I had yesterday the opportunity to give an Inkscape workshop at Development Innovations Cambodia in Phnom Penh. The participatns was only from several NGO’s, so called multiplicators and it turned out great. One day isnt that much time, to learn enough about Inkscape to use it in a professional way, but you can get at least the foundations to use it and learn more by yourself. But we had a lot of fun together and there was really some talented people amongst the 23 participants and the best two of them had already Fedora stickers on their laptop, so Open Source community in Cambodia begins to grow.
I am still in Cambodia and after FAD I had on monday and tuesday an workshop about open source graphic tools at Smallworld Cambodia. It was great as always I like being there, its a nice place and its really nice to see how this young people organize to get an better education. The workshop was really good and there was really talented people amongst the particiants. I even managed to help one to install an Fedora on his laptop. The only thing bad was, that my tuesday morning started not so nice with being fetched in the elevator but I was still on time at the place.
So Fedora found again more friends in Cambodia, it might need time to get them to contributors but I have hope for it. At least they start using more and more free software and thats a good thing.
FAD APAC 2014, the first of its kind eneded already 3 days ago and I was not enabled to write an report until yet, as I am still in Phnom Penh and have each day a workload to do, with giving workshops, talks and meetings. But now its the time, Siddesh has already pushed out for each day ( day 0, 1 and 2) a nice summary, what things we have done. But here a short summary:
Day 1: this day, we started with me giving an overview as an outsider what I see are the problems of the APAC regions and then everybody had the opportunity to give us an inside view to his country. The rest of the day we spent with planning the budget for next year. I putted together with the help of other people an “asian event” page in our wiki, which we used to plan the budget. It was really a lot of work and the day ended really late, we stood in the DAI offices until past 7pm. So we was really late for dinner, which was definitely nice – to sad for me, to much fish and seafood.
Day 2: We used this day to finish the work on the event planning and then moved over to more problematic topics like production of swag. Thats a little bit more complicated here as I am used to in EMEA, but there is room for improvements, so we talked about the really needed swag, which should be easily accessible for the Ambassadors in the APAC region and how to produce it with good and acceptable prices, we also had to talk about how we deal with the reimbursements for some Ambassadors as transaction fees are to high, I think Siddesh explained it very well in one of his posts, the money value is here in a lot of countries another one, take Cambodia e.g. We came up with some ideas where we can improve but mainly they have to improve there organization how to deal with the costs.
I think this FAD was definitely progress for the APAC Ambassadors and we will see what it brings in the future. But we suceeded not only with the topics of FAD, we had also another thing. As I was here in February/March and gave some talks and awarded gifts for questions the session chair wanted to award some things to people who was Fedora Ambassadors. Why the was not visible as such ones, no Fedora shirt! There was several attempts to produce the same Fedora Ambassadors Shirts as we have in EMEA but it never progressed, but now its done. All the participants took home the shirts for the Ambassadors in their countries, with the list we have we already equipped 40% of the Ambassadors we have with an shirt. For the rest, well if we would know there size……. But look for the anouncement in the next APAC meeting.
We really have to say a BIG thank you for this really great support from Greta Greathouse from Development Innovations Cambodia, for hosting us, we enjoyed really being your guests.
On friday we had here in Phnom Penh, Release Party for Fedora 21. Yes we know 21 isnt released yet, but we started back in May organizing this event and now at least beta is available and we could show the features. Here in Cambodia just a few people are introduced to Linux and Open Source so Release Party is more to get them and inform them about it, as introducing them to the features of the newest version. But we had a great party, we had around 70 visitors and during the talks a lot of questions. We found definitely new friends in Cambodia and some also are willing to do something for Fedora, so lets see how the “Join Fedora Workshop” turns out next weekend.
But we have also to say thx to some people here and there is in the first place Greta Greathouse from US AID – Development Innovations, who not only gave us the space for the party as also prepared us a really nice food and drinks, so that it became a really nice party after the talks.
