Fedora Romania and OSOM

This February was an amazing month full with awesome events regarding Free and Open Source software.

In the mid of the month I was invited in Bucharest in order to have a session in OSOM conference. OSOM (awesome) is the annual meet up/conference of the Romanian FOSS communities and projects.

This year there were re-presenters and presentations from the following communities: Fedora Project, Mozilla, OpenSUSE, Java User Group, Ubuntu, Drupal and ROSEdu. All presentations were really interesting but I would like to choose Mozilla’s, OpenSUSE’s and ROSEdu’s presentations where they were simply amazing!

In this point I would like to give an extra credit to ROSEdu which is a group of people who promote and support open source in education. Way to go guys, keep up the great work!

During my presentation on Friday I had the chance to present the Fedora project and it’s community. I presented Fedora 18’s new cutting edge features and I put a special effort in our official spins and special interest groups. Romania was a challenge for me because except of my presentation I wanted to seek more active contributors along with the experienced ones like my best friend Nicu. I am really glad that I had the chance to spend to full days with him!

During the dinner after OSOM I was approached by Theodora which is a young developer who wants to be more involved in Fedora’s development process!

On Saturday, thanks to Marcela and Ioana, the two girls that made OSOM happen and with the help of ROSEdu, Fedora had it’s release party in the Facultatea de Automatica si Calculatoare. Along with Nicu, we had the chance to make a more detailed presentation of the Fedora Operating system and the Fedora wiki. We presented Gnome 3, some tips and tricks on that, Fedora Project’s wiki, steps on how to contribute in a variety of roles, how to translate and of course some hacking sessions. During the hacking sessions, we hacked our raspberry pi installing Fedora, we presented some cool GIMP tricks and finally we had our rpm packaging session.

The attendances were 15 and except some Fedora users the variety of them was from other FOSS communities such as Ubuntu and OpenSUSE but In the end of the day they all had a fresh Fedora installation!

Speaking of new Fedora users lets talk about new Fedora contributors too. Ioana Chiorean and Alex Lakatos expressed a lot of interest in contributing to Fedora project. Both of them are leaders in Mozilla Romanian community organizing A LOT of events and mentoring new contributors. Especially Ioana is willing to put a lot of effort in organizing and coordinating the Romanian community. I am really glad that I have the chance to mentor them in Fedora and watch them contribute in the project. Welcome guys and thank you for your effort! I am pretty sure that more updates are going to follow. 😉

Wrapping up my thoughts, OSOM was an excellent event where I had the chance to meet a lot of active and interesting FOSS contributors, see another perspective specially of open source in education, seek 3 new contributors and make a lot of friends!

Thank you Marcela, Ioana, Nicu, ROSEdu and of course Fedora for make it happen!

My photo album from OSOM and the Fedora release party can be found here.

 

 

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FOSDEM 2013 – review

The first weekend of February of every year is always dedicated to FOSS Developers Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels.

FOSDEM is always a great opportunity to meet all my old Fedora and Mozilla friends from around the world. Unfortunately I didn’t get in time in Brussels in order to attend Fedora community’s dinner but I met them afterwords in the Delirium Cafe enjoying a large variety of beers. Right Christoph 😉

Saturday morning wake up is always tricky but along we Nikos we managed to get in time in order to prepare the Fedora booth along with Jiri where there was a surprising waiting for us as you can see in the picture above. Generally the most of my time I spend it in attending sessions but I did some contribution in Mozilla’s and Fedora’s booths too. This year’s Mozilla and Fedora booths where better than any other year with a lot of new and passionate people spreading the word of their favourite open source project and seeking more and more contributors.

It was another great year with a lot of enlightening presentations, a lot of awesome and brainstorming conversations with hackers from all over the world and of course a lot of hacking. The discussions you have outside dev rooms with amazing hackers, the brainstorming and all this energy can’t be compared with anything in the world. I want to give an extra credit to flash Fredy and Panos for having a live demo session in Mozilla’s booth, presenting Firefox OS devices the whole weekend! You were amazing guys, thank you! Finally I want to thank all the Reps who spend some time in booth talking with people, answering questions and solving problems.

As I blog posted before, more than 40 Greek hackers took over Brussels and FOSDEM where some of them run 8 sessions regarding open source software, open source hardware, their awesome projects or the project where they contribute in.

But this year was special for me too because it was my first time attending FOSDEM as a speaker. At Sunday noon I had a session in Mozilla’s dev room regarding debugging Firefox OS and open web apps as well as Gaia apps too. Thank you Clarista and Benoit for the excellent organization of the Mozilla presence. In general I think my presentation was a success despite the stress I had on stage. You can find my presentation online and you can always mail me for anything regarding debugging Firefox OS and Gaia.

