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!

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.

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: