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Spherical Cow needs a face

August 1st, 2012 von buergermeister

A german floss news page wrote yesterday that Fedora 18 has his shape now. What it still misses is a face and thats not so an easy task with an name like Spherical Cow. Some might read Mizmo’s post about the things that happend yesterday arround the design for Fedora 18. We had yesterday a little brainstorming what to do and it turned into an hackfest and things moved forward. There are some ideas for the design for “cosmic cow”, you can all see them in the post from Mizmo.

But I like to talk a little bit more about mine. In Vienna I saw at the Fedora booth the game OSMOS running, I dont know whats the game about but it creates beautiful spheres and I saw them and thaught thats how spherical cows look like. Gergely took a screenshot of some of them and reminded me yesterday on that idea. So I tried yesterday to create similar spheres with Inkscape. My creation turned out a little bit more “electrical” looking, but thats not bad because electricity is power and Fedora has power.

So thats the status now and right now, I am unhappy with. Especially with the background which contains simple formulas from quantum computing (which should be a cow) e.g. of a qubit. I am also unhappy with the colors. So maybe someone has a idea which brings me forward. You can find the source for playing with it on my fpo account.

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FrOSCon 2012 – Search for talks!

Juli 5th, 2012 von buergermeister

End of August there will be the 7th FrOSCon in St. Augustin near Cologne/Germany. Fedora will have a booth there but still I search for personal to man it. Until now, we are only 2 persons for the booth, thats definitly not enough especially as I have an workshop with 3hrs length in the program of FrOSCon. Christoph also requested a room, like last year where we can have ur own program with Fedora related talks.

To make that happen we would need at least 5 or 6 talks for the day we have the room. So if you have something interesting to speak about, and I am sure there is a lot of new things arround Fedora to speak about. FrOSCon is definitly the target audience for Fedora, people with interests in programming and higher level of system administration and btw. the Koelsch & Barbecue party in the evening is famous. So if you interested in manning the booth or deliver a talk/workshop, add your ideas to the wiki page or speak with me.

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LinuxTag Wrap-up

Mai 29th, 2012 von buergermeister

Last week I was in Berlin for LinuxTag, “Europes leading Open Source Event”. But I wasnt alone, there was other Fedorians too and I saw also some “Beefy Miracles”. ;)

As always the event begins with the travel to it. This year I had bad luck with it. First of all I couldnt go by car so I had to take the train. And that is with all the stuff really hard, not the sitting in the train but moving it from train to train or from the station to the venue. So as I arrived I really sweated especially I had to take a long detour for the construction area  opposite the fairground. After the preparation of the booth we all went to our accommodations. The day ended for me with some beer and a little barbecue.

Wednesday is allways a day with a lot of people wearing ties so more business as community. This year there was definitly more people at this day as last year. Next to the Fedora booth was Centos and a HotDog Place, so we had some vouchers for HotDogs because we couldnt handout real Beefy Miracles. A guy named Michael Larabel found them really tasty. The wednesday ends for me tradionally on the GUUG evening. On thursday and friday the halls begun to be more crowded. Every media I brought to Berlin was gone friday evening, we had only 1 DVD left saturday morning. I used the time in Berlin also to speak with some people about the upcoming Linux Color Management Hackfest in Brno.
Saturday in the morning, I had a shift as session chair and in the same track together with Kai-Uwe Behrmann our talk “Bring Color To The Game“. The honor on this day goes to cwickert, who presented Fedora in a Beefy Miracle costume on the Projects Fast Forward and also took part for Fedora in the Distro Battle, a longer track where different Linux distributions can show, how tasks in with there distribution can be done.
I had to go this year a hour before the LinuxTag ended, for fetch my train and the travel home was again an adventure with delayed trains.

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day +1 LGM/LinuxWochen

Mai 8th, 2012 von buergermeister

May the 3rd was the second day of Libre Graphics Meeting and the first one of Linuxwochen Vienna. So in the foyer of the UAS Technikum opened the exhibition area and also DrupalDay.at and the first talks of Linuxwochen helped to fill the area with people. Of course there was a Fedora booth at the exhibition and it was the biggest one. I brought the table cloth and one of the rollups to Vienna, and also what was left from FOSDEM on stickers. Mizmo brought also some stickers and flyers and also some DesignSuite DVD. Zoltan brought cheatcubes, DVD and an OLPC. So the booth was well prepared. The Fedora booth was also photographed from the Der Standard and published on his online platform. As you can see not only the both was photographed, also Taticas keynote was topic. She had later an interview with Der Standard and got there own article. The topic on migration to Linux is really from interest for the people in Vienna, as the migration in that city failed and they have to spent now again every year a lot of mon€y for licenses. On the end the topic was from so much interest, that the organizers decided to give a second slot to Tatica speaking about the situation arround Open Source in Latinamerica. Together we managed the spontaneously additional talk.

