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!

FAmSCo Survey and Town Halls

The Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee is setting up the upcoming Town Halls and need your input. We intend to host different sessions according to the regions of the world and their time zones. Of course you are welcome to attend to as many sessions you want, but accommodating them in a proper time for each region makes it easier for more folks to attend. Please, take a time to mark when you can attend to the Town Hall. You can mark more than one time slot:

Town Hall for North America and Latin America

Town Hall for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Town Hall for Asia and Pacific

In addition, FAmSCo created a survey in order to help defining the long term agenda of the committee, so we are asking all ambassador to take it and help us to build a better FAmSCo with us.

Thanks to Neville A. Cross for setting this up!

Ready for FUDCon Panama?

So, the world did not end after all and FUDCon Panama is just a few days ahead! FUDCon Panama is a great opportunity for folks from Central America to get to know more about the Fedora Project and learn how to contribute. On the other hand, it is also a great opportunity for Fedora contributors from other regions to get to know more about the FOSS community in Central America. Certainly, FUDCon Panama will offer good experiences for all attendees from Latin America and other regions. If you are not able to attend and want to know more about the LATAM community, you might want to take a look in a presentation I did for FUDCon Tempe. In addition, keep an eye in the event reports coming from Panama.

In the last week we updated the event wiki page with some more travel information and specific details about the venue and Panama City. If you are attending to the event and have not visited the wiki page recently, I recommend you to check it back again. You might find some useful information for your traveling preparative and for your arrival in Panama City.

If you haven’t updated the travel planning wiki page with your arrival and departure times you still have time to do it. The local team is organizing to pick up everyone at the airport. If you prefer to take a taxi, it will cost around US$ 30,00 from the airport to Ciudad del Saber.

We kindly ask all subsidized folks to write blog posts about the event. You can write about a talk you delivered, a hackfest you attended to, or even a productive conversation you had with another contributor. You also can use social networks to spread the word about FUDCon. On Identica and Twitter, make sure to include the hashtag #fudcon on your posts.

That’s it! See you in FUDCon Panama!

FUDCon Panama updates

If you are going to attend to FUDCon Panama here are a few things you should know:

  • Update the travel planning wiki page with your departure and arrival time so the local team can coordinate to pick you up at the airport.
  • If you are willing to deliver a talk or a hackfest session you can add it to the event wiki page.
  • If you were requested to fill your talk description on FUDCon Trac you still have time to do it. Check here to find out if you are one of the requested.
  • If you were approved for travel subsidies and haven’t sent your personal information to Jared Smith yet, please do it as soon as possible.
  • Update the pre-registration section on the event wiki page with your roomshare preference.
  • Be ready for extreme bowling at FUDPub.


If you have any doubts about the event feel free to leave a comment or poke me and the Panamanian folks on #fudcon-planning IRC channel at Freenode.

FUDCon Panama is getting closer!

The Fedora 15 release is just a few weeks away as well as FUDCon Panama. I’m looking forward to our third FUDCon in Latin America. It has been a long journey of learning and shared knowledge in the best way open source software can provide since our first edition in Porto Alegre.

I have been helping remotely from Brazil in order to keep a good communication between the involved parts. Despite that, all the hard work has been done by Panamanian organizers and we have to thank them a lot. Alejandro, Abdel and others are working hard since the beginning to put all pieces in place in order to make a good event. Those guys already managed to put us on the local press and this really cool! We have a lot of interesting talks and hackfests on the schedule, delivered by long term Fedora contributors from LATAM and from other regions as well, including the Fedora Project Leader: Jared Smith.

Panama City seems to be a pleasant place with lovely people. To be honest I don’t know much about the country itself but it is a good opportunity get to know it better as well as to learn more about the Open Source community in Central America.

We are starting to organize the room sharing scheme and if you are going to stay at the villas you can put the name of your roommate on the wiki using the existing column “roomshare”.

If you haven’t registered your session on the wiki, please, do it as soon as possible so we can have an idea of how many barcamps and hackfest slots we will need.

Yet another GNOME 3 user review

I have been using GNOME 3 since Fedora 15 Alpha but also used to play with earlier versions of GNOME Shell on previous Fedora releases. I realize that most people get upset when their usual way of doing things change and I have to say that I might not fit here, fortunately.

I really enjoy using GNOME Shell, the overall experience is a lot better than GNOME 2 and the fonts seem more clear to me. Although I prefer the original workspace switch concept, the changes made by developers right before the release turned the multiple workspace feature into an interesting automatic workspace creator.

The greatest feature so far is the integration between the notification area and Empathy. This little nice feature is part of the concept of focusing on the current task, what is good for me since a tend to multitask a lot. I don’t miss minimize and maximize buttons at all. Minimize doesn’t make any sense on GNOME Shell anyway, and a double click into the window title bar does the maximize trick.

I enjoy the GNOME 3 experience most part of the time, but some things are not nice. GNOME Shell lacks a clear way of shutting down the computer. The “Alt” trick isn’t intuitive and suspension has never worked on my laptop. Also related to energy, GNOME 3 doesn’t show an option to configure what to do when I close the laptop lid. Once again: suspension has never worked. I understand this is not really GNOME developers’ fault but since this issue is common on many devices should be an easier way to change this behavior. In addition, I like to keep the lid closed when I’m doing long downloads. GNOME 3 doesn’t cover this use case.

