FUDCon Milan post #1

Good morning from Milan!

I am really excited attending my third FUDCon especially in the beautiful city of Milan.

For those who have no idea what is FUDCon just take a look to the following link.

Yesterday was unofficially the first day of Fudcon