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Oktober 5th, 2016 von buergermeister


about the Linux Professional Institute – Linux Essentials Certification, which I doing here in Cambodia and a bit about Fedora to :)

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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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    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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    Retrospective Flock / day -1 & day 0

    August 14th, 2014 von buergermeister

    Flock ended some days ago and its time to write an post about it.

    Day -1:

    An event starts always mostly an day before it, with the travel. This time it was nearly a home game for me, just 3 hrs train ride. I was quite a time before my train would start on the station. I took one earlier as planned, because this one had already an delay of 15 minutes what means the train after would be also delayed and I had right. So I arrived as planned in Dresden and had only a few minutes before the train to Prague would arrive, but this one is always delayed. With the train arrived also Christoph Wickert and Luc de Louw and we continued together. After arrival, I exchanged fast some money and took the metro to the hostel. I managed to go together with Sarup,Jiri and Jaroslav to an pub for something to eat and of course a beer, later Christoph joined us. Couldnt sleep that well this night as my room mate was still missing and there was only one key for the room.

    Day 0:

    The first day of Flock was the day with the most topics I was interested in, I even had to decide. I started of course with the keynote, well the topic was covered so many times before. After getting the badge and other stuff I went to “Better Presentation of Fonts in Fedora“, I definitely agree with Praveen that there something can be done better but on some things I do not agree.

    I am definitely one of the users who have a lot of fonts installed. Mostly I get from somebody an SVG with an font used in it which I dont have and then I look if it is packaged, mostly it is as the file comes in 80% from a Fedora user. So I do not care how it looks, I just want to see the design in the same way as the one who gave it to me.
    Second use case is I want to design something and search for fonts that could be used. There definitely an packaged font makes no sense as I do not see it before I have it installed. There are two other options, I start “fonts” which shows me the installed ones, even with an example or I search online for a new font. Now Pravin suggests we build our own online service for fonts, should we do that? How would be using OFL instead as its already there publishing free licensed fonts, I am sure they would accept when we ask them for RPM packages so that an package can be removed as easy as it was installed. We dont have to build our own service for that.
    But there are other problems around fonts that should be addressed, one of the problems I have fonts installed which are CC-NC licensed. Its always hard time for me, to find it out. Yes fonts shows me the meta data if I select an font. Would be much more easier, if I could say “show me fonts with free license that I can use for commercial things”. So this things have to be discussed more, not talking about that I very often search for an font which has the right glyphs ;)

    Next talk on my plan was Chris Roberts and the Fedora Magazine, that is just amazing what did happen with this part of Fedora during the last year and how engaged Chris in it.
    Next interesting thing was Sarup Banskota “The curious case of a Fedora Freshman“. During that talk an interesting discussion happend to sad we didnt grab an empty slot later the week to continue on it. It was how we can be better in getting new contributors. To sad we had to stop the discussion.
    After this talk I heard Jiri Eischmann’s talk About the Ambassador Status and then I move to Chris Roberts and Marie Nordins talk about Badges & Badges Design.

    and then PARRRTY

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    FOSSASIA – day 2

    März 2nd, 2014 von buergermeister

    The second day of FOSSASIA 2014 in Phnom Penh was even more stressful as the first one. In the morning at 9am, I had my first session an Inkscape-Workshop which was really crowded. After that I had an talk which was not planned, but after my talks the first day there was more interest, what Fedora is. So the schedule was changed a little bit and I had in the main hall an introducion to Fedora. Besides that I gave an interview to Voice of Cambodia about Inkscape and how cool it is. The morning was really stressy. After all that more Fedora sessions in our room followed which was all sucessful.

    In the evening there was another social event in a cafe, only problem for me they served only fish and seafood, but I got later an sandwich and so the day ended. I was really tired and felt asleep immediately after the arrival in the hotel.

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    FOSSASIA 2014 – Day 1

    Februar 28th, 2014 von buergermeister

    I am already 3 days in Phnom Penh now, but I was always to busy to write an post or my blog. I was a little bit tired on the first day after the 48 hours of the trip, which lead me through 4 different countries. But I had a warm welcome after the arrival on the airport where I was fetched from a volunteer of FOSSASIA who gave me a package with lot of informations and an tuk tuk was already aranged which brought me to the hotel. After an shower I managed to find Kushal and his wife and we had a late lunch together and we even had time for a small photo walk on the Riverwalk, with the kings palace and the Tonle river. But the next day, was more for recreation and finish the talks and waiting for the others to arrive. So we had all together a nice Fedora lunch at the River Crown, which has an nice view.

    Today, there was the first day of three of FOSSASIA and it started not well, as there was in the morning a lot of short talks of all the suporters and each of them took more time as granted on the end there was one hour delay in the talks. Also Fedora had on this session an talk as we sponsoring the event and are btw the biggest participation on speakers at the event, we have 3 days long or own track. So Tuan did take that job and introduced Fedora to the audience. Later we had a lot of talks more, Tuan spoke about Fedora.next, Sarup showed ways how you can contribute to FOSS, Kushal showed how easy you can use Fedora cloud images and I did also 2 talks, one was an introducion to Fedora as A-Z talk and the second one was a nice follow up to Sarups talk, how you can contribute to Fedora.

    Later we went to the social event, which was really nice as it was on a boat on the Tonle river, what means fresh air. After the dinner and boat tour we went back to the hotel and now I am already tired enough. Tomorrow will be another day with for me starting in the morning with an 2 hours Inkscape workshop and later I will have another Fedora related talk in our track.

