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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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Current Score Supplemental Wallpaper Fedora 24

März 25th, 2016 von buergermeister

Its more then a month ago, that I opened the Contest for finding the Supplemental Wallpaper for Fedora 24. Its time to give a little inside view and current score, what is going on.

What was new this time was the limitation of submission a single user can do, and so far it suffused what it was expected to do. The quality is significant higher. Also the rejects are this time, much lower, just 2 this time after we had for Fedora 23 a new record. But I have to say its again, that some would look really look better with a little bit of work on the picture. I really hope we can integrate the “mentoring process” soon into Nuancier. The mentors group already exists, and it would raise the quality of the wallpaper more. Here are my 5 favorites so far:

So far we have 99 submissions, and 97 are valid. 53 badges for contributions are handed out, but a lot of contributors have no badges account, and the most of them are fresh contributors. But there is still time for submissions, until 11th of April. So go make your contribution, if you not have done it yet!

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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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Back 2 work

Februar 11th, 2015 von buergermeister

It’s some time now that I was in Westford for the Design Team FAD, it was great and we achieved a lot during this weekend. We came down to 17 open  tickets for the Design Team and discussed how we will work in the future.  The only thing what wasnt that nice is the flying time, I was really jetlagged after the return and additionally I fetched a nice cold which brought me down for more then a week. So I was a little bit down for nearly 3 weeks, but now I am back but I have so many mails to read and answer that it will be my work for the next 3 days.

Next station will be the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, where I will have together with Robert Scheck an talk. Next to that I have to arrange the Linuxwochen in Vienna, which have also started their CfP. So if somebody wants to help me on the booth…. and there is also some work to do for Fossography in November. So a lot of work waits for me.

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Flock booklet

August 1st, 2014 von buergermeister

Most of my work for Flock 2014 in Prague is now done, booklet is done and is now in print and will be delivered on monday. The schedules for the doors are also done and a lot of badges designed. If you want to download the booklet, I did put a download version here.

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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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Inkscape next Level

September 29th, 2013 von buergermeister

Es ist schon eine Weile her, dass eine neue Version von Inkscape erschienen ist. Die letzte Version 0.48.4 war eher eine Zwischenlösung und sollte die Wartezeit auf 0.49 verkürzen. Aber auch die ist nun schon etwas älter, jetzt steht aber scheinbar die nächste Version in den Startlöchern. Es ist also Zeit einen Blick auf die neuen Features zu werfen.

Die größte Änderung ist für den Endbenutzer nicht sichtbar, aber deutlich spürbar. Inkscape bekommt einen neuen Realtime-Renderer, der auf Cairo basiert. Das bringt nicht nur Performencegewinne auch sind einige der Renderfehler, die Inkscape bei Filtern und Musterfüllungen mit dem alten Renderer hatte Geschichte. Einziges Manko hier, sollte man Rastergrafiken in einer Grafik verwenden und diese kleiner skalieren müssen, kommt es beim Export dazu, dass dieses Bild etwas pixelig wird. Hinzu kommt das nun OpenMP-Multithreading für die Filter verwendet wird auch das bringt einiges an Performance. Hinzu kommt, dass Inkscape nun weniger Arbeitsspeicher benötigt, was das Öffnen auch größerer Dateien ermöglicht.

Neu ist eine weitere Ansicht und zwar im Graustufenmodus. Allerdings gibt es dafür ein eigenes Submenü – Farb-Anzeigemodus und das Umschalten ist statt Strg + 5 wie bei den anderen Anzeigemodi, Umschalt + 5.

Auch an der Oberfläche hat sich so einiges getan. So sind zum Beispiel alle fliegenden Fenster verschwunden, Fenster werden jetzt generell rechts angeheftet angezeigt. Massive Überarbeitung hat der Einstellungsdialog für Inkscape erfahren, hier sind die Möglichkeiten enorm angestiegen. So lassen sich beispielsweise die mitgelieferten Tastaturbelegungen jetzt direkt aus dem Einstellungsdialog auswählen. Damit fällt das überschreiben der default.xml weg.

