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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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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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Release Party Phnom Penh

November 16th, 2014 von buergermeister

On friday we had here in Phnom Penh, Release Party for Fedora 21. Yes we know 21 isnt released yet, but we started back in May organizing this event and now at least beta is available and we could show the features. Here in Cambodia just a few people are introduced to Linux and Open Source so Release Party is more to get them and inform them about it, as introducing them to the features of the newest version. But we had a great party, we had around 70 visitors and during the talks a lot of questions. We found definitely new friends in Cambodia and some also are willing to do something for Fedora, so lets see how the “Join Fedora Workshop” turns out next weekend.

But we have also to say thx to some people here and there is in the first place Greta Greathouse from US AID – Development Innovations, who not only gave us the space for the party as also prepared us a really nice food and drinks, so that it became a really nice party after the talks.

But thats enough and now I let the pictures speak:

 

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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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LGM 2013 – Travel founding for Gustavo, Onyeibo and Tatica

Oktober 15th, 2012 von buergermeister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Neue Ansichten mit Firefox 4

Januar 31st, 2011 von buergermeister

Auch bei Mozilla experemntiert man mit neuen Interfaces für den Firefox und zwar im Rahmen der Mozilla Labs, wo sich das Subprojekt “Prospector” um derartiges bemüht.
Wie ein absolut minimalistischer Firefox aussehen könnte, der weder Adressleiste, noch Tabs oder Stuatuszeile anzeigt aussehen könnte, dass zeigt derzeit ein Addon für den Firefox 4. Der ganze Bildschirm für den Content!
Die Darstellung eben jener Elemente wird dann von einem Dash-Board übernommen, dass über ein halbtransparentes Firefox-Logo in der Ecke ereichbar ist. Klickt man auf dieses wird eine Übersichtsseite mit den offenen Tabs angezeigt, ausserdem Seiten aus dem Cache die am häufigsten aufgerufen wurden, bewegt man den Mauszeiger über die Thumbnails wird im Hintergrund eine Voransicht geladen. Ausserdem findet man eine Adress- und Suchleiste, die kombiniert genutzt werden kann und wie gehabt auch im Cache sucht. Ich benutze die Adressleiste ja schon lange zum Suchen und die Suchleiste nur für spezielle Suchdienste, wie etwa die openSUSE Paketsuche. Auch dafür ist in dieser Ansicht gesorgt, in dem man auf ein kleines Logo unter der Leiste klicken kann. Die Statuszeile befindet sich hinter dem halbtransparenten Icon, was für Menschen mit Sehbehinderung aber noch schwerer wahrzunehmen sein dürfte, als für mich. Interesant an der Stelle ist, dass dort ein weiteres halbtransparentes Icon angezeigt wird, sobald sich Aktivität auf einer der Seiten zeigt, die man in einem Tab offen hat. Zum Hinzufügen weiterer Tabs findet man einen entsprechenden Button. Wie ich selbige allerdings schliessen kann suche ich vergeblich, auch wie ich an Einstellungen für den Firefox gelangen kann.

Das Ganze stellt sich für mich als sehr interesanter Lösungsansatz da, ist aber absolut noch nicht zum Arbeiten geeignet. In Zukunft ist geplant, dem Nutzer die Gestaltung des Dash-Board zu überlassen und nicht nur die am häufigsten besuchten Seiten anzuzeigen. Testen kann man das Ganze trotzdem einmal, vorrausgesetzt man hat eine Betaversion von Firefox4 installiert. Nach der Installation des Addon ist kein Neustart erforderlich. Wer auf das alte Browserinterface zugreifen will, kann das mit der Tastenkombination Ctrl-Shift-Alt+d tun, natürlich kann man auch mit Ctrl+Tab auch wie gehabt durch die offenen Tabs blättern. Mehr Keyborad-Shortcuts für diese Ansicht findet man auf einer eigenen Seite.

Ich finde wie schon einmal gesagt, den Ansatz interessant, möchte aber bevor ich damit beginne zu arbeiten wenigstens eine Lösung für das Schließen der Tabs, die Einstellungen von Firefox (irgendwann mag ich ja auch mal den Cache leeren ;) ) und vor allem mißhagt mir die Positionierung des halbtransparenten Icon. Da ich mit einem Preview auf GNOME 3 arbeite und dessen Dashboard ebenfalls über die linke obere Ecke zu errreichen ist und das auch noch mit Gesten, wird das wohl zu einigen Komplikationen führen. Interessant ist es trotzdem, Fazit wieterverfolgen.

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