But thats enough and now I let the pictures speak:
|Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design|
This November will be a busy month for me, I will fly to Cambodia again and bring some Fedora energy there. Its my second visit to this country and I look forward to it. I will have an talk at Royal University of Phnom Penh. RUPP is using Fedora for teaching there students basic skills for Linux. But as always, its teached more about technical stuff as what Linux or Fedora really is, projects driven by volunteers. RUPP gives me the great opportunity to speak to all there IT students about how they can contribute to Fedora and learn even more by doing so. But I will do some other things more.
- On 14th of November I will join the Fedora Release Party Phnom Penh and help Somvannda Kong and Nisa Ban by giving an talk at this event. Truong Anh Tuan is giving another one. So it looks there will be an interesting program with talks and fun. Yes, Fedora 21 will not be released that day, but Beta will be available at least and we can show the features of the upcoming version.
- On 15th of November I will help in the morning Somvannda in preparing the packaging workshop, which will be done that day remotely by Robert Scheck. So we will help the attendees to install all the necessary software for the workshop so that Robert can start without being enforced to take care of that.
- The rest of November 15th and 16th I will join the FAD APAC, where the activities for the next year will be planned.
- 17th and 18th of November I will deliver a 3 days workshop at Smallworld Cambodia, about doing Graphics with Free Software tools.
- 20th of November I will be back at Development Innovations for delivering an Inkscape workshop to attendees from several NGO’s
- 21st of November I doing an Open Movie Night at the same place, talking about free software and free culture and of course showing some examples what can be done with free software.
- 22nd and 23rd of November I will do another Join Fedora workshop, as I did in February at Open Institute Phnom Penh. I hope that during all my presentations at RUPP, Release Party and so on, get enough people interested to start working for Fedora. In the workshop we will do all the things together that are necessary to become a Fedora contributor.
Besides that activities I will have some meetings with friends and partners to organize some stuff in the future.
|Family Affairs, fedora-design, fedorapeople, ubuntuusers|
Ich habe von verschiedenen Seiten Anfragen erhalten, ob ich denn nicht noch einen Inkscape-Wochenendworkshop anbieten könnte. Momentan ist meine Zeit allerdings begrenzt und es gibt nur eine Möglichkeit und zwar am Wochende vom 24.-26. Oktober 2014
Der Workshop beginnt am Freitag Abend mit einigen Dingen rund um SVG, der Oberfläche von Inkscape, den Verzeichnissen, Zooming und Panning und setzt sich dann am Samstag morgen fort mit den Zeichenwerkzeugen. Nach meinen Erfahrungen schaffen wir in bestimmte Themen, wie Live Pfadeffekte, Gekachelte Klone und vor allem Filter nur Einblicke aber die reichen aus, um im Selbststudium sich damit beschäftigen zu können. Wann immer es geht schieben wir auch praktische Teile ein, bist Sonntag Abend sollten wir auf diese Art und Weise alle Funktionen von Inkscape kennengelernt haben.
Neu dieses Mal ist, das wir verstärkt auf die neuen Funktionen von Inkscape eingehen, denn unter Umständen ist die Version 0.91 von Inkscape dann bereits erschienen. Diese bringt eine große Anzahl Neuerungen mit.
Wie bei allen anderen Workshops vorher auch gibt es wieder ein Formular zur Anmeldung, auch dieses Mal gilt ich mach mir nur die Mühe, wenn mindestens 3 Leute zusammen kommen. Ich gebe spätestens eine Woche vor Veranstaltung per Mail Bescheid, ob die Veranstaltung stattfindet.
Ansonsten bleibt alles beim alten Teilnahme frei, es sei denn ihr wollt mir etwas zustecken aber das bleibt euch überlassen.
… and create a little Fedora Tagger storm. Last week I started to create new badges for Tagger and yesterday Marie Nordin and I finished them, Ralph Bean pushed them out later and thats what happend:
That even beats the storm badges created on the begin on Fedora Tagger.
