Category: Events (page 1 of 9)

All articles in this category are related to any all events in Fedora, whether they be in-person or remote (e.g. Fedora Activity Days, Flock, FUDCons). https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events

Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) 2017 Ambassadors report

 

Ambassadors Event Report

Southeast Linux Festival – Charlotte North Carolina
June 9 – 11, 2017
event website: http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/

Attending Ambassadors

Ben and Kathy Williams (kk4ewt/cewillia) (Fedora event coordinators)
Andrew and Julie Ward (award3535/jward78) (Event report author)
Nick Bebout (nb)
Dan Mossor (danofsatx)
Rosnel Echevarria (reher)

Summary

Fedora has been involved in this particular event since its first festival in 2009 and has continued to be a vital part of the event through 2017. The event is the only large scale Linux and open source festival for the South Eastern United States. Even though there is a large number of Linux Users Groups throughout the south this is the only event that draws various communities together in celebration of Linux and Open Source Software. There was a similar event in Orlando Florida in 2015 called FOSSETCON, but the event coordinator announced that the event would occur every two years vice annually. Hopefully the event did not come apart for the fall this year as it normally is scheduled. Most of the Ambassadors arrived on Thursday 8 June the night prior to the event commencement.

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Event report and personal experience – June 1 – 5, “X International IT Olympics IT-Planet 2016/17” international contest in Sochi, Russia

On Monday, 5th of June, a massive event in Russian IT industry ended. The X International IT-Olympics “IT-Planet” for students and young specialists took place in the city of Sochi, Russia, which hosted 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Finals for the contest and the accompanying conference took place over four days. The days were filled with the contest itself, lesson, and master-classes from major player in the local and worldwide IT industry, recreational activities. Among the sponsors, there were companies like Cisco, Oracle, Huawei, Intel, InterSystems, AT Consulting, 1C, GNU/Linuxcenter. Of the 17000 participants, only little more than 300 took part in the final tier of the contest. The finals were preceded with two tiers of contests, held over the previous year, that decided if the candidate was of sufficiently knowledgable to take part in such a big event.

There were 15 different tests, combined into the key disciplines present at the event: “Programming”, “Cloud computing and databases”, “Usability”, “Telecommunications”, “Mobile platforms”, “Digital art” and “Free software and robotics”.

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Propose a talk for Flock!

Flock 2017’s CFP is open!

We need your Flock session proposals!

This year’s Flock is more action-oriented compared to previous Flocks. The majority of session slots are hackfests and workshops; only one day (Tuesday the 29th) is devoted to traditional talks.

Calendar showing days of Flock - Tue Aug 29, Wed Aug 30, Thu Aug 31, Fri Sep 1

The registration system allows you to submit 4 different types of proposals:

  • Talk (30 min) – A traditional talk, 30-minute time slot.
  • Talk (60 min) – A traditional talk, 60-minute time slot.
  • Do-Session (120 min) – A 2-hour long hackfest or workshop.
  • Do-Session (180 min) – A 3-hour long hackfest or workshop.

There is no session proposal limit. Feel free to submit as many proposals as you have ideas for.

Our CFP ends June 15 so you have one week to get those awesome proposals in!

Submit your Flock session proposal now!

How to create a strong proposal

How can you ensure your proposal is sufficiently strong enough for acceptance into Flock? Here are some tips and guidelines:

Align your proposal to Fedora’s new mission statement.

Fedora’s mission statement was updated almost two months ago. The revised and final mission statement is:

Fedora creates an innovative platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

If you can explain the connection between your session and this goal, you’ll make the proposal stronger. Even if you are not directly working on a hardware, cloud, or container effort, you can relate your session to the goal.

For example, say you’d like to propose a Fedora badges hackfest. Task the badges hackfest specifically with creating badges for activities associated with efforts aligned specifically with hardware, cloud, and container to strengthen it.

Make sure the folks relevant to your topic are involved.

If you want to propose a Fedora badges workshop, that’s totally cool. You might want talk to Marie Nordin or Masha Leonova, and see what their plans are, give them a heads up, and coordinate or even propose it together with one or both of them.

The committee reviewing proposals occasionally sees duplicate / overlapping topics proposed. Generally, the committee chooses the proposal that has the subject matter experts most involved in the topic. A weak proposal on a topic has no indication of involvement or coordination with subject matter experts most actively involved in a topic.

