp Weekend? We would call it Hackfest, people come together to work on a specific problem. On start some people pitch (we would call it lightning talk)  about a problem they want to solve and then people can vote for it and join that team. Then they work on the problem with the target to build out a business with it and on the end they have an final pitch again, before a jury.

On this StartUp Weekend 2 of the idea was directly open source related, but both of them do not understand some principles of the open source and free software world and for that will be lesser successful. But there was other interesting ideas of technical nature. One was the idea to uniting different smart cards into one, but later on became, because of the limited storage on a magnet card, an smart phone app and solved the problem just partly. The other one started as an app from the begin on. All in all there was 11 teams, with ideas like student card, and idea about used books, an medical consultation app for the people living in the provinces and some others more.

So there are overlaps with the free software community, especially there are special editions for developer. In this ones we should engage, to win new users and contributors. We have to go some other ways in Asia, that is for sure. All in all it was an interesting experience to look over the fence.

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Get new users…

Januar 18th, 2016 von buergermeister

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Successful FAD in Singapore

Dezember 8th, 2015 von buergermeister

During the last weekend the FAD APAC in Singapore did happen and I have to say it was very successful. We completed the budget plan for next year in just one day. We also had some time to figure out why APAC did this year spent the budget not as planned and what we do with the left money. We want to spent some money for the upcoming BarCamp Yangon, which is the biggest tech-related event in Asia and some money we want to bring the indonesian Ambassadors together to give this community new life.

We also had enough time to speak about how we can improve the way we work together to move the Fedora community in APAC forward. The main problem for APAC is that asians are more pro-active and they need a leader and guidance, and this lacks in APAC currently. It is very clear when it comes to the meetings, very often tickets are left out and a lot of time is wasted with discussions but the work is later on not done.

As there is a thing called budget.next coming, we found also the time to speak about this and look, how we can adopt it to the asian needs. In APAC it makes definitely no sense to store rollups and other booth material in a centralized place and a person “stuffs” the booth at events with it. The main purpose for this, we think is have a general overview where our material is and how the condition for it is. So we agreed, that it is for us better to make an overview and making it part of the FAD which should be hold anually to update it. That at least should give an good overview what we have and how it is used. I had already last year the feeling that must be done for APAC and we started at the FAD a table in the wiki (but only the chinese and cambodian made entries so far and now the malaysians) , just to find out what material we have. We also looked forward who can be the person, who becomes the “storyteller” for APAC region.

A clear statement came from all the participants to keeping FUDCon as event for getting the APAC people together and grow in the region, we all agreed that this and also other things has to better communicated from the people of the APAC region, they are to much pro-active in such kind of things, the same is for event reports. There happen a lot of good things in the region but nobody knows about as it is not published.

When it comes to events there it lacks not just on reports later on as also on timing, a lot of events are planned last minutes, which create more problems which would be not there if the Ambassadors would work more planned. If you take a look to the budget plan for the next year, you will see that this time there is a clear event owner, this person becomes more freedom in acting in the budgeted frame but he also get more responsebility in communicating before the event what is going on and it will be part of the regularly meeting to report this.

When it comes to events, there was also agreed that we need more events and activities to activate contributors not just to win new users. So the Ambassadors shall show more activities around the Testing Days or organize BugSquashing Parties. Other possibilities to bring people to do something for Fedora and not just consume it can be Translation Sprints, Wallpaper Hunts or the Hour of Code. That all will lead to more activities as an fact is, if the Ambassadors in the region staying pro-active, new Ambassadors will be the same way, if they are more active the new ones will be also more active.

There was a lot of more things discussed and moved with the right ideas, its hard to get them out of the brain during the writing of this post, but everything was pushed to #fedora-fad and the meetbot was running, so there is a complete logfile (day 1 and day 2) and an etherpad to, which is more a summary.

All in all it was an very successful event and I looking forward to the next one, which will be during the adoption to budget.next in 7 months and the place might be Jakarta.

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BarCamp Phnom Penh 2015

Oktober 26th, 2015 von buergermeister

Last weekend on 24th and 25th October as it again, the Barcamp in Phnom Penh and I participated this year. The barcamp was as all the years before hosted at the Institute for Technology Cambodia (ITC) and there as a big crowd as I arrived waiting for registration. I found our booth really fast and Leap Sok had already prepared the rollup banner and he also brought the swag which he stored after the Software Freedom Day. I thought we will have enough swag as I brought something from Europe and Harish send also what he had left to Cambodia. But all the swag was gone after 3 hours, it as really hard work handing DVD out and answer all the questions. What is it?, is it really for free?, can I take one? And opposite to Europe and North America, I had a lot of requests for a 32bit version. Besides all the questions I had to answer I gave interviews and met new and old friends. On Sunday I gave the opening talk in the FOSS panel, which was the first time that Barcamp had it. So all in all an sucessul event which ended with a very nice party.