9th FrOSCon took its place on 23rd and 24th of August, it was my 8th time I did visit that event. I was for the whole weekend at the Fedora booth, I brought from Flock enough media and swag for the event. I also transported again the rollup through the train, which is hard as I have to change the train several times and together with swag its a lot to carry. Christoph brought also the rollup from Berlin so we had this time 2. Felix brought again the 3D-printer, so we had a good equipped booth. During the 2 days of the conference we had a lot of conversations with people and handed out a lot of DVD. There was not so many visitors as in the years before, FrOSCon is one of the events you dont see how many are there as there areal for the event is a huge one. There are people you dont see the whole day as they sitting in one of the DevRooms during the day. I was very often on FrOSCon but as always I didnt hear any talk, I never heard one there, isnt that crazy? On the end FrOSCon was a nice event as always and I am looking forward for its 10th edition.
The voting phase for supplemental wallpaper is closed now and the results are there. But is time to look a little bit back on the contest this time. We had this time lesser contributions as last time, we got 87 submissions where on the end 83 was accepted. Last time we had 114 from 117 submissions. Also this time the quality of the submissions was lower as last time.
One of the reasons for this is, the results of the last votings, I have spoken with some of the contributors where did contribute high quality content, why they not contribute this time.
I will find a solution how we can raise the quality of the submissions again. There are several solutions in my head. But for now is time to show the winner pictures which will get packaged.
If you are interested in all the results you can find them in Nuancier.
The submission phase for supplemental wallpaper is now over and the voting phase is started. The voting ends on 22nd August 2014, so go and vote! Yes, you can earn a badge for the voting, but please do not just select one to get it. Please look at them, and try them also on you desktop and then vote for the best 16
Flock ended some days ago and its time to write an post about it.
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.
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
|Family Affairs, fedora|
As always an event starts with the trip, this year for me a very short one. Just an 3hrs train ride on a route I have travelled many times before. But its still enjoyable as the train goes until Prague along the Elbe river, means you cross the whole Saxonian Switzerland one of Europes most beautiful landscapes. And what is the best, can enjoy the trip again with fellow Fedorians. In german, we would say “ich mach dann mal die Flocke”
Most of my work for Flock 2014 in Prague is now done, booklet is done and is now in print and will be delivered on monday. The schedules for the doors are also done and a lot of badges designed. If you want to download the booklet, I did put a download version here.
The submission phase for the supplemental wallpaper for Fedora 21 is now half over. Some already asked me for the status and most wanted also to see what is submitted. But we decided not to show them until after the voting, to avoid that people vote only for people they know instead of the quality of the submission.
But I think now its time to give a little bit of an overview what is the status now. So far we have 59 submissions, 3 of them had to be rejected, wrong license, one was an double and one had the wrong resolution.
The good thing is more people as last time contributed to the wallpaper, the bad thing is that I got a strong feeling some just did to get the badge. So the quality of some submissions is low. On the other hand some participated with creating wallpapers especially for the contest, so we have until yet three vector graphics or image manipulations in the contest. In generally a lot of the submissions are nice with the motif its just that a little bit work on the RAW files would help them over the top. Mostly they are over-lighted, some just in areas.
So the question is now, if we change Nuancier in a way that allows the upload of different versions of a submission, so that you can work on them to make them better if necessary.
But that is music which might be played in the future, lets take a little look whats already there. Here are 5 submissions, which are my personal favorites right now.
Just to remind you, there is still time until August 16th for submissions, so more then a month. So jump to Nuancier and make your submission
|Family Affairs, fedora|
Day 3 of Linuxwochen Vienna was for me the hardest day, I didnt spent much time on the fedora booth as I had to deliver 1 talk and 2 workshops. It started in the morning with the Fedora A-Z talk, which is always nice and gives the attendees a chance to ask a lot of questions to Fedora and they had a lot of questions. After the talk I had to hurry to get into the next room as I had to give together with Sebastian Wagner an darktable workshop. After two hours explaining darktable modules and what you can do with them, what costs a lot of time the workshop ended. I am still not 100% happy how the workshop went, first the problem with the window size I faced in Chemnitz was there again and this on three different machines with different versions, so it looks is a darktable bug and second if all modules are explained the workshop becomes more an demonstration as an workshop, so I have to work on the content a little bit more. But the around 30 attendees was still happy with the workshop and we got positive feedback.