Make the audience for your topic clear.

Think about who you are giving your talk to or who you want to show up to your workshop or hackfest. If you’re proposing a Fedora Hubs hackfest, are there enough Pythonistas in Fedora to help? (Yes, yes, there are. 🙂 )

Tailor your content for your audience – while you may be able to get folks familiar with Python, they may not be familiar with Flask or how Fedora Hubs widgets work, so make sure your proposal notes this material will be covered.

General user talks are discouraged. This Flock will be focused on empowering Fedora contributors and actively getting stuff done, so make sure your audience is a subset of existing Fedora contributors.

Focus on taking or inspiring action.

A major focus of this year’s Flock is taking action, so talks that inspire action and hackfests / workshops where action will take place are going to be strong proposals.

Questions?

Feel free to ask on the flock-planning list if you have any questions. Or, if you have private concerns / questions, you can email flock-staff@fedoraproject.org.

The Flock planning committee is looking forward to seeing your proposals! 🙂

Submit your Flock session proposal now!

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Fedora at LinuxFest NorthWest

Fedora at LinuxFest NorthWest

Fedora represented the theme of this year’s LinuxFest NorthWest, The Mechanics of Freedom, with the Fedora Security Lab and diceware passphrases. LinuxFest NorthWest is an annual Open Source event in Bellingham, Washington.  There is something for everyone from novices to professionals featuring presentations and exhibits on F/OSS topics, Linux distributions and applications.

Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are becoming even more integrated in our lives. With these changes comes concern over the trade-offs between convenience and privacy such as; privacy in the age of relentless online tracking; how bots can help you onboard new community members; training driverless vehicles; and how the Internet of Things took down DNS.

Fedora featured the Fedora Security Lab for the Mechanics of Freedom, a safe test environment for security auditing, forensics, system rescue and teaching security testing methodologies. The Fedora Security Lab spin is maintained by a community of security testers and developers. It’s customized menu provides all the tools needed for security testing, rescuing a broken system, and teaching the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual.

Fedora offered LinuxFest NorthWest attendees a Mechanics of Freedom experience by rolling a diceware passphrase. Our guests rolled four dice, five times (or five dice, four times).  Then they used the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) word lists to lookup the random passphrase words. Continue reading

Fedora was at PyCon SK 2017

At the second weekend in March 2017, Fedora had a booth at PyCon SK, a community-organized conference for the Python programming language held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event happened for the second time this year, and it happened with Fedora again.

PyCon SK 2017 took 3 days. First day most of the talks were in Slovak (or Czech) and Michal Cyprian presented problems that my arise when users use sudo pip and how we want to solve those problems in Fedora by making sudo pip safe again. During the lightnings talks section, I presented about Elsa, a tool that helps to create static web pages using Flask. Elsa powers up the Fedora Loves Python website.

Michal Cyprian presenting

Michal Cyprian presenting. Photo by Ondrej Dráb, CC BY-SA

The next day was mostly English. Another Fedora contributors Jona Azizaj and Petr Viktorin had their talks. Jona presented about building Python communities and empowering women. Petr’s talk was about the balance of Python (constraints and conventions versus the freedom to do whatever you want) and its impact on the language and the community. Petr also metacoached the Django Girls workshop on Sunday.

But Fedora’s presence was not just through people. Fedora had a booth filled with swag. We gave out all our remaining Fedora Loves Python stickers, plenty of Fedora 25 DVDs, pins, stickers, pens, buttons… We had couple of Proud Fedora User t-shirts available and plenty of Fedora users asked for them, so we decided to come up with a quiz about Fedora and a raffle to decide who gets them.

Fedora Swag

Fedora Swag

Fedora booth at PyCon SK 2017

Fedora booth at PyCon SK 2017. Photo by Ondrej Dráb, CC BY-SA

Lot of the visitors were already familiar with Fedora or even Fedora users this year, which was quite different in compassion with the previous year, where a lot of people were actually asking what Fedora is. <joke>Maybe because we already explained it a year ago, now every visitor already uses Fedora?</joke>

See you next year Bratislava!

Featured Image Photo by Ondrej Dráb, CC BY-SA

Join us to plan the event : LGBT Awareness Day, 17th May!

