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!

Athens Digital Week 2010

This week, except that is the first week of October, it is also Athens Digital Week 2010 from today (Thursday) till Sunday!

Four days full of Tech talks, workshops and a lot of events are waiting for us in Technopoli, Gazi!

The event is categorized in sections which cover a variety of domain knowledge such as: Robotics, Modding, Gaming, Open Source, Digital Music, Ideas worth spending, digital classroom and many more.

The Fedora community will be there with a nice booth, a lot of talks and some parallel events.


  • Kostas Antonakoglou is going to present Fedora 14 and its new cool features on Sunday at 15:00.
  • I am going to present a Greek Fedora EDU remix and some ways that Fedora as an operating system and its structure can help in Greek education in general. My talk has title Fedora in Education and is on Sunday at 14:00.
  • In Friday at 16:00, Ananstasios Stasinopoulos is going to introduce us Security spin and some hacks.
  • In Friday at 17:00 there is a round table session named *Linux Distros* where Pierros Papadeas is going to represent Fedora.


Except from these presentation in Saturday morning we are hosting a translation marathon for the brand new Fedora 14 release from 11:00am till 13:00am. Come and learn how to be a translator and contribute in your beloved Fedora.

You are waiting for you!
You can download the full Athens Digital Week schedule here.

More updates will be posted soon!

Enjoy! 😉

FUDCon Zurich 2010 Day 2-3 and +1

FUDCon Zurich is unfortunately over and I haven’t posted anything excepts day one!

Day two was really interesting with a lot of nice talks and workshops.

The day’ started with Jared Smith pointing out some enlightening points about Fedoras Future. Jared began his talk with a question about who we think is the worst enemy of Fedora. After some answers (Red Hat, Ubuntu) he answered “US” (not the country) trying to awake us (I guess)! Generally he tried to motivate Fedora people to ask more and more questions and discuss theirs thoughts / problems / ideas for making a more active, reliable and collaborative community!

After Jared it was time for another wonderful workshop by Mairin Duffy about the Fedora Design team. Actually I watched the excellent job that the Design team is doing! Keep it up guys!

After the lunch brake (thanks Nicu for *entertaining* us), Pierros Papadeas (my buddy) present us how the Design suite is created, entirely from scratch. He explained how livecd-tools are working, the structure of a kickstart file and finally, we had the chance to discuss which packages have to been removed or not from the Spin. I am really happy that I saw Gobby tool in action! It’s a pity that we don’t use it more often in talks and especially in workshops.

It was time for a wonderful one hour talk from Tom Callaway regarding Legal and Licensing. Spot gave us some good examples of some Legal and Licensing cases over the years.

Alright folks, the day was almost over and I say almost because in 7pm it was time for FudPub! The hole fedora team was having a dinner in a beautiful Italian restaurant near the EPH University.

After an one hour walk in Zurichs downtown, taking a lot of pictures and pwning Nicu we headed back to the restaurant where the hole crew was waiting hungry, ready to eat and get drunk!

During the lunch we had some really interesting discussions where the closing of Fedora e.V. was a trending topic in my table. I have to admit that I am really unhappy and against the Red Hats decision to close Fedora e.V. despite the fact that this action was their only choice as Jared said.

Moving forward, FudPub was one of the highlight moments of this FUDCon where I had the chance to meet more Fedora people and to discuss with Peter Robinson about how could I contribute in Sugar on a Stick and Education Spin.

Back to the hotel to get some rest and to be prepared for a day full of hacking 😉

Sunday, FUDCons day three was a barcamp day without any fixed program where everyone was free to suggest his topic to bee discussed. After writing down the suggestions, everyone voted his favorite topics and finally we had a well organized and *voting* shared program.

Unfortunately some of the topics were the same with FudCon’s talks or workshops. I say unfortunately because I did not see a lot of interest from the attendees in most of them.

Although we had a really interesting and constructive talk at Ambassadors EMEA session around our EMEA program, our weekly meetings and Johns schedule regarding Ambassadors. More updates are going to be posted in the mailing list. 🙂

On Monday now we had scheduled to visit CERN in Genova. Because the train tickets were too expensive we (the Greeks) decided to rent a car and drive to Genova. Unfortunately the renting car company was opening after the time we had to leave from Zurich, so finally we stayed in Zurich. Despite that fact we had a great time exploring Zurich, having a ride with the boat, and having (for my first time) Suchi. Additionally we visited Googles offices where by accident we had the chance to see Google’s street view car from the inside (shh, don’t tell it to anyone!)! You can check all the photos from our trip visiting my picasa web album (more photos will be uploaded soon).

