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From Zero to Hero – Khmer Translation Sprint

Am Montag, November 2, 2015 in fedora    

To win new users and later on new contributors, you have to go locally and that means also to translate Fedora to the local language. For Cambodia and his language khmer we had no translation since Fedora Core 6. We planned since last year to re-initiate the translation for this language, it took as some time to arrange everything, getting the mailing list setup, making the wiki pages  and so on.
Now we had the time to organize a Translation Sprint to find new contributors and start the translation for khmer running. That is harder as it sounds the biggest problem here in Cambodia is, that Saturday is a normal working day and students have to go to university and others to work. So its not to easy to find enough people for the whole weekend. During the week is also not better, normal students go here at daytime to work and in the evening until 10pm to university or they have university in the morning and go for work in the evening. But we interested enough people to start the translation to khmer, and we will do another such sprint to find more people and driving the translation process forward.

This time we was 5 people for translation, we started with an introduction to Fedora as an project and did all necessary steps creating FAS accounts, making personal wiki pages and so on. Later we introduced to how software is translated and how the translation in Fedora works and made the first steps in zanata. After the lunch we could start with translation.

We started with main for the translation and reached on sunday evening a translation of 7.04% of this, that is a lot but there is still more to do.
From 45 files in this group we translated 12 completely and ABRT until 7.19%, gnome-abrt until 95.99%, pykickstart until 58.27% and anaconda until 45.66%
A big thank you goes here to Kuylim Tith who translated like an berserker and was already there at 8am in the morning on Sunday and on both days he stopped not before half past 6pm. Its nice to have you in the Khmer Translation Team – bong.

On Sunday we had an short hangout with the at the same time ongoing G11N FAD in Tokio to share our experiences with translating Fedora and what can be done to move on with the translation.

All in all we moved a good step forward for translating Fedora to khmer.

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BarCamp Phnom Penh 2015

Am Montag, Oktober 26, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora    

Last weekend on 24th and 25th October as it again, the Barcamp in Phnom Penh and I participated this year. The barcamp was as all the years before hosted at the Institute for Technology Cambodia (ITC) and there as a big crowd as I arrived waiting for registration. I found our booth really fast and Leap Sok had already prepared the rollup banner and he also brought the swag which he stored after the Software Freedom Day. I thought we will have enough swag as I brought something from Europe and Harish send also what he had left to Cambodia. But all the swag was gone after 3 hours, it as really hard work handing DVD out and answer all the questions. What is it?, is it really for free?, can I take one? And opposite to Europe and North America, I had a lot of requests for a 32bit version. Besides all the questions I had to answer I gave interviews and met new and old friends. On Sunday I gave the opening talk in the FOSS panel, which was the first time that Barcamp had it. So all in all an sucessul event which ended with a very nice party.

Next year, there should be FUDCon at this event, so some more people from Fedora will be there, helping Fedoras community in Cambodia growing. But its still a year time for that and a lot of other activities will be before it. Next one next weekend, Translation Sprint.


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BarCamp Meeting

Am Mittwoch, September 30, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora    

This morning started for me a little bit different, as I went to an meeting for the organizers of the BarCamp edition 2015. Fedora will next to an both have an panel about Free Software and Open Source. But it was also interesting what else is going on on this years event, zones like Robotics & Electronics, a StartUp zone and a Career zone waiting for participants. But there will be also panels for programmers, game developers and creative people. eCommerce and Mobile Commerce will be also topic on a panel and also Cyber Security and how you can stay safe in the internet will be an issue. After an interesting meeting where the concept was introduced and where the responsible persons for the panels and zones gave an overview about their planing, we went together for lunch. Time for me to speak with Piseth Kheng, Program Manager of Open Institute and Samboeun Hean from Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) as they help Fedora with some events. Piseth is so far a great help as his institute translates already GNOME, Firefox and Open/Libre Office to khmer and he supports the translation sprint which we want to do here end of next month. Samboeun Hean was exited to hear that ITC might host next years FUDCon APAC and will fully support it. So it was really a sucessful meeting at least for me and it looks Fedora will have a bright future in Cambodia.

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Blender Workshop at Smallworld

Am Dienstag, September 29, 2015 in fedora, fedora-design    

Last weekend it was time for another workshop at Smallworld Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This time a Blender workshop. There was 16 registrations and a lot of the participants showed up. So the lecture room in Smallworld was good filled. Smallworld was full that day anyway as also the WordPress Meetup took place that day. So a lot of Open Source topics that day in Smallworld.

Next thing, meeting for BarCamp, TranslationSprint and Installfest…. Lot to do

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Supplemental Wallpaper Winners!