On the Libre Graphics Meeting side Mizmo and Emichan had their talk: An awesome FLOSS design collaboration workflow presenting SparkleShare, Magic Mockup, GlitterGallery and DesignHub. I didnt see a lot of talks on LGM on this day, but this one I didnt miss. The day on the event ended with an traditional q/talk from q/uintessenz. The topic on that panel discussion was “Open Content, Free Culture” the guests was Pete Ippel, Ricardo Lafuente and Ana Carvalho who work together on Libre Graphics Magazin and the guy who does always Free & Open Movie Nights, I think he is called gnokii ;) So an second additional talk at this day. We didnt went out for dinner this evening and I prepared a dinner in our appartment, “Zwiebelkuchen” and 2 nice bottle of wine.

photo by Nicu.

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Blue Frogs calling

Mai 8th, 2012 von buergermeister

2 weeks ago the german event FrOSCon called for talks. FrOSCon is one of the bigger events in Germany, they have a main track with talks, an exhibition with a lot of booths, and track especially for kids called FrogLabs and another part they give away rooms for projects for ther own program also.

Last year Fedora had such an room and we prepared an whole day talk program with topics arround Fedora. Christoph Wickert organized that. As the CfP was opened I had a short conversation with Cristoph if we should do that again and I wrote a mail to the ambassadors list. To have an Fedora related track makes only sense when we have enough interesting talks in it. So we need people who want to participate in this or some clear statements if we should do it again or not. But anyway the CfP ist still open until 23rd of May and you can submit your talks also there. FrOSCon hosts this year also a PHP sub-conference with an extra program, there is also still time left for submissions.

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Just give us a name

April 24th, 2012 von buergermeister

It might be a “waste of time and money” for Richard Hughes but is isnt for others. The argument nobody would run “Fedora Verne” is a really funny one to me. Nobody runs “openSUSE Teal” or “openSUSE Asparagus” in fact not many people inside openSUSE knows the codename for the version. But because 11.4 was named Asparagus its got a design in that color. So as you can see what for others is just a wasting of time ist for other people a help for doing there work. The design and the marketing team can better work with an name as with a simple number.

So if you go to the poll and vote, please do it not with the actual situation with that ugly submissions for the name in mind, please consider more what does it mean for the work of others to have release names. Its just a wasting of time to write such nonsense blogposts and when release names are wasting of time for Richard, so consider not to vote. For others its that participation in an open process, or can I choose the name in openSUSE or ubuntu?

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Linuxwochen Vienna

April 23rd, 2012 von buergermeister

The Linuxwochen are an special kind of event, its not one event its an kind of road show turing trough Austria. The tour stops in Krems, Eisenstadt, Graz, Wien, Linz and all events are in the period of April and May. Next week the tour will take place in the capital of Austria – Vienna and Fedora will participate in this event. The Linuxwochen are not the only event which takes place at this time and in the Building of UAS Technikum Vienna. The community arround floss graphics and graphic tools will also come together, as I wrote before.

Now the schedule (first day, second day, third day) of the talks for Linuxwochen is also published and we can talk a little bit about it. The Linuxwochen will opened with an talk some of us might know. Tatica will have the openining talkVenezuela – An Entire Country Migrates To Linux. There is a little story behind, why the organizers decided to make it as an keynote. The city of Vienna started 2005 to migrate to Linux, they also developed like Munich there own Linux distribution called Wienux. The migration failed and the development of Wienux stopped 2009. So its a little bit a show that it can be done.