What binds us behind the IRC screens and pagure issues, is an unrelenting drive to make Fedora a better resource for those out there. What divides us is nothing but a difference of opinions on how we want to execute this. All through this, it is through differences we conclude to the best option and through diversity in the community, we capture all perspectives.

As an initiative to preserve and encourage this diversity, the Fedora Diversity Team plans to organize an event for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. We are looking at it as an opportunity for a virtual community meet-up.

An inclusive event cannot be built without being inclusive of all the voices of the community. We would like to solicit your ideas on how we can make this event effective in spreading awareness and building a more inclusive Fedora community. You may suggest tasks that we can do together, talks, workshops, badges, blogs, videos, messages, or anything else on your mind.

We would like to look at this journey as allies, the community and its people. We both build each other stronger. All your thoughts, opinions, feedback or just a +1 will be deeply valuable to us. Please do so in the following ticket: 
https://pagure.io/fedora-diversity/issue/22

While we do so, we respect your privacy and will totally understand if you want to contribute anonymously. Please feel free to mail at amsharma@redhat.com for doing so! We are coordinating a video call on May 17th, into late evening UTC. The details of the video call link and time can be found on the ticket mentioned above.

Just a humble request more, do add hashtags #LGBTMay17_fedora  #celebration on social media to talk about this event and its planning! 🙂

Hoping for a successful event,

Warmly,
Fedora Diversity Team

 

 

DNF 2.0 Test Day: 2017-05-09

Tuesday, 2017-05-09, is the DNF 2.0 Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 26, we need your help to test DNF 2.0!

Why test DNF 2.0?

DNF-2 is the upstream DNF version, the only version actively developed. Currently the upstream contains many user requested features, increased compatibility with yum and over 30 bug fixes. To DNF-1 back porting of patches from upstream is difficult and only critical security and usability fixes will be cherry-picked to Fedora.

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Anaconda BlivetGUI Test Day report

I just wanted to pitch in the test day report for Anaconda BlivetGUI Test Day. It was a huge success and we had about 28 testers (many new faces).

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FLISoL 2017 – Linux in Latin America

 

The Latin American Free Software Installation Festival (FLISoL, in Spanish “Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre”) is the biggest event for the dissemination of Free Software in Latin America.

Logo FLISoL

It has been carried out since 2005 and it has 2 primarily objectives:

  1. Promote and spread the word about Linux, Free Software and open technologies through talks and installation of Free Software and Linux distros. The common event in all cities is “Installation”, being that the central point of the festival.
  2. Promote the integration of the communities, being an encounter point to all communties and projects inside each city or event districts inside cities. Here is where FLISoL stands: one event per locality: There has been years where 2 or 3 locations runs the event in the same city.

To that end, various communities of free software (in each country in each city / locality), simultaneously organized events where is installed, free of charge and completely legal, free software in computers that carry the audience. Furthermore, in parallel, will offer lectures, presentations and workshops on topics of local, national and Latin American Free Software works, across their range of expression: artistic, academic, business and social.

In its first edition, it was carried at 106 cities, within 13 countries. In 2014, almost 300 cities across 20 countries confirmed that FLISoL was carried out. This year there are 18 countries confirmed and 300 cities, you can check the countries in the wiki for this year, and that’s why is called the greatest event in Latin Amreica. The date of the event is set to the 4th Saturday of April every year, so this year it will be on April 22nd.

This event has been a great impulse in Latin America to attract, not only users but contributors to all kind of projects, including Fedora Project of course. This year we have confirmed presence in 7 countries within 12 cities, making installations, talks, demonstrations and a lot of fun activities:

Guitar Control Fedora

Talk about Robotics

FLISoL is a great party in all Latin America: Join Us!

Fedora Media Writer Test Day: 2017-04-20

Thursday, 2017-04-20, is the Fedora Media Writer Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 26, we need your help to test Fedora Media Writer!

Why test Fedora Media Writer?

Today’s installment of Fedora Test Day will focus on Fedora Media Writer. Fedora Media Writer, is used for creating bootable flashdrives on different operating systems and architectures. The tool is intended to be provided as the primary download option for Fedora 25, with the aim of lowering the barrier for potential users to try and install Fedora. In this test day, we aim to test both Fedora 25 and Fedora 26 Pre-Release boot-media creation on Windows, OS X, and Fedora, specifically targeting creation of ARM-bootable media.

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