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day +3 LGM/Linuxwochen

Am Mittwoch, Mai 9, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

Saturday the 5th of May was the last day of Libre Graphics Meeting and also of the Linuxwochen Vienna. It was the day of Beastie and Puffy invasion, because the european BSDday.eu was also in the venue. In the morning I had again a Inkscape workshop on the Linuxwochen, which was better visited as the one on the day before. So I had no time for the talks at the Libre Graphics Meeting. After a short lunch break a second workshop followed. It was a workshop about the whole workflow for preparing magazines/books and of course working with free software. Planned was to prepare a book with all the paper of LGM in that workshop, but I only got 3 of them. So on the end it was more a BoF-session about all the work which have to be done preparing a magazin or book. Thats already a lot, book sizes, book layout, font decission and all that.

After the workshop my voice was gone at least until I had a drink. But I needed not really my voice anymore that day. I joined Pete Ippels talk Transitional Work Flow For Artists Making The Libre Graphics Leap and and It Builds Character a talk from Nathan Willies introducing new free software tools for font development. After that the LGM ended and there was a short discussion where the next one should be. So next LGM will be in Madrid and there are some voices doing it in Asia. And thats problematic, there are to much people who like to protect what they have, an LGM in Europe or Montreal. But we will see…

The day ended for most of us in the same restaurant we went on tuesday evening, so that meant “Schnitzel” for the most of us. This time the crowed was bigger as in tuesday so we needed another table extra. But we stayed not to long as some of us, already started there travelling home directly from there or at the next morning.

pictures Nicu & Tom Lechner, both CC-BY-SA

Nicu managed already to upload most of his pictures and Mizmo did also made a bigger upload. For Taticas pictures I think we have to wait for a few days, she is in “zombie mode” after her arrival at home yesterday evening.


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day +2 LGM/Linuxwochen

Am Mittwoch, Mai 9, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

Friday the 4th of May was the 3rd day of Libre Graphics Meeting and the 2nd of Linuxwochen Vienna. The day of the goat invasion or the day I had not really fun. Why, I missed all the talks I was really interested in. For example Johan Engelen with the development of Powerstroke in Inkscape. I missed them because I had at the same time an Inkscape workshop on Linuxwochen. The workshop wasnt so crowed as they normally are. Because it was friday in the morning, a lot of people have to work. But there was no other time slot left. So I couldnt enjoy all the interesting talks from the GIMP world.

At 3pm was a bigger slot with an panel: Doing Design In The World Of FLOSS which Mizmo, Allan Day and me was planned for, Peter Sikking joined us also. The problem sitting on the end means, very often the points are taken. After that I skipped one talk and watched later Nicus talk about Free Culture meets Free Software: Wiki Loves Monuments and after that a video presentation from Bassam Kurdali about the Tube movie project. I had an conversation with Bassam a week before LGM started about that, because there was the idea to do a free movie session on the Linuxwochen after party on friday. But before we went to that, there was another q/talk planned like the day before. This time about open hardware, Pete Ippel talked about the MilkyMist One, Richard Hughes about the ColorHug and normally Mickey Lauer was planned but he didnt make it, so Zoltan joined the round and talked about the Nanonote.

After the q/talk I played again the role of a tourist guide and we went to the MuseumsQuartier. That is one of the places I like most, there is a lot of art and its also a place for Geeks as there is the quartier 21 for digital art and life style. The Linuxwochen after party wasnt invaded from LGM people like Nicu wrote, it was actually planned this way. Normally the after party its just a bigger table with arround 20 people as the most speakers are on there way home after there talk. Thats a problem of a longer event, you will never get all together. I tried to show some free movies, but it was already to late for that. On the social event Elisa de Castro Guerra went to me and used one of the few chances to speak with me, it was actually funny, because she works also for Doudou Linux, where I did last year made a submission to the Logo Contest and we had time to talk a little bit about it. Later we went for a couple of hours to the Metalab, Viennas hackerspace, which isnt far from the MQ and then home.

