Khmer Translation Sprint 3

Mai 25th, 2019 von buergermeister

Last sunday we had the now 3rd Translation Sprint in Cambodia for driving forward the translation to khmer. It did cost me a lot of time to find a place which would host us and not ask for an payment for the room. But with Open Development Cambodia I found a partner who even was willing to give us monthly the space but only on sunday (saturday is in Cambodia a regular working day). We will do with ODC’s help now bi-monthly sprints to drive the stage of the translation faster forward. You have to understand the mentality of khmer people, the are highly motivated when you get them convinced that it should be done but working remotely its not theirs. The civil war ended in this country not evne 3 decades ago and they started using IT technology in 2004/2005. You might laugh but IT students come here normally from the provinces and are sons and daughters of farmers and have very often never seen a computer before. They left out things like IRC and mailing lists, they are not used to them. They are not the people who can learn things by themself so easy and are more visual learners, so somebody has to show them. I doing this but it takes time. As long there are not enough without skills in remote team work it will be always the way that I have to do sprints, but it is fine. It is enjoyable to see how they work with each other in discussing how to translate some technical terms into their language and filling the glossary.

So what do we have achieve on that day. First and that is a bit part of the things above, I had to do with a lot the creation of the accounts. We have 5 new FAS accounts. So welcome to:

  • punwath
  • senghour
  • singhtararith
  • mardii


  • thytry

With them we have now 37 FAS accounts from cambodians and the translation team is grown to 21. Its just the hard thing to keep them all active and that is the hard part. We did start in the morning at 9am with creating the accounts and it took us 2 hours. As I did mention before a lot of things are unknown here, its not common to encrypt mails e.g. so I have to explain what GPG means and how it works. Privacy and security just becoming an issue now in this country there was no sensebility for it before. So it took us 2.5 hrs to do the the necessary things and create their accounts. Followed by a really short introduction of Zanata, I will be so hppy when it gets replaced. The usebility became more ugly as before not saying that there are more and more problems with login to it. So around 11 am we could start to translate.

As said before, right now we concentrate on translating all web pages as this is faster done and it seems more important to spread information about Fedora as translating our tools first. When it comes to our workstation we also hitting the problem that the stage of the translation of GNOME to khmer is shrinking, as the paid translators of Open Institute are not there anymore. But there is taken care of singhtararith and punwath already did join the GNOME translation team, we did work over the last 2 weeks on this.

Something negative is that Sarem Kui Rim from CIYA (Cambodia Indingenous Youth Association) not could join as, it was he who did ask me in December if we could start to translate to kui. I am careful with such interests but s I saw on Facebook that he registered on the event to come, I made the necessary steps to get a kui language team created so that he and his fellows could start. I wrote him now, so lets see what kept him away.

Then we started to translate, then we had a lunch break and enjoyed some pizza, and the insisted on some chicken wings (khmer love nibble on bones :D ) And they did enjoy, you could hear it :D After the lunch break we did continue with translation until the afternoon.

So what did we achieve, after the last sprint we had an result of translation of the web pages of 46%, which dropped down a bit through new strings to 45.33%. But after the web team did add the new getfedora pages the stage did drop to 29.53% Now we are back to 49.71%

start.fedoraproject.org  100% = 100%
getfedora.org  86.69% -> 100% -> getfedora.org-redesign 49.35%
spins.fedoraprojects.org  87.34% -> 100%
labs.fedoraproject.org  3.73% -> 11.94%
alt.fedoraproject.org  30.89% -> 80.3%
arm.fedoraproject.org  14.24% -> 57.78%
fedoracommunity.org  5.83% = 5.83%
boot.fedoraproject.org  3.66% -> 88.12%
budget.fedoraproject.org  0% -> 9.16%

as you can see the translation is in a pretty good stage now. I dont know what Fedora Cheatcubes have to do with the web pages and who putted them there, but the 0% and also the askbot-ng makes no sense to translate especially after moving to discord. If that two things would be not there the stage would be higher then 49.71%. Our glossary is also grown, currently the translation move not so fast because there is a lot of discussion amongst them how some terms can be translated, that is an advantage of having them in one room and work instead of doing the work remotely. With the next sprint, which will be on 7th July the web pages will be definitely done, except the come up with a lot of new pages or changes.