Der Dialog für die Dokument Metadaten und der entsprechende Menüeintrag sind verschwunden, die Metadaten werden jetzt direkt in den Dokumenteneinstellungen eingegeben. Das dürfte einige wohl dazu bringen diese auch zu benutzen, bisher waren die Metadaten eher schwer zu finden.
Der Dialog für das Suchen und Ersetzen wurde überarbeitet, zusätzlich kann man jetzt nach Objekten mit gleichen Eigenschaften suchen.

Überarbeitet wurden aber auch die Dialoge für Text und Farbverläufe. Beim Textdialog werden jetzt oben die im Dokument benutzten Fonts angezeigt, dadurch muss man nicht mehr durch die bei manchen sehr lange Liste scrollen um bereits benutzte Fonts wieder zu verwenden. Das funktioniert nicht nur im Textdialog sondern auch in der Werkzeugeinstellungsleiste, bei aktiviertem Textwerkzeug. Falls der entsprechende Font nicht vorhanden ist und automatisch ersetzt wurde, wird er durchgestrichen angezeigt.

In der Werkzeugeinstellungsleiste für Farbverläufe ist ein Schalter für das Umkehren des Farbverlaufes hinzugekommen, diese Operation war bisher nur über die Tastenkombinaion Umschalt+R erreichbar und somit für die meisten Benutzer nicht vorhanden. Umfassender sind die Änderungen im Dialog, die Wiederholungsfunktion ist aus dem Dialog entfernt worden und nur noch über die Werkzeugeinstellungsleiste erreichbar. Dafür werden die bereits vorhandenen Farbverläufe direkt dargestellt und nicht mehr nur in einem Dropdown-Menü. Das ermöglicht ein einfacheres Umbenennen der Farbverläufe. Neu ist auch das in einer Spalte angezeigt wird, wie oft der Farbverlauf im Dokument verwendet wurde. Die Ansicht der vorhandenen Verläufe läßt sich dabei umsortieren, nach Namen, Anzahl auf oder abwärts. Etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist, das der Schalter für das Bearbeiten nicht mehr einen eigenen Dialog öffnet sondern in den Reiter für Füllungsfarbe springt und man dort die Farben verändern kann. Die Stoppunkte kann man auf dem Canvas oder in der Werkzeugeinstellungsleiste ändern. Dafür muss allerdings das Farbverlaufswerkzeug aktiviert sein, welches automatisch aktiviert wird.
Generell ist zum Dialog für Füllung und Kontur zu sagen, dass Slider und Texteingabefeld gegen einen kombinierten Slider ausgetauscht wurden, was sich am Anfang zumindest für mich trickreich gestaltet.

Auch am Ebenendialog wurde gearbeitet, so lassen sich jetzt die Ebenen auch per Drag&Drop verschieben, was sich allerdings trickreich gestaltet, da es nun auch die Möglichkeit von Sublayern gibt also Ebenen in Ebenen.

Was gibt es nun Neues an Werkzeugen und Optionen? Das Werkzeug welches wohl am ehesten auffallen dürfte, das es in der Werkzeugleiste hinzugekommen ist dürfte das Measurement-Werkzeug sein. Ein Werkzeug zum Messen von Strecken und Winkeln, viele Einstellungsmöglichkeiten gibt es hier nicht, nur die Maßeinheit der Rest ist intuitiv schnell zu begreifen.

Symbole als Element gibt es in SVG schon lange und jetzt gibt es sie auch in Inkscape. Symbole sind Grafiken, die einmal erstellt im Dokument in den Definitions stehen und beliebig oft im Dokument eingesetzt werden können, grob vergleichbar mit Klonen. Der Unterschied ist hier nur das über den Symboldialog diese auch per Drag&Drop oder Copy&Paste in das Dokument eingefügt werden können. Diese lassen sich im Bedarf in der Größe skalieren und auch rotieren. Die Sache hat allerdings noch einen Haken, bis jetzt kann man nur die mitgelieferten Symbole benutzen, das sind AIGA-, Karten-Symbole, Sprechblasen, Flowchart-Elemente und Logic-Symbole. Diese lassen sich zwar ergänzen mit eigenen Symbolen, in dem man eigene Symbole in das entsprechende Verzeichnis schreibt. Allerdings kommt man nicht darum herum das SVG von Hand zu editieren, eine Funktion wie bei Markern oder Mustern zur Umwandlung in Symbole gibt es bisher nicht. Hat man libvisio installiert so ist es auch möglich Visio Stencils zu verwenden, wenn man sie in eines der entsprechenden Verzeichnisse kopiert.

