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Khmer Translation Sprint Round 2

Am Montag, Dezember 4, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora    

After two years it was really time to organize another sprint to move on in Fedoras translation to khmer. I started to organize it back in September. Normally enought time to get it done, but like often here the communication chain was broken and I didnt hear back from the event place if we can do it. So I did hear as I did ask on which date we might delay it. So now the last things had to be organized in very short time. With the consequence also have to have only a short time to make marketing for the event. But the result was not that bad, we have in Cambodia anyway the problem that for a lot of people the Saturday is a normal working day. Especially students, who have during week a normal job, going on Saturday to university. Like Kuylim Tith, he could join us for translation only on sunday. But then he translated like two years ago, a lot.
On Saturday we started at 9 am with an introductional talk about the Fedora project itself. There was some questions and after answering them, we started to do all necessary steps to get all participants an FAS account and subscribe all mailing lists and make all the things. This takes always a while and we needed until 1.30pm to do it all. But now there are 13 new FAS accounts in Cambodia.


The only thing that lays me like a stone in the belly is, that the L10N has on their pages in the regulations written, that they require an personal wiki page and that is only possible after getting into another group as CLA/FPCA.
Normally its not a problem, just doing it later with the participants means on some I have to run behind to make sure its done, and they always feel safer if somebody is doing it with them. So hope that will be done during the next week.
My co-organizer went out during that time, to get the lunch, which brought some smiles to the faces. We decided this time to go for pizza, which is here not cheap but young Cambodians like it also like other young people around the world.

After eating this delicious lunch, we started with the translation or better to have a deeper look into Zanata. Then the first day was nearly finished but we managed to really start with the translation. Votey surprised me in the evening asking if we could start earlier in the morning as planned, so we decided to start one hour earlier.

Kuylim was already waiting in the morning as I arrived, I did not see him for nearly two years as he was in Korea for studying but now he is back and already started from home again to translate. He also translated as I remember it, nobody can stop him when he is started. Also Hok Sovanvotey aka votey, translated a lot, she finished all translations for getfedora.org by herself. But we not just translated to khmer, as my co-organizer is czech, he also translated to czech language. He started to translate cockpit to his native language.
We concentrated this time to translate more the group “web” to get something done which is faster visible to the public. Votey managed to translate getfedora.org entirely. She holds the record, with 5817 words translated just on sunday. Kuylim made a huge progress in translating spins.fedoraproject.org, its to 65% done. There are also some translations on labs.fedoraproject.org, arm.fedoraproject.org and others but still some work to do. All in all the translation of the web part went from 0 to 40% and main also raised to 13%. The group agreed to have no lunch break and go instead all together for dinner and so we worked during the lunch time also. But we went after 6pm to a nearby soup place.

Looking retroperspective it was a very succesful event, not just because the translation made progress as more that we did win with Votey another translator like Kuylith, who wants to continue the translation. We also had time to talk, how we could improve the situation with the translation work and together we developed an idea, what we could do. We will start with end of this month with smaller meetups, just to come together and move on with the translation. Let’s see if that will work out.


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Inkscape Workshop for the Young Eco Ambassadors

Am Donnerstag, September 28, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design, fedorapeople, Killer Application, License Jungle    

 

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

Am Dienstag, August 1, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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

Am Dienstag, Juli 25, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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

Am Sonntag, Juli 23, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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

Am Samstag, Juli 22, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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

Am Montag, März 20, 2017 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

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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FUDCon APAC Phnom Penh 2016

Am Freitag, Dezember 9, 2016 in Family Affairs, fedora    

FUDCon 2016, that was for me first of all a lot of work especially after the change of the venue in nearly last minute. Instead of ITC BarCamp happened this year at Norton University, what turned out not to be a good choice. A new hotel had to be found, not an easy task as on this side of the river are not many yet.

What I learned during my stay in South East Asia is, things need time here. So last minute changes bring you a lot of more work, what costs you time that you could spend in other tasks. So you need a lot of flexibility to handle that, a thing that drives a german sometimes mad. A special thanks goes here to Yekleang Dy, who helped me organizing all this small but important things like getting the people from the airport, the breakfast and lunch. I hope she helps me also for future events we planning in Cambodia.

Even the rooms of Norton University are better the exhibition area is it compared to ITC not, so there was much lesser exhibitors. Even the talks play a more vital role at the BarCamp, the exhibition seems to be from interest to. I remember last year the exhibition was not just bigger they had a stage with talks to. This and the the venue itself, which is located on the peninsula between Tonle Sap and Mekong. To get there you have to cross the Tonle bridge, what is especially in times of the rush hours horror. So that and the rain which was on sunday might kept a lot visitors away. But still the auditorium at the opening ceremony was filled (not comparable with the 3.500 seats at ITC but still 1.000 people). Next to Alex Davis Environment, Science and Technology Officer of the US Embassy in Cambodia, Dr. Seng Sopheap President of the National Institute of Post, Telecommuncation and ICT, Chan Sokheang Rector of Norton University, H.E. Chun Vat Director General of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication and our own Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator Brian Exelbierd gave a keynote.

