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Cambodia ICT Camp 2018

Dezember 27th, 2018 von buergermeister

Sunday – Day -1

The day before the first day of ICT Camp Cambodia was mostly travel. I had to wake up early for going to the bus. I went through the city very fast, as it was sunday morning. But very often that doesnt mean anything, so to be on time you have to start early and sometimes that is right enough but sometimes you have then still time, especially the bus arrives later. So this time I was to early :D
A bus ride from Phnom Penh takes 6-8 hrs, night bus is a bit shorter. It always depends on the traffic situation and what I figured out, its better to take the smaller buses with lesser people, then its lesser an issue to getting all back in the bus during the breaks.
So I arrived at the hotel half past two, I unpacked my things and my room mate arrived, luckily the organizers picked Ar Arky as my room mate. I know him since a long time now but that doesnt mean we see each other regularly (thats the strange thing in this city) so we did catch up on a few things and planned to do some things to do some things together in near future (how near depends now for me, how fast I find funding for a new laptop) and we had even the chance to enjoy the pool before going to the welcome dinner.

 

Monday – Day 0

Before I talk about, what did happen on the first day of this event, I should tell you what it is and what is the idea behind it. The ICT Camp Cambodia, is definitely not an FOSS event, like we know it. Literally there are no such events in the region. The idea behind the camp is to solve problems, it is about getting people to new ways of thinking and teach them basic things about certain areas. This camp concentrated on Open Data, Cybersecurity and Open Source. At a certain point the participants was called to find problems which they could solve and one of the points for a possible solution was, that the solution will be Open Source.

 

So the first day was opened with an welcome speech by Thy Try, Executive Director of the hosting organization Open Development Cambodia. It was followed  what I calling keynote marathon, participants of the FUDCon APAC 2016 here in Phnom Penh might know what I mean. Keynote means here kind of opening talk, so in this case just 3 related to the topic plus one hold by Mok Khemera, Director of e-Government department, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

 

Since I living in Cambodia I am not that much interested in listening to such talks, its totally different to what I am used to. I had already enough of one of the opening “keynote” speeches at FOSSASIA where someone just did talk because his embassy was one of the sponsors, well Skype is so far from opensource, it was like a slap into the face. So I skipped most of these opening talks. Except the one of Norbert Klein, which was the part of “Open Source for Good” I already did ask Nobert the day before what he will talking about and I was already angry back then, Nobert sells Free Software/Open Source as free in kind of free beer, lesser as in kind of freedom. He has the typical end-user thinking of free and unpaid download, which never fits to the needs of government or business institutions. This kind of thinking is absolute poison and shows the wrong picture.

I only can hope that my talk which was the follow up in the track of “Open Source for Good” made this more clear. My talk was entitled “Free as in Freedom, not as in Free Beer” so I showed the definitions of Free Software as this ones of OSI as well and made clear that in neither the one or the other does contain any restriction according to money or does it not allow to SELL the software. My biggest problem at this point was, that 15 minutes before my talk my laptop did die. So I had no slides to present with, for me no problem I can speak about this topic freely. During the time I could upload my slides and shared them with the participants, a thing I would have done anyway. But before I presented another thing did happen, the morning circle on the first day of course with an introduction of everybody on this point I have to say, its planned always and nobody seems to calculate the time before, when 100 or more people introduce themself its not done in the 20 minutes which was planned. So coffee break was a bit shorter as planned but this had also a short calculated time, 10 minutes. I am opposed on such “breaks” during working events anyway there is a pro and a con and the con, that you never get back everybody into the tracks/talks seems to be a big problem in SEA. So I hope there will be some format changes for the next event. But I like the idea behind, getting to know new people and their views on problems/things. But I never figured out who my “secret buddy” was I mean who dragged me out of the pot. My secret buddy was Lov Hongthakvika, we had some conversations to each other (actually I like the secret buddy idea but some bug fixes must be done to it to make it 100% working) he had some questions to me anyway as he is one of the few already using Linux (ubuntu) and had interest in switching to Fedora as it seems to be the better solution for him as a developer. And we shared also our “Smallworld” experiences.