Neu ist auch das Werkzeug – Trace Pixel Art, welches eines der GSoC Projekte diesen Jahres war oder besser gesagt libdepixelize, denn darauf basiert diese Funktion. Sie ist speziell für das Tracing von Pixel-Art und liefert dem Original nähere Ergebnisse als potrace, welches hinter der Tracingfunktion in Inkscape steckt.

Eine neue Funktion erhält auch der Ausrichten-Dialog, mit dem man Objekte rotieren kann und die Stapelanordnung verändern kann. Darüber hinaus sind Teile des Ausrichtendialog über Tastenkombinationen erreichbar.
Neben diesen hauptsächlichen Änderungen gibt es noch eine Menge weitere, so lassen sich beispielsweise Hilfslinien mit einem Klich auf die Ruler an- und ausschalten, es gibt neue Extensions wie zum Rendern von QR-Code, fürs Fontdesign und zum Erstellen von GCode um nur einige zu nennen. Es gibt neue Import/Export Möglichkeiten und vieles mehr. Noch wird aber auch am Code gearbeitet und es wird noch eine Weile dauern, bis wir alle in den Genuß dieser neuen Funktionen kommen.

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Submit Wallpaper for Fedora 20

August 21st, 2013 von buergermeister

We might have no name for Fedora 20 yet, so the Design Team could not start working on the design for it yet but what you can do contributing to a beautiful look for Fedora 20, is submit to the Supplemental Wallpapers. You might remember the for Fedora 19 choosen ones.

So how to contribute to the Supplemental Wallpapers for Fedora 20?

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 September 30 2013 at 23:59 UTC. You can submit your material directly to the wiki: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F20_Artwork/Submissions/Supplemental_Wallpapers. For further questions, you can send me a mail and don’t hesitate to ask me for assistance just write me a mail gnokii@fedoraproject.org.

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Rückblick Linuxwochen Wien 2013

Mai 7th, 2013 von buergermeister

Vergangene Woche, genauer gesagt vom Donnerstag den 2. bis zum Samstag den 4. Mai, haben in Wien am Technikum, wieder die Linuxwochen Wien stattgefunden. Für dieses Jahr waren die Linuxwochen zum ersten Mal im neuen Gebäude der FH gleich neben dem altem Haus. Das ist wieder ein enormer Fortschritt, denn dort gibt es ausreichend Platz für eine Austellung der Projekte. Der Platz wurde für dieses Jahr allerdings nicht ausgereizt, scheinbar sind die Projekte noch den alten Platz gewohnt, der im Eingangsbereich nur minimal war und auf den Fluren war man doch recht einsam, wenn sich nicht die Besucher dorthin verirrt hatten. Neben Fedora hat nur noch Debian, die RailsGirls Wien, die Wikimedia und OpenStreetMap ausgestellt. Auch seltsam in Wien ist, das die 3 kommerziellen Austeller am Samstag dann nicht erscheinen.

Was die magere Austellung wieder wett macht, sind auf die 3 Tage verteilte 100 Vorträge und Workshops. Auch im größten Vortragsaal wurde Platz hinzugewonnen und der wurde dann auch ausgereizt, in den meisten Vorträgen. All zu viele Vorträge habe ich selbst nicht gesehen, da ich mit meinen eigenen Beiträgen beschäftigt war. Am Donnerstag hatte ich Vorträge zu Animationen unter Linux mit Tupi, zum Erstellen von Präsentationen mit Inkscape und ich habe die Fedora Design Suite vorgestellt. Normalerweise wird am Donnerstag eher den Business-Vorträgen der Vorrang gegeben und ich hatte schon befürchtet vor nur sehr wenigen Zuhörern zu stehen. Dem war aber nicht so, schon am Morgen im ersten Vortrag waren ausreichend Leute im Raum und beim nachfolgenden zweiten dann noch mehr. Für den letzten Vortrag war ich dann im größten Raum aber der war dann nicht mehr so gefüllt.

