Fedora, it’s time for me to call it a day

This is the hardest blog post in years for me. I’ve seen some admirable folks leaving the Fedora Project during all this time I’ve been a contributor and I always imagined how they felt. It’s my turn, and I know how they felt now.

It was more than 6 years as a Fedora contributor and I’m pretty proud of all of those years, from the yearly days of the Brazilian Portuguese translation team to the two FAmSCo terms, and all other projects: the Spin SIG, internationalization and quality assurance. The Fedora Project is something very important in my life. It is the longest thing I ever did. Longer than high school, longer than college, longer than any job so far. I’m glad that I was able to meet and work with so many interesting and intelligent people from different parts of the word. It was a wonderful experience.

FUDCon Porto Alegre

Most of my classmates at college made the choice of doing internships and others decided for scientific initiation scholarships. I decided to contribute to Fedora during college. I still remember how many times I though about stopping to contribute because of finals, papers and classes. Things were pretty hard during the first semesters. Right after those second thoughts something interesting to do appeared at the Fedora land: a new software to translate, a test case that could be improved or a talk at an important event. Frequently I was busy with college related stuff and its many deadlines and Rodrigo always came to me saying something like: “I was invited for writing an article about Fedora to an international magazine. Do you want to write it with me? The deadline is next week!”. Those things were hard to accomplish but they were also fun.

FUDCon Santiago

I’m leaving because there are many other things to be done in my life right now. I got my bachelor degree last year and next year I want to go back to study, besides I need to get some rest. Now it’s time to look forward and figure out what else is possible. Of course Fedora will keep powering my computers and open source software will continue to be my main choice. I also realize that there another interesting things going on like open government initiatives and the application of open source principles on other areas beyond software development. I’m definitively going to pay more attention to those subjects in the next years.

FUDCon Tempe

I want to say a special “Thank you” to the folks who supported my first contributions to the Fedora project: David Barzilay and Rodrigo Padula. If today Fedora has a growing community in Latin America is because of the groundwork of those two folks. They started out our regional community from scratch, so don’t forget about them. I also want to thank all the Fedora Projects Leaders I had the privilege to meet and work with: Greg DeKoenigsberg, Max Spevack, Paul Frields, Jared Smith and Robyn Bergeron. Thanks for all the support during those years. I’m not forgetting all the fedorian friends who joined the project over the years. I learned a lot from each of you. Feel free to keep in touch! Thanks, everyone!

FUDCon Panama

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.

9th CONTECSI – Event Report

Last week took place in São Paulo the 9th International Conference on Information Systems and Technology Management. My mission: present my paper named “The Effect Of Collaboration On Knowledge Creation And Production Of Goods”. For further information about the paper take a look at my previous post about the event.

It was the my first time I attended to an academic conference and was an interesting experience to talk about the open source way in such kind of event. Another interesting aspect of that conference is its interdisciplinary characteristic, less focused on code and technical aspects, and more focused on management, business, education and the impact of technology on different areas. I believe it was a good conference to publish the paper due to those characteristics and more important than that: an excellent place to talk about the open source way.

Open source is well established in many universities in Brazil. Several universities have labs exclusively to deal with open source software. That is great, but when it comes to community management, process transparency and the open source way of making business the academic sector in general is not aware of the benefits of those approaches. Therefore was nice to have the paper published on a conference like that and to go there and talk about all that exiting stuff. Plus: São Paulo is an awesome city!

Upcoming FAmSCo elections and a special nomination

As you probably have heard, FAmSCo elections are coming earlier this year. 7 seats will be up for next election and 3 up for the December election. The anticipated elections are a side effect of the FAmSCo election reforms made on the current term. Personally I’d prefer this transition to be made on December, when we usually have FAmSCo elections and when the current term was supposed to end initially. IMHO having elections on the middle of the current term means that the rule is being changed during the game. On previous elections the ambassadors voted for a full term, and my position is that – ideally – we should have fulfilled it in respect to the voters. On the other hand the majority of FAmSCo realize that there are more advantages than disadvantages in making the transition now, for instance the possibility of filling vacant seats.