I also am going to write a FUDCon recap blog post with some pros and cons from this event.

See you 🙂

Fosscomm 2010 is over – Review from Fedora’s point of view

Fosscomm 2010 is over!

The previous weekend (24-25/4) in Thessaloniki, Greece took place the yearly FOSS Community conference – FossComm 2010 which is right now the biggest FOSS conference in Greece. Greek Fedora team was there and had a great time and presence.

In the last months Greek Fedora community is very active with a lot of adds especially in the translations and Ambassador team. That’s why in every foss event in Greece we have the best and active presence.
In last year’s FossComm, Fedora’s booth had three ambassadors/contributors, one translator and one friend of us who is now a member of the marketing team. This year our booth was way bigger with 7 ambassadors/contributors one contributor from the marketing team, one female translator and one beautiful girl who is helping continuously fedora without being registered anywhere.
The conference was successful with about 500 people attending. What a wonderful chance to inform people about Fedora, our new Greek Fedora forum and find new contributors.
Our booth had everything, the usual LiveCDs and install DVDs, many flyers, fedora stickers, fedora buttons, cheat cubes and 2 fedora coffee cups. I am very thrilled about the passion of our new contributors who gave their best to inform the people and present Fedora 13’s new futures. By numbers we gave a lot of live CDs (250), flyers (130), swag and we earned 3 new translators and one marketing guy.

In FossComm now, Fedora had one talk and one workshop. The talk had the title “Fedora fails and that a good thing” and made by me and Pierros Papadeas. In the talk Pierros had the role of the Fedora as an operating system and I had the role of the Fedora Community. We introduced the fedora architecture and we explained that even when & if we fail our infrastructure is such well organized and build that the fail turns into a good thing about the Fedora project. With other words we present our perfect governance. The audience gave us very positive feedback and that pleased us.
In the workshop Pierros Papadeas impressed the audience presenting Fedora 13’s new futures. I have to admit that his presentation was (as always) amazing, encouraging new people to give a try to Fedora 13.

In the end i am pretty sure that Fedora had another successful presence in FossComm 2010. Well done guys, you did an excellent job. Way to go!

I want to admit that I spent little time in the Fedora booth because I was FossComm’s 2010 event organizer and I had many responsibilities. 🙂

FOSSCOMM 2010 – Τελευταία νέα και εξελίξεις

Το 3ο πανελλήνιο συνέδριο κοινοτήτων ελεύθερου και ανοιχτού λογισμικού (Fosscomm 2010) θα πραγματοποιηθεί αυτό το Σαββατοκύριακο (24-25 Απριλίου) στους χώρους της Σχολής Θετικών Επιστημών του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης. Ποιο συγκεκριμένα στο αμφιθέατρο Εμπειρίκος (Σ.Θ.Ε.) και σε τρεις αίθουσες του τμήματος Πληροφορικής του Α.Π.Θ., ημιόροφος κτηρίου Βιολογικού.

Οι παρουσιάσεις της φετινής Fosscomm ανέρχονται στις 53 εκ των οποίων οι 12 είναι workshop. Αναλυτικότερα το πρόγραμμα του συνεδρίου μπορείτε να το βρείτε εδώ: Program

Στα πλαίσια της Fosscomm θα υπάρξουν και αρκετές παράλληλες εκδηλώσεις οι οποίες δένονται αρμονικά με τη διοργάνωση και αναδεικνύουν ακόμη περισσότερο το ελεύθερο και ανοιχτό λογισμικό σε όλους τους τομείς ολοκληρώνοντας την επιτυχία τις διοργάνωσης. Όλες τις παράλληλες εκδηλώσεις μπορείτε να τις βρείτε εδώ: Παράλληλες Εκδηλώσεις

Με μεγάλη μας χαρά σας ανακοινώνουμε ότι παράλληλα με το συνέδριο θα τρέξει υπό την αιγίδα της HTC ένας μεγάλος διαγωνισμός στον οποίο θα κληρωθούν συνολικά 5 Android κινητά. Θα υπάρξουν δύο κληρώσεις, μία το Σάββατο το μεσημέρι και μία την Κυριακή το απόγευμα στο κλείσιμο του συνεδρίου. Ο διαγωνισμός αυτός είναι ουσιαστικά προάγγελος ενός μεγαλύτερου διαγωνισμού που αφορά όλους τους Android Developers με πλούσια δώρα και απώτερο στόχο την ανάδειξη του Android στη Ελλάδα, την ανάπτυξη περισσότερων ελληνικών Android εφαρμογών καθώς και την ανάδειξη αυτών στην παγκόσμια σκηνή. Περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με τους δύο διαγωνισμούς μπορείτε να βρείτε εδώ: Mobile Lottery

Τέλος μπορείτε να βρείτε τον χάρτη της Θεσσαλονίκης με επισυνημμένα μερικά σημεία ενδιαφέροντος εδώ: Χάρτης

τα σχεδιαγράμματα των χώρων του συνεδρίου εδώ: Σχεδιαγράμματα

και μερικές πληροφορίες για το πως να κινηθείτε στο κέντρο της Θεσσαλονίκης εδώ: Θεσσαλονίκη
Σας περιμένουμε όλους!