Next year, there should be FUDCon at this event, so some more people from Fedora will be there, helping Fedoras community in Cambodia growing. But its still a year time for that and a lot of other activities will be before it. Next one next weekend, Translation Sprint.

 

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BarCamp Meeting

September 30th, 2015 von buergermeister

This morning started for me a little bit different, as I went to an meeting for the organizers of the BarCamp edition 2015. Fedora will next to an both have an panel about Free Software and Open Source. But it was also interesting what else is going on on this years event, zones like Robotics & Electronics, a StartUp zone and a Career zone waiting for participants. But there will be also panels for programmers, game developers and creative people. eCommerce and Mobile Commerce will be also topic on a panel and also Cyber Security and how you can stay safe in the internet will be an issue. After an interesting meeting where the concept was introduced and where the responsible persons for the panels and zones gave an overview about their planing, we went together for lunch. Time for me to speak with Piseth Kheng, Program Manager of Open Institute and Samboeun Hean from Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) as they help Fedora with some events. Piseth is so far a great help as his institute translates already GNOME, Firefox and Open/Libre Office to khmer and he supports the translation sprint which we want to do here end of next month. Samboeun Hean was exited to hear that ITC might host next years FUDCon APAC and will fully support it. So it was really a sucessful meeting at least for me and it looks Fedora will have a bright future in Cambodia.

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Software Freedom Day 2015 Phnom Penh

September 21st, 2015 von buergermeister

Saturday the 19. September was Software Freedom Day, an worldwide organized day full with events on various places. I participated in the event in Phnom Penh, which was hold at the National Institute of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT (NIPTICT). It was the second time this event was hold in Phnom Penh and at this place and it begins to grow. There was around 100 participants. The event started in the afternoon and was just a single track with various talks. Fedora was presented by Leap Sok who hold an talk “Understanding Software Virtualization” and me with “Fedora.next And Beyond – Fedora For Everybody”. We also distributed arround 100 DVD to the audience, we met also some people who already use Fedora on their computer.
But the best thing that day is, that there was a good outcome for the future of the PPlug, where some changes will come to give this group new life. And also that Open Institute will help us with the Fedora Translation Sprint end of October. So all in all, it was a very nice event.

More you can read in Pockey’s blog, she has also written already an post about the SFD in Phnom Penh.

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Inkscape workshop for Linux statt Windows

September 13th, 2015 von buergermeister

Internet is this nice technology, who makes it possible to give a workshop even without being at a place. So yesterday I gave a workshop from Cambodia in Germany. But I had interesting expiriences with in Mumble did not work well, even its lighter and has good latency handling but Google hangout did work, I think Google has some priority in the network here, what is strange. But all participants from https://linux-statt-windows.org had fun in the workshop and learned something on the end.

So next weekend next event this time Software Freedom Day where I will give an talk, here in Phnom Penh.

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Inkscape Workshop at Smallworld

September 7th, 2015 von buergermeister

Last weekend, I had the first Inkscape workshop at smallworld. It was very sucessful, we had 13 participants. Thats the maximum, the small room in smallworld can handle for an workshop. All the participants had a lot of fun and achieved the goal. Some of them was really talented. But the want more Inkscape workshops, well this time I have the time to do it :D

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10th FrOSCon 2015

August 31st, 2015 von buergermeister

A picture can say more then a thousend words….

And this is how FrOSCon 10th edtion was, great including the all free drinks and sausages, steaks and ice cream at the social event. The rest was like all the years before great talks including Andrew Tanenbaum and Madog Hall as speakers, nice but small exhibition. Just a good Fedora dev room was again missing. Maybe next year again

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Faces of Flock II

August 15th, 2015 von buergermeister

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  • Faces of Flock

    August 15th, 2015 von buergermeister

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  • Flock Day -1

    August 11th, 2015 von buergermeister

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  • Flock is coming

    Juli 25th, 2015 von buergermeister

    Its just a few weeks to 3rd Flock, where the Fedora birds come together. The schedule is out for a while and as you can see I have two things which I will “present”.

    The first one is Design Clinic, where you can come if you need help from the Design Team, Máirín Duffy, Ryan Lerch, Marie Nordin, Meghan Richardson and me will be there to helping you with problems you have. You can come with everything, you need a poster for an event so com, you need a logo so come, you need help with UX design so come, you have any idea where we can improve from the design perspective come and speak with us.

    So far we have 3 projects we want already to work on:

    • Ralph Bean asked us a while ago if we can improve the “fedmenu”, some might have noticed it already that are the little buttons down in the corner if you are logged in into a page of Fedoras infrastructure.
    • Pierre-Yves Chibon, drives since a long time an service called “This week in Fedora” and he wants an design to present it better in the web.
    • Matt Miller wants help with an presence for “Two Week Atomic”

    So if you have something just come along and grab us for help! You can also write to the design team mailing list, if you are not at Flock and have a thing where we should work on.

