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Fedora goes front-end in Minsk, Belarus

Presenting PatternFly in Minsk, Belarus, equipped with a Fedora t-shirt and a Red Hat

Presenting PatternFly in Minsk, Belarus, equipped with a Fedora t-shirt and a Red Hat

A casual slip in conversation that I would be attending a conference spiraled into a Fedora community booth and a PatternFly speech related mission. As a result, I went to Rolling Scopes to find out what these developer types thought about Fedora and also to present PatternFly. PatternFly is an open source project with a community of designers and developers collaborating to build a UI framework for enterprise web applications.

The most common question we received from attendees: what was I doing here? A good question too. Well, what was I doing there? I was on a fact-finding mission. What are front-end developers doing in order to carry out their work? What desktop are they using, what servers are they using? Would they be willing to use Fedora?

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University Connect – D. Y. Patil College, Pune

This was not an everyday routine when I get up so early in the morning with my alarm clock bell at 6AM. Definitely it was not an usual morning. Thanks to Red Hat Pune site team to come up with such a fabulous initiative of University Connect. University Connect is an outreach effort in a nutshell. The Pune site team has figured out and short listed some good colleges in and around Pune, where interested speakers can go and reach out to the young, passionate crowd of students and share knowledge about Open Source, Fedora and many new technologies like OpenStack, Cloud, ManageIQ etc.

Arriving at D. Y. Patil College, Pune

uc1This was going to be our very first visit to D.Y. Patil college. We gathered in office at 8 AM and we started our short trip (from Red Hat office in  Magarpatta City to D.Y. Patil college). It was quite a long drive. We reached college at around 10 AM. It is a beautiful college campus. I was feeling so fresh looking at the young student crowd.

Without wasting time, we went to the college auditorium where all the students gathered for the event. I was happy to see the auditorium was already full of the crowd which is the future of the technical industry.

Schedule and speaking arrangements

uc2We were given the front seats. Arrangements were nice. College student volunteers were very active and so was the audience. We started the event with Rupali Talwatkar speaking about Red Hat and the University Connect. Satya talked about Manage IQ and Aziza took over the session with a small quiz later on. I have discussed about Fedora, Open Source and how to get involved in different Fedora projects. Students were all excited about the new technologies and Open Source. I have showed that FOSS Wave  too, from where they can get easily connected to IRC and mailing lists.

There was a huge crowd of students with lots of queries and some innocent doubts. It took us a while to handle all of them. We encouraged them to stay connected with us and to start with open source projects to contribute in. After a short discussion with faculty staff members for future, deeper meetings, we headed towards college canteen for most deserving food (our first meal of the day). After a quick meal break, we reached back to office in second half of the day.

Evaluating the response

Considering the very first visit, it was really a nice start. The mailing list to stay connected for the students is universityoutreach-pune@redhat.com. One can get subscribed to it by using the subscription page.

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IRC classroom instructors wanted

We’ve been working to restart the classroom sessions that we hosted regularly until a few years ago. We had a few discussions at the Fedora Join SIG meeting recently and realized that there’s so much that can be done. Among the ideas were using video communication platforms, setting up a moodle instance, and linking up with the campus programmes. Setting up a complete classroom programme requires a lot more homework before we can come up with a system and put the infrastructure in place. So, while this is being worked on, we thought it may be a good idea to resurrect the classic IRC classroom sessions to get the ball rolling in the meantime.

Instructors needed for classroom sessions

Before we can announce the classroom sessions, we want to line a few up. This is where we need help – we’re looking for instructors that want to take up these sessions. The sessions can be about anything – tools (Vim, Git, Emacs, Inkscape, Gimp, etc.), workflows (using updates-testing to help QA, contributing to the Magazine or Community Blog, etc.), development (Flask, kernel hacking, debugging, etc.)  or even educational sessions such as the free software philosophy. Really, anything at all.

If you’d like to take up an IRC classroom session, please get in touch with us on the classroom mailing list.  We’re also looking for recruitersemcees and anything else you want to help with!

University Connect – PCCOE, Pune

Another bright morning and another college visit was planned under the wings of University Connect. Thanks to the Pune site team again for the arrangements. On 15th February 2017, we visited the PCCOE college in Pune. Again the early morning alarm clock bell managed to break my sleep. Though, I was not feeling very well (thanks to my on going illness due to allergies), but Open Source, college students and Fedora makes me feel enough energy to beat a dull me.

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Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017: Mentors and ideas needed!

The Fedora Project has participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as a mentoring organization for over a decade now. GSoC is a summer program aiming to bring more student developers into open source software development. It enables students to spend their summer break working with open source organizations on projects proposed by particpation organizations and supported by mentors. Once again, Fedora is participating again this year and is looking for project ideas.