pictures Nicu & Kai-Uwe Behrmann


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day +1 LGM/LinuxWochen

Am Dienstag, Mai 8, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora    

May the 3rd was the second day of Libre Graphics Meeting and the first one of Linuxwochen Vienna. So in the foyer of the UAS Technikum opened the exhibition area and also DrupalDay.at and the first talks of Linuxwochen helped to fill the area with people. Of course there was a Fedora booth at the exhibition and it was the biggest one. I brought the table cloth and one of the rollups to Vienna, and also what was left from FOSDEM on stickers. Mizmo brought also some stickers and flyers and also some DesignSuite DVD. Zoltan brought cheatcubes, DVD and an OLPC. So the booth was well prepared. The Fedora booth was also photographed from the Der Standard and published on his online platform. As you can see not only the both was photographed, also Taticas keynote was topic. She had later an interview with Der Standard and got there own article. The topic on migration to Linux is really from interest for the people in Vienna, as the migration in that city failed and they have to spent now again every year a lot of mon€y for licenses. On the end the topic was from so much interest, that the organizers decided to give a second slot to Tatica speaking about the situation arround Open Source in Latinamerica. Together we managed the spontaneously additional talk.

On the Libre Graphics Meeting side Mizmo and Emichan had their talk: An awesome FLOSS design collaboration workflow presenting SparkleShare, Magic Mockup, GlitterGallery and DesignHub. I didnt see a lot of talks on LGM on this day, but this one I didnt miss. The day on the event ended with an traditional q/talk from q/uintessenz. The topic on that panel discussion was “Open Content, Free Culture” the guests was Pete Ippel, Ricardo Lafuente and Ana Carvalho who work together on Libre Graphics Magazin and the guy who does always Free & Open Movie Nights, I think he is called gnokii ;) So an second additional talk at this day. We didnt went out for dinner this evening and I prepared a dinner in our appartment, “Zwiebelkuchen” and 2 nice bottle of wine.

photo by Nicu.


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day 0 LGM/Linuxwochen

Am Dienstag, Mai 8, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

The 2nd of May was the first day of the 7th edition of Libre Graphics Meeting, I by myself call it the “Color Freaks Day” because most of the topics at this day scheduled talks was about color management. But the day started for Tatica and me with a little shopping trip. As I said in the last blogpost, our appartment was at a really cool place and we had not only cafes outside, we had directly opposite an supermarket and 20 meters away the next one. So we managed to get things like coffee, fruit juices, coffee cream and milk. And there was even a bakery so there was fresh Croissants at the breakfast. After a cup of coffee we all went to the venue, which was a 20 minutes walk.

As I mentioned before, the first day of Libre Graphics Meeting started with a lot of talks arround color management topics. The first talk was Richard Hughes: ColorHug – The Open Hardware Colorimeter, followed by Kai-Uwe Behrmann: Evolving Concepts for Colour Management, Color Management in SVG2 from Chris Lilley from W3C, and then again Kai-Uwe Behrmann with Colour Management a la Greek and Richard Hughes: colord – Linux Color Management Framework, One Year On. Last in this round was myself: Taxi DB – Call A Cab To Bring The Colors. What we learned at this day, is that there is not really a good documentation for users about starting with color management, so many beginners have problems. Hopefully Kai-Uwe Behrmanns and mine talk at LinuxTag will helpful for that. When I understood Chris Lilley right then naming of colors in SVG2 will be possible so then transferring spot color names will be possible. For me it was the chance to introduce Hughsie to TaxiDB. He showed interest in using it but not in the way we thaught, but we managed to find a way over the week, using it for his needs and also for what I thaught TaxiDB should be, so a win-win. On the end Richard and Kai-Uwe managed to talk with each other and there is a new begin on OpenICC. The day ended for us with an picnic, Mizmo, Emichan, Tatica and me cooked and we went to the Danube channel, which was also not far away from our appartment. The crowed became again bigger as Allan Day, Garret LeSage, Jakub Steiner, Jiri Eischmann and some others joined us. Was really a nice get together.

photos by Nicu.


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day -1 LGM/Linuxwochen

Am Dienstag, Mai 8, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora    

I should call this day the “cat herding day”, because it was the day of most of the arrivals. Was also a day where I had to learn some things, first of all check your phone that it is working and the second if you meet on a subway station, tell the people they should not get out and wait downstairs, otherwise its really hard to find the person you like to meet. But we managed the fetch all the people we expected. First arrivals was Nicu and Emily. Both arrived nearly at the same time but the problem they didnt know each other and in the case of Emily I didnt know the flight number she arrives with. But both managed to get to the appartment alone. The cool thing was, we had directly before our house a cafe with an “Schanigarten” so we could sitting outside drinking a “Melange” waiting for them. After they put there luggage into the appartment, we moved to the next meeting point. The next meeting point was also a cafe in the 7th district so nearly downtown, I had ordered a table there before for all of us and we had a nice brunch there.