Am Dienstag, September 22, 2015 in fedora, fedora-design    

We broke this time nearly all records since we doing the Supplemental Wallpaper Contest with Nuancier. We had 199 submissions, where actually 157 ended up in the pot for the elections. These came from 73 submitters, a lot of them new contributors. Unfortunately we also broke the record for rejected submissions. The most of them contained a trademarked logo, notice that includes our own also! One thing was also more negative, a lot of participants uploaded, not just 3 pictures as many more. Some of them submitted a lot and mostly iterations. That leads to a problem, the Fedora community shows a strong love for “blue”, means if somebody submitting just iterations of a blue pattern, he has a good chance. But it can be that all of his iterations are elected, instead of other better submissions with higher quality.

So, with the next contest, we have to limit to amount of submissions that can be made. Hopefully we can implement also some other features to.

But for now here are the winners:


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Software Freedom Day 2015 Phnom Penh

Am Montag, September 21, 2015 in Desktop Revolution, Distribution Drama, Family Affairs, fedora, heart & mind    

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 “ 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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Inkscape workshop for Linux statt Windows

Am Sonntag, September 13, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

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

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

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Inkscape Workshop at Smallworld

Am Montag, September 7, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

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

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Fedora 23 Will Have Beautiful Supplemental Wallpaper

Am Samstag, September 5, 2015 in Desktop Revolution, fedora, fedora-design    

The submission phase for the supplemental wallpaper for Fedora 23 isnt over yet. There are so far 169 submissions. But I had to reject this time already 40 because they used material of other pictures without quotation or an trademark was included. So we have 120 submissions in the pot right now.That are right now my favorites:

But there is still one week you can submit your wallpaper, so grab your camera and shoot some nice pictures ;)

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10th FrOSCon 2015

Am Montag, August 31, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora    

A picture can say more then a thousend words….

And this is how FrOSCon 10th edtion was, great including the all free drinks and sausages, steaks and ice cream at the social event. The rest was like all the years before great talks including Andrew Tanenbaum and Madog Hall as speakers, nice but small exhibition. Just a good Fedora dev room was again missing. Maybe next year again

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Make Fedora 23 Beautiful

Am Sonntag, August 16, 2015 in fedora, fedora-design    

I opened earlier this week the submission phase for Fedora 23 Supplemental Wallpaper. But this time I announced it in FedoraMagazine and you can find everything to it there.

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Faces of Flock II

Am Samstag, August 15, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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Faces of Flock

Am Samstag, August 15, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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Flock Day -1

Am Dienstag, August 11, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora    

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Flock Update

Am Freitag, Juli 31, 2015 in fedora    

So the schedule for Flock is finally fixed and I have to update some things according to my last post. First the practical part of the Wallpaper Hunt is scheduled now for Friday now instead of Satruday. Addionally I will help Máirín Duffy on Saturday morning with the Inkscape and GIMP Bootcamp, guess which part I will do.

For the Wallpaper Hunt, if you want to go with us, to the place we have located, we should meet at least 19.15 on the hotel entrance. The trip takes 33 minutes, short walk and then bus, costs for a ticket is just 1$. We will arrive at the location arround 20.00. So we have a little bit time in daylight, sunset is scheduled for 20.18 and the sun will go down 296°, to get the lighthouse and sunset makes that hard but maybe we find a good position, otherwise, the lake is only few hundert meters away and sunset over a lake is always a nice shot. The Blue Hour starts 21:19 and takes that day 40 minutes. We can take the bus 21.49 back and would arrive 22.22 at the hotel. If you want to go by car, fine with me thats our destination

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Flock is coming

Am Samstag, Juli 25, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

Its just a few weeks to 3rd Flock, where the Fedora birds come together. The schedule is out for a while and as you can see I have two things which I will “present”.

The first one is Design Clinic, where you can come if you need help from the Design Team, Máirín Duffy, Ryan Lerch, Marie Nordin, Meghan Richardson and me will be there to helping you with problems you have. You can come with everything, you need a poster for an event so com, you need a logo so come, you need help with UX design so come, you have any idea where we can improve from the design perspective come and speak with us.

So far we have 3 projects we want already to work on:

So if you have something just come along and grab us for help! You can also write to the design team mailing list, if you are not at Flock and have a thing where we should work on.

The second thing I have is the “Wallpaper Hunt“. As you might know I am responsible for getting the supplemental wallpapers for each Fedora release. Btw. our nice little application for doing that was started on first Flock but looking back to that Flock, I received after it some submissions from Charleston, that was definitely not good and there was so nice motives in Charleston to sad we had not one wallpaper in the next release which was shot during Flock. And there was so nice motives! This Flock I want to change that. With Marie Nordin I located a nice spot where we want to go and try to shoot pictures that can show up in Fedoras next version.

So I know we have talented photographer between us, lets get together going there and try get some nice pictures on this way we can share our knowledge and equipment and I think we will have some fun to. The only chance we have to do it, is Wednesday after the talks, so come to me before I will tell you where we meet.