But this will not our only part in the schedule of talks. I by myself will deliver 2 workshops working with Inkscape. But there is more, Zoltan Hoppar will introduce Nanonote and Milkymist as open hardware and will also have an workshop about Password Hygiene – Things that you must know about your password. Gergely Rákosi will show the audience, that Gaming on Fedora – How to enjoy gaming on Fedora linux,natively and with Wine is possible. Jiří Eischmann will show students that they can have a carrier in the FLOSS world and together with Jaroslav Řezník he will show the audience How to Contribute to Fedora Project. Jaroslav will also deliver an workshop Qt 5 Hereafter. Jiří Vanek will show the Path To OpenJDK 8 and Michal Privoznik will show Virtualization on Desktops. Together with the talks from LibreGraphicsMeeting, I count a sum of 18 talks, would say we topped the good participation in CLT definitly.  Of course we will have also a booth for fedora in the small exhibition area, next to the Red Hat booth. Fedora blue will definitive a recognizable color on that event.

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LibreGraphicsMeeting – Schedule

April 10th, 2012 von buergermeister

The program schedule for LibreGraphicsMeeting in Vienna is now published. If you are intereste, you can find the comlete schedule here. On 2nd May the first day of LibreGraphicsMeeting the main topics are Color Management and reverse engineering of some file formats. On that day, I will give my first talk “Taxi DB – Call A Cab To Bring The Colors” about the internet color profile database – Taxi. It’s mostly the same talk as I gave on FOSDEM in february. This day will be really interesting.
On the second day Mizmo and Emichan will have there first talk – “An awesome FLOSS design collaboration workflow” I am very sure the talk who follows that talk – “The importance of new tools to enable collective design process” fits exactly to it.
On friday, I am really interested in the talk of Johan Engelen about -”Powerstroke: variable stroke width in Inkscape” hopefully I can visit it, but I fear not because I submitted also 2 workshops to Linuxwochen and after my experience they will scheduled on friday and saturday. And on friday it has to be scheduled in the morning because on 3pm I have together with Mizmo and Allan Day another talk – “Doing Design In The World Of FLOSS”. Nicu Buculei will also have at that day an talk – “Free Culture meets Free Software: Wiki Loves Monuments”
Saturday if mostly animation programs like SynfigStudio and Tupi topic. But talks like “Remake – build system for animation projects” are also interesting. But I will have no time visiting them, first as I said I will have an workshop on Linuxwochen and at 1pm I will have an workshop – “Open Source, Just Works – The LGM Book Workshop” where I try with visitors of LGM and Linuxwochen to produce a book with the papers of the talks from LibreGraphicsMeeting. The idea behind that workshop is simple, Linuxwochen always asked me for an workshop about Scribus. The problem with this is for me simple, you can sit down with the participants and doing something with Scribus and hopefully they see how it works. I have another opinion on that, I always doing my workshops in the way to give the participants a target, which is useful. So later the participants can be proud of what they have done and see that they can doing things with free tools, its the most what you can reach in a 3-4 hours workshop. If I reach the target the book will be published and available at amazon and all participants will named in it. The profit flows back to LibreGraphicsMeeting and will be used for covering the travel costs for the 2013 edition of LGM.
Some might have the question where on LGM comes Tatica in, because there was a donation campaign for her travelling to LGM Vienna. First of all we reached mostly the goal of 2.500US$ and a few weeks ago we booked the flights to Vienna. We got a cheaper flight as we calculated and 3 weeks ago I booked an appartment which brings the costs for accomodation also down to arround 200€ instead of the calculated 300€. So Tatica will participate on LibreGraphicsMeeting and Linuxwochen, where she submitted 2 talks “One Of The World’s Largest FLOSS Events – FLiSoL” and “Venezuela – An Entire Country Migrates To Linux” especially in the 2nd one are the organizers interested, because Vienna had like Munich his own Linux distribution once but the migration failed. So she will have definitly an talk at Linuxwochen. We will know it, when the program of Linuxwochen comes out. So Fedora will have an good and very visible participation on LibreGraphicsMeeting. Fedora of course will also participate on Linuxwochen, which is on same time and building, about that later more.