World, watch out! Firefox OS is coming and it’s going to be astonishing!

FOSDEM 2013 is over and I cant wait a year for the next one! I am really glad for having a lot and great time with my old and new friends.

You can check FOSDEM’s 2013 photo album here.

 

OSOM and Fedora 18 Release Event in Bucharest

I am really happy to announce you that the Friday 15 and the Saturday 16 of the February are going to be two days dressed up in blue.

On Friday is going to be National Open Source Conference in Bucharest (OSOM) where Fedora is going to be there with a pretty booth and an introduction presentation. Our meeting is at 13:00 at Adobe Systems Romania. BD Timisoara, 26Z, Anchor Plaza, 6th floor , Bucharest. See you there!

On Saturday at 12:00 we are having the Fedora 18 Release event at Facultatea de Automatica si Calculatoare at room number EC102. We are going to have a lot of sessions and hackfests regarding our favourite operating system!

Our detailed schedule

  • An introduction to Fedora Project. What is Fedora, why to use it, Fedora 18 new features.
  • Fedora Project as a community. How to contribute, why to contribute.

Hackfests

  • Introduction to Fedora 18 and Gnome shell tips and tricks.
  • Fedora on ARM (raspberry pi).
  • Designing with Fedora and Gimp.
  • Contributing (designing, translating).

 

Three weeks, three awesome events, one goal

 

I am really excited about this blog post! The upcoming weeks are going to be extremely awesome, regarding the two FOSS projects I am mostly involved in Fedora and Mozilla.

 Athens Firefox OS App Days

By time order, this Saturday is the Athens Firefox OS App Day which is sold out from the previous week. This event is going to be a hackathon on the new Firefox OS operating system for mobile devices. In 11 hours, 350 web and mobile developers are going to learn everything about Firefox OS, from theory to “build my own app”. We are going to provide them all the nessessary tools for building their own app in a few hours such as pizza and beer!

A month ago was the Firefox OS hackathon, a pilot event of Firefox OS App Days in Athens hackerspace which prepared us for a success upcoming series of Firefox OS App Days events.

For live updates follow MozillaGreece twitter account or you can watch the live video stream.

 

 FOSDEM 2013

Next weekend (2-3/02) is FOSDEM, the biggest event for FOSS Developers around the globe. It’s going to have a lot of beers, parties, more than 160 presentations and around 5000 hackers around the world.

Except this boring stuff this year is going to be a great year for the Greek FOSS community which is going to have 8 sessions in FOSDEM.

Here is the list with all these awesome presentations – well done guys!

Saturday

11:00 – 12:00 The neat guide to Fedora RPM Packaging Nikos Roussos

11:30 – 12:00 FirefoxOS: Port it… Build it… Flash it…Alfredos-Panagiotis Damkalis

18:00 – 19:00 Using codebender as an IDE for Arduino and other embedded devices Vasilis (tzikis) Georgitzikis

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 Making a Hackerspace SmartDimitrios Amaxilatis

14:00 – 14:30 Introducing the Synnefo open source IaaS cloud platform Vangelis Koukis

14:00 – 14:30 Firefox OS and Web Applications – Debugging made easyChristos Bacharakis

16:30 – 17:00 WebFWD: Moving the web forwardVasilis (tzikis) Georgitzikis

18:40 – 19:00 Open DiscussionChristos Siopis

So, on Sunday noon I am having a session on Mozilla’s Dev Room presenting all the necessary developer tools and techniques on developing web apps for Firefox OS. The rest of the weekend, if I am not attending a session, you will find me on Fedora’s or Mozilla’s booth.

See you there!

 

Fedora Greece Activity Day – Fedora 18 release party

As you already know Fedora 18 is out and there is no better way to celebrate than a release party. So, in the mid of February we organizing a Greek Fedora 18 release party shared in two cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.

It’s going to happen on Saturday and except the party, we willing to have a lot of hackfests explain how easy is for you to hack Fedora and contribute in upstream projects. We are going to have workshop for starters, introduction to Fedora, translation sprint and for more advanced users, RPM packaging workshop, build your own remix etc.

Our goal is to present Fedora to new users, seek contributors and hack our favourite operating system

More details are going to be published soon!

 

 

 

Open Source and Research – talk, review

Two weeks ago – 27/11/2012 – , along with two great FOSS contributors shared a session in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece regarding “Open Source and Research“.

The event was organized by the society of the post graduate department of physics and math of the Aristotle University.

Kostas Koudaras –  OpenSUSE contributor – explained the differences between free source and open source and elaborated on the movement/culture of Free Source software. In addition he explained the philosophy of contributing upstream and generally what do you achieve by contributing in FOSS projects.

