The Fedora Activity Day (FAD) is a regional event (either one-day or multi-day) that allows Fedora contributors to gather together in order to work on specific tasks related to the Fedora Project.

FAD in Bangalore

On February 25th 2017, a FAD was conducted in one of the admirable university of Bangalore: University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE). It was not a typical “hackathon” or “DocSprint” but a series of productive and interactive sessions on different tools.

Fedora Activity Day, Bangalore 2017

16992118_596170640578151_7867005483610103531_oThe goal of this FAD was to make students aware about Fedora so that they can test, develop and contribute. The event was a one-day event, started at 10:30 in morning and concluded at 3:00 in the afternoon.

First talk: Ansible and automation

The first talk was on Ansible, which is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. The session was taken up by Vipul Siddharth and Prakash Mishra, who are Fedora contributors. They discussed about the importance of such automation tool and gave a small demo for getting started with Ansible.

Second talk: Contributing to the kernel

16904800_596185137243368_2294766962062607577_oThe Ansible session was followed by the session on contributing to Linux kernel, given by our esteemed guest Vaishali Thakkar (@kernel_girl ). Vaishali is Linux Kernel developer at Oracle. She is working in kernel security engineering group and associated with the open source internship programs and some community groups. Vaishali highlighted upon each and every aspect of kernel one should know before contributing. She discussed the lifecycle and how-where-when of a pull request. The session was a three hour long session with a short lunch break. The first part of the session was focused on theoretical aspects of sending your first patch to the kernel community and the second part was a demo session where she sent a patch from scratch (Slides).

Third talk: Contributing to Fedora

The last session was taken up by Sumantro Mukherjee (Fedora Ambassador) and Kanika Murarka, on pathways to contribute to Fedora with a short interactive session.

The speakers were awarded t-shirts as a mark of respect. We would like to thank Fedora community and the IEEE subchapter of UVCE college for making this FAD possible.