On Saturday as you can see in the schedule we have some time then get the pictures processed.

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Am Dienstag, Juli 7, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design, fedorapeople    

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:

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

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

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FUDCon APAC 2015 – Summary

Am Mittwoch, Juli 1, 2015 in fedora, fedora-design    

I was last week in Pune for FUDCon, so its time to write about the experiences.

Day -2

I had to start my travel 2 days before the event from airport Leipzig flying to Munich, well the travel to Leipzig and also the checkin and flight was without something to mention. Just one hour ride to Leipzig and 40 minutes flight to Munich. I had a long layover in Munich so I checked before the situation with WIFI and electricity, well Munich has free wifi and they even proudly anounced that the equipped the gate areas with power supply, well they was there but simple not working. With a little searching I found one which was working but there was nothing to sit there so I spent the time in EMEA Ambassadors meeting standing :D

Day -1

Also for that day there was no action, boarding the plane in the morning and leaving it in Mumbai in the night. The immigration process with the TVOA visa worked well, except to find the counter for them was difficult. So if you travel to India and eligible to get it, thats the easiest way.
Outside the airport Prima Yogi Loviniltra and a volunteer did already wait for me, just Ryan Lerch was missing but he joined as a few minutes later. So the fetch on the airport was well organized. The cab ride took some time but interesting conversations made that not feelable. So we arrived in the morning in Pune just enough for 3 hours sleep.

Day 0

I had not really time for a good breakfast but I needed one as I had not a dinner either, but Kushal was already standing there telling me I was to late. But I managed to grab something to eat even the waiter always removed my tools when I grabbed something. Also here the transport was well organized and the bus for bringing us to MIT was already waiting.
On the first day I joined a few sessions but I will write only something about the most important for me. We had a BoF session for the next APAC FUDCon. What I am worried about is the style which is coming up there, just finding some point why a thing not might be good instead of trying to find out how problems can be solved!

Day 1

I started the day with Jiri Eischmanns presentation about the Fedora workstation and his presence and future. I joined several other talks to, where I just want to mention the Achieving Community Goals With Fedora one from Tenzin Chokden, awesome job of Joerg Simon and Fabian Affolter and their l10n hackfest for the tibetian language, good work. Besides that I had many organizational conversations for organzing stuff in the APAC region.

Day 2

This was actually the most busy day for me as I had in the morning my own workshop about using Inkscape. Well there are some negative things, the room was not the best choice, its hard to work on a small table attached to the chair. But more worst was that the picture from projector was looped to an camera, but the camera was missing so we had to find that out first, so I lost some time for the workshop. But we still managed to draw with the participants what I wanted to achieve and they have a good foundation to use Inkscape in their work and learn it more. I already prepared a screencast, which you can find here.

Ryan switched more to a presentation style, which I only do on events to impress people what with our free software tools can be done and how easy it can be. But as I expect people on a FOSS event like FUDCon are already open to using our tools and just need some help starting to work with them and the best way to learn it is by doing.

After the lunch we had another Ambassadors BoF for APAC, time to speak more Ambassador stuff. We made during this year some progress in APAC and on FUDCon it was visible a lot of asians in a Fedora Ambassador shirts, but we still have not all equipped with them.

We also made progress in producing F21 media centralized but still there are some problems to solve as the process didnt work well, we had no central production in APAC for F22 but we talked how we shall do it in the future and think found the best solution for it. We also had time to discuss if it would possible to replace the DVD media at least partly with USB sticks. We agreed on doing a research on prices until next FAD APAC end of the year and look there if we do it or not. And yes we found an place where we want to do the next FAD – Singapore so we will work on it during the next months to organize it. So we moved again forward.

Day 3

Some went out really in the morning to spent some time in Mumbai, but I am to old for touristic pressure even I would like to have seen more from that city, I was in India for FUDCon and not for an touristic tour. So I went out of the hotel at noon and the cab brought me to the airport, where I enjoyed the sun outside and later I spent some time with Danishka Naven and Izhar Firdaus in the airport.

Day 4

This day I entered a plane in Mumbai short after the day had begun and woke up landing in Zurich. Well I found easily an AC port in this airport and free wifi was also available so I could do some work during the time I had to wait for the next flight, wich was this time just 5 hours later. After this flight I just had a short trip with the train and I arrived right in time for the Design Team meeting.


It was an interesting trip to India seeing how people live there and make new friends, meeting people I worked already with and meeting old friends. I think we moved for the Ambassadors in the APAC region and that means Fedora makes progress in the future in Asia.

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FUDCon APAC 2015

Am Montag, Juni 15, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

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15th Anniversary Linuxwochen Vienna

Am Montag, Mai 11, 2015 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

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

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