Zoltan and Geri arrived also to late at there appartment, so I was sitting on a hot chair not missing the next meeting. But that was one of the points for the brunch, I also had can the group left there fetching Mizmo and Hughsie and come later back. But they managed it in time and they went with me fetching the others. But it took us really a lot of time to find them, so no sightseeing on the rest of the day. So we went all back to our appartments and went later to an restaurant. We was really a big crowd there because Behdad, Miska, Pete Ippel and later Christian Jeitler from the Linuxwochen team joined us also. So the fedorians get mixed with other LGMers. So we had a lot of nice conversations there and Tatica realized first time how big a “Wiener Schnitzel” should be ;) But we stayed not to long because most was tired from the travel and next day LGM would start in the morning. The sad part on this evening was that Kai-Uwe didnt join us, because he liked to prepare his slides for the talks on the next day. Hughsie was not happy about that, but we managed that both had time together later in the week.

pictures by Nicu.


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Blue Frogs calling

Am Dienstag, Mai 8, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora    

2 weeks ago the german event FrOSCon called for talks. FrOSCon is one of the bigger events in Germany, they have a main track with talks, an exhibition with a lot of booths, and track especially for kids called FrogLabs and another part they give away rooms for projects for ther own program also.

Last year Fedora had such an room and we prepared an whole day talk program with topics arround Fedora. Christoph Wickert organized that. As the CfP was opened I had a short conversation with Cristoph if we should do that again and I wrote a mail to the ambassadors list. To have an Fedora related track makes only sense when we have enough interesting talks in it. So we need people who want to participate in this or some clear statements if we should do it again or not. But anyway the CfP ist still open until 23rd of May and you can submit your talks also there. FrOSCon hosts this year also a PHP sub-conference with an extra program, there is also still time left for submissions.


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day -2 LGM/Linuxwochen

Am Dienstag, Mai 1, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora    

So day -2 for LGM and Linuxwochen ended now, most of the day I spent in trains and subways. I started today at 8am at my home for going to Vienna, first way was to Dresden and from there with the train to Vienna. We arrived short after 8pm on Vienna Meidling and after that we went to ur appartment. Tobias arrived really late and so he had only time to bring hispbagage to the appartment and then we went to the airport fetching Tatica. She came really with the last flight from Madrid, so now we sitting all in the appartment drink a glass of wine, write mails and do some work. Tomorrow (in a few hours) Mizmo and Emichan will arrive and our appartment is complete. It was really hot today and we all are really tired from the travel.


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LinuxTag 2012

Am Freitag, April 27, 2012 in Desktop Revolution, Family Affairs, fedora-design, fedorapeople, Killer Application, ubuntuusers    

In knapp einem Monat ist es wieder soweit, Europas größter Event rund um Linux und Open Source geht über die Bühne. Das freie Vortragsprogramm ist ja mittlerweile veröffentlicht und die Austeller stehen auch schon eine Weile fest. Ich selbst werde am Samstag um 10.30 Uhr im Saal Berlin I einen Vortrag haben, das Thema ist “Bring Color To The Game“. Den Votrag halte ich zusammen mit kai-Uwe Behrmann vom Oyranos Projekt. Der Vortrag versucht zu erklären was Color Management eigentlich ist, da sieht es bei vielen schon trüb aus und wie der derzeitige Stand innerhalb der Open Source Welt ist. Da gibt es ja so einiges an Software von ArgyllCMS, über LittleCMS, dispcalGUI, colord, Oyranos, KolorManager, Gnome-Color-Manager usw. Allein diese Woche hatte ich 3 Personen, die Gnome-Color-Manager für ein Color Management System hielten, wo es doch nur ein grafisches Frontend zur Konfiguration eines solchen ist. Es sind eine Menge Mythen und Unklarheiten zu diesem Thema unterwegs und wir hoffen, mit unserem Vortrag diese bereinigen zu können und dem Anwender zu zeigen wie er zu einem farbverwalteten Desktop kommt.