Für den zweiten Tag hatte ich nur nach dem Mittag einen Workshop zu Inkscape und für den habe ich kurzfristig entschieden, diesen in Englisch zu halten da wir ausländische Gäste hatten. Das wäre in Deutschland eher unmöglich, aber in Österreich sagt das Publikum zu so etwas nicht nein. Mit der Anzahl der Besucher kann ich voll zufrieden sein, 22 ist eine gute Zahl bei spätestens 30 ist ohnehin Schluß mit lustig.

Für den dritten Tag hatte ich den ganzen Tag zu tun, schon am Morgen hat mein Blender-Workshop begonnen. Trotz der großzügig bemessenen Zeit war es am Ende knapp, wir haben das geplante Bild fertiggestellt und das auch unter der Zeit, allerdings haben die Spielmatzen doch aufgehalten. Aber es ist in 3 Stunden zu schaffen. Nach einer kurzen Pause ging es gleich weiter mit einem zweiten Inkscape-Workshop und der war mit ein paar weniger Leuten gefüllt als der erste aber trotzdem mit einer zufrieden stellenenden Anzahl von Besuchern. Insgesamt gibt es auch nur gute Kritiken zu meinen Beiträgen, ich kann also rundum zufrieden sein. Ich werde wohl auch nächstes Jahr zu den Linuxwochen in Wien fahren vom 8. – 10. Mai 2014 wieder am Technikum in Wien.

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Conclusion Linuxwochen Vienna

Mai 6th, 2013 von buergermeister

Linuxwochen 2013 in Vienna are over now, it was 3 days with a lot of talks. The program had 100 different talks and workshops and most of them was really filled up. As the Linuxwochen was this year in the new building of UAS Vienna, there was plenty of space for the exhibition, but not a lot of booths. Hopefully there will be more next year otherwise the exhibition is not interesting. Otherwise we had a lot of conversations and the 3D printer rocked again.
Personally I had 3 talks and 3 workshops, my talks was scheduled all for the first day. The talk about doing animations with Linux and Open Source was well visited and also the following talk about how to do slides with Inkscape. Interesting for me I doing this talk since over 3 years and its still new to the people, that it can be done. Last talk at that day was the introducion of the Fedora Design Suite and as it was the last talk on the day, there was not so lot of people as in my other talks.
On friday I had the first workshop at 2pm and it was good visited, there was 22 people and that is the optimal amount of people. For this workshop I had to switch to english as there was guests from aborad. If there is more interest in Brno, we can also do one of my Inkscape weekends there. The other two workshops I had on saturday beginning in the morning with the Blender one after a short lunch break the second Inkscape workshop followed. Also here they was filled up.
The system for the schedule the Linuxwochen use allows the visitors to vote for the talks and the speaker can see them, so I looked yesterday if I have comments on my talks and workshop and I already had for most of them good votes and comments. One comment said it’s already time that somebody starts to talk about how to do animations with Linux and Open Source. Actually I think about doing an workshop for that but the problem is, it’s for users and as Tupi isnt packaged for Fedora or openSUSE yet, it’s not possible. For Debian and Ubuntu there are packages but they are outdated. So we will see if in the future also workshops for animations can be done. So on the end Linuxwochen was a good event for me and I think I will be there 2014 again.