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Tupi – 2D Animationsprogramm

März 20th, 2012 von buergermeister

Schon seit einer Weile beschäftige ich mich mit Animation, dass ist ja eigentlich mit SVG möglich. Bis jetzt fehlte mir da aber das richtige Werkzeug, aber jetzt scheine ich fündig geworden zu sein.
Wenn man klassische 2D Animationen mit Open Source machen möchte, dann war bisher Synfig Studio die Wahl. Problem hier, die Zeichenwerkzeuge machen es mir schwer und auch die GUI ist für meinen Geschmack unübersichtlich. Das nächste Problem wäre, dass Synfig Studio im Moment keine Animation von SVG mit SMIL oder ähnlichem vorsieht, dafür gibt es zwar Planungen aber wer weiss wann das verfügbar ist.
Nun bin ich vor einer Weile auf ein kleines aber vielversprechendes Projekt gestoßen, welches sich Tupi 2D Magic nennt. Tupi sieht den Export als SMIL schon mal vor und ebenfalls als Bildfolge oder Video. Die Zeichenwerkzeuge sind zwar immer noch nicht weltbewegend, dass tut der Sache allerdings keinen Abbruch, da man SVG importieren kann. Diese Vorgehensweise kommt mir natürlich sehr entgegen. Mit Hilfe des sogenannten Tweenings lassen sich auf diese Weise schnell Animationen erzeugen.
Wie schnell und einfach geht zeige ich in dem folgendem Screencast, der zeigt wie schnell eine drehende Animation zustande kommt.

Das mit Hilfe von Inkscape und Tupi auch wundervolle Animationen rasch produzierbar sind zeigt das folgende Beispiel.

Alle Schritte, die nötig sind um dieses Video zu produzieren inklusive der Audio- und Videobearbeitung findet man im Portal von Tupi, dort findet man auch die SVG-Datei um genau dieses Video nach zu produzieren.

Einen Haken hat das Ganze allerdings zur Zeit, funktionierende Pakete sind schwer zu finden. Nutzer von Ubuntu finden Pakete hier. Nutzer von Fedora und openSUSE hingegen, müssen Tupi selbst übersetzen. Das macht allerdings keinen Spaß, das kann ich prophezeien. Das liegt daran, dass der Entwickler ffmpeg eingebaut hat, und weder Fedora noch openSUSE erlauben das in ihren Buildsystemen. Es wird aber bereits daran gearbeitet, das entsprechend zu entfernen, da man dieses ohnehin nur benötigt, wenn man AVI oder ähnliches exportieren möchte. Und wenn man das braucht, so kann man später auch ffmpeg nachinstallieren. Einige Binärpakete, für allerdings veraltete Releases kann man hier finden. Wer sich dennoch ans übersetzen wagen möchte, der findet hier Hilfe für openSUSE und hier für Fedora.
Wie man sehen kann, brauchen derartige Softwareprojekte dringend Hilfe, beim packen und entwickeln, daher ist jede Hilfe willkommen. Tupi braucht auch noch weitere Hilfe. Der Hauptentwickler dieser Software würde gern zum Libre Graphics Meeting nach Wien reisen, um sich dort mit den Entwicklern anderer freier Grafiksoftware auszutauschen und Ideen für Tupi zu finden und es weiter zu entwickeln. Unter anderem würde er denjenigen in Wien treffen können, der Tupi für Fedora packen will. Dafür fehlt Gustav allerdings das Geld für den Flug, dieser kostet allein 1000$ und er muss um ein Visa zu bekommen, Hin- und Rückflugticket vorweisen, ebenso eine Reservierung für die Übernachtung. Im Moment sammelt er dafür Geld und bis jetzt sieht es sehr trübe aus, wer also Tupi ein wenig helfen möchte, damit die Entwicklung dieses Werkzeuges weitergeht, findet hier ein Pledgie.

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status update on Tatica travels to LGM

Februar 27th, 2012 von buergermeister

A month ago I asked for help with collecting some money for support Tatica that she can go to LibreGraphicsMeeting in Vienna. Time for make an little status report. We have 38 donations until yet and raised 1,257.00$. Also time to say thx to many people like Bert Desmet, Christoph Wickert, Ankur Sinha, Jaroslav Reznik, Emily Dirsh and many many more. Even from the openSUSEcommunity and Libre Graphics Meeting folks came some money.

So whats the status now? As I said we raised 1257$ on Pledgie, but that means not we have so much, because Pledgie gets 3% and Paypal gets also 2,9% and 0.30$ for each donation. That means we raised 1171,44$ right now. Thats not enough for the flight tickets, I searched with Tatica for tickets and the cheapest we found was a flight from Iberia for 1072€ what means 1436,48 US$. But we already missed the point for booking this flight, now tickets are arround 1120€ what means arround 1500US$. At least we have to pay maybe some money to Paypal for exchange from $ to €. So we still need some money only for booking the flights. So plz help us to raise this money. The Pledgie campaign can be found here.