Η σελίδα μας ανανεώνεται συνεχώς με περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες και εξελίξεις.

Υ.Γ.: Στους φίλους σας το είπατε;

Πρόγραμμα 3ου συνεδρίου κοινοτήτων ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ – FOSSCOMM 2010

Αγαπητοί κύριοι και κυρίες,
βρισκόμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να σας ανακοινώσουμε το πρόγραμμα του 3ου συνεδρίου κοινοτήτων ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ (Fosscomm 2010) το οποίο θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 24-25 Απριλίου 2010 στους χώρους της Φυσικομαθηματικής σχολής στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης. Η είσοδος είναι φυσικά ελεύθερη και το πρόγραμμα μπορείτε να το βρείτε εδώ:
Για όσους πρόκειται να ταξιδέψετε από μακρυά καλό θα είναι να επισκεφτείτε τον ακόλουθο σύνδεσμο:

Θα επανέλθουμε σύντομα με περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες πάνω στο πρόγραμμα, την διάταξη των χώρων και των αιθουσών, καθώς και ταξιδιωτικές οδηγίες.

Η οργανωτική επιτροπή του 3ου συνεδρίου κοινοτήτων ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ – Fosscomm 2010
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Let’s Rock at Athens – OpenFest 2010

Trying to follow the Fedora’s 13 moto “Rock it” i am traveling to Athens to catch up the rest of the Greek Fedora ambassadors to represent Fedora project at a two days FOSS conference called OpenFest. During the weekend we will have the opportunity to discuss some major topics such as a localized forum for Fedora and general our next moves inside Greece. As always Fedora will have a talk from Kostas introducing Fedora 13 new futures-Fedora community and as always, a cool booth. Pierros, Kostas, Anastasis and Thalia have done a great job burning 300+ Fedora 12 Live cds, printing posters, coffee cups, creating/printing some Fedora cheat cubes and so many others goodies! Thank you guys. Additionally we are determined to complete the Greek translations for the Fedora 13 release. That’s why we are organizing a Fedora translation marathon which will be a parallel event inside Openfest. It is a good opportunity to show the people how is the leading force in Greece works and to find new translators/contributors! That’s all for now. I’ll keep you posted from my twitter account and I will write about my experiences after the event. Till then, happy hacking 🙂

FOSSCOMM 2010 – Ανακοίνωση, Ενημέρωση

Ο καινούργιος χρόνος μπήκε, η μέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου πέρασε και οδεύουμε ολοταχώς στην τελική ευθεία για την φετινή διοργάνωση του Πανελλήνιου συνεδρίου κοινοτήτων ελεύθερου και ανοιχτού λογισμικού, FOSSCOMM.

Για τους ξεχασιάρηδες το συνέδριο θα πραγματοποιηθεί το Σαββατοκύριακο 24-25 Απριλίου στους χώρους του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης.

Υπάρχουν πολλές κοινότητες και μεμονωμένα άτομα που έχουν εκδηλώσει ενδιαφέρον για παρουσίαση/workshop αλλά ακόμη λείπουν μερικές από τις σημαντικότερες κοινότητες/παρουσιάσεις όπως: joomla, wordpress, taspython, drupal, mandriva, debian, gimp, gnome, kde, ruby on rails, java και άλλες πολλές.
Εμπρός λοιπόν, τι περιμένετε;

Η περίοδος υποβολής ενδιαφέροντος για παρουσίαση/workshop λήγει στις 7 Μαρτίου.

Για εσάς τους χορηγούς τώρα που θέλετε να συνεισφέρετε στην διοργάνωση η οποία στηρίζεται αποκλειστικά σε χορηγίες και δωρεές αλλά και να προβληθείτε, το μόνο που έχετε να κάνετε είναι να μας στείλετε ένα mail μέχρι τις 1 Μαρτίου. Και λίγο αργότερα να μας στείλετε, δεν χάλασε και ο κόσμος.

Ανακοίνωση για χορηγίες –
Ανακοίνωση για παρουσιάσεις/workshops –

Εκ μέρους της οργανωτικής επιτροπής,
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