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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.

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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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The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 3

Juli 25th, 2017 von buergermeister

For day 3 of the preparations for the Fedora 26 Release Party at PNC in Phnom Penh was planned that the different teams present GNOME 3.24, the Python Classroom and LXQT as features of Fedora 26. We have 4 teams for GNOME, 4 Teams for LXQT and 2 teams for the Python Classroom but presenting would be on the end just one team for each feature. I had fears that we can not select today as on Sunday no team had started to create their slides and we would need the two hours we have with each class to prepare them. Opposite to Saturday, where I had the afternoon and no classes would be after the workshop, I had to start at 7.30 in the morning and there would be classes afterwards. So no chance to overdo in time. But the students already did do them as homework by themself, so they did need only a few more minutes to finish them.
We managed to see the presentations and choose which teams will present on Saturday to the public. Especially both of the teams for the Python Classroom Lab, had a very good presentation. The chosen team just did win because their slides looked a bit more profesional and they was a bit more safe in presenting it. The team chosen for GNOME 3.24 hat a small overview about GNOME in general to, which I did like. For a lot of them it will be also the first presentation so there are some rethorical issues but presenting will help them in the future to master such kind of task. Next step now is, that the selected teams rework their slides with the given issues, mostly typos. And on Saturday will be the big day for them.
One sad thing, is I did not manage today to shot a photo of the second class, as we was really a bit under time pressure but I am sure on Saturday will be more time and I will shot some more pictures. So no picture for today but you can be sure it did happen ;)

to be continued…

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The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 2

Juli 23rd, 2017 von buergermeister

Today was part 2 of the preparing sessions for the Fedora Release Party at PNC on Saturday the 29th of July. So I did spent again the day at this school, I remember a discussion I had at Flock in Prague about the motivation of Asians. There was a saying that you have to motivate them to doing things, I did not agree at that time and I still have this opinion. Whenever I did work with the young people here they allways doing it with lot of passion, yes they are take longer to understand complex things and it is harder for them but they allways if they do something they do it with a lot of motivation. Like today, the first class did still work as the second class was already waiting before the door and the second class did not stop me, so we did overdraw the time for more as 1.5 hours and they still did work as I left them.
Its a big thing we try to achieve, I already told you in part one most of them have never seen a computer before so the knowledge is not that deep. So when it comes to the Python Classroom Feature, they come with question like what is Docker and what is Vagrant and what now is Containerization. Also on the other topics, mostly they use windows so the division between and Desktop Environment and the actually Operating System is not clear to them and must be explained. As we started plan this event we calculated 3 days a 4 hours for each class but through the lack of available computers, we have only 25 we can go with one class at once. What means first class only 2 hours and the second class is more lucky as we can overdraw. (I am sure PNC would be very happy about hardware donations). All teams are now in a stage that they have figured out what all the features are and what they do and have made at least a plan on paper, what they want to put onto the slides. On Tuesday we wanted to do normally the selection process but I fear we have at least to use one hour for each class to prepare the slides, which leaves us one hour to test the teams. Lets see if it works out, if not we might have to do it on Saturday in the morning.

In general I got some nice feedback from the students, yes Linux and Fedora is totally new to them, so that you have a complete environment installed with an Office Suite, video player, music player and all of the things you might need for your daily needs in working with a computer is for some amazing and they did like it. To the LXQT spin, well there is one problem GNOME has a nice application called Software on LXQT you have to use the terminal, for this environment its better there would be a graphical software tool, they are scared of the terminal. We did use the terminal a bit and the most was amazed what you can do with it and how easy it is at all. But a GUI tool would be better to put on to the LXQT spin, especially this DE aims for to ranges of people that ones with older hardware (would be here very often the case) and people who wants more ressources for work. I hope Christian finds a good way to install software in a graphical way on LXQT.
Back to Release Party topic, we will see how far we come on Tuesday or if we have to use the Saturday morning for the selection of the teams who will present.

