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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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Test Day: Better Switchable Graphics Support

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, is the Better Switchable Graphics Support Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 25, we need your help to test Better Switchable Graphics Support!

Why test Better Switchable Graphics Support?

All modern laptops have a graphics processing unit (GPU) integrated into their processor (the integrated GPU). Some models also have a more powerful, dedicated GPU (dGPU), also called switchable graphics. The goal of this feature is to improve Fedora’s support for such laptops.

We need your help to test Switchable Graphics Support!

All the instructions are on the wiki page, so please read through and come help us test! As always, the event will be in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC. Be sure to join us in channel on Thursday!

Wayland By Default Test Day 2016-10-13

Today, Thursday, 2016-10-13, is the Wayland by Default Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 25, we need your help to test Wayland by Default! Using Wayland instead of X gives a better basis for isolating applications from each other and the rest of the system.

testdaywaylandWhy test Wayland By Default?

Systems using certain graphics hardware or graphics drivers (matrox, qxl) may have problems running the Wayland session. In these (rare) cases, users may have to configure gdm to use X11 (although automatic fallback should work most of the time). If we don’t manage to close all the feature parity gaps entirely, users relying on those features may have to choose the X11-based session.

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FOSS Wave: Goa, India

This post details how we executed planned activities for Internet of Things (IoT) in Goa, India. First, thanks to Espressotive (headed by Sudhir Shetty and CIBA) for doing all the prep work from registration to our accommodation. Over a span of three days, more than 400 students from three colleges and universities attended the event.

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Fedora Media Writer Test Day – 2016-09-20

Fedora Media Writer Test Day - 2016-09-20Today, Tuesday, 2016-09-20, is the Fedora Media Writer Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 25, the Fedora graphical USB writing tool is being extensively revised and rewritten. This tool was formerly called the “Live USB Creator” and is now re=branded as “Fedora Media Writer”.

Why test the Media Writer

The idea is the new tool will be sufficiently capable, reliable, and cross-platform to be the primary download for Fedora Workstation 25. The main ‘flow’ of the Workstation download page will run through the tool instead of giving you a download link to the ISO file and various instructions for using it in different ways. This would be a pretty big change, and of course, it would be a bad idea to do it if the tool isn’t ready.

So this is an important Test Day! We’ll be testing the new version (Fedora, Windows, and macOS) of the tool to see whether it’s working well enough and catch any remaining issues. It’s also pretty easy to join in. All you’ll need is a USB stick you don’t mind overwriting and a system (or ideally more than one!) you can test booting the stick on (but you don’t need to make any permanent changes to it).

Help test the Media Writer!

All the instructions are on the wiki page, so please read through and come help us test! As always, the event will be in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC.

On-boarding Kickoff: Fedora QA, Bhopal, India

Fedora QA on-boarding kickoff in Bhopal, India: Starting the video call

Getting the mentorship call started

Furthering the FOSS Wave initiative to prepare students for the industry, it required us to work closely with and mentor people in the right way. Bhopal, India, has a good number of contributors who want to learn about Fedora Quality Assurance (QA). I started off by helping them to start with a few QA activities.

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FOSS Wave: Delhi, India

FOSS Wave in Delhi, India: Getting started for the dayOpen source is the new trend. When major corporations are moving towards open architecture by using open source tools and even pushing their internal projects into open source, it makes your contributions especially worthy. But before starting with contributing, many people face the same common set of questions. How they can start, how should they introduce themselves in the community, and where they can contribute. To answer these questions, I planned a session on free and open source software (FOSS) and Fedora at the Northern India Engineering College in Delhi, India.

During the planning phase, I got in touch with Sumantro, who is himself an open source enthusiast and contributing to various open source projects including the Fedora Project. With his help, we planned the agenda for the session and gathered the resources to conduct the session. On 12th August, 2016, this session on FOSS and Fedora was conducted to:

  • Answer these questions
  • Bring up new people in the open source arena
  • Show where they can contribute, learn and make an impact

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FOSS wave: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

FOSS virtual meetup, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

A start of a big journey!

Furthering the efforts of some work around building a strong, tight-knit FOSS community around Fedora, I approached a few people from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. I figured out the scope to talk about Fedora and Fedora quality assurance (QA). The target audience was bringing more college students from Bhopal into open source and Fedora.

Talking FOSS and Fedora with Bhopal

The meeting was short and simple. The audience was well-versed with free and open source software (FOSS) and many of them are presently contributing to various FOSS projects. We started off talking about how contributing to FOSS makes contributors industry-ready. As the cog wheel of time revolved, we shifted to “how people can join” the Fedora Project and start contributing!

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Getting started with Fedora QA (Part 3)

This article is a part of a series introducing what the Fedora Quality Assurance (QA) team is, what they do, and how you can get involved. If you’ve wanted to get involved with contributing to Fedora and testing is interesting to you, this series explains what it is and how you can get started.

This is the third and last part of the Getting started with Fedora QA series. In the last post, we talked about how to create your test environment and use Bodhi to test updates and leave feedback. This article will focus on running test cases and how to complete one.

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Getting started with Fedora QA (Part 2)

This article is a part of a series introducing what the Fedora Quality Assurance (QA) team is, what they do, and how you can get involved. If you’ve wanted to get involved with contributing to Fedora and testing is interesting to you, this series explains what it is and how you can get started.

Next steps towards Fedora Quality Assurance (QA)

This is a continuation of the previous post in this series of how to get involved with the Fedora Quality Assurance (QA) team. Make sure you have the Bugzilla, FAS account, and email alias set up before following these steps. You can find more information about how to get those accounts in the earlier post.

There are several different tools and services available to help us test Fedora. This helps us insure the quality of software and stay on target for a stable release. One of the easiest ways to get involved is to run Rawhide, the ever-changing development version of Fedora, or a pre-release version like the Alpha or Beta. While you are able to upgrade your system directly to these versions, sometimes you may want to use a virtual machine (VM) to work in. We’ll cover some of the Fedora-specific tools for quality assurance testing as well as setting up your environment for testing.

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