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Document Freedom Day Phnom Penh

März 24th, 2016 von buergermeister

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

 

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

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InstallParty Phnom Penh

Februar 9th, 2016 von buergermeister

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

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

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Look over the fence – StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh

Februar 6th, 2016 von buergermeister

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

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

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

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

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Get new users…

Januar 18th, 2016 von buergermeister

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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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Blender Workshop at Smallworld

September 29th, 2015 von buergermeister

Last weekend it was time for another workshop at Smallworld Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This time a Blender workshop. There was 16 registrations and a lot of the participants showed up. So the lecture room in Smallworld was good filled. Smallworld was full that day anyway as also the WordPress Meetup took place that day. So a lot of Open Source topics that day in Smallworld.

Next thing, meeting for BarCamp, TranslationSprint and Installfest…. Lot to do

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Software Freedom Day 2015 Phnom Penh

September 21st, 2015 von buergermeister

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

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

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Wrap-up Cambodia Hellweek

Dezember 1st, 2014 von buergermeister

I am home now since a few days, time to look back and do a wrap-up, what I have done during my days in Cambodia. My schedule was really packed and I was tired on the last days. Next time I will plan a day off, for recreation.

It all started with the Release Party Phnom Penh, followed by the FAD APAC, the others could spent some more time on sunday evening together but I had to go to bed as the next day I was in Smallworld for an workshop. One of the days started really as adventure, sticking in the elevator. After this workshop I had a day full of meetings for organizing FOSSOGRAPHY next year and I also had an meeting with Khiev Sopheaktra, lecturer at Royal University Phnom Penh. The next day I had an Inkscape workshop for NGO at Development Innovations. During the next day I sit together with Chantra Be and Somvannda Kong helping them putting together ther FUDCon bid and in the evening I had the OpenMovieNight. Next day I had another Join Fedora Workshop.

I think I moved a lot in Phnom Penh, Fedora becomes more and more known and we also find more and more friends there. The Fedora community in Cambodia is growing. But there was also moved a lot for APAC region during FAD, they have a budget plan now for next year, Ambassador Shirts are rolling and some things more….

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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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FAD APAC 2014

November 19th, 2014 von buergermeister

FAD APAC 2014, the first of its kind eneded already 3 days ago and I was not enabled to write an report until yet, as I am still in Phnom Penh and have each day a workload to do, with giving workshops, talks and meetings. But now its the time, Siddesh has already pushed out for each day ( day 0, 1 and 2) a nice summary, what things we have done. But here a short summary:

Day 1: this day, we started with me giving an overview as an outsider what I see are the problems of the APAC regions and then everybody had the opportunity to give us an inside view to his country. The rest of the day we spent with planning the budget for next year. I putted together with the help of other people an “asian event” page in our wiki, which we used to plan the budget. It was really a lot of work and the day ended really late, we stood in the DAI offices until past 7pm. So we was really late for dinner, which was definitely nice – to sad for me, to much fish and seafood.

Day 2: We used this day to finish the work on the event planning and then moved over to more problematic topics like production of swag. Thats a little bit more complicated here as I am used to in EMEA, but there is room for improvements, so we talked about the really needed swag, which should be easily accessible for the Ambassadors in the APAC region and how to produce it with good and acceptable prices, we also had to talk about how we deal with the reimbursements for some Ambassadors as transaction fees are to high, I think Siddesh explained it very well in one of his posts, the money value is here in a lot of countries another one, take Cambodia e.g. We came up with some ideas where we can improve but mainly they have to improve there organization how to deal with the costs.

I think this FAD was definitely progress for the APAC Ambassadors and we will see what it brings in the future. But we suceeded not only with the topics of FAD, we had also another thing. As I was here in February/March and gave some talks and awarded gifts for questions the session chair wanted to award some things to people who was Fedora Ambassadors. Why the was not visible as such ones, no Fedora shirt! There was several attempts to produce the same Fedora Ambassadors Shirts as we have in EMEA but it never progressed, but now its done. All the participants took home the shirts for the Ambassadors in their countries, with the list we have we already equipped 40% of the Ambassadors we have with an shirt. For the rest, well if we would know there size……. But look for the anouncement in the next APAC meeting.

We really have to say a BIG thank you for this really great support from Greta Greathouse from Development Innovations Cambodia, for hosting us, we enjoyed really being your guests.

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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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