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LGM 2012 fundraiser

Am Mittwoch, April 25, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

This video was done a while ago, maybe some recognize the people in it. The pledgie-campaign, you can find here.

 


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Die Indios können wieder laufen….

Am Dienstag, April 24, 2012 in fedora-design, fedorapeople, Killer Application, ubuntuusers    

Vor etwa einem Monat habe ich einen kleinen Screencast über ein cooles Werkzeug namens Tupi gemacht und hier in meinem Blog veröffentlicht.  Problematisch war und ist an Tupi funktionierende Pakete für seine Distribution zu finden. Bei Fedora und openSUSE scheiterte das paketieren mit deren Systemen an einem ganz einfachem Grund, Tupi hat ffmpeg als Abhängigkeit. FFmpeg ist aber nun mal mit seinen Codecs eher etwas problematisch mit den Rechten.

Gustav Gonzalez hat in den letzten Wochen einige Anstrengungen unternommen, hier eine Lösung zu schaffen. Die Lösung ist, dass Tupi nun aus mehreren Teilen besteht, einmal der Software Tupi selbst und als Plugin Tupi-FFmpeg. Ohne das letztere Paket bedeutet das, dass man normal mit Tupi arbeiten kann aber eben keine AVI oder ähnliches erstellen kann. Für diesen “Meilenstein” hab ich für Fedora ja schon einen Packager gefunden und auch bei openSUSE wird das in Zukunft jemand paketieren. Für Ubuntu existiert nun eine Projektseite in Launchpad, so dass die Pakete nicht mehr nur auf Gustavs persönlichem Account zu finden sind. Auch hier wären helfende Hände nicht unwillkommen!

Aber das ist nicht alles, denn ohne das FFmpeg Plugin kann man ja nur JPG oder PNG exportieren, nicht wirklich eine Animation. Aber auch zu diesem Thema ist bereits Abhilfe geschaffen, in den letzten Wochen hat Gustav ebenso an einem Plugin gearbeitet umd Ogg Video zu exportieren. Auch dieses Plugin ist nun fertig, man wird also in Zukunft auf Videos exportieren können ohne auf proprietäre Formate zurückgreifen zu müssen. Für die Zukunft stehen noch einige Verbesserungen an den Tweenings und auch der Support von Webm als Videoofrmat an, dann wird Tupi seine nächste Version erreichen.


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Just give us a name

Am Dienstag, April 24, 2012 in fedora, fedora-design    

It might be a “waste of time and money” for Richard Hughes but is isnt for others. The argument nobody would run “Fedora Verne” is a really funny one to me. Nobody runs “openSUSE Teal” or “openSUSE Asparagus” in fact not many people inside openSUSE knows the codename for the version. But because 11.4 was named Asparagus its got a design in that color. So as you can see what for others is just a wasting of time ist for other people a help for doing there work. The design and the marketing team can better work with an name as with a simple number.

So if you go to the poll and vote, please do it not with the actual situation with that ugly submissions for the name in mind, please consider more what does it mean for the work of others to have release names. Its just a wasting of time to write such nonsense blogposts and when release names are wasting of time for Richard, so consider not to vote. For others its that participation in an open process, or can I choose the name in openSUSE or ubuntu?


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Eine ganze Woche rund um Linux und freie Software

Am Montag, April 23, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedorapeople, ubuntuusers    

Dieses Jahr tragen die Linuxwochen Wien ihren Namen wohl zurecht, denn fast eine ganze Woche gibt es Programm, welches jetzt veröffentlicht ist.
Besucher der Linuxwochen in Wien, werden auf jeden Fall auf ihre Kosten kommen. Nicht nur das auch ausreichend für die Fans der Vettern aus Berkley am Samstag mit dem europäischem BSDday ein ausreichendes Programm geboten wird und das LibreGraphicsMeeting ja ebenfalls zur gleichen Zeit stattfindet, sondern auch die lokale Drupal Community nutzt die Linuxwochen mit einem ganzem Track um sich der Öffentlichkeit zu präsentieren.