But this are not all the results for the day, I also showed Punwath and Singhtararith the way to GNOME translation. So that when we have translated Anaconda, ABRT and Co., can have an khmer workstation again. We had an usable khmer DE once just you could not install Fedora in khmer but that comes after the web pages are done. Btw. as the Ministery for Telecommunication made an regulation to use only new software when it is available in khmer and the Ministery for Youth, Education and Sports made an regulation to prefer in the future FOSS software, Fedora could have the advantage to be for a while the only translated Linux distribution and therefore could be used in the schools and public universities.
I also had the chance to speak with Thy Try about this years Software Freedom Day and we agreed to make together one and that we looking who can join this event.

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Happy Open Data Day

März 2nd, 2019 von buergermeister

First of March is Open Data Day, at least it was here in Phnom Penh. So I did join the local event organized by Open Development Cambodia. Actually I decided to join because it was announced as a Hackathon unfortunately people in Asia or at least here in Cambodia understand with this always something else. So it was lesser a day on working with open data and help people processing them as a day full of talks, with an ending of a short hackathon.

Except the first talk, about open source social media tools from John Weeks all talks been in khmer (thats why I stay away from such events) Johns talk can be easily summarized – https://deleteyourfacebook.today/. For me the only sad thing is tootle as desktop client isnt packaged for Fedora yet, but maybe saying this here changes it. Next talk was from Vimoil, she did gave an 101 about Open Data, following with the slides I would have only to add that interoperability and machine processability base on the use of Open Standards and Open Formats. Otherwise it was a good 101. It followed a panel discussion about “Tracking Public Money Flow” very boring for me, because in khmer and sorry the introductional slides been very uninformative.

After the coffee break a talk about the Concept of Data Driven Journalism was following, not just that the speaker did mess up, what a statement is but to say that PDF is evil and you should use XLS instead, was to much for me. I really had to say that you can not compare a document format with a spreadsheet. And comparing an at least ISO normed file format with something proprietary like XLS is not funny anymore. Before the hackathon started there been two other talks. Punwaths talk been the important talk, he did show where you can get data from and how to process data. As it was more an demonstration as talk with slides I was totally off.

Then the hackathon started, as I did not get Punwaths talk I needed an update from him what the task is, next handicap was that all the data we had must be translated for me to english which took a lot of time. So no chance to be the winning team. But all in all it was a day of fun and I moved also some Fedora things on, as the Opendevelopment community has some things with in common and is interested in FOSS. There are some things cooking.

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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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Looking for Records, Looking for Contributions

April 17th, 2016 von buergermeister

A few days ago, the voting for the Supplemental Wallpaper for Fedora 24 opened. And I am impressed, how many Fedora contributors have voted so far, but I have to tell you that even I dont know the exact number yet. Nuancier is written in a way, that I cant look into the numbers before it is published. But Fedora Badges gives a little bit of an insight, but you have to see as we made that badge for the first time there was a lot of discussion about badges for voting, so it must be claimed manually and its not claimed by all who vote. But now we have already 207 badges for Fedora 24 claimed, compared to 89 for Fedora 23. So the amount of voters is already doubled and there is still nearly a week time for the votes!

Personally I am impressed and happy to see that lot of interest in this part of Fedora. For me is the Supplemental Wallpaper Contest a so called low hanging fruit, which make it very easy possible to contribute to Fedora.

The first step from consumer to contributor is by far the hardest and if this step is done, it becomes way easier to do more. I thinking since a long time to open the voting also to people who have not cla/fpca +1 membership. That would be from my perspective a necessary step, but I always have the fear for the quality. We reached a level of quality now, which is good but still our own contributors have a strong faible for blue, the rather would vote for an halfway acceptable blue wallpaper instead of an amazing shot of an bird.

We already installed a weight system for the voting, members of the Fedora Design Team have an higher weight with there vote and there is also the group of Nuancier Mentors, who have also more weight for their vote.

Originally the Nuancier Mentors was thought as a group who continuously contributed to the Supplemental Wallpaper Contest, to get them mostly out of the problem not to be allowed to vote by themselves. That´s a bit chicken-egg problem with this ¨low hanging fruit¨” you also can scare contributors them off with this.