Although I do not agree with the transition timing, the reform in FAmSCo elections is a great improvement. FAmSCo chair, Christoph  Wickert, bravely conducted this effort and now more people will be involved in the elections and the next FAmSCo term hopefully will be better than the previous ones. Despite the initial polemic regarding the transition, the new rules in place are solid and are the result of a work made by people committed to future of our community.

I believe that this was a short but intense term for everyone in FAmSCo and for me it ends with the feeling of mission accomplished. The previous term, which I was also a part of, was completed and more devoted to small but numerous changes, in contrast with those few big changes promoted by the current term. After those two terms I feel like my mission as a FAmSCo member is now fulfilled and I’m not running for reelection again. Therefore I would like to nominate Daniel Bruno as a candidate for next FAmSCo elections. Daniel has been on the road with us for a long while now and has been an excellent mentor for LATAM. He also did a good job maintaining our local infrastructure at projetofedora.org as well as on building up the open source community in northern Brazil.

After the elections I’ll concentrate myself on organizing the Fedora participation at FISL and do some groundwork helping the Brazilian Portuguese Translation Team. The team needs to improve it’s documentation and put some translations back on shape. That’s what we are willing to do on our upcoming Translation FAD and since I have some experience on translation processes from my early days on Fedora I’ll be glad to help them.

9th CONTECSI

Almost everything is set to the International Conference on Information Systems and Technology Management (CONTECSI), the first event I will attend this year. This conference will take place in the University of São Paulo and will be groundbreaking for me because it is mostly an academic conference, unlike the open source events I have been attending during the previous years.

At this event I will present a paper based on my final graduation monograph entitled “The Effect Of Collaboration On Knowledge Creation And Production Of Goods”. You can check the original paper in Portuguese on a previous blog post I wrote last year or, as you may prefer, the sneak peek written in English.

Although this is not an open source event, the paper is heavily related to the open source way of producing knowledge and software. My own experience being part of Fedora community was crucial to understand how collaboration works in a global level and I am glad that I was able to use Fedora as one of the successful projects studied for the paper. I am really thankful for everything this community taught me and I would like thank the former Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith, for giving me a short interview for the paper. In addition I would like to thank my employers at Strema for enabling me to attend to CONTECSI and the co-writers for supporting the paper concept.

We are just starting our engines. FLISol, FUDCon Margarita, FISL, and Latinoware are on the horizon as well.

We got media!

Depois de um extenso ticket para encontrar qual a melhor maneira de produzir mídias do Fedora em larga escala em território nacional com verba estrangeira, finalmente recebi aproximadamente 1.300 mídias do Fedora 15, entre LiveCDs Desktop e KDE, além DVDs de instalação em maior quantidade.

As mídias serão distribuídas para os embaixadores nos diversos estados do Brasil. A primeira remessa vai para o Amazonas, onde será realizado o Fórum Amazônico de Software Livre no final do mês. Uma boa parte das mídias será destinada ao Latinoware, o maior evento de Software Livre no Brasil no segundo semestre.

About a thrilling moment at FUDCon Panama

Before heading to Panama I planned to host a hackfest session to discuss some ideas for the next FUDCons in Latin America. I registered the session on the wiki and prepared a few slides just to guide people through the topic. When preparing the event agenda in Panama I scheduled the session for the last hour of the last day of the conference. That was because I wanted everybody to be aware of what a FUDCon is before attending to the hackfest.

Before the session starts I asked Alejandro and Sebá to attend in order to share their experiences with everybody. Alejandro was the main organizer of FUDCon Panamá, and Sebá the main organizer of FUDCon Santiago held last year in Chile. Earlier at the event Alejandro told me that he doesn’t like to appear much, so I thought: “I’ll make him talk!”. And he did it great! He accumulated a lot of experiences organizing the FUDCon, so did Sebá. Jared also took the opportunity to say some final words and thank everyone involved in the FUDCon.

We only hosted 3 FUDCons in LATAM, therefore those experiences need to be shared because they are useful for next organizers, probably some of them were at the audience in the hackfest. I am sure that the experiences we shared that day will be useful for many Fedora contributors, but that was not the best thing. The best thing was the sentiment and the environment in that session. I didn’t plan it, but Alejandro and Sebá presented each other with a T-shirt of the FUDCons their organized. Alejandro received from Sebá a T-shirt of FUDCon Santiago and Sebá received from Alejandro a T-shirt of FUDCon Panama.