Traditionell sind die Linuxwochen am ersten Tag eher business-orientiert, was nicht heißt der Besucher findet nichts interessantes. So geht es am ersten Tag um “Migration“, “Cloud Computing” und “Open Source Professionals” aber es gibt auch einen Track rund um “Open Source for Students” oder den bereits erwähnten Drupal-Track.
Eröffnet werden die Linuxwochen, mit einem in Wien eher heiklem Thema, der Migration der öffentlichen Verwaltung zu freier Software. Der eröffnende Vortrag wird “Venezuela – An Entire Country Migrates To Linux” von Maria Gracia Leandro Lombardo sein und dem folgen Vorträge wie “Betrieb einer Cloud mit OpenStack Essex im Praxistest” oder “cloud4education, einer freien Cloud-Lösung für Schulen“. Die OpenSource Professionals zeigen wie Asterisk und Group-E integriert werden können und welche Möglichkeiten das eröffnet oder wie man PostgreSQL-Datenbanken repliziert und hochverfügbar macht. Der Tag endet mit dem tradionellen QTalk, einer Podiumsdiskussion zu einem OpenSource Thema.

Am zweiten Tag der Linuxwochen, dem Freitag gibt es einen langen Tag für die Fans offener Hardware: Nanonote, Milkymist, Rasberry Pi, OpenMoko – OpenPhoenux und Arduino sind die Themen der Vorträge. Natürlich gibt es auch neues rund um ARM und es wird in einem Vortrag gezeigt, wie man sein Haus mit Linux intelligent machen kann.

Am Samstag geht es in einem Track rund um Open Source für Anwender, in dem unter anderem gezeigt wird, wie man seinen Laptop ohne ein Betriebssystem zum Laufen bekommt oder das es Open Source für alle erdenklichen Plattformen gibt. Aber es gibt auch Vorträge wie Ext4, BTRFS, XFS oder doch lieber WTF oder was BtrFs und die Integration mit Snapper bringt.
Neben dem Vortragsprogramm gibt es noch parallel Tracks mit Workshops rund um LaTeX, Inkscape, Scribus, Elektra, Pair Programming und vielem mehr. Dazu gibt es aber auch kleinere Runden mit Themen wie Digital Audio Workstation oder wie man mit Super Collider Musik mit Open Source macht oder neuen Funktionen des QT5 frameworks.
Wem das alles noch nicht ausreicht, parallel findet gleichzeitig das LibreGraphics Meeting in den Räumlichkeiten des Technikum Wien statt.

Auf diesem geht es am ersten Tag Mittwoch den 2. Mai mit Themen rund um Color Managment los. Der Tag startet nach der Eröffnung mit “ColorHug – The Open Hardware Colorimeter” und bringt weiterhin Vorträge von Chris Lilley vom W3C und dem Status von “Color Management in SVG2“. Aber auch andere Themen kommen zur Sprache, wie “Import filters for vector graphic formats in LibreOffice: the reverse- and straight engineering fun” in dem Fridrich Strba von den Erlebnissen bei der Implemtierung verschiedener Formate in LibreOffice erzählt. Und so gibt es auch in den folgenden Tagen Vorträge zu Grafikthemen, wie “Digital Painting with open source” von Ramon Miranda dem Autor des DigitalPainting Plugin von GIMP oder Gustav Gonzalez Giron der mit “Tupi: Living 2D art together” diese Applikation näher vorstellt. Auch Krita taucht im Programm auf und SynfigStudio wird mit “Introducing Synfig Studio” von Timothée Giet näher vorgestellt.

Aber auch zu dieser Veranstaltung gibt es nach dem Mittag paralell ein Programm für all diejenigen, die es eher praktisch mögen wie zum Beispiel: “Hugin’s Eye / Panorama” Workshop oder “Colorfont workshop” von Ana Isabel Carvalho und Ricardo Lafuente. Also auch auf diesem Event wird einem so einiges geboten.
Nebenbei veranstalten die Linuxwochen auch ein Gewinnspiel, wie immer mit sehr schönen Preisen und auch ein Keysigning und Social Event werden nicht fehlen.