The Nuancier Mentors group was also thought for giving them more responsibility and improve the quality of the submissions. But its not that far implemented as I would like, as Nuancier is simple a sideshow. There is still the feature for the multi-monitor wallpaper, which is not implemented yet but ready to do so. There are also some needed features, I had this time a bit of trouble to moderate the last submissions. There are four submissions this time, who could not been moderated as I have to do for all a legal research (I had to reject this time 3 for violations, people are not aware they cant submit everything). So I need a small time between the end of submission phase and voting phase, thats right now not possible as it opens automatically and I also might need some time after the election.

  • But there are other things, who could be helpful improving the Contest. First of all we have way to many wallpaper packages, people always asking how to install them. The nicest thing to do would be to deliver them by default, replace the GNOME (and also on the other DEs) extra ones. That would be the nicest thing to do. That would make the wallpaper really prominent and might animate more to contribute in higher quality.
  • As the Nuancier Mentors group was thought for increasing the quality of the wallpaper through giving hints what could be improved with an submission that requires tiny changes in what can be submitted. Its lesser possible then to submit the work of somebody else (that would decrease the amount of legal research I have to do) as changes might require the source. But Nuancier has to be change to submit versions of a submission. And that requires some work. There is the problem with acceptance/moderation to solve then. But I think that kind of moderation can be done then by the mentors. So there is a way how to do it to find and it must be implemented.
  • Open the voting for everybody with an FAS account. I think that can be done for Fedora 25, to secure the quality, we could change the weight system a bit more, so that Fedora contributors have a higher value in vote to prevent fake-accounts and cheating votes. I really would like to open it, lets see if we can do for F25.

But all requires some work and I am sure Pingou would be happy to get some help in implementing new features for Nuancier. But its open anyway, you can find the source code here.

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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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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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Supplemental Wallpaper Winners!

September 22nd, 2015 von buergermeister

We broke this time nearly all records since we doing the Supplemental Wallpaper Contest with Nuancier. We had 199 submissions, where actually 157 ended up in the pot for the elections. These came from 73 submitters, a lot of them new contributors. Unfortunately we also broke the record for rejected submissions. The most of them contained a trademarked logo, notice that includes our own also! One thing was also more negative, a lot of participants uploaded, not just 3 pictures as many more. Some of them submitted a lot and mostly iterations. That leads to a problem, the Fedora community shows a strong love for “blue”, means if somebody submitting just iterations of a blue pattern, he has a good chance. But it can be that all of his iterations are elected, instead of other better submissions with higher quality.

So, with the next contest, we have to limit to amount of submissions that can be made. Hopefully we can implement also some other features to.

But for now here are the winners:


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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 – Summary

Juli 1st, 2015 von buergermeister

I was last week in Pune for FUDCon, so its time to write about the experiences.

Day -2

I had to start my travel 2 days before the event from airport Leipzig flying to Munich, well the travel to Leipzig and also the checkin and flight was without something to mention. Just one hour ride to Leipzig and 40 minutes flight to Munich. I had a long layover in Munich so I checked before the situation with WIFI and electricity, well Munich has free wifi and they even proudly anounced that the equipped the gate areas with power supply, well they was there but simple not working. With a little searching I found one which was working but there was nothing to sit there so I spent the time in EMEA Ambassadors meeting standing :D

Day -1

Also for that day there was no action, boarding the plane in the morning and leaving it in Mumbai in the night. The immigration process with the TVOA visa worked well, except to find the counter for them was difficult. So if you travel to India and eligible to get it, thats the easiest way.
Outside the airport Prima Yogi Loviniltra and a volunteer did already wait for me, just Ryan Lerch was missing but he joined as a few minutes later. So the fetch on the airport was well organized. The cab ride took some time but interesting conversations made that not feelable. So we arrived in the morning in Pune just enough for 3 hours sleep.

Day 0

I had not really time for a good breakfast but I needed one as I had not a dinner either, but Kushal was already standing there telling me I was to late. But I managed to grab something to eat even the waiter always removed my tools when I grabbed something. Also here the transport was well organized and the bus for bringing us to MIT was already waiting.
On the first day I joined a few sessions but I will write only something about the most important for me. We had a BoF session for the next APAC FUDCon. What I am worried about is the style which is coming up there, just finding some point why a thing not might be good instead of trying to find out how problems can be solved!