 

Tuesday – Day 1

This day I had no talk by myself and time to join others (as long they been in english, made me a bit sad most had titles in english and was hold in khmer) I joined John Weeks talk about “ICT4D in Cambodia” thats an attempt to connect different NGO’s together to work more closely together. I heard in this talk about a funny solution, you know what a WIFI-Moto is, yes its a moto bike which brings you for a few hours a day connection to the internet. Sounds crazy or? I also joined Arky’s talk about “Internet in a Box” which is related to us, as this project started on our Fedora Summer of Open Hardware and Fun! Wow that was a long time ago. From the software perspective every problem is solved, except that the GUI would need some rework to get it more attractive. From the hardware side, the current solution Raspi + Wifi dongle is not the optimum. There will be a deployment of this boxes in some schools here in Cambodia. Sure hardware solution could be better but thats a bit of chicken-egg problem, surly not without funding and an larger deployment.
Later that day, the pitch session did happen. So the participants had to come up with problems and ideas how to address them. There been 14 problems/ideas. First I was happy to see that none of them was about make a new business and all of them addressed social problems. If you would been strict to the regulations, some had more a solution and searched for a problem where they can be used for. Some been really interesting, like a dictionary for the indiginous language kuy (Cambodia has 19 languages, kuy is one of them). Unfortunately they felt back to “App” instead of really bringing their idea to that what later “Apps” can use. But there will be light, the people who had this problem/idea already joined our translation team, so lets see if we can offer Fedora in kuy. I have starting to work to figure out, how to do it in the best way. Two ideas was related to OSM, one group wanted to better the data of it and searched for ways how to build an OSM community in Cambodia and one wanted to use it to promote the Battambang region amongst tourists. Two projects wanted the trash problem Cambodia faces, so all in all a lot of interesting things.
After the pitching the mentoring session did start, opposite to others speakers I did not choose a team to mentor as one of the the rules was to make the solution open source, I felt responsible for all (the only FOSS person left was Arky and he was one of the judges). This sessions went until the dinner and after dinner another session did happen.

Last session of this very long day (until 11pm) was John Weeks with “Sketch Noting” this session was mainly there for showing the participants that everybody can draw (not a thing you have to show me) and how to use such drawings for recording sessions and talks or present ideas. I met John several times already and he has done comics about FOSS already, we had since a plan to produce a Fedora related one, lets see we can do it this time. I would need some for Barcamp PP 2019 and this graphical stories are really the best way to explain Khmer people what it is about. We used some time during the event to speak about this kind of project.

 

Wednesday – Day 2

This day was only a half day filled with talks, after lunch an trip was planned. The organizers gave the choice between Angkor Wat and Kampong Phluk, the floating village. I been to Angkor already, yes I find it a great place but 30$ for a day ticket and paying this for just a few hours (not the whole day) is simple to much especially the money wents in the pockets of a private company. So I did choose the floating village and it was the right choice, its not that it is impressive like Angkor Wat and the engineering behind it, its a village build on piles on a river. There are all in all 3 of this villages left, with 900 family living in all three of them. Its not so tourist crowed like Angkor (half China is there) just a few tourist. The only thing what made me sad that day, was that my session chair said to the participants of the talk, they shall get into a bus with me and then continue there and the organizer packed all speakers, facilitators and organizers in one bus. So they had no chance to continue their exploring of our huge world.
But before we went for the trip, I had my second talk on this event, it was about the Fedora Security Lab but it was more concentrating on Flavors, Labs and Spins and show the different things we offer. It is hard for the most to understand that an operating system has nothing to do with an graphical user interface/desktop environment and that on Linux you have the choice to find one that fits your needs. I already had this last year at PNC, but they did understand that during the week we had.
The tour did end with an self-organized dinner in Siem Reap, so for me been already in SR but never seen the famous Pub-Street before, but the time was to short as some projects wanted to work on their idea, I had to go back with the bus at 8pm. I mentored after that the OSM-Battambang idea a bit and went around 12pm to my room, so a long time again.