Auf Grund der Internationalität von LibreGraphicsMeeting sind alle Talks und Workshops von diesem in englisch und auch auf den Linuxwochen gibt es eine Anzahl von Vorträgen die in dieser Sprache gehalten werden, aber es gibt auch ausreichend Vorträge/Workshops in deutscher Sprache. Wer mehr zum Programm erfahren will, das Programm der Linuxwochen für den ersten Tag, den zweiten Tag und den dritten Tag und das Programm für das LibreGraphicsMeeting sind hier zu finden. Der Weg nach Wien wird auf jeden Fall ein lohnenswerter.

Das LibreGraphicsMeeting benötigt aber immer noch die Hilfe der Community, um die Reisekosten der Teilnehmer zusammen zu tragen, dafür gibt es ein Pledgie.


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Linuxwochen Vienna

Am Montag, April 23, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora    

The Linuxwochen are an special kind of event, its not one event its an kind of road show turing trough Austria. The tour stops in Krems, Eisenstadt, Graz, Wien, Linz and all events are in the period of April and May. Next week the tour will take place in the capital of Austria – Vienna and Fedora will participate in this event. The Linuxwochen are not the only event which takes place at this time and in the Building of UAS Technikum Vienna. The community arround floss graphics and graphic tools will also come together, as I wrote before.

Now the schedule (first day, second day, third day) of the talks for Linuxwochen is also published and we can talk a little bit about it. The Linuxwochen will opened with an talk some of us might know. Tatica will have the openining talkVenezuela – An Entire Country Migrates To Linux. There is a little story behind, why the organizers decided to make it as an keynote. The city of Vienna started 2005 to migrate to Linux, they also developed like Munich there own Linux distribution called Wienux. The migration failed and the development of Wienux stopped 2009. So its a little bit a show that it can be done.

But this will not our only part in the schedule of talks. I by myself will deliver 2 workshops working with Inkscape. But there is more, Zoltan Hoppar will introduce Nanonote and Milkymist as open hardware and will also have an workshop about Password Hygiene – Things that you must know about your password. Gergely Rákosi will show the audience, that Gaming on Fedora – How to enjoy gaming on Fedora linux,natively and with Wine is possible. Jiří Eischmann will show students that they can have a carrier in the FLOSS world and together with Jaroslav Řezník he will show the audience How to Contribute to Fedora Project. Jaroslav will also deliver an workshop Qt 5 Hereafter. Jiří Vanek will show the Path To OpenJDK 8 and Michal Privoznik will show Virtualization on Desktops. Together with the talks from LibreGraphicsMeeting, I count a sum of 18 talks, would say we topped the good participation in CLT definitly.  Of course we will have also a booth for fedora in the small exhibition area, next to the Red Hat booth. Fedora blue will definitive a recognizable color on that event.


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Next Generation GIMP

Am Sonntag, April 22, 2012 in fedora-design, fedorapeople, Killer Application, ubuntuusers    

Nein es geht gerade nicht um die demnächst erscheinende Gimp Version 2.9 oder die danach folgende Version 2.10, die diese Woche ja für Schlagzeilen gesorgt hat. Nein “Next Generation GIMP” ist das Motto unter dem ein neues Magazin rund um dieses freie Bildbearbeitungsprogramm erscheinen soll.

Für dieses Magazin sucht man jetzt nach Beiträgen. Dabei ist es egal, ob es sich um ein in GIMP nachbearbeitetes Foto, eine Grafik die mit dem Programm erstellt wurde oder Tutorials, Tipps und Tricks handelt. Von Interesse sind aber auch interessante Webseiten zum Thema GIMP oder interessante Plugins. Mehr dazu, was und wie eingereicht werden kann bei Meet the Gimp.


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Power of SVG Filters

Am Samstag, April 21, 2012 in fedora-design, fedorapeople, Killer Application, ubuntuusers    

Es ist mal wieder Zeit für einen Inkscape-Screencast. Dieses Mal versuche ich zu erklären, was Filter sind und wie sie funktionieren und wir definieren gemeinsam einen Filter, der Flammen erzeugt. Die angegebene Datei mit dem Filter ist hier zum Download zu finden.


Ich habe schon vor einer Weile einen anderen, allerdings englischsprachigen Screencast zu Filtern gemacht, in diesem wird gezeigt, wie man mit Hilfe von Pfadeffekten und Filtern ein ganzes Feuerwerk zaubert. Da in diesem Screencast nur die Schritte zum Erstellen der benötigten Formen gezeigt werden, braucht man die Datei mit den Filtern auf jeden Fall. Diese ist hier zum Download zu finden.