Day 1

I started the day with Jiri Eischmanns presentation about the Fedora workstation and his presence and future. I joined several other talks to, where I just want to mention the Achieving Community Goals With Fedora one from Tenzin Chokden, awesome job of Joerg Simon and Fabian Affolter and their l10n hackfest for the tibetian language, good work. Besides that I had many organizational conversations for organzing stuff in the APAC region.

Day 2

This was actually the most busy day for me as I had in the morning my own workshop about using Inkscape. Well there are some negative things, the room was not the best choice, its hard to work on a small table attached to the chair. But more worst was that the picture from projector was looped to an camera, but the camera was missing so we had to find that out first, so I lost some time for the workshop. But we still managed to draw with the participants what I wanted to achieve and they have a good foundation to use Inkscape in their work and learn it more. I already prepared a screencast, which you can find here.

Ryan switched more to a presentation style, which I only do on events to impress people what with our free software tools can be done and how easy it can be. But as I expect people on a FOSS event like FUDCon are already open to using our tools and just need some help starting to work with them and the best way to learn it is by doing.

After the lunch we had another Ambassadors BoF for APAC, time to speak more Ambassador stuff. We made during this year some progress in APAC and on FUDCon it was visible a lot of asians in a Fedora Ambassador shirts, but we still have not all equipped with them.

We also made progress in producing F21 media centralized but still there are some problems to solve as the process didnt work well, we had no central production in APAC for F22 but we talked how we shall do it in the future and think found the best solution for it. We also had time to discuss if it would possible to replace the DVD media at least partly with USB sticks. We agreed on doing a research on prices until next FAD APAC end of the year and look there if we do it or not. And yes we found an place where we want to do the next FAD – Singapore so we will work on it during the next months to organize it. So we moved again forward.

Day 3

Some went out really in the morning to spent some time in Mumbai, but I am to old for touristic pressure even I would like to have seen more from that city, I was in India for FUDCon and not for an touristic tour. So I went out of the hotel at noon and the cab brought me to the airport, where I enjoyed the sun outside and later I spent some time with Danishka Naven and Izhar Firdaus in the airport.

Day 4

This day I entered a plane in Mumbai short after the day had begun and woke up landing in Zurich. Well I found easily an AC port in this airport and free wifi was also available so I could do some work during the time I had to wait for the next flight, wich was this time just 5 hours later. After this flight I just had a short trip with the train and I arrived right in time for the Design Team meeting.


It was an interesting trip to India seeing how people live there and make new friends, meeting people I worked already with and meeting old friends. I think we moved for the Ambassadors in the APAC region and that means Fedora makes progress in the future in Asia.

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Inkscape Workshop Phnom Penh

November 21st, 2014 von buergermeister

I had yesterday the opportunity to give an Inkscape workshop at Development Innovations Cambodia in Phnom Penh. The participatns was only from several NGO’s, so called multiplicators and it turned out great. One day isnt that much time, to learn enough about Inkscape to use it in a professional way, but you can get at least the foundations to use it and learn more by yourself. But we had a lot of fun together and there was really some talented people amongst the 23 participants and the best two of them had already Fedora stickers on their laptop, so Open Source community in Cambodia begins to grow.

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LibreGraphicsMeeting 2014

Februar 20th, 2014 von buergermeister

In April there will be the 9th edition of LibreGraphicsMeeting, this year in Leipzig/Germany. LibreGraphicsMeeting is the anual gathering of most free software applications for doing graphics. Applications like GIMP, Scribus, Inkscape and daktable meet there for sharing there ideas and work together to improve there software. Of course some people from Fedora and RedHat are amongst them, to present there things:

  • David Tardon will present together with Fridrich Strba and Valek Filippov – Digital legacy preservation project — news from the reverse and straight engineering world. The effords LibreOffice made during the last years in re-engineering graphical file formats.
  • Richard Hughes will of course introdce his newest toy the open source spectrometer – Building an OpenHardware Spectrograph for Color Profiling in Linux
  • Daniel Berrange will show his developments of Entangle – Tethered camera control and capture with Entangle
  • Pierre-Yves Chibon and myself, will show the development of Nuancier, Fedoras application for collecting and vote for the supplemental wallpapers – Nuancier- Community generated and selected artwork
  • Allan Day and Jakub Steiner will talk about what GNOME does to make there design process open – GNOME Design: Open to all
  • Sarup Banskota and Emily Dirsh will show the achievements Sarup made during last GSoC on GlitterGallery- GlitterGallery: Taking the designer’s office online
  • and last Onyeibo Oku will speak about free software for architects – FreeCAD’s “Arch” Workbench: Bridging the Gap in the Linux (AEC) Design Tool-set

Besides that a lot of other cool things will be presented what you can find out in the schedule. There is only one problem. LibreGraphicsMeeting needs some support from the community to make this event happen.