    The second thing I have is the “Wallpaper Hunt“. As you might know I am responsible for getting the supplemental wallpapers for each Fedora release. Btw. our nice little application for doing that was started on first Flock but looking back to that Flock, I received after it some submissions from Charleston, that was definitely not good and there was so nice motives in Charleston to sad we had not one wallpaper in the next release which was shot during Flock. And there was so nice motives! This Flock I want to change that. With Marie Nordin I located a nice spot where we want to go and try to shoot pictures that can show up in Fedoras next version.

    So I know we have talented photographer between us, lets get together going there and try get some nice pictures on this way we can share our knowledge and equipment and I think we will have some fun to. The only chance we have to do it, is Wednesday after the talks, so come to me before I will tell you where we meet.

    On Saturday as you can see in the schedule we have some time then get the pictures processed.

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    FOSSOGRAPHY 2015

    Juli 7th, 2015 von buergermeister

    I will do in November a new event about Free Software graphic tools – FOSSOGRAPHY. This event plans to bring developer and user of this software together. Its thought of a kind of showcase about the newest developments in this areas and what can be done with free software. The projects shall win this way new users as even more contributors.
    But it shall be also a place where the various programmers of the different projects can meet and connect to work on stuff where the programs should be working together. But also a place where you can come and tell people about an idea you have that might get software in this area improved.

    The Call for Papers as well the registration for the event is open now and closes on 30th September. We search for talks, handout sessions, workshops, hackfest from the following areas:

    • Open Source and photographics
    • Free Software tools for image manipulation and raw development
    • 3D graphics and renderer
    • Free Software for vector graphics
    • Font design with Open Source
    • Free Software tools for 2D & 3D animation
    • Video editing and production with Open Source
    • Game development and asset creation with Open Source
    • UX design in/for and with Open Source
    • Desktop publishing and print design with FreeSoftware
    • Open Source 3D printing soft- and hardware
    • Open Source Color Management
    • Aerial photography and video with Open Source
    • DIY (open source) dolly systems
    • File formats for free graphic software

    The idea to this evnet, was born a long time ago as another event who looks wants the same doesnt become what it should be.
    After the decision was made to do it was open the place where it should be and there was a lot of thinking if it is a good idea to go first time to Asia. Yeah there are some disadvantages, like working style of Asians or the most Europeans/Americans think flying there would be more expensive as travelling inside Europe or the the amount of FOSS contributors isnt that high on this continent. But at a certain point we as free software movement have to go to Asia to get them involved and not always saying, we dont have contributors there!

    But there is something else, we have to carry the costs for the event, where is actually a positive thing doing it in Asia as that gets amazingly cheap as well we want to support speakers and projects with there travel costs. We try to collect most of this money from the community, so if you believe in the goal of the event and/or using this tools, you can help us. We made a pledgie for that purpose and an indiegogo campaign will follow. But watch we want to give you something in return!

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    FUDCon APAC 2015

    Juni 15th, 2015 von buergermeister

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  • 15th Anniversary Linuxwochen Vienna

    Mai 11th, 2015 von buergermeister

    As all the last year in May the event row called Linuxwochen makes it stop in Vienna and I represented Fedora there. This year it was an special event as the Linuxwochen could celebrate their 15th anniversary. And this years event was indeed special, normally this event is compared to others a smaller one as it is from Thursday to Saturday. But this year it was on Thursday already crowded and it looked some more Germans have found their way to Vienna. Also both of the workshop I gave in Vienna was an success and as always filled with people.
    Personally I think the exhibition area was this year a nice one to, as Axiom Apertus Beta was presented there, first that this open source camera was presented in public and also Mozilla did show an TV running Firefox (an TV that you can buy, greetings to Ubuntu).
    The social event was this year also a nice one, with an special delicious cake. So it was all in all a win to been there personally as for Fedora.

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    Vienna Calling

    April 29th, 2015 von buergermeister

    Next week there will be the austrian road show called Linuxwochen make its station in Vienna and Fedora will be present. We will have of course an booth there and I will deliver also 2 workshops, one for Inkscape and one for Blender. You find the full schedule with all talks and workshops here.

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    Winner Wallpaper for Fedora 22

    März 26th, 2015 von buergermeister

    The 5 days the Fedora contributors had to choose there favorites amongst the submissions for Fedora 22 Supplemental Wallpaper are over and here is the result:

    Congratulation to all winners, and for the not chosen one, there will be definitely a Fedora 23 contest. Where your picture ended up and also some statistics you can find at nuancier.

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