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.

FUDCon Tempe Dia #3

This is another chapter of my attempt to write multi-lingual FUDCon reports. This one will follow into Portuguese, so for a summary in English please go to the end of this post.

Sim, eu ainda sei Português! Hoje por coincidência encontrei com outro brasileiro na FUDCon, Lucas Rodrigues, da equipe de testes do KVM. O último dia de evento foi muito produtivo. Pela manhã pude conversar com Tim Flink do time de QA sobre garantia de qualidade em internacionalização e sobre o que é necessário melhorar nesse aspecto não somente nos casos de teste mas também na distribuição como um todo.

Depois disso houve uma hackfest sobre governança na qual foram definidos vários aspectos de alto nível do projeto e quais as dificuldades em comum enfrentadas pelos colaboradores. Depois disso usei o tempo disponível para atualizar alguns casos de teste de internacionalização. Na sessão seguinte pudemos finalmente reunir os colaboradores da América Latina e os organizadores da FUDCon Tempe para trocarmos algumas ideias sobre organização e podermos usar um pouco da experiência deles na FUDCon LATAM.

English summary: the last FUDCon Day was really busy for me. Early in the morning I got together with Tim Flink from the QA team to talk about internationalization QA. It was a short conversation because he had to fly back home but was really productive for both of us. The governance hackfest was pretty interesting. The Board has been working hard to collect ideas and perspectives from contributors. Later I hacked into i18n test cases and updated some of them, but still is a work in progress. After that we had a session where LATAM contributors and FUDCon Tempe organizers could get together to exchange experiences on organizing a FUDCon, which was a lot productive. I’m sure that the experience shared here will be useful for organizing the next FUDCons in Latin America.

FUDCon Tempe Día #2

So keeping my promise to write posts in different languages this one will follow in Spanish. If you want a summary in English please go to end of this post.

Empecé el segundo día de FUDCon Tempe en la sesión acerca del proyecto de embajadores liderada por Joerg Simon y Max Spevack. Nosotros discutimos algunos puntos importantes para el proyecto de embajadores como la organización de eventos, abordajes para nuevos colaboradores y finanzas. Creo que estamos en el camino cierto para mejorar muchas cosas que han sido una preocupación para los embajadores de todo el mundo. Es increíble que el Proyecto Fedora tenga los mismos problemas en diferentes regiones. Entonces es probable que la solución o abordaje para una región resolga el problema de otra región de una manera similar.

Las discusiones siguieran muy bien y no hube tiempo para hacer una presentación específica acerca de LATAM. Sin embargo la hice en el Ambassadors Hackfest. Pueden descargar la presentación aquí. El objetivo era que los embajadores de otras partes del mundo conocieran un poco más acerca de la comunidad latinoamericana.

Back to English, today we discussed some challenges that Fedora Ambassadors face around the world including event organization and finances. We managed to get some interesting proposals from Max and I think that they will help to improve things a lot. Later at the Ambassadors Hackfest I delivered a talk about the community landscape in Latin American. My goal was to let ambassadors from other parts of the world aware of the Open Source environment in Latin America. You can grab the presentation slides here. (There you go, Larry!)

Tomorrow I will hack into internationalization test cases and also exchange experiences with FUDCon organizers.

FUDCon Tempe Day #1

So here I am at FUDCon Tempe! I decided to write one post for each day each one in a different language. At least I will try to be fair to those ones who are reading from other parts of the world. I still own a blog post in Spanish to my fellow Latin American readers.

Today was the first day of our biggest conference ever and turned out pretty nice. After the barcamp miracle I went to Diana’s talk about her research on Fedora Community from an anthropological perspective. That talk was particularly interesting to me, not only because I’m a Fedora contributor but also because of my monograph paper for graduation degree. I intend research how mass collaboration is impacting the economy and modifying how goods are produced. So it was nice to look at the same question from an anthropological perspective.

After lunch we had good discussions about the proposed goals for Fedora and about how different groups can manage to achieve them in a broader way that benefits the whole project. A similar kind of discussion was made about the future of Fedora spins. We got a consensus that spins are really valuable and that they aggregate value to our project. The last session I attended to was about how to effectively report installation bugs and I really enjoyed the humour of the Anaconda Team.

I finished the day at FUDPub drinking some wine and playing bowling with Nushio, Neville and Alejandro so… I’ll let the picture talk by itself:

Redmine as LATAM’s ticketing system

Do you want to know what activities the Fedora Latin American Ambassadors are developing?

First of all you will need some Portuguese or Spanish lessons or a translator!

We have been establishing a ticketing system for LATAM. We never had one and I realize that takes time for people to get used to it. The Latin American ambassadors decided to use a Redmine based system which was already deployed on our local infrastructure. This Redmine instance which we call RPMDEV is originated from a project created by Guillermo Gómez (who we call Gomix!) for fostering RPM packaging initiatives in LATAM.

Since many contributors were already subscribed and the tool was already localized to Spanish and Portuguese we decided to go for it. We have been using it for a while and it works great. Jesús Franco even hosted a classroom session in order to teach ambassador how to use the tool properly. Another good thing about this system is that it works as a layer of glue between regional mailings lists. If there is a subject concerning multiple countries it makes possible to send a notification to local communities.

I also realize that another approach could be the use of a Track based instance at fedorahosted.org, but a localized environment where folks were already used to work was an important aspect to start this successfully. For a matter of good organization we will keep using the specific FUDCon Trac to organize the event and the FAmSCo Trac for budget and reimbursements. Those Latin American ambassadors who are not able to create tickets in English or the ones who need more information can ask me or Neville A. Cross for help. For regional specific topics we want all to feel free to use and explore the Embajadores project at RPMDEV, writing tickets in Portuguese and Spanish or in our common language mix: “Portunhol”!

I’m running for FAmSCo

The Fedora Project is in the process of electing the contributors who will fill the seats of the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee (FAmSCo). I’m running for the first time and it has been a great opportunity to share ideas with our global community. You can read my statement of candidacy here.

I have been contributing to Fedora since 2006 and now I expect to help the community by doing a good job as a FAmSCo member. Fedora has so many great contributors and ambassadors what makes these elections really hard. Fortunately I’m sure that whoever is elected will do great contributions to the committee.

I have been answering some questions about the Ambassadors project and Fedora in general. I would like to share them here:

Town Hall meeting log

FAmSCo Questionary

If you want to share something else or have an idea for our community please leave me a comment! ;)

By the way it is also election time for the Fedora Board and the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee. Cast your votes here!