 

Thursday – Day 3

This day did open with the presentations of last years winner projects. This was also the big day for me as the first slots being my “Start your Life as Fedora Contributor” workshop, this workshop I always divide in two parts. In part one I show that there are many things to do and you not rely on any programming language to contributing to an FOSS project. I dont know why a “Mindshare guy” wants to see my material for this workshop, I do it since years and the slides are shared on my fpo account and the rest of the workshop is helping the people creating their FAS account and understand the ways we use, its explaining why we use IRC and not do video conferences, its some basics about how to use mailing lists and similar things. There is no kind of material, because it depends on the knowledge of the audience. As material always serves me apps.fedoraproject.org which gives a nice overview on Fedoras infrastructure and how huge our project is. This time I was a bit troubled as my laptop died on the first day, I managed to show my slides but showing IRC and so on was a bit hard but this was with the audience I had this time also lesser an issue. Over the days before the right people crystallized out and so 5 new FAS accounts being created and 5 new translators being added to Zanata, and I am sure 3 will definitely show up for the next translation sprint. Besides that the khmer-community mailing list found some new subscribers and the facebook page some new subscribers to. We used also some time during my session to talk about translation topics, there is a strong need now for it, MoEYs has made a policy to deploy increased FOSS but only when it is available in khmer. Guess what next to LibreOffice, GNOME (which been translated several years back paid by SUSE) Fedora is ahead.

 

Friday – Day 4

This day had lesser talks, as the projects had to finish their presentation for the marketplace as well presenting them. I joined that day “FOSS and Khmer Application in Education – How community can contribute!” presented by Phel Phearoun from the Ministery of Eduction, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). Again time to discuss, how FOSS projects get translated and what the ministry can do for this. The hierarchical thing the ministry has in mind their will not work, the encourage and facilitating points will be more helpful. However I will have with Phel Phearoun a meeting during the next weeks as we developed together some ideas already how we can improve the situation. So far we agreed to connect the different translation teams together, an idea I had a long time ago but never got it running. So lets see if with the help of MoEYS this will happen. The first meeting, is now nearly a week after the event set up.

 

Saturday – Going home

Getting home, this can be described in a few words, hurry up to get breakfast, checking out and then wait for the rest joining the bus and take their seats in it. The ride back was a lot of fun, forget about Karaoke hour at Flock, khmer do karaoke whenever they can. In a bus it means there are microphones, the driver/owner shares with you the phone connection via bluetooth and you can search in youtube or other such platforms and sing the song you like, he they even got me singing (people who know me what that means), so the 7 hours what it took us to reach Phnom Penh went fast.

Output

So all in all it was a successful event, personally for me as well for Fedora. Not that we just won new contributors and more people did hear about it. There are also some contacts are made and ideas developed how to bring FOSS (and therefore also Fedora) forward in Cambodia. I have now a full agenda again and have to catch up with all of this contacts to move on. But if half of it does happen, Fedora will make a big step forward in Cambodia again.

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Inkscape Workshop for the Young Eco Ambassadors

September 28th, 2017 von buergermeister

 

After a long time it is time for another Inkscape Workshop here in Phnom Penh. This time the audience are young “ecopreneurs”. The environmental situation in Cambodia isnt the best, especially the situation with the trash. It is really a problem, if you drive trough the city, you seeing that Khmer always have a coffee or sugar can juice on their motobike hanging, that is a ot of plastic which ends up directly on the street. The effect of that is it flowing around when the rain comes, the channels are full of them it stinks and it always ends in the chain if you drive with the bicycle during the rain. So not nice!
This young people, want to change that. They do events educating people, what they can do better and founding businesses with an higher ecological impact and sometimes they just going on the street and collect the trash by them self. So a good thing to do.
This workshop shall help them to reach more people. We will do it for two days, the first day will be an introduction to Inkscape, with an practical part where we draw an trash bin. The second day will an introduction to poster design, where we work out the principles for it and design with Inkscape a few posters.