Salih Elim – Open Source strategist at ErgoQ –  presented where free/open source applies in day life such as routers, cars, software etc. Later on the audience got amazed by a slide he shared with companies who use and support open source such as redhat, mozilla, google, toyota, ibm, nasa etc. In the end Salih, presented some open source projects which were a products of academic research and explained why should the community of an academic research project has to use, adopt and produce open source software/hardware.

In the last part of the session I – Fedora Project contributor, Mozilla –  presented the benefits of working/creating inside a community especially if that is an open source one. I tried to motivate people to join active FOSS communities or great their own, finding people with common interested. I shared a list with the most active Greek communities such as the Fedora’s Project, Mozilla’s,OpenSUSE’s and explained them why these communities rock, what do we achieve by contributing in these projects and invited them to join us!  I am pretty sure that people understood that through open source communities they can build the future of the open software/hardware as other foundation and foss companies (Red Hat, Mozilla) did in the past.

It was a successful event considering the fact that we had around 75 people, an 30′ session with discussing and answering to questions after the event and a lot of feedback.

I want to thank Thanos Pavloudis from the society of the post graduate department of physics and math (from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), who organized this event, made it happen and want to organize more events regarding Open Source.

Some more photos from the event can be found in my picasa web album.

Till the next time, keep hacking the world 😉

 

 

 

Thessaloniki’s Python meeting v0.1

Last week we stepped out from the Greek Python mailing list in order go meet and get know each other.

Despite the awful weather and the cold, we managed to meet 10 people (BEAT THAT ATHENS – with two female people), know each other and discuss geeky staff.

It was a great meeting and we decided to meet again and why not organize and event.

More info are going to be published soon.

 

 

The UnConference 2012 – awesomeness review

In 14 of November in Thessaloniki took place the first UnConference.

The UnConference was the highlight of a three day festival around Thessaloniki’s public children libraries. The hole festival organized by the non profit company FutureLibrary.gr which intends to change the idea of children libraries by making over almost every children library in Greece.

The UnConference had four awesome keynotes by FutureLibrary.gr, Library 10, Google and Mozilla. The audience came from all over the country and we estimate that they were 250-300 people out there. They where related to children libraries and public libraries in general.

From the FutureLibrary.gr, the man who inspired the renovation of the children libraries presented his vision and the results. The 4 renovated libraries are amazing introducing an innovative type of library equipped with bleeding edge technology such as computers, interactive screens, smart furniture and much more.

Kari Lämsä from Library 10″ introduced us his idea on how a library should be. Collaboration spaces, adjective tables and chairs special meeting rooms and music breaks in the noon were some highlights of his talks.

Simon Morisson and Dionisis Kolotsas from Google, presented us a new project on digitizing books, posters, paintings and creating a web museum free to explore, search and interact.

Chloe on stage

Last but not least, Chloe Varelidi from Mozilla Project presented the Webamaker project and some great tools such as Popcorn, Thimble and X-Ray goggles. She explained how important is the webmaker project especially for children which teach them how to hack the web! In addition she presented some live demos of Thimble and X-Ray Goggles and as a result the – after sessions – workshop was crowed!

After the keynotes each project had it’s own workshop where the attendances had the opportunity to hands on, discuss and brainstorm.

Along with Chloe we run a workshop titled: “Build your own website with an easy way”. After a warming up thumb war game the workshop was on! Due to the internet lack we could run a proper hands on – workshop – thimble but we challenged people to hack on paper. The attendances spitted in 7 teams where they had to come up with at least 3 ideas of sites for children. Then they had to choose at least 2 of them and designed them on paper.

In the end every team had to present their ideas and challenge themselves by implementing them in Thimble.

Chloe’s webmaker workshop

The workshop was successful due the fact that the number of attendances was high, people enjoyed and in the end I saw a lot of enthusiast and “ready to hack the web” faces.

After the workshops in the main room there were some lighting talks regarding some cool projects such as library on grass, children sleepover in libraries and a lot experience from Future Library’s volunteers.

Themis on stage presenting collaboration

Another lighting talk was about Mozilla Hive in Athens by Konstantina and Themis which is going to boot during the spring of 2013. Their approach to the audience regarding collaboration was pretty awesome. They distributed colored papers to everyone and provide them instructions on how to create a really solid construction by joining the papers together.

Bottom line, it was a successful event for the organizers, the people who traveled across the country and especially for Mozilla foundation and webmakers!

At last Dimitris Protopsaltou presented FutureLibrary.gr’s plans for the 2013 and how they are going to renovate almost every(!) public children library in Greece.

We want to thank the FutureLibrary.gr, especially Dimitris Protopsaltou and Despina Mitropoulou for the organization and the volunteers who made it happen!

You can check my photos from the event at the Picasa web album here.

Organization committee and volunteers