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Ubucon 2013

Oktober 15th, 2013 von buergermeister

Letztes Wochenende war also die mittlerweile 7. deutsche Ubucon und ich war als einer der nicht Ubuntu-Vertreter, wie man hier nachlesen kann, vor Ort. Mein Beitrag zum Programm der Ubucon waren zwei Workshops, einer zu Blender und einer zu Inkscape. Etwas weniger als in den vergangenen Jahren. Das Programm war durchaus auch für nicht Ubuntu-Fans interessant, jedenfalls auf Einsteigerlevel. Ich jedenfalls mußte schon wieder Kurt Pfeifles PDF-Kung Foo-Workshop verpassen, aber nächste Chance auf der OpenRheinRuhr, wo wir hoffentlich endlich mal nicht paralell im Programm sind.  Mankos gab es wie immer an der Organisation, ich hätte mir eine bessere Beschilderung gewünscht, da hätte ich mir wohl erspart eine halbe Stunde auf dem Gelände herum zu irren und ein Netzwerk, welches nur Kommunikation auf Port 80 zuläßt ist auch nich das Wahre. Jedenfalls war es ein durchaus interessantes Linux-Wochenende, die Leute die zur Ubucon fahren sind ja nicht die Fanboys, bei denen ausser Ubunu nichts anderes in Frage kommt. Vielleicht begleitet mich ja im nächsten Jahr einer meiner Fedora-Kollegen zur Ubucon 2014, die auf jeden Fall statt findet ob in Leipzig oder Berlin oder vielleicht an einem anderem Ort, das wird sich zeigen.

Last weekend I was at the german edition of Ubucon, it was not my first one. Of course it was recognizable that I am not from Ubuntu as I weared like before my Fedora Ambassador Shirt, but I was not the only one from outside of the Ubuntu world, there was also Martin Gräßlin the KWin developer, who comes from openSUSE. That we are not from the Ubuntu Community was recognized from Kristian Kißling editor of the German Linuxmagazin and so he mentioned us in his article about the event. I had some interesting conversations on the event, hopefully next year I will be not the only Fedora guy there. There is definitely place to show e.g. RPM packaging and the visitors of Ubucon are the open people of the Ubuntu community, they are willing to learn also about such things, the program was generally not very Ubuntu related more Linux and FLOSS related. So next year I think I will be again going to this event.

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Eine Menge Veranstaltungsaufrufe

März 20th, 2013 von buergermeister

Im Moment suchen ja eine ganze Menge OpenSource-Veranstaltung nach Beiträgen, vielleicht lohnenswert eine kleine Zusammenfassung zu schreiben.

Bist zum 1. April kann man noch Themen für die Linuxwochen in Wien einreichen. Gesucht werden Beiträge zu den Themen  Open Source, Freie Software, Open Hardware und Open Data gesucht. Einreichen kann man die Vorträge und Workshops im CfP-Manager genannten System. Stattfinden werden die Linuxwochen Wien vom 2.-4. Mai wieder am Technikum in Wien.

Unter dem Titel “Build your conference” hat auch die deutsche Ubucon nun ihren Call for Papers gestartet. Die Ubucon 2013 wird vom 11. – 13. Oktober 2013 in Heidelberg stattfinden und noch bis zum 31. August 2012 kann man Beiträge einreichen. Das geschieht hier ganz zwanglos via eMail an idee@ubucon.de. Vorträge sollten eine Länge von 50 Minuten haben und als Richtwert für Workshops sind 100 Minuten das Optimum, längere Slots sollen aber möglich sein.