Merken

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The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 4

August 1st, 2017 von buergermeister

The Release Party did already happen 3 days ago but I been busy since then and also a little bit tired, so thats why this post comes a bit later. The students had time until Thursday in the afternoon, to correct the slides with the things we told them. I got them in the evening, but they still had some issues. So we decided that I do the correction of the slides together with them on Saturday morning at 11am. Therefore I had to go earlier to PNC as originally planned and having lunch around there.
But as always something happens and you have to change plans, as I arrived at PNC there was no electricity. Its not a big problem, they have a generator for this cases but as generator hours are not cheap, you have to get permission of the general manager to start it and this took a while.
So we started a bit later and we also had some problems to solve, but the students saw why you should set on free software, I could open their Powerpoint presentations in LibreOffice but they could not open odp files in M$ office. But we managed to make all left changes and have after that a short lunch.

After the lunch break the moment of truth for the students came, the Release Party started. As the biggest room, PNC has, has only a capacity for 200 people we decided not to push it to the Alumni network, so there was not to much people just around 100, mostly students. We started with a small opening speech from John Munger as Manager of PNC, after his greetings, I did play a video with greetings from Matthew Miller. Then we started with the talks, the first talk was mine where I gave an introduction to Fedora at least that was planned but as the most of the audience been the students and will have later with me another Fedora Introduction workshop, I switched to an talk to show how easy it is to contribute to Fedora without programming skills. Then came the first student presentation, we started with the team which presented GNOME and the features of the version 3.24. Before the next talk started, we had another video with greetings, this time from Christian Dersch as owner of the LXQt spin feature. The LXQt team was the next to present and they did same like the team before an amazing job.
For all the students Linux is new, as I wrote in one of the first posts many of them have not seen a computer before nor do own one by themself (yet) so the concept of having different desktop environments is totally new for them and a bit confusing. But in generally they like it, they got that they gather some freedom with is to choose for their needs, the more comfortable GNOME or the spartanic LXQt, which then runs on some older hardware.

After the LXQt presentation followed another video greeting this time from Miro Hroncock, as owner of the Python Classroom feature of course followed by the presentation of the team which presented it. The Python Classroom feature got a ot of questions, no wonder there are not many Python developer in the country but a high demand for them.
After this last student presentation, I followed again and made an overview talk about all the other features of F26 which was left (far to many for a talk). Then the event did end.
All in all it was exciting but also exhausting week in preparations of this Release Party, the work for it isnt even finished yet. The students got on Monday a questionaire, which they have to fill and submit. For us this will be the base if we want to repeat this kind of event again, and how we will do it. So the questionaire must be evaluated and then I will have another meeting at PNC, for maybe more events as this one. So lets see.

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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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Inkscape workshop for Linux statt Windows

September 13th, 2015 von buergermeister

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

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

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Inkscape Workshop at Smallworld

September 7th, 2015 von buergermeister

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

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FOSSOGRAPHY 2015

Juli 7th, 2015 von buergermeister

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

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

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

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

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

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FUDCon APAC 2015 – 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.

Summary

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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15th Anniversary Linuxwochen Vienna

Mai 11th, 2015 von buergermeister

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

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Vienna Calling

April 29th, 2015 von buergermeister

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

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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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Join Fedora Workshop Phnom Penh II

November 26th, 2014 von buergermeister

On the last weekend there was another Fedora Join Workshop planned and it didnt turn out that well this time, as there was only 4 participants who wanted to know more about Fedora as starting to contribute to Fedora. So I had to switch to introduce them to Fedora instead, well that’s my job as Fedora Ambassador. So I showed them as many as I could and explained a lot and answered all their questions and after 4 hours we finished this little session. But this meant no free time for me, as some saw I might have some free time, they asked me for an fast workshop for Blender so I ended up giving another Blender workshop in Development Innovations 5D Lab, which was fun. So I fetched lesser contributors this time but that is fine, helping people in their start using Fedora is also fine and sooner or later they can be transformed into contributors.