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    I saw the future

    Februar 11th, 2014 von buergermeister

    Last weekend was 6th edition of DevConf.cz in Brno and I was there. How it was can be described in just one word – awesome. It was not my first time on this event and it becomes more and more to an – you have to be there. On Friday and Saturday I enjoyed only a few talks as I am lesser the technical person, it was interesting to see that QA people think now about design & usability matters. One of the most interesting things for me was Fedora.next, I was not so much worried about it that but the few fears I had are resolved now.

    Besides that there was a lot of time to socialize, meet people and resolve problems, grab swag for the next Fedora events and other things. On the end I can say, I looking into an bright future for Fedora and DevConf.cz played a role in it.

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    LinuxTag 2013

    Mai 27th, 2013 von buergermeister

    LinuxTag 2013 is over now since two days and most of us are back home. So it’s time to write down a conclusion. LinuxTag was this year a little bit of everything, good things and bad things. First of all the area where the exhibition always was, was not the same anymore. It was down in the cellar. That is positive as negative. For the exhibitors its nicer as normally it was always hot weather and hot inside, in the cellar is more cool. The rooms for the talks was also moved to the cellar, so all of the rooms except for the workshop and meeting rooms was on one floor. That was really visible during the breaks, there was definitely more people inside the exhibition area. So on the end we gave out twice more of DVD. As we had again a 3D printer on the booth we had a lot of visitors, they still attract the people. Opposite to that OLPC and RaspberryPi don’t are that interesting to the people anymore.

    We had a lot of conversations on the booth, most of course was about 3D printing and what it has to do with Fedora, but like always there was some conversations about how to get a special software into the Fedora repositories. We was a lot of people on the booth and we needed them all so thanks go to Jens Kühnel, Dominic Hopf, Sebastian Mäki, Jiri Eischmann, Miro Hroncok, Francesco Vollero and especially to Alexandra Fedorova (who did notice there is a event on thursday and joined as just for saturday).

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    Der Countdown läuft

    Oktober 23rd, 2012 von buergermeister

    Am 23. und 24. Februar soll im mährischem Brünn eine Rakete steigen, die DevConf.cz. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an Administratoren, fortgeschrittene Anwender und Entwickler und wird von den RedHat, Fedora und JBoss Communities ausgerichtet. Derzeit ist man allerdings auf der Suche nach dem Treibstoff um die Rakete starten lassen zu können oder anders gesagt man sucht Beiträge in Form von Vorträgen, Workshops, LightningTalks und man bietet auch Raum für Hackfests.

    Wer nicht als Vortragender teilnehmen möchte, dem kann ich den Besuch dieser Veranstaltung nur empfehlen. Brünn ist ziemlich gut zu erreichen und liegt nur 2h Zug/Autofahrt von der tschechischen Hauptstadt Prag entfernt, noch näher sind die slowakische Hauptstadt Bratislava und die Hauptstadt Österreichs – Wien. Die Veranstaltung ist gut besucht rund 700 Besucher in diesem Jahr. Also wer Interesse an Themen wie oVirt, JBoss, Fedora, OpenShift und ähnlichem hat, der sollte vielleicht die Reise nach Brünn machen. Btw. das Bier in Tschechien ist bekanntlich gut und auch noch ziemlich preiswert ;)

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    travel & speaking plans

    Oktober 9th, 2012 von buergermeister

    Thats again a part of the year, where I have to do a lot of travel and talks/workshops on FLOSS events. In 10 days I will go to Berlin for the german Ubucon. I will be there again in Fedora blue and give an talk and 2 workshops. On the first weekend in November I will go again back to Berlin or better to Potsdam, which is nearby. This time for BLIT and there Fedora will have a booth, it’s the first time Fedora is present there with an booth. But I also will have speaking engagements on this event. I will give two lectures about Inkscape. But there will be also a Fedora related talk from Dominik Hopf, who will talk about OLPC & Fedora. Just a few days later I will go to the RedHat offices in Brno where the first Linux ColorManagement Hackfest will take place. I am happy that I found someone who is interested to work in the future on my TaxiDB idea. We will work on implementing the features Richard Hughes requested on LibreGraphicsMeeting, that gives the new guy a chance to look in the code and become familiar with it. After that I will have another full weekend workshop inhouse on 23.-25. of November. I already had one on the last weekend, I think all the participants learned a lot about Inkscape, but there are still some out there who had problems with the date, so I offer a second/third workshop. In December I plan to attend the EMEA Ambassador FAD in Rheinfelden, which will begin for me with an horrible train/car or plane ride. That place is really a damn corner of Germany, at least for me. That will be the last event this year for me (hopefully). But the good thing is thanks to many friends, I can spend the travel time now working ;)

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    That was FrOSCon 7

    August 28th, 2012 von buergermeister

    The last weekend the 7th edition of FrOSCon happend, and I was there for manning the Fedora booth, organizing the Fedora track and give an Inkscape workshop. For the Fedora booth was not so nice that we was to few people, especially we had also the DevRoom with an track about packaging. Nevertheless we handed out app. 200 DVD and had still a lot of conversations.

    For the DevRoom, I think it was a good idea to do it with other distributions together. We should do that maybe next year again. We had app. between 15- 20 participants in the talks and workshops. More is I think only possible if we market it better and for that we should next time the program have earlier. On the Satruday evening ther was the famous Social Event the barbecue in the yard of the university. And there was a “Spherical Cow” spotted!

    So we had a lot of this, what they call beer there and of course some sausages and steaks and conversations. On Sunday it was harder for Sven Lankes and Michael Spahn, because the had to handle the booth mostly alone as I had my workshop on that day. But we still managed everything. And after an horrible trip home I am back now, and can get back to work now.

    P.S. we had a little collegue at our booth and he got in a mysterious way missed in the night from Saturday to Sunday. If you see the little Tux, just give notice, his owner misses him really.

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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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