Brians keynote nailed it down, there is no better way for an IT student as contributing to an Open Source project like Fedora to improve his CV, everybody can see what he has done because it is visible for all, his contributions are very visible for possible employer. Sadly we could not fill this large room again for the following talks, other events had that problem to, I had during FOSSASIA in that room a talk, which was also then just 10 people in that large room. But the rooms we had on the other floors was at least on Saturday good filled.

 

Especially Mohan Prakaschs workshop about Android Development with Fedora and also Jens Petersens talk about Functional Programming was good filled. In Jens talk was alone more then 25 students of PNC (Passerelles numériques Cambodge). A school who gives the young from underprivileged families a chance to become an IT professional.

Besides that there was time to speak about the situation in APAC and develop ideas how to improve Fedoras presence in the region. I had good conversations with Gerard Braad and Tommy about, what could help in China and with Jens about Japan. We also had the chance to deepen the contacts with the organizers of other Barcamp in the region, so was organizers from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong around. Finding contributors in Cambodia is still very hard, the awareness for Open Source is low but presenting Fedora to an bigger audience in cooperation with an well know and good visited event, gave us the chance to make Fedora more known in Cambodia. Objective was to make Fedora more known in Cambodia and show that Fedora is leading the development in the FOSS world and that Fedoras contributors are experts in their area. To be sponsor of the BarCamp ASEAN, made Fedora very visible and also the big banners in the main hall did a good job. And it is still working, as the pictures go viral now.

Also giving the Barcamp volunteers FUDCon T-Shirts made us a lot of new friends. So there will be a brighter future for Fedora in Cambodia.


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I am speaking at

Am Mittwoch, Oktober 5, 2016 in fedora    


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


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Sneak into…

Am Freitag, September 16, 2016 in fedora, fedora-design    

the current stage of the Fedora 25 Supplemental Wallpaper.. Start of this month I openend the submission phase for the Fedora Supplemental Wallpaper. So far we have received 91 submissions and currently 72 of them are approved. So far 49 contributors earned a badge for their submission. But there is still time until 11. October left to contribute a wallpaper.

So far that are my favorites:


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No event report – No badge!

Am Samstag, August 13, 2016 in fedora    

Some was triggering me during this week, to get the badge for the Release Party for Fedora 24 awarded. But looking to the wikipage I find not a lot reports, even when I look at the event pages I dont find them. On some I only find pictures, well it seems I am expected to know everybody of Fedora by face.

So if you want something bring something, if you expect to get the badge awarded, link your event report on the wiki pages!


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Faces of Flock 1

Am Freitag, August 5, 2016 in Family Affairs, fedora    


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Faces of Flock 0

Am Donnerstag, August 4, 2016 in Family Affairs, fedora    


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Design Team FAD

Am Donnerstag, August 4, 2016 in fedora, fedora-design    

Durng the weekend of 28th to 31st of July I was in Westford for the Design Team FAD, which we had now for the second time and we use mainly for organizing the work in the team. We all arrived during the week, but we are much lesser then last year, as some flights are more expensive like mine. So we are just 7 people this year.

Day one we spending most of the time with preparing for the open badges hackfest which we will held tomorrow. So we prepared some Inkscape lessons for an entry to Inkscape. The rest of the day we was spending time for organizational stuff we have to do for the work with the Design Team. We organized during the FAD 2015 the work of the Design Team new, we have since then regular meetings in IRC where we look over our ticket queue. Since we doing that, we handle all tickets very fast and our ticket queue is always in short time solved. But that creates another problem, we never have tickets for newcomers left, so we have to find a solution for that. The other problem we have with that is, that we concentrating to much on the tickets and the design for the distribution itself does not end up there, so we sometimes loosing track of it. With the meeting we have to find a solution for it as a bigger part of the Design team is now living in APAC, like Ryan Lerch and me. So its very difficult for us joining the regular meeting. We also spent time organizing the migration of our ticket system to Pagure, which will be happen soon. The migration from trac to Pagure is for the Design Team and the Badges a little bit more problematic as we need some features to do so.

Next to this organizational things we had on saturday an open house workshop, about using Inkscape and doing badges with it. Mo has an more detailed report about that part of the FAD


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FAD Kuala Lumpur

Am Donnerstag, Juli 14, 2016 in fedora    

Every year again, could be said if the budget.next not would enforce the Ambasadors to meet in summer instead of the end of the calendar year to come together and working on the budget plan for the next year. So after Singapore in December the APAC ambassadors came in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia again together. For me is the way to KL just one hour longer as to Singapore, but there is one hour time difference, so I arrived again very late.

The first day was mostly for discussions how to cut the budget of this year so that it fits to the huge budget cut. Having 11.5k US$ budget for the whole year and paying the regional FAD out of it, means for the APAC region after the FAD and paying the media the budget is gone. The next bigger agreement was how to continue with FUDCon in APAC, if it is a good idea to switch to FUDCon APAC with an bi-annually cycle.