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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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Workshop at Smallworld

November 20th, 2014 von buergermeister

I am still in Cambodia and after FAD I had on monday and tuesday an workshop about open source graphic tools at Smallworld Cambodia. It was great as always I like being there, its a nice place and its really nice to see how this young people organize to get an better education. The workshop was really good and there was really talented people amongst the particiants. I even managed to help one to install an Fedora on his laptop. The only thing bad was, that my tuesday morning started not so nice with being fetched in the elevator but I was still on time at the place.

So Fedora found again more friends in Cambodia, it might need time to get them to contributors but I have hope for it. At least they start using more and more free software and thats a good thing.

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Big Week Cambodia

November 2nd, 2014 von buergermeister

This November will be a busy month for me, I will fly to Cambodia again and bring some Fedora energy there. Its my second visit to this country and I look forward to it. I will have an talk at Royal University of Phnom Penh. RUPP is using Fedora for teaching there students basic skills for Linux. But as always, its teached more about technical stuff as what Linux or Fedora really is, projects driven by volunteers. RUPP gives me the great opportunity to speak to all there IT students about how they can contribute to Fedora and learn even more by doing so. But I will do some other things more.

  • On 14th of November I will join the Fedora Release Party Phnom Penh and help Somvannda Kong and Nisa Ban by giving an talk at this event. Truong Anh Tuan is giving another one. So it looks there will be an interesting program with talks and fun. Yes, Fedora 21 will not be released that day, but Beta will be available at least and we can show the features of the upcoming version.
  • On 15th of November I will help in the morning Somvannda in preparing the packaging workshop, which will be done that day remotely by Robert Scheck. So we will help the attendees to install all the necessary software for the workshop so that Robert can start without being enforced to take care of that.
  • The rest of November 15th and 16th I will join the FAD APAC, where the activities for the next year will be planned.
  • 17th and 18th of November I will deliver a 3 days workshop at Smallworld Cambodia, about doing Graphics with Free Software tools.
  • 20th of November I will be back at Development Innovations for delivering an Inkscape workshop to attendees from several NGO’s
  • 21st of November I doing an Open Movie Night at the same place, talking about free software and free culture and of course showing some examples what can be done with free software.
  • 22nd and 23rd of November I will do another Join Fedora workshop, as I did in February at Open Institute Phnom Penh. I hope that during all my presentations at RUPP, Release Party and so on, get enough people interested to start working for Fedora. In the workshop we will do all the  things together that are necessary to become a Fedora contributor.

Besides that activities I will have some meetings with friends and partners to organize some stuff in the future.

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Inkscape-Weekend Oktober 2014

September 20th, 2014 von buergermeister

Ich habe von verschiedenen Seiten Anfragen erhalten, ob ich denn nicht noch einen Inkscape-Wochenendworkshop anbieten könnte. Momentan ist meine Zeit allerdings begrenzt und es gibt nur eine Möglichkeit und zwar am Wochende vom 24.-26. Oktober 2014

Der Workshop beginnt am Freitag Abend mit einigen Dingen rund um SVG, der Oberfläche von Inkscape, den Verzeichnissen, Zooming und Panning und setzt sich dann am Samstag morgen fort mit den Zeichenwerkzeugen. Nach meinen Erfahrungen schaffen wir in bestimmte Themen, wie Live Pfadeffekte, Gekachelte Klone und vor allem Filter nur Einblicke aber die reichen aus, um im Selbststudium sich damit beschäftigen zu können. Wann immer es geht schieben wir auch praktische Teile ein, bist Sonntag Abend sollten wir auf diese Art und Weise alle Funktionen von Inkscape kennengelernt haben.