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North America and Fedora: Year in Review

The past year has proven to be both challenging and demanding for our Ambassadors. During the past year there have been a lot of new ideas proposed and more events that are being sought out attempting to expand our base. Many of the ventures have been with hack-a-thons in several states. This has been a relatively new venture in those areas. Since our involvement in these types of events, we quickly discovered that Fedora and the associated spins were a new tool for most of these individuals attending and participating. That was a surprising fact within the community that the young and impressionable individuals seemed to be using Windows more than any other operating system available. Since those few we (Fedora) attended, there has been an increase in the open source software utilization across the board at these types of events, a total and undeniable success.

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Earn Fedora Badges designing Badges!

Fedora Badges is a perfect place to start if you want to help out the Fedora Design Team. “I’m not a designer!” “I can’t draw!” “I’ve never opened Inkscape” – you might say. And that is totally fine! Everybody can help out, and none of those reasons will stop you from designing your first badge (and getting badges for designing badges)!

Finding a Badges ticket

There are quite a few badges tickets! One might have difficulty looking for one that’s open, one that’s possible to implement, or one with a concept. So we decided to put together a list of relatively easy badges designs that are up for grabs. This post will go out about once a month and provide you with such list of badge tickets carefully selected by us!

First of all let’s look at the process of creating a badge. If you can, attend a badges workshop. If none are available, no problem! Here’s a step-by-step guide with tips. You can also ask questions on IRC (#fedora-design) or at our bi-weekly meeting every other Wednesday at 7-8 AM EST on #fedora-meeting-1 on freenode.

Once you have all the resources, read through the guide, and are ready to create, pick one of these and set yourself to owner:

  • #432: “I’ve been there“, for visiting a Fedora booth at any event
  • #333: “Oh, wait!“, for canceling a Koji build
  • #150: “Testing Day participant“, for contributing to a Fedora QA test day

Ambassadors LATAM: Year in Review

Throughout 2016, the Fedora community in Latin America was active promoting Fedora in local events and showing the Fedora Project objectives  and foundations to possible new contributors and helping them  find their way into different subprojects, as part of the global Fedora community. We had a presence in all relevant events  in Latin America with talks, workshops and stands promoting ours four foundations to the world.

LATAM Highlights

  • FUDCon Puno 2016
    • FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in APAC and LATAM, since EMEA and NA work together to organize Flock.  FUDCon Puno was a combination of sessions, talks, workshops, and hackfests where contributors worked on specific initiatives. Topics included infrastructure, feature development, community building, general management and governance, marketing,  QA and packaging.
  • Latinoware 2016
    • Held since 2004, Latinoware is one of the biggest events in the world of free software. The event is held in Foz do Iguaçu, a Brazilian city in a region called the Triple Border, near Argentina and Paraguay.  An estimated 4000 people, including students, professionals and specialists, attended the event.
  • FISL16
    • FISL is the largest FOSS event in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. Many Fedora contributors start their way in the Fedora Project from FISL.
  • Flisol
    • Flisol is the most representative event of the Latin American community of free software and every year Fedora has a prominent presence in this event.
FLISoL 2016 Attendee badge

FLISoL 2016 Attendee badge

Goals for 2017

  • We are actively looking for new talent to join the Fedora community. We have LATAM representatives as Ambassadors, packagers, in CommOps, internationalization, design and others. The participation in development is still minimal and this is something we want to improve in 2017.
  • The LATAM community is characterized as an example of friendship among its members, following one of the fundamental values of the Fedora Project. We hope to continue with this characteristic camaraderie in 2017.
  • Since the biggest event of the year for the Fedora Project is Flock, we consider it necessary that there be more representation of LATAM in this event. Then, attendees share the experiences locally and keep pace with the development of Fedora.

Conclusion

Although we are a couple of dozen active collaborators throughout Latin America, we are passionate about free software and we believe in the values of the Fedora Project. We have presence in various areas of the project and we hope to continue promoting Fedora in 2017 by getting more users and collaborators for the project in our region.

Fedora speakers at FOSDEM 2017

Excited for FOSDEM 2017? FOSDEM, or the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting, is held every year in late January or early February. This year, FOSDEM is taking place on February 4th and 5th. At this year’s conference, an estimated 8,000 or more attendees are expected. As one of the largest open source conferences in Europe, there are many Fedora Project developers and representatives attending the event. In addition to our community stand, you will find 24 speakers from the community giving talks over the weekend. This post gives a quick way for you to find out who is speaking and where to find them in FOSDEM!

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FOSS Wave: FOSS Camp SJCE in Mysore

A couple of weekends ago, Kanika Murarka and I (Sumantro Mukherjee) went down to the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) in Mysore, India to give a talk on GitHub and web virtual reality (VR) on their annual open source fest, FOSS Camp.

FOSS Wave visits FOSS Camp: Welcome to FOSS Camp!

Welcome to FOSS Camp!

FOSS Wave visits FOSS Camp: Walking towards the venue

Walking towards the venue

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