Also viel Spaß beim Nachmachen und Fragen finden wie immer in den Kommentaren Platz.


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Meine Beiträge Linuxwochen Wien

Am Mittwoch, April 18, 2012 in Family Affairs, fedora-design, fedorapeople, ubuntuusers    

Es ist ja gerade mal noch 2 Wochen hin, bis die Linuxwochen in Wien beginnen. Auch dieses Jahr werde ich auf dieser Veranstaltung präsent sein. Dieses Jahr allerdings mit weniger Beiträgen als in den Vorjahren. Grund dafür ist das gleichzeitig statt findende LibreGraphicsMeeting, auf dem ich auch mit Vorträgen beteiligt bin und so habe ich dieses Jahr im Programm der Linuxwochen nur zwei Workshops über Inkscape.

Wie versprochen gibt es neue Inhalte, dass scheint auch nötig zeigen sich doch einige Personen immer wieder in meinen Workshops. Ich hoffe, das ist weil denen die Teilnahme Spaß bereitet und nicht das sie öfter kommen müssen, weil sie Inkscape bei mir nicht begreifen ;) .

Einen Workshop wird es Freitag vormittags geben, den nenne ich “Sexy Jeans” und in diesem Workshop geht es darum, was man alles mit Hilfe von Filtern und den LPE (Live Path Effects) erreichen kann. Der zweite Workshop ist dann am Samstag vormittag und den habe ich “Grinsen, kann jeder genannt” es geht darum ein eigenes Emoticon-Set zu kreieren. Neben einigen Grundlagen der Arbeit mit Inkscape kommt hier der Batchexport zum Einsatz.

Für alle denen das dann noch nicht an Zeit reicht, die sie mit mir an diesem Tag verbracht haben, nach dem Mittag habe ich einen Workshop im Programm des LibreGraphicsMeeting, in dem es um die Handhabung von Scribus geht. In diesem Workshop sollen die Paper des LibreGraphicsMeeting zu einem Buch verarbeitet werden. Also wer noch ein wenig Scribus erlernen möchte, sollte da richtig sein.


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The crowd funds it, the crowd owns it.

Am Dienstag, April 17, 2012 in Distribution Drama, Family Affairs, fedora-design, ubuntuusers    

Mit “Tube” wird es einen neuen Open Movie geben allerdings nur, wenn die entsprechend benötigte Summe zusammen kommt. Das sind alles in allem  22.000US$.  Um das benötigte Geld zusammen zu bekommen, gibt es eine Spendenkampagne. Natürlich wie auch bei ähnlichen Projekten, erhält man im Gegenzug etwas zurück, wie den Namen im Abspann und auch hier gehören die Sourcen für den Film als auch dabei entwickelte Skripte später der Allgemeinheit. Der Film wird unter CC BY-SA 3.0 und die Skripte unter GPL. Das bei der Erstellung des Films natürlich freie Software zum Einsatz kommt steht wohl ausserhalb jeder Frage.

Hinter dem Projekt steckt Bassam Kurdali, der entscheidend am ersten Film der Blender Foundation “Elephants Dream” mitgewirkt hat. Das Projekt trägt den Namen “Tube” und die Geschichte des Films basiert auf den Gilgamesh Epos, welches in die Zukunft versetzt wurde.


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Bring Color To The Game

Am Freitag, April 13, 2012 in Desktop Revolution, Family Affairs, fedora, fedora-design    

I was informed yesterday, that my talk for LinuxTag is accepted. The talk will be delivered together with Kai-Uwe Behrmann from Oyranos project. So some might think because of the Game in the name compared to KDEs slogan “Join the Game” and that Oyranos is more a solution on the KDE desktop, the talk will be about color management on KDE desktop. But it isnt.

We will talk about color management on the Linux desktop in generell. There are lot of people outside they still think it has something to do with CMYK and printing, what isnt true. So the talk will explain what it is, and was has to be done to use it on the desktop. What for solutions and that includes colord, are out there. Which applications are useful and a lot of things more.