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Movies I showed on DevConf.cz

Februar 22nd, 2012 von buergermeister

It’s nearly a week after the Movie Night @ Developer Conference, so its time for publishing the list with the movies I played there. The slides from the begin of the session, you can find here. In this part of the session I played a cutout from Star Wars Revelations, which is not a open or free movie. I also played some examples for some points like Weltraffer, Connected, OpenMuffin and from the Morevna Projekt. So when you was not at the Developer Conference in BRNO or missed the session, you can download the following movies also and watch them and of course have fun.

Catch Up – Mi Li – Creative Commons – BY-NC-SA 3.0
Fat-tastico – Erik Lee – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Galileo – Avrillon Ghislain – Creative Commons – BY 3.0
Happy Hour РSakari Niittymaa, Miika Puustinen, Shareef Askar, Jyri Jernstr̦m,Mikko Aaltonen РCreative Commons РBY-NC 3.0
How (Not) To Make A Campfire – Simeon Rowsell – Creative Commons – BY-ND 3.0
Imagine That! -Tashina van Zwam – Creative Commons BY-NC
Le Fokker – Anthony Boulay – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Mac N Cheese – ColorBleed – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Mortys – Bad Kidow Company – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Parigot – Axel Digoix, Geoffrey Lerus, Mehdi Alavi, Alexandre Wolfromm, Loïc Bramoullé. – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
How To Get A Job / How To Keep A Job – Martin Coven – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Pfffirate – Guillaume Herent – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Shadow Of A Doubt – Eric Chou & Russell Miller – Creative Commons – BY-ND 3.0
Si Nini – Johan Tri Handoyo
Sintel – Blender Foundation – Creative Commons – BY 3.0
Slim Pickings Fat Chances – David de Rooij – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Store Wars – FreeRangeStudios – Creative Commons – BY-NC-SA 2.0
Tachaaan! – Rafael Cano “Rafiki”, Carlos del Olmo, Miguel A. Bello – Creative Commons – BY-NC-SA 3.0
The Best Audience – Gianluca Maruotti, Alessio Morglia, Alberto Nucci Angeli – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 3.0
Thelonius- zensato – Creative Commons – BY 3.0
The Pig Farmer – Nick Cross – Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA 3.0
The Wanna Be A Oddie – Ben Lam – Creative Commons – BY 3.0
Way Of The Mantis – Joseph Daniels and Jedidiah Mitchell – Creative Commons – BY-NC-ND 2.5

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Back from FOSDEM

Februar 7th, 2012 von buergermeister

It was definitly damn cold in Brussel, but warmer then at home. The FOSDEM begun with a damn hard ride to Brussel, we needed 12 hours to go there. But we had some time to meet some friends at the beer event. As Jörg said the booth wasnt really good prepared. On saturday I spent the whole day on the booth ( I dont know why because I didnt add me to the personal list in the wiki). But I had still some time to say personally THX to some people who donated to the “Tatica Travel Campaign” on pledgie, like the guys from Libre Graphics Magazin. On the evening I went together with Nicu to the Libre Graphics Dinner and we had some chats about graphic stuff and the upcoming LGM in Vienna. Btw, there is also a campaign for donations on pledgie, so if you use GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, Blender and all the other cool graphic software you can say THX with a small donation.


On sunday I spent most of the time in the OpenICC dev room, listen to the talks about color managment, I also had a talk about Taxi DB there. The cool thing was some asked in the talk about the OpenICC organization exactly for an application like this, so I had a good idea :D After the track the FOSDEM ended and we left for riding home another 14 hours horror trip.

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need some money…

Januar 25th, 2012 von buergermeister

No not for me, for someone else ;) I made a little pledgie for it, for what the money is you can read there or maybe the graphic speaks for it.

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submit your talks….