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Fedora will rock Linuxwochen Vienna

April 23rd, 2013 von buergermeister

Next week from 2nd to 4th of May there will be Linuxwochen in Vienna. This event is part of a series kind of road show events in Austria touring through different cities in the country. Linuxwochen will be held in the new building of UAS Technikum Vienna and Fedora will have of course an booth there. But besides that Fedora people will deliver a lot of talks and workshops. Christoph Wickert will doing a talk about Kolab3 and an second one about spam protection with postscreen, Raphael Groner will talk about the VoiceXML framework, Rákosi Gergely will show how gaming with Fedora works, Jaroslav Reznik will talk about Fedora works and talk about the new upcoming Fedora 19, Peter Czanik will show new things in sylog-ng, Miro Hroncok will give an talk about RepRap 3D printers and deliver an workshop how to do 3D models with OpenSCAD and in a second one how to create manpages. I will also have workshops in the program on friday one about Inkscape and on saturday one for using Inkscape again and a second one about using Blender, besides that I have also 3 talks introducing Fedoras Design Suite, how Tupi can be used for animations and the third talk will be about how you can use Inkscape for preparing presentation slides. In case you are interested in the program it can be found here.  I would say that’s a lot of talks and Fedora blue will be very visible….

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LibreGraphicsMeeting 2013

April 17th, 2013 von buergermeister

Vergangene Woche war ich in Madrid zum LibreGraphicsMeeting. Der jährlichen Zusammenkunft vieler Grafikprojekte, wie GIMP, Krita, Darktable, Scribus, Inkscape und vieler anderer. Neben dem Vortragsprogramm, in dem ich mit zwei Beiträgen vertreten war, gibt es Zusammenkünfte der Entwickler und Workshops. Am ersten Tag hatte ich meinen Vortrag zur Fedora Design Suite und am dritten zu Open Source Movies. An vielen Meetings habe ich teilgenommen, so an den Gesprächen zwischen Tupi und Krita and denen geklärt wurde, wie beide Programme interagieren können. Dabei sind Fehler im Datenmodell von Tupi zu Tage gekommen, die in naher  Zukunft geändert werden. Damit wird Tupi dann schneller im Laden von Reihenbildern zum Beispiel. Auch Ideen zu OpenRaster als mögliches zusätzliches Datenformat haben stattgefunden, dass würde ermöglichen das Tupi Dateien von Krita und Mypaint übernehmen kann. Aber auch die Gespräche zwischen Krita, GIMP und Mypaint zu einem gemeinsamen Brush-Format habe ich verfolgt, auch hier tut sich so einiges. Auch bei Fonts, tut sich so einiges, wie ich am Rande mitbekommen habe, die Gespräche habe ich allerdings nicht mitverfolgt. Persönlich habe ich die Zeit genutzt um mit Tavmong Bah über Aufzählungen im SVG-Standard zu sprechen, dieses Feature wird in meinem Blog oft im Zusammenhang mit Inkscape gesucht und auch in meinen Vorträgen angefragt. Die schlechte Nachricht ist, dass dieses Feature auf jeden Fall von Fliesstext abhängig ist, dieses Feature wurde schon im Zusammenhang mit SVG 1.2 gecancelt. Da wäre die Möglichkeit Aufzählungen ähnlich zu integrieren, wie Textumbrüche aber diese werden beim speichern als konformes SVG ja zerstört. Auch im Inkscape IRC wird dieses Feature oft nachgefragt, die Problematik hier ist, das diese Wünsche ans W3C herangetragen werden müssen und nicht an Inkscape, so also wenn ihr es wollt schreibt an die Arbeitsgruppe. Die vertretenen Browser-”Hersteller” haben jedenfalls kein Interesse daran, die wollen SVG möglichst klein halten.

Es tut sich also eine ganze Menge in der Welt der freien Grafikprogramme und die 2013er Ausgabe des LGM hat wieder einige Sachen vorwärts geschoben. Bleibt am Schluss zu sagen, dass ich gespannt bin auf die 2014er Ausgabe des LGM egal ob sie in Montreal, Medellin, Buenes Aires oder hier in Deutschland in Leipzig statt findet. Auch in der Organisationsstruktur des LGM hat sich einiges getan, was zukünftige Meetings verbessern wird. Also alles in allem hat es sich gelohnt nach Madrid zu fahren.