Direct after the darktable workshop my Inkscape workshop did happen, which had not that many people as the one before but still a lot. All the attendees reached the goal I had with them:
Who wants to repeat to redo the steps we did in the workshop, I prepared an screencast (german) for it which you can find here. The rest of the day I spent on the Fedora booth but it was not a lot of time anymore, just 2 hours and then the Linuxwochen Vienna 2014 ended.
The second day of Linuxwochen Vienna was like always better visited as the first day. As Gergely and Peter arrived also that day we had enough swag to survive the rest of the week. For me it was also the first day where I had an workshop. This time about Blender, there was only 7 people in it, but that is normal on a friday morning.
The rest of the day I spent on the booth and just visited one talk about how to get OSM maps printing ready. In the evening we went together to the Linuxwochen After Hour party and later went for to an restaurant for an Wiener Schnitzel.
Its the time in the year, I spent some days in the wonderful city of Vienna. First day of the Linuxwochen is always the thursday andits a little bit quieter then the other days but this year there was a lot of visitors. That might be because of the program, in the schedule there was mostly talks about how you can keep your data a little bit more safe.
We had on the first day no talks or workshops in the program. For me that was very good as I had the crazy idea to come with the night train. I arrived right on time on the venue for preparing the booth. Linuxwochen printed us a nice poster and I brought the table cloth and everything I had left on swag, just to survive the first day. It was really everything gone in the evening.
It is time to open the submission phase for Fedora 21 Supplemental Wallpapers. This time not only for the voting phase but also for the submission phase, we will use our application Nuancier for it. We hope that makes submissions a lot easier. Be aware its the first time we use it so there might pop up some issues.
There are some rules of technical nature:
- Submitted wallpapers must use a format that can be read by software available in Fedora Package Collection. Preferred image formats include SVG and PNG.
- Master files, which may be further edited, should be maintained in non-lossy formats. Preserving vector graphics, raster layers, and channels is important for such materials.
- Originals for landscape formats must be a minimum of 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The larger the better. Photographic submissions should be made at the highest resolution the camera is capable of.
- Submitted wallpapers should be provided in a 16 x 9 aspect ratio when possible.
- No watermarks, signatures, photographer/creator names, or messages may be included in any part of the work. However if the license allows, and the photo is compelling enough, we could remove watermarks.
and some of organizational nature:
- Submissions must not contain material that violates or infringes anothers rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. If your submissions include or derive from artwork created by other people, please make sure the license of the original work you incorporate is compatible with Fedora and that you are not violating any of the provisions of its license. Just because a work is licensed with a Creative Commons license does not mean it is free to use (make sure you provide attribution to artists that license their work with a CC Attribution clause.)
- Submission should have the consent and approval of the author or creator
- Submissions re thereby licensed to the public for reuse under CC-BY-SA unless specifically identified as being licensed by another approved liberal open source license. See a list of approved licenses for Fedora. Note that we can not accept NC or ND submissions.
The deadline until you can submit your artwork is the August 16 2014 at 23:59 UTC. The voting will open automatically after this deadline.
For the badges hunters, yes there will be badges for it. There will be a badge for submissions, it will be awarded after the examination of the picture if it fits the rules, which you can see above. Another one will be awarded if your submission is chosen and also for the voting process there will be one.
For further questions, you can send me a mail and don’t hesitate to ask me for assistance just write me a mail email@example.com.
|Family Affairs, fedora|
Next week from 8. – 10. of May Linuxwochen tour makes his stop in Vienna and Fedora will be there, again. To sad, this year its exactly the same time as LinuTag in Berlin. Besides the booth, we will participate also in the talks and workshops. Peter Czanik will have an talk “Babelfish for DevOps – syslog-ng“, Gergely Rákosi will show that the Fedora Desktop rises through gaming – “Rise of the Fedora Desktop: Gaming” and I will give and Fedora A-Z talk and workshops for using Blender, darktable and Inkscape. So if you are from Vienna or nearby visit us at the Fedora booth.