Dezember 29th, 2011 von buergermeister

I just sent a mail to the ambassadors mailing list, as I was told to do in the meeting yesterday. So maybe you have an idea for an talk at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. CLT have not only talks in her program, there are also workshops for arround 30 people and the length is between 2 and 4 hours. But there are only a few days left for submitting talks or workshops. The deadline for the CfP is January the 6th. The plan is to get an track with Fedora related talks. So on the end we need talks for it ;)

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Be a hero

November 4th, 2011 von buergermeister

I just finished my slides for the talk tomorrow and next week. Its a talk about how you can contribute to Fedora even when you havent programming skills. I doing my slides with Inkscape, so its an SVG and you can simple view it in a browser. And you can change it easy to.

The slides contains simple what different teams doing and the steps to become part of them. So easy to change the content to another language and make that talk on an other event. If you like doing this, you can ask me for help changing some graphics.

P.S. Because someone already asked for it, License

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Contribute or die

Oktober 10th, 2011 von buergermeister

I am really busy this year with workshops and talks. This weekend I will be at the german Ubucon and will give there 3 workshops and a talk. A week ago I was informed that I will have a talk and a workshop at BLIT in Potsdam (like all the years before, amazing I give talks there since 7 years). Now I got also the schedule and I know when they are. This year I will start with the Inkscape workshop at 1pm and then I will have a talk “Contribute or Die” at 3pm. The talk will be about how anyone can contribute to FLOSS even he cant program. I will show that with Fedora as example. I used my characters I made a while ago and Mizmos post card idea for my slides. Of course I will upload them later to my space at fedorapeople. I doing my slides with Inkscape and SVG so you can download them and make changes or use them as they are in a browser.


A week after BLIT in Potsdam I should be at OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen. I got no message yet if I will have a talk or workshop there, but I think I will. Even when not I will be there and help on the Fedora booth. I would say a busy autum…

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gnokii@ubucon

September 9th, 2011 von buergermeister

I will be at ubucon in Leipzig next month, I will give there some talks and workshops.

  1. Free your slides – a talk about how to use svg for presentations, friday 14th october, 5pm
  2. an workshop GIMP on saturday 15th october, 9am. Where we turn a normal picture of a person into a Naav’i
  3. same day only 2pm will be a workshop for Inkscape, where we look after the magic Inkscape has.
  4. and on sunday the 16th, 9am we will try to make a Tango icon also with Inkscape

if you be there, you will find me very easy I am the guy in fedora blue ;)

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FrOSCon 2011 – how it was

August 23rd, 2011 von buergermeister

I am back from FrOSCon now, so time to blog about. This year, it was my sixt visit to the event I didnt arrive on friday. I got the car (still broken) back from the garage on friday evening so it was better to drive over night and arrive on saturday morning. Actually that was a good choice, I needed only 6hrs to drive the distance.
The saturday was like all the other years for me, meeting old friends and a lot of conversation, not only on the day also in the evening. The social event on FrOSCon is always a barbecue and so far I can remember the organizers had only one time bad luck with the weather, the weather was also good this year to enjoy it.


But hot weather means also for the projects, that they have to sweat in the building. And this year the organizers had a great idea, they hired an caterer who managed it to prepare the sausages in the room. That was great more heath and “delicious odor”. This year Fedora got a place for the booth who was not so nice. Only one table and a bar table and not so lot of space. But we managed it. I also managed to give Hendi the GNOME banner I prepared for FrOSCamp last year, I dont need really a GNOME banner but he can use it very well.
On sunday was also prepared a Fedora event in one of the rooms, the FrOSCon give to the propjects they ask for it. I dont know if it was good visited or not, because I had the whole day some workshops to give. I think the workshops was good. First the organizers had in advance some problems to get participants. There are holidays now and most of the kids are on vacation with there parents, but on the end I had 10 participants each workshops. What I have to say is enough when the workshop is for kids. So I think they had a lot of fun and of course all manged to draw what we liked to draw. I think I should propose next year at the FrogLabs workshops again.

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Branding stupidity

August 11th, 2011 von buergermeister

One of the last talks I attended on Desktop Summit was “Swimming upstream or downstream? Both!”. Announced as speaker was Vincent Untz, but he didnt the talk alone, there was also Allison Randal, Harald Sitter and our own Jaroslav Řezník.In this talk came up the problem with the branding.