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Tupi – Ready for packaging

Am Donnerstag, April 12, 2012 in fedora, fedora-design    

Arround 3 weeks ago I wrote a german post about Tupi, a really cool 2D animation program and made a little screencast how easy it is to doing animations with it. The screencast is in german, but you should see that I need only 4 steps to create the animation.

It might be easy using it, but it is hard to become running it on a fedora system. There are only rpm available for older versions and not for 64-bit.  Compile it from the sources is also not really a funny thing. The main problem getting it into Fedora was the using of ffmpeg as a dependency. Jaroslav Reznik spent some time explaining it to Gustav Gonzalez Giron, how it should be done to become packaged for Fedora.

So now, Gustav learned the lessons and divided the code of Tupi, removed all dependencies of ffmpeg from the GUI and tools and made ffmpeg and the video export as an plugin. So there are now 2 different parts Tupi and Tupi-ffmpeg. He would need some helping hands try to package that and look, it works everything well.

Without Tupi-ffmpeg Tupi will only export PNG or JPG, what is not really helpful on animations. So Gustav also begun to work implementing video formats that are free, like ogv.


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LibreGraphicsMeeting – Schedule

Am Dienstag, April 10, 2012 in fedora, fedora-design    

The program schedule for LibreGraphicsMeeting in Vienna is now published. If you are intereste, you can find the comlete schedule here. On 2nd May the first day of LibreGraphicsMeeting the main topics are Color Management and reverse engineering of some file formats. On that day, I will give my first talk “Taxi DB – Call A Cab To Bring The Colors” about the internet color profile database – Taxi. It’s mostly the same talk as I gave on FOSDEM in february. This day will be really interesting.
On the second day Mizmo and Emichan will have there first talk – “An awesome FLOSS design collaboration workflow” I am very sure the talk who follows that talk – “The importance of new tools to enable collective design process” fits exactly to it.
On friday, I am really interested in the talk of Johan Engelen about -”Powerstroke: variable stroke width in Inkscape” hopefully I can visit it, but I fear not because I submitted also 2 workshops to Linuxwochen and after my experience they will scheduled on friday and saturday. And on friday it has to be scheduled in the morning because on 3pm I have together with Mizmo and Allan Day another talk – “Doing Design In The World Of FLOSS”. Nicu Buculei will also have at that day an talk – “Free Culture meets Free Software: Wiki Loves Monuments”
Saturday if mostly animation programs like SynfigStudio and Tupi topic. But talks like “Remake – build system for animation projects” are also interesting. But I will have no time visiting them, first as I said I will have an workshop on Linuxwochen and at 1pm I will have an workshop – “Open Source, Just Works – The LGM Book Workshop” where I try with visitors of LGM and Linuxwochen to produce a book with the papers of the talks from LibreGraphicsMeeting. The idea behind that workshop is simple, Linuxwochen always asked me for an workshop about Scribus. The problem with this is for me simple, you can sit down with the participants and doing something with Scribus and hopefully they see how it works. I have another opinion on that, I always doing my workshops in the way to give the participants a target, which is useful. So later the participants can be proud of what they have done and see that they can doing things with free tools, its the most what you can reach in a 3-4 hours workshop. If I reach the target the book will be published and available at amazon and all participants will named in it. The profit flows back to LibreGraphicsMeeting and will be used for covering the travel costs for the 2013 edition of LGM.
Some might have the question where on LGM comes Tatica in, because there was a donation campaign for her travelling to LGM Vienna. First of all we reached mostly the goal of 2.500US$ and a few weeks ago we booked the flights to Vienna. We got a cheaper flight as we calculated and 3 weeks ago I booked an appartment which brings the costs for accomodation also down to arround 200€ instead of the calculated 300€. So Tatica will participate on LibreGraphicsMeeting and Linuxwochen, where she submitted 2 talks “One Of The World’s Largest FLOSS Events – FLiSoL” and “Venezuela – An Entire Country Migrates To Linux” especially in the 2nd one are the organizers interested, because Vienna had like Munich his own Linux distribution once but the migration failed. So she will have definitly an talk at Linuxwochen. We will know it, when the program of Linuxwochen comes out. So Fedora will have an good and very visible participation on LibreGraphicsMeeting. Fedora of course will also participate on Linuxwochen, which is on same time and building, about that later more.


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