Auch die OpenRheinRuhr hat zur Einreichung von Beiträgen aufgerufen, hier endet die Frist am 31.08.2013. Gesucht werden Beiträge zu den Themengebieten: Neue Entwicklungen zu freien Betriebssystemen und Anwendungen, Desktop und Grafik, Internet, Webtechniken, Community Projekte, Administration, Business-Anwendungen, Sicherheit, Privatsphäre, Anonymität und Recht, Lizenzen. Einreichen kann man Vorträge über ein Onlineformular. Stattfinden wird die OpenRheinRuhr am 9. und 10. November 2013 wieder im Rheinischen Industriemuseum in Oberhausen.

Noch nicht ganz soweit, ist die FrOSCon hier ist aber in den nächsten Tagen/Wochen mit einem Call for Papers zu rechnen. Aber immerhin steht schon ein Datum für diese Veranstaltung fest. 24. und 25. August, wie immer an der FH Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin.

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Hat es jetzt der letzte begriffen?

März 11th, 2013 von buergermeister

Auch auf die Gefahr hin, dass im ubuntuusers-Forum wieder Einträge ala “Canonical Bashing auf Karl-Tux-Stadt” und hier die lieben Fanboys in anonymer Art und Weise beleidigende Kommentare schmieren, geb ich dann doch mal meine Meinung zu den neuesten Ereignissen.

Ubuntu started jetzt also seinen eigenen “XServer” namens Mir. Von mir aus, deren Problem, ich jedenfalls gehöre nicht zu denen die darin eine Gefahr sehen. Die Welt von Open Source lebt von ihrer Vielfalt und die vielen Forks sind der Motor, der die Entwicklung voran treibt. Allerdings hat die Sache einen Haken, die Anforderungen sind in den letzten Jahren gestiegen, die Zahl der unterschiedlichen Geräte und Plattformen steigt. Damit steigt auch eines der Bedarf an Entwicklern und diese kosten Geld.

Falls jemand “The Cathedral And The Bazar” gelesen hat, dann weiss man das der Benutzer bei der Entwicklung von FLOSS eine Rolle spielt, die des Beta-Tester. Und mehr noch aus diesen Reihen stammen auch nicht wenige der Entwickler. Will man also ein Open Source “Produkt” entwicklen, so tut man gut daran, seine Community zu pflegen. Das ist ein Tanz auf dem Drahtseil, denn man muss viel Geduld aufbringen, denn diese Entwickler lassen sich nicht zwingen, nach meinem Gusto zu arbeiten und nur das zu tun, was ich für richtig halte.

Weder Mark S. noch Jono B. sind meines Erachtens in der Lage, die für die geplanten Entwicklungen nötige Community aufzubauen. Beide sind eher Marketingspezialisten, die immer schön von sich reden machen. Allerdings beginnt der Fisch viel zeitiger an zu stinken, nämlich schon mit dem Beginn von Ubuntu. Immer wieder hört man, das Ubuntu Linux benutzerfreundlich/einsteigerfreundlich gemacht habe. Das ist Schwachsinn, ein SUSE oder RedHat liess sich zu der Zeit ebenfalls einfach installieren. Was sich geändert hat war die einfache Verfügbarkeit, man hat Ubuntu verteilt wie kostenlose Bonbons. Während andere Distributoren noch versucht haben mit Boxen ein wenig Geld zu verdienen. Und eben da fängt der Fisch an zu stinken, kreiert man eine Atmosphäre von “kostenlos” bekommt man unter Garantie nicht die Community, die zur Entwicklung beiträgt. Das es trotzdem eine halbwegs aktive Ubuntu-Community gibt, die versucht etwas beizutragen, ist nur der schieren Anzahl an Nutzern zu verdanken.

Eines ist fakt Canonical ist eine Firma und das heisst am Ende Profit. Scheinbar war der Plan, durch das verteilen von CDs eine möglichst große Nutzerbasis zu erlangen, wenn nicht gar die größte Nutzerbasis unter den Linuxsystemen und dann damit bestimmen zu wollen. Das das nicht funktioniert hat ist offensichtlich. Schliesslich hat man Unity am Ende der Weigerung der GNOME-Entwickler zu verdanken, den Releasezyklus an Ubuntu zu koppeln. Das man nebenbei nicht von Erpressung von Banshee-Entwicklern oder von Amazon-Werbung im System nicht zurück schreckt, macht ebenfalls nicht nur Freunde. Scheinbar will man auch in der Zukunft auf Masse setzen, Ubuntu auf dem Phone, Ubuntu auf dem Tablet… Ubuntu auf dem Fernseher.

