FISL 13 – Event Report

The 13th International Free Software Forum took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil on July 25-28 and the Fedora Project was there once again. In addition to FISL, we also held two Fedora Activity Days to put translations in shape for Fedora 18.

During our two hour long community event we had several short talks about Fedora. I opened the talks session introducing the audience to the Fedora Project, explaining how our community is organized, our core values and how people can get involved. Jorge Lopes, the coordinator of the pt_BR translation team was next and talked specifically about the L10N project. Then Daniel Bruno, one of the FAmSCo members, presented the features of Fedora 17 and the upcoming Fedora 18 release. After that, Itamar Peixoto, who was awarded with the Fedora Scholarship talked about the ARM architecture and how Fedora currently manages it. Next, Wolnei Junior delivered a talk on Fedora Spins and how to build and customize them. To wrap it up, Hugo Lima presented the RHN Satellite and Spacewalk features. We also took some time to give an interview to the Free Software Radio Station. The chat was about what Fedora stands for and how education can benefit from open source.

The FAD took place at the hotel, so we had the time and space necessary to concentrate on the actual work that needed to be done. We updated the translations for the Fedora website, Anaconda, virt-manager, virt-viewer and setroubleshoot. I am glad that we managed to do a FAD the way it should be done along with other bigger event. Although the main event can be distracting, it is also a great opportunity to get people together and do some work.

I want to thank Daniel Bruno for helping me on the organization of our community event, Neville Cross for his help on the budget side and all folks who attended to our activities and made our participation at FISL happen this year.

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