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 😉

 

 

 

Session on “How can Open Source apply in research”

Το κείμενο ακολουθεί και στα Ελληνικά.

Next Tuesday along with other two great FOSS contributors we are having a session regarding “Open Source and research” in the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki.

The audience is going to be pre and post graduate students from different schools of the University.

In general we want to prove that open source philosophy/software  is a more efficient and can help in all kind of problems. From the personal side of life till the academic one. We want to present a lot of FOSS projects which are used in academic research, well known project which were a result of academic research and generally the idea that Free/Open Source software is the future (pre/post/ graduate – research).

Finally we want to provide them FOSS product solutions and generally empower them to use Free/Open Source software in their personal and academic life. As a Fedora Project contributor and a Mozilla Rep I am going to present them Fedora and Mozilla products which will cover all their basic needs in personal and professional life.

More details are going to be published after the session.

See you there!

In Greek

Την επόμενη Τρίτη το απόγευμα στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης μαζί με δύο εξαιρετικούς συνομιλητές θα μιλήσουμε για το ελύθερο/ανοιχτό λογισμικό στην έρευνα.

Το κοινό θα αποτελείται από προπτυχιακούς και μεταπτυχιακούς φοιτητές από διάφορες σχολές του Πανεπιστημίου. Στόχος μας είναι να εισάγουμε το κοινό στη φιλοσοφία του ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ, τις χρήσεις που έχει στην καθημερινή μας ζωή και πως θα μπορούσε να χρησιμοποιηθεί στην Πανεπιστημιακή έρευνα. Μέσα από παραδείγματα χρήσης ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ στην έρευνα θα προσπαθήσουμε να αποδείξουμε ότι τόσο η αποδοχή και εφαρμογή της φιλοσοφίας του, όσο και η χρήση διάφορων project είναι ένα αναγκαίο, αναπόφευκτο αλλά εξαιρετικά χρήσιμο γεγονός.

Τέλος θα προσπαθήσουμε να παρακινήσουμε ακόμα περισσότερο τους φοιτητές να χρησιμοποιούν προϊόντα ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ τόσο στην καθημερινή τους ζωή, όσο και στην ακαδημαϊκή τους. Σαν μέλος και άνθρωπος που συνεισφέρει στο Fedora Project και Mozilla, θα παρουσιάσω τόσο τη δομή και λειτουργία των κοινοτήτων τους, όσο και τα προϊόντα ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ που μπορούν να χρησιμοποιήσουν στην καθημερινή και ακαδημαϊκή τους ζωή.

 

Σας περιμένουμε λοιπόν σε αυτό το ταξίδι της έρευνας την Τετάρτη στις 18:30 στην αίθουσα Α31 του κτηρίου της Φυσικομαθηματικής σχολής του ΑΠΘ.

 

 

FUDCon Paris 2012 – review

This year was time for a beloved city to host our annual FUDCon in EMEA. A beloved city with a great community which organized an awesome FUDCon!

This FUDCon had everything and I mean everything!

Marketing, awesome presentations, technical presentations and workshops, swag production (yeah!) and a lot of brainstorming hackfests!

Continue reading “FUDCon Paris 2012 – review”

Software Freedom Day 2012 and Fedora 18 Translation Sprint

This is a little bit late blog post but I would like to share my excitement about this year’s events.

Tomorrow around 12:00 in noon we are going to run a Fedora 18 Translation Sprint in Athens and Thessaloniki too.

In Athens, hackerspace.gr is going to host celebrations for Software Freedom Day including a presentation for Fedora Localization and the Translation Sprint.

In Thessaloniki we are going to gather in starbucks for a Fedora Coffee having the opportunity to translate in parallel with the other Fedorians in Athens.

For those who can’t join neither in Athens or Thessaloniki, they can join in the #fedora-el channel on Freenode server on IRC. From there instructions are going to be provided to join the Translation Sprint as well.

Happy Software Freedom Day, happy hacking and happy translations as well.

 

 

pre Fosdem 2011

This blogpost can be described with the following (key)words:

Fosdem, Fedora, FAD, fun, beerfest, hackers, women, mozilla, BSD, Mono and many many more FOSS related events and topics!

I think you got the point!

This weekend I will be in Brussels for FOSDEM 2011 together with a lot of fedora contributors, hackers from all over Greece and approximately 4000+ hackers from all over the world!

 

Today is a day related to Fedora and beer. In 1pm we are going to have the Fedora Activity Day where all fedora contributors are willing to discuss topics around our favorite community and distro.

After the FAD around 2004 different kinds of beer are waiting for us at the beerfest which is taking place every year the previous day before Fosdem.

So, till my next fosdem related post, cheers!

 

Athens Digital Week Day 1

Today was the first day of Athens Digital Week and it was great.

First of all I have to admit that I was waiting more from the organization committee. We made them clear that this year we are going to be a larger team, with a lot of swag, laptops, events and many more. So we were waiting a larger booth in a central space inside the event.

Unfortunately we have a smaller booth hidden in a small corner with the rest of the open source communities and foss companies. The only positive is that the talk zone is next to us. Additionally we got only a part of the swag that we ordered from the committee but at least we are thank full for that.

Well, I am going to experience the rest of the event and post my thoughts after the end of it.

Nikos Roussos picture
Nikos Roussos picture

So today after I saw a lot of good friends which I had a really long time to see, I wear my blue Ambassadors polo t-shirt and spread the word of Fedora! 😀

In the open source section except of the Greek Fedora community there was also Hellug and the company EELLAK.

As said before, next to the open source section there is a talk zone where I had the chance to watch Samys Kamkar presentation with the title: How I met your girlfriend. What can I say, Samy was awesome!

After Samy I watched something like a round table around Mobile Security. Unfortunately a lot of the speakers presentations were containing only statistics and nothing more.

Day 2 is dawning so I hope for the best!

For more updates you can check my tweets (in english).

See you tomorrow!