Picture by Diego Tejera

It might be subtle and only a symbolic gesture, but the important thing here is that this is exactly the kind of democratic, healthy, and friendly environment I would like to see and foster in the whole Fedora community around the world. Cheers!

FUDCon Panamá Dia/Día/Day #3

Hoy fue el último día de FUDCon Panamá y fue muy provechoso para mi y creo que para todos que participaron de las charlas y hackfests. Empecé el día en la charla de Daniel acerca de la infraestructura latinoamericana de Fedora donde empezamos a  discutir algunos cambios y mejorías necesarias. Jared Smith hice una presentación acerca de como ser el próximo líder del proyecto Fedora, con consejos a los embajadores y colaboradores para que hagan un buen trabajo.

Hoy también fueron presentadas las charlas relámpago, incluyendo un chico de 14 años, lo que fue muy interesante para todos. El día también fue lleno de mesas de trabajo, por ejemplo acerca de infraestructura, configuración de clusters y artwork.

En una de las últimas sesiones propuse una discusión con ideas para las próximas FUDCons, basadas en las experiencias de Alejandro, el organizador de FUDCon Panamá y Antonio, el organizador de FUDCon Santiago el año pasado. Aún que elles sean los principales organizadores es bueno recordar también que hay muchas personas trabajando en las FUDCons. La ayuda de todos es muy importante para un evento de suceso.

Después del evento fuimos al FUDPub, donde los brasileños mostraron que no son mejores que los argentinos solamente en el fútbol, pero también en el boliche! :P

Muchas gracias a Alejandro y a todos los panameños por la hospitalidad. Sin duda fue una gran experiencia para todos los colaboradores que fueron a la conferencia.

FUDCon Panamá Dia/Día/Day #2

Hoje tivemos três trilhas de palestras na FUDCon Panamá, duas a mais em relação a ontem. Foram realizadas palestras técnicas sobre temas como virtualização com KVM, Koji, arquitetura ARM, empacotamento e também outras palestras de caráter menos técnico, como sobre o projeto de embaixadores e design.

kanarip talk

O sistema de barcamps talvez pareça confuso para algumas pessoas que não estão acostumadas com esse tipo de evento. Nesse sistema vamos nos auto organizando e construindo a grade de acordo com uma votação dos temas mais desejados e editamos a wiki conforme necessário durante o evento. É uma maneira interessante de montar a programação, mas todos tem que ficar atentos às alterações que são feitas.

A minha apresentação sobre internacionalização e localização de software também foi hoje. Expliquei todo o caminho de internacionalização, desde o código-fonte até a tradução, passando pela gettext, intltool e Transifex. Os slides da minha palestra podem ser baixados aqui.

FUDCon Panama Dia/Día/Day #1

Today was the first day of FUDCon Panamá. After several months of planning the event finally started and I’m glad to see how things are going. The first interesting thing is that it was the first time we did a schedule using a barcamp style. Folks who attended to FUDCon Tempe helped to set this up and built a schedule. I did my best to create a good schedule, but I know it is impossible to please everyone. There are some things that we still need to fix, but it is in a good shape overall. The villas, our home for the next few days, is a lovely place and looks like a place where I lived in my childhood in Brazil.

Jared talk

The conference started with a talk from the Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith. He did an overview about the Fedora Project, our core values, and how to spread the work about FUDCon. We took advantage of the availability of a big auditorium at the first day of the conference to host the most wanted talks in it. The other talks of the day were: Python For Sysadmins from Toshio; Network in Fedora from Gomix; Educational Robotics with Free Software And Hardware from Valentín, How People Make Money From Free Software from Edwin y Technical Documentation, another one from Jared. There was also a talk about Virtualization with KVM, from Dell, one of the event sponsors.

Panamanians kicked the event off really well and we will have more fun in the next days. Stay tuned on Fedora Planet and on Twitter and Identica following the #FUDCon hashtag.

Saludos desde Panamá!