Despite the usual criticism that takes place when big changes happen, I believe that GNOME 3 is a leap in the right direction: less interruptions, a cleaner interface, and easier window management. I look forward for what’s next: deep integration with GNOME Activity Journal would be awesome as well as an easy way to keep my downloads active when the lid is closed.

U2x2

Depois de 5 anos voltei ao Morumbi. Eles também. São poucas coisas as quais eu gosto de repetir, mas um show do U2 está entre elas. É incrível quanto tempo se passou desde o último show e como tantas coisas mudaram e outras nem tanto. Uma coisa que certamente não mudou foi a primazia da banda ao vivo. Particularmente, esperava um U2 mais envelhecido e cansado, mas o que eu vi foi uma banda mais uma vez criativa, emocionante e ciente do contexto onde eles estavam se apresentando.

Tive a oportunidade de ouvir “Stuck In A Moment” outra vez ao vivo. Quem já leu posts anteriores provavelmente já sabe o tanto que gosto dessa música. Entretanto, não foi só isso. Felizmente eles tocaram várias músicas que não tive a oportunidade de ouvir da outra vez, como “Even Better Than The Real Thing”, “I Will Follow” e, quem diria, “In A Little While”, além é claro das músicas recentes do “No Line On The Horizon” como “Magnificent” e “Moment Of Surrender”. Essa última, com direito a uma homenagem às vítimas do massacre na escola Tasso da Silveira (bela pronúncia, Bono!) no Rio de Janeiro. Isso não foi uma surpresa para quem conhece o U2, mas não deixou de ser emocionante.

A surpresa mesmo ficou por conta dos versos de “Carinhoso” de Pixinguinha, música do início do século passado, que foi recitada por uma menina aleatória da plateia. Ainda que eu não tenha visto esses versos na letra original, Bono e ela os ficaram repetindo até que fossem emendados com os primeiros acordes de “Beautiful Day” de maneira brilhante. Acho que não tinha coisa melhor que eu poderia ter ouvido, somando-se os versos da antiga música em português aos versos do clássico recente em inglês. Simplesmente encaixou.

Com relação às diferenças entre o show da turnê anterior e desta turnê, a que é mais visível é o palco. Eu poderia dizer que o palco é um show a parte, mas não é. Já num estágio avançado da turnê, a banda parece ter uma boa noção de como tirar o melhor proveito dele e, apesar da megalomania, ela e o seu mostro se mostraram bastante entrosados. Isso fez toda a diferença, porque o leiaute do palco anterior, apesar de também enorme, era muito parecido com o utilizado por outras bandas como o Coldplay ou em festivais. Dessa vez foi um elemento completamente inovador, que facilitava acompanhar os detalhes do show, fora os efeitos desconcertantes.

Como não podia deixar de ser, nem tudo foram flores. Houve problemas para quem comprou ingressos no Mastercard Showpass, incluindo para mim. Também não foi dessa vez que ouvi o U2 tocando “Ultraviolet”, nem o Muse tocando “Resistance” no show de abertura. Houve quem não gostou da abertura, mas o Muse começou a noite muito bem, com uma entrada ensurdecedora. Achei legal também a gratidão do Bono com elogios à banda inglesa. Outro aspecto interessante foi ter tocado Demônios da Garoa como uma das músicas introdutórias antes de começarem os shows. Além disso, entre o show do Muse e do U2 tocou “Lotus Flower” do Radiohead. Lembro bem que no show do Coldplay colocaram, além de “Danúbio Azul”, “Magnificent” do próprio U2 em alto e bom som. Sempre legal ver essa camaradagem entre as bandas.

Nesse meio tempo entre o show de abertura e o show do U2, aproveitei para gravar um vídeo (mal feito, é lógico) com um giro de 360° na U2 360° no Morumbi:

Foi uma viagem a São Paulo cheia de azares cômicos, o que não podia ser diferente, comigo e com o Daniel nos mesmo lugares ao mesmo tempo. São Paulo como sempre foi uma cidade boa de se visitar, apesar da chuva e da sujeira do centro da cidade. Foram passeios ótimos no Museu da Língua Portuguesa, no Mercado Municipal e na onipotente Avenida Paulista. Não importa quantas vezes você vá a São Paulo, é uma cidade na qual sempre há algo ainda por conhecer. Sempre fica a vontade de voltar. “São Paulo da garoa, São Paulo terra boa” — cantou o próprio Bono, que fez parar do chover literalmente ao entrar no palco.

Ficamos devendo o chiclete de uva da Bruna. Chiclete esse que eu insisto que não existe, apesar das evidências não muito concretas que provam o contrário!

(…)
Mas mesmo assim, serei feliz
Bem feliz
Serei feliz
Bem feliz
Serei feliz

The heart is a bloom, shoots up through stony ground
But there’s no room, no space to rent in this town
You’re out of luck and the reason that you had to care,
The traffic is stuck and you’re not moving anywhere.
You thought you’d found a friend to take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand in return for grace

It’s a beautiful day, the sky falls
And you feel like it’s a beautiful day
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
(…)

Carinhoso + Beautiful Day