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 😉

 

 

 

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

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!

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MozCamp Europe 2012 video, photos, review

It’s been a month since MozCamp in Warsaw and I am really happy that I am finally available to write a blogpost!

I always enjoy attending awesome events regarding open source along with brilliant people such as MozCamp, FudCon, Fosdem etc.

MozCamp was definitely one of them especially dude to the fact that I had the chance to chat and brainstorm with a lot of smart people around the world. Everyone was interested to get know you, to learn what are you up to and help you where ever they could.

When I find some I will publish some more detailed blogposts regarding some special topics on MozCamp such as Firefox OS, WebMaker and Mozilla Reps.

Till then, enjoy the Firefox dance at the closing speech on Sunday and my set of photos on picasa.

 

MozCamp Europe 2012 Warsaw – Firefox closing dance from Christos Bacharakis on Vimeo.

Thank you Mozilla 🙂

 

Create your first Web Application

This blog pos is refereed on a session which  I run in OpenSUSE collaboration camp 2012 with the title:”The Web is the Platform : Web Applications” and around 30 attendants.

In this session I had the chance to present what is a Web Application, why to build a WebApp and how to do it.

After explaining the benefits of creating and using WebApps online and off line, we explored some cool new features that HTML5 brings along with some of the revolutionary WebAPIs that Mozilla develops.

That was the time to dive into WebApps and take a look in the process of creating a Web Application. For those who don’t know, creating a web application is a really simple process which can be described in 2 steps.

Imagine that you have a “site” where you provide some services and you want to transform it into a WebApp. The only thing you have to do is to create the Manifest which is a file with all WebApp’s details regarding the developer, where is hosted, the languages which are supported and more.

In Mozilla’s developer network you can find a detailed guide on how to write your WebApp’s manifest.

The next step is to create an “installation” page for your webapp. This page can present some basic information regarding the webapp, reviews, critics and a “install” button for installing the webapp in your browser/device. The “install” button has a simple and clear Javascript code which calls the webapp’s Manifest.

Unfortunately web applications can not be installed in Linux based operating systems because all the different architectures that every operating system has. Mozilla foundation is working on that problem and I’m pretty sure that problem is going to be solved in the near future. MacOS is fully supports web applications instead of Windows where you have to perform some actions in order to install your web application.

Additionally Mozilla is working on a Marketplace where all Web Applications will be hosted along with reviews, screen shots, users feedback and a lot of new features.

As you see creating a Web Application is a pretty simple and easy task. The feedback from the session was very positive with a lot of people showing interest on messing with WebApps. The presentation file can be found here, but due to the fact that it was something like a workshop, the slides are a generic.

Enjoy and don’t forget that “The Web is the Platform”. 😉

Mozilla B2G: Bringing the Open Web to mobile devices

This blog post is refereed on a session which  I run in OpenSUSE collaboration camp 2012 with the title:”Mozilla B2G:Bringing the Open Web to mobile devices ” and had around 20 attendants.

Firefox OS is really known these days as Mozilla’s operating system but nobody knows that under the hood is Mozilla Boot to Gecko.

In my presentation I had the opportunity to explain what is B2G, to present it’s internals and it’s three sub projects Gonk, Gecko, Gaia.

Gonk is the bottom layer of B2G which is responsible for the communication between BG2’s upper layer (Gecko) and device’s hardware. It’s consists a small Linux kernel, with some Android libraries and it’s 100% Open source.

The middle layer of B2G is called Gecko, the known graphics engine which is brought in Firefox too. As you can see, B2G is nothing more than a Firefox in a mobile device.

The top leyer which is the User Interface of B2G is called Gaia and delivers all the revolutionary technologies such as HTML5, WebAPIs and more. Gaia is pure HTML5, JavaScript and CSS which makes it a really easy to edit and hack. Everything is a Web Application in Gaia, even the SMS app. Due to the fact that there are no APIs in HTML5 to make a call, send an sms etc, Mozilla is working on WebAPIs where you will able to control your device writing only pure HTML5 code.

Explaining Mozilla Boot to Gecko in theory is good, presenting it live in a device is AWESOME!

That’s the feedback I received from the audience where they had the chance to play with a Nexus S B2G device. Everyone was impressed and wanted to learn more regarding the mechanisms under the hood such as Gecko and WebAPIs.

I am pretty sure that Mozilla boot to gecko is going to be hacked by a lot of Greek hackers! 😉

Are you interested on hacking Mozilla B2G or Gaia? Visit the project’s hacking page. 😉

Here you can find the presentation file with a lot of details regarding the status and future plans of Firefox OS.

Enjoy 🙂