Das kann ja auch durchaus finanziell erfolgreich sein, ein System auf allen Geräten. Tja nur braucht man auch dafür am Ende die Entwicklerressourccen. Und ob man diese aus der Community gewinnen kann, ist nach dem letzten Blogeintrag von Mark S. ist mehr als fraglich. Ob Sparmassnehmen, wie die Durchführung des Developer Summit als Online-Event die richtigen sind, ist auch zweifelhaft. Für mich schaufelt Canonical hier sein eigenes Grab und wisst ihr was, ich weine dem später keine Träne nach. Leid tut es mir nur für die, die beigetragen haben zur Ubuntu-Community, aber die fühlen sich auch bestimmt bei Fedora, Debian oder openSUSE wohl. Willkommen sind sie bestimmt.

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Call For Supplemental Wallpaper Submissions

Februar 20th, 2013 von buergermeister

The Design Team is still working on the default wallpaper and design for Fedora’s next version, called “Schrödingers Cat“. We had two public brainstorm sessions and a lot of nice ideas came out: if you want to participate, Mizmo collected the ideas in a Pinterest board.

But that is not the only way you can contribute to Fedora 19. In addition to the default wallpaper, each Fedora version has a package with so called ‘Supplemental Wallpapers,’ submitted by the community. From these submissions, the Design Team traditionally chooses the best (here you can find the for Fedora 18 chosen ones.) This time, not only the design team will vote for the best ones – all Fedora contributors can vote. But first, we need your submissions. So how do you do that?

First there are some rules. Here are the technical specifications:

  • Submitted wallpapers must use a format that can be read by software available in Fedora Package Collection. Preferred image formats include SVG and PNG.
  • Master files, which may be further edited, should be maintained in non-lossy formats. Preserving vector graphics, raster layers, and channels is important for such materials.
  • Originals for landscape formats must be a minimum of 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The larger the better. Photographic submissions should be made at the highest resolution the camera is capable of.
  • Submitted wallpapers should be provided in a 16 x 9 aspect ratio when possible.
  • No watermarks, signatures, photographer/creator names, or messages may be included in any part of the work. However if the license allows, and the photo is compelling enough, we could remove watermarks.

Now here are the organizational rules:

  • Submissions must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. If your submissions include or derive from artwork created by other people, please make sure the license of the original work you incorporate is compatible with Fedora and that you are not violating any of the provisions of its license. Just because a work is licensed with a Creative Commons license does not mean it is free to use (make sure you provide attribution to artists that license their work with a CC Attribution clause.)
  • Submission should have the consent and approval of the author or creator
  • Submissions re thereby licensed to the public for reuse under CC-BY-SA unless specifically identified as being licensed by another approved liberal open source license. See a list of approved licenses for Fedora. Note that we can not accept NC or ND submissions.

The deadline until you can submit your artwork is the March 31 2013 at 23:59 UTC. You can submit your material directly to the wiki: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F19_Artwork/Submissions/Supplemental_Wallpapers. For further questions, you can send me a mail gnokii@fedoraproject.org. We are looking forward to many great submissions…

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Inkscape-Wochenende Januar

Dezember 3rd, 2012 von buergermeister

Die ersten beiden Inkscape-Wochenenden, sind ja nun bereits Geschichte und für Januar 2013 vom 11. – 13. , ist ein weiteres solches Wochenende geplant. Einige haben nun angefragt, ob sich dieses Wochenende nicht an einen anderen Ort verlegen lassen würde und die Wahl fiel hier aufs Linuxhotel.

Da besteht auch die Möglichkeit, zu folgenden Konditionen. Und es steht auch mehr Raum zur Verfügung, als das hier vor Ort der Fall gewesen wäre, damit sind wieder Plätze frei. Also wer teilnehmen möchte, das Kontaktformular ist ohnehin noch online oder mir eine Mail schreiben oder hier in die Kommentare posten. Autogramme werden auch vergeben und eins ist übrigens immer noch zu gewinnen ;)

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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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