It looks we will switch to such one, as we have to to save some money as still a lot of Asians want to travel to Flock. But the FUDCon is still needed in the region for grow our amount of contributors there and connect the region better together. For 2017 are no bids so far, maybe there coming some up. But starting with 2018 we might have FUDCon only each second year.

After reviewing the current budget and some discussions about the problems of the region, day 1 of the FAD ended and it followed a journey with trains to Izhars house where his mother had prepared a dinner for us, because there was Hari Raya Aidilfitri, so we could enjoy some local specialities. Was good for me, I love beef redang anyway and the malaysian version is also good.

The second day was filled with discussions for the budget for next year. There is not much room after the cut, so most of the events dont get budget anymore, just two main events get a larger part, the rest floats into release parties, a few smaller events and the swag production.

Unfortunately we had for the second day only until the late afternoon as some was already flying home then. I did fly back next morning to arrive right in time in the office, just that the flight was delayed and I came a little bit later as planned.

As a conclusion, we still have extreme problems in this region. The Ambassadors think not as Fedorians of the region as just on their own needs first. There is still a huge gap between, what is done and what is reported. Not to speak about missing invoices and carelessness with the reimbursements.


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Looking for Records, Looking for Contributions

Am Sonntag, April 17, 2016 in fedora, fedora-design    

A few days ago, the voting for the Supplemental Wallpaper for Fedora 24 opened. And I am impressed, how many Fedora contributors have voted so far, but I have to tell you that even I dont know the exact number yet. Nuancier is written in a way, that I cant look into the numbers before it is published. But Fedora Badges gives a little bit of an insight, but you have to see as we made that badge for the first time there was a lot of discussion about badges for voting, so it must be claimed manually and its not claimed by all who vote. But now we have already 207 badges for Fedora 24 claimed, compared to 89 for Fedora 23. So the amount of voters is already doubled and there is still nearly a week time for the votes!

Personally I am impressed and happy to see that lot of interest in this part of Fedora. For me is the Supplemental Wallpaper Contest a so called low hanging fruit, which make it very easy possible to contribute to Fedora.

The first step from consumer to contributor is by far the hardest and if this step is done, it becomes way easier to do more. I thinking since a long time to open the voting also to people who have not cla/fpca +1 membership. That would be from my perspective a necessary step, but I always have the fear for the quality. We reached a level of quality now, which is good but still our own contributors have a strong faible for blue, the rather would vote for an halfway acceptable blue wallpaper instead of an amazing shot of an bird.

We already installed a weight system for the voting, members of the Fedora Design Team have an higher weight with there vote and there is also the group of Nuancier Mentors, who have also more weight for their vote.

Originally the Nuancier Mentors was thought as a group who continuously contributed to the Supplemental Wallpaper Contest, to get them mostly out of the problem not to be allowed to vote by themselves. That´s a bit chicken-egg problem with this ¨low hanging fruit¨” you also can scare contributors them off with this.

The Nuancier Mentors group was also thought for giving them more responsibility and improve the quality of the submissions. But its not that far implemented as I would like, as Nuancier is simple a sideshow. There is still the feature for the multi-monitor wallpaper, which is not implemented yet but ready to do so. There are also some needed features, I had this time a bit of trouble to moderate the last submissions. There are four submissions this time, who could not been moderated as I have to do for all a legal research (I had to reject this time 3 for violations, people are not aware they cant submit everything). So I need a small time between the end of submission phase and voting phase, thats right now not possible as it opens automatically and I also might need some time after the election.

But all requires some work and I am sure Pingou would be happy to get some help in implementing new features for Nuancier. But its open anyway, you can find the source code here.


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Current Score Supplemental Wallpaper Fedora 24

Am Freitag, März 25, 2016 in fedora, fedora-design    

Its more then a month ago, that I opened the Contest for finding the Supplemental Wallpaper for Fedora 24. Its time to give a little inside view and current score, what is going on.

What was new this time was the limitation of submission a single user can do, and so far it suffused what it was expected to do. The quality is significant higher. Also the rejects are this time, much lower, just 2 this time after we had for Fedora 23 a new record. But I have to say its again, that some would look really look better with a little bit of work on the picture. I really hope we can integrate the “mentoring process” soon into Nuancier. The mentors group already exists, and it would raise the quality of the wallpaper more. Here are my 5 favorites so far:

So far we have 99 submissions, and 97 are valid. 53 badges for contributions are handed out, but a lot of contributors have no badges account, and the most of them are fresh contributors. But there is still time for submissions, until 11th of April. So go make your contribution, if you not have done it yet!


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Document Freedom Day Phnom Penh

Am Donnerstag, März 24, 2016 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

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

 

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


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InstallParty Phnom Penh

Am Dienstag, Februar 9, 2016 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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

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


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Look over the fence – StartUp Weekend Phnom Penh

Am Samstag, Februar 6, 2016 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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

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

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

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


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