P.S. I forgot to make a group picture with the first class today as there was a flying change, so just half of the students are shown. The other one I will do on Tuesday.

to be continued…

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The little bit different Fedora 26 Release Party – Part 1

Juli 22nd, 2017 von buergermeister

Since Fedora 21 we had not really a Fedora Release Party here in Phnom Penh, Fedora 21 we did at Development Innovations which was wonderful supported by Greta Greathouse the head of this US AID driven institution. But well in Asia an not to mention non-foss oriented company showed a behavior like in Europe 25 years ago. So DI has a new boss, which is lesser FOSS oriented. So we had to find a new place. For Fedora 24 the time frame was to short for me to organize something and Fedora 25 was an epic fail on the Royal University Phnom Penh, which cancelled the party, an hour before it.
So this time I going with Passerelles Numerique as partner, which will not just provide the room and helps eqipement and this is what makes this Release Party a bit different from the “normal” ones.
First of all what is PNC, PNC is a french NGO which helps young under-educated Cambodians to start a career in IT. Its a bit different here as home in Europe, there students of economics are the lower class and the engineers are seen different. Here the rich studying economics or marketing, IT is not from such high value. What means most of the students come from the provinces and have never seen a computer before. I spent now some years here and looking around in the IT companies, I find mostly graduates of PNC, a lot of them went later on to university and did study IT. So it plays a vital role in Cambodias IT sector.

So what is now different, to a normal Release Party. Well on a normal one mostly the Fedora Ambassadors present and here it will be different. Yes I will present of course but there will be other talks which are held from the students. Well now you could think that I am a lazy guy, but it is the opposite. Before we will have next Saturday our Release Party I spent 3 days working with the students on their presentations.

Today the first day of this kind of Fedora Workshop was. There was two classes a 25 students of the first year. We started after an short introduction, with installing Fedora Workstation and the LXQT spin. It took a bit longer as planned, thanks to Murphy but we managed it. We picked 3 features the students will present GNOME 3.24, the LXQT spin and the Python Classroom. For GNOME and LXQT we have 4 teams a 5 students and for the Python Classroom 2 teams. After the installation, the students did start their research, what this feature is about and how to present it the best way. They will continue this for tomorrow the Sunday and on Tuesday there will be a test presentation before a jury.

to be continued…

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Sneak Peak into F26 Supplemental Wallpaper

März 20th, 2017 von buergermeister

There are just few days left, then the submission period for the Fedora 26 Supplemental Wallpaper ends and the voting will be open. Time for looking a bit behind the scenes. So far we had 94 submissions, that is again the average we had over the last contests.
The quality is also again average, compared to the time we started Nuancier its much lower. I have a strong feeling we have a lot of people just submitting something to get the badge. We have to get to a stage with an higher quality again and I started this time also to reject for quality reasons, from the 94 submissions stay after 83, so 11 rejections. I think thats record, but its not for quality reasons most I had to reject for copyright violations. Its a bit hard for me that some Ambassadors have no idea about licensing, and that they are not the author/creator of a picture even the real creator has licensed it CC0. So this time all this things was direct rejected, no second chance and I think I will keep it that way. Why sould I invest more work as necessary especially it doesnt get honored and I get insulted later on for it.
It cost me an average of 6 minutes just to moderate a submission and award the badge, not to mention that I have to do a legal research for them which costs an average of 2 hours a submission. Not to mention that there is also time needed for the creation of the election, for the article in Fedora Magazine which anounces the start of the contest, the article in the Community Blog which reminds you to go for the vote and and and…. Its more as a full month work just for that.

So for the next election there will be some changes more according to the submitters who submit work of others. I definitely will deny submissions from other wallpaper services/pages. Some other things will follow but require some technical changes in Nuancier, back to quality back to honor the people who create things for Fedora and work for doing it. Not the ones who search for 10 minutes in the internet for a free licensed picture and submit it but later on are the loudest ones, that they have submitted.

Thats all for now and now my usual 5 favorites amongst the submissions

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