I should start with an quote: “Freiheit ist immer die Freiheit der Andersdenkenden”. Translated it says “Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters” or better Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. This quote is from Rosa Luxemburg a socialist politician from the begin of the 20th century. On the end it means, that you can have your freedom so long that you can accept that other people have an other opinion and give also the freedom to them. So let us talk a little bit about it what it means.
All this started with an blogpost from Aaron Seigo about Building brand together. There was also offered help to doing that. So where is the problem then? So let me show a little bit how the help looks like.

That are the Striped wallpaper done by Ivan Cukic, they was mentioned in the talk as example but it wasnt looked in all sides of that topic. So let me explain a little bit more on that. It was mentioned that they can do the wallpaper in the color of the distribution., fine. There the problem begins. So look how many distributions use blue as main color? So would you see which distribution it is when the logo is removed, in the case of debian, arch or fedora one? So when the colors are interchangable then its very clear that the color dont make it typical, its the pattern. Btw. KDE dont like dark colors so another limit, and they need some light differences in the wallpaper otherwise, the AIR theme dont looks so good (it becomes Win95 grey). So not every color is chooseable.
There is no problem for distributions like Kubuntu or Pardus who provide only the KDE desktop environment that they use the upstream wallpaper or such a striped wallpaper in the color of there distribution. There are more problems on distributions who give the user the possibility to choose the environment they want.
The experience with the desktop of a “normal” user dosnt begin with the desktop himself, it begins with the bootsplash. So what pattern should be used then, the KDE one or that of GNOME? In the case of openSUSE it begins earlier the backgrounds are used in YaST installer.
Anaconda does that not, so no problem for Fedora there. But it should become clear a distribution should look well designed from the begin of installation, over the booting process and finally on the desktop.

As I did the in the talk mentioned “positive example” I was totally captured between limits and sitting between the chairs. First of all green as color for a distribution sucks or better use it for the distribution wallpaper sucks. It looks totally different on every monitor. Move away from this color is extrem hard, there is a party who think the design for openSUSE has to be green because it was always green. What isnt true, there was some versions with blue and some with photo backgrounds. That party doesnt even think about to use the green as a accent. First limitation.
Second limitation, I mentioned KDE needs a lighter color with differences in the lights that the AIR theme looks good. First I came up with a green tone like teal or pine green. To dark for KDE, but they didnt come up with a better solution until short before christmas or the Release Candidates. The solution for them was celadon an light green, they even let Coolo change the codename for the release to using it. It was not the problem using it, but noone of them considered how it would look compared to the color for GNOME.
On GNOME side there was only a limitation called Sonar theme. Jimmac did it once and it looks good and the people love it. There are crazy dudes on ubuntu who make it available for there distribution. The problem with Sonar is, it uses a dark olive green what is additional blended with black. It looks not so good on every green. Two opportunities, first remove Sonar and risk a flame war with the openSUSE is green lovers, second one choose a neutral color who looks Sonar good on and which looks also fine with the KDE color.
I thaught second solution would be the best and choosed a dark grey for the GNOME environment. Vincent Untz spoke with me, that he dont think that GNOME can be represented from the grey I choosed. After a short discussion why I like to use it, the GNOME team had understanding for the choice I made.

So whats the point of all this? Retrospective on the quote I mentioned on the begin, it means if you claim all freedom for yourself you deny it same time to others. There are so many limits of technical nature, ressources and others that one desktop environment cant have all freedom it maybe want. It’s more that one environment can have so much freedom as it is possible if it grant the other ones the same.
The solution is definitly not that KDE designers do the artwork for KDE in Fedora. They would do artwork what gives KDE all freedom but would not think what Fedora, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and all the others need.
Means to provide an KDE look&feel in a distribution really using a pattern provided from them or means it more to come up with a design what respects the design of KDE?

In the first case the claim for an KDE branded desktop in distributions is so senseless like the claim that all linux distributions should be called gnu/linux! In the second case some people should definitly think about, that a distribution is more then the desktop environment and that they are not the only desktop.

So hopefully some people start to think about that what others need instead of claiming only what they need for themself. Retrospective looked on Aaron Seigos article “Building brand together”, together is not offer something without talking to the other side what they need ;) Using upstream artwork on a multi-desktop distribution will never work! What can work is design artwork what gives the look&feel what KDE like to have but only it needs not more ressources.

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World domination II

August 10th, 2011 von buergermeister

I dont know, but this mockup for the new website of the GNOME Foundation reminds me on Fedora. More about it

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