Bleiben nur noch zwei Dinge zu sagen, erstens es fehlt noch Geld auf dem offiziellen LGM-Pledgie und auch auf dem für Gustav Gonzalez/Maria Leandro und zweitens wer Lust hat ein eventuelles LGM in Leipzig organisieren zu helfen, kann sich bei mir melden.

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LibreGraphicsMeeting 2013 day 0

April 11th, 2013 von buergermeister

First day of LGM is done, it started late and it ended late. I attended the Synfig Animation workshop which get an break because of an fire alert. After the workshop the talks started but not as scheduled. I had the third talk and was half an hour to late, so I went through my talk very fast and skipped also the questions. But I think it was a good talk about the Fedora Design Suite. Personally I was interested in Tavmong Bahs talk about the future of SVG -SVG 2.0 But he prepared a lot of slides and most of them explained what SVG is and he runt out of time as the talks on LGM are only 20 minutes.

The rest of the day was a lot meeting old friends and new people, but a little bit stressful for me as I had to manage to close the supplemental wallpaper process and attend the EMEA Ambassadors meeting, but I managed that until my battery run off power. So its already late now and I am tired. But tomorrow will be a new day full of talk, in case you are interested they will be streamed: http://streaming.medialab-prado.es/

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LibreGraphicsMeeting Madrid

März 14th, 2013 von buergermeister

As the schedule for talks and workshops of this years edition of LibreGraphicsMeeting is now published, its time to talk about. For those who dont know LibreGraphicsMeeting is the annual meeting of most of the graphic tools of the free software world. This year LGM will take place in Madrid from 10th to 13th of April and is combined with Interactivos?’13 of LibreGraphicsResearchUnit which will start on 13th and end on 27th of April.

Personally I will give a talk about Fedora Design Suite and a second one about Open Source Movies. In general there is a lot this year about animation software Synfig Studio workshop and also Tupi is there, interesting is also the talk of Nina Paley, because she is a well known animator. But I am not the only Fedorian who has a talk there, Maria “Tatica” Leandro has an Localization workshop as she works on the translation of Darktables User Manual since a few weeks. Only sad thing here is she had to borrow money to buy the flight ticket, as we had not enough on the pledgie, so we still need some support. Richard Hughes will tell the truth about display color calibration. Jakub Steiner will talk about localized animations with blender,python and mallard. So it will be definitly an interesting conference. Btw. the LibreGraphicsMeeting has also a pledgie collecting money for the conference.

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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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F19 Design Brainstorm Meeting

Februar 2nd, 2013 von buergermeister

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

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

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

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

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F19 Design Brainstorming

Januar 30th, 2013 von buergermeister

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

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First Linux ColorManagement Hackfest

November 14th, 2012 von buergermeister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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me @ ubucon.de

September 17th, 2012 von buergermeister

Auch dieses Jahr werde ich wieder auf der deutschen Ausgabe der Ubucon sein. Am Samstag werde ich um 13.00 Uhr im Raum Oneiric, einen Vortrag halten, wie man in Zukunft auf OOo oder LibreOffice oder noch schlimmer PDF/Flash & Co. verzichten kann und dennoch sein Vortragsfolien im Browser vorführen kann – Free Your Slides.

Am gleichem Tag gibt es im gleichen Track um 15.00 Uhr mit mir noch einen Inkscape-Workshop РSexy Jeans. In diesem zeige ich, was mit Filtern und Pfadeffekten alles so m̦glich ist.

Am Sonntag gibt es dann um 13.00 Uhr noch einen Inkscape-Workshop – Grinsen kann jeder. In diesem geht es darum, wie man einfahc ein eigenes Emoticon-Set erstellen kann und zeigt einige Tricks zum Icondesign  und -export. Mich auf der Ubucon zu finden dürfte überhaupt nicht schwer sein, ich werde wohl in Fedora-Blau wieder aus der Masse herausragen. Man sieht sich also am 19.-21. Oktober in Berlin an der HWTK zur Ubucon.

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