Neu dieses Mal ist, das wir verstärkt auf die neuen Funktionen von Inkscape eingehen, denn unter Umständen ist die Version 0.91 von Inkscape dann bereits erschienen. Diese bringt eine große Anzahl Neuerungen mit.

Wie bei allen anderen Workshops vorher auch gibt es wieder ein Formular zur Anmeldung, auch dieses Mal gilt ich mach mir nur die Mühe, wenn mindestens 3 Leute zusammen kommen. Ich gebe spätestens eine Woche vor Veranstaltung per Mail Bescheid, ob die Veranstaltung stattfindet.

Ansonsten bleibt alles beim alten Teilnahme frei, es sei denn ihr wollt mir etwas zustecken aber das bleibt euch überlassen.

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Linuxwochen Vienna day 3

Mai 12th, 2014 von buergermeister

Day 3 of Linuxwochen Vienna was for me the hardest day, I didnt spent much time on the fedora booth as I had to deliver 1 talk and 2 workshops. It started in the morning with the Fedora A-Z talk, which is always nice and gives the attendees a chance to ask a lot of questions to Fedora and they had a lot of questions. After the talk I had to hurry to get into the next room as I had to give together with Sebastian Wagner an darktable workshop. After two hours explaining darktable modules and what you can do with them, what costs a lot of time the workshop ended. I am still not 100% happy how the workshop went, first the problem with the window size I faced in Chemnitz was there again and this on three different machines with different versions, so it looks is a darktable bug and second if all modules are explained the workshop becomes more an demonstration as an workshop, so I have to work on the content a little bit more. But the around 30 attendees was still happy with the workshop and we got positive feedback.

Direct after the darktable workshop my Inkscape workshop did happen, which had not that many people as the one before but still a lot. All the attendees reached the goal I had with them:

Who wants to repeat to redo the steps we did in the workshop, I prepared an screencast (german) for it which you can find here. The rest of the day I spent on the Fedora booth but it was not a lot of time anymore, just 2 hours and then the Linuxwochen Vienna 2014 ended.

 

 

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Linuxwochen Vienna day 2

Mai 10th, 2014 von buergermeister

The second day of Linuxwochen Vienna was like always better visited as the first day. As Gergely and Peter arrived also that day we had enough swag to survive the rest of the week. For me it was also the first day where I had an workshop. This time about Blender, there was only 7 people in it, but that is normal on a friday morning.

The rest of the day I spent on the booth and just visited one talk about how to get OSM maps printing ready. In the evening we went together to the Linuxwochen After Hour party and later went for to an restaurant for an Wiener Schnitzel.

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Linuxwochen Vienna

April 29th, 2014 von buergermeister

Next week from 8. – 10. of May Linuxwochen tour makes his stop in Vienna and Fedora will be there, again. To sad, this year its exactly the same time as LinuTag in Berlin. Besides the booth, we will participate also in the talks and workshops. Peter Czanik will have an talk “Babelfish for DevOps – syslog-ng“, Gergely Rákosi will show that the Fedora Desktop rises through gaming – “Rise of the Fedora Desktop: Gaming” and I will give and Fedora A-Z talk and workshops for using Blender, darktable and Inkscape. So if you are from Vienna or nearby visit us at the Fedora booth.

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Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2014

April 7th, 2014 von buergermeister

It’s time for another event report. The weekend from 15. and 16 March there was CLT in Chemnitz and I was there. It was now the 15th CLT and it was like all the years before but from my point of view there was lesser visitors as in the year before. But there was a long queue in the morning, people waiting for entry.

I had on saturday in the morning an workshop about using darktable and it was a mess. First I was totally jetlagged and my brain was somewhere else but not in my body where it belongs and the technical problems I had to face brought me really out of my concept. Window geometry of darktable didnt switch to the screen resolution that is no fun and the projector showed very different colors.

Everything else, was the same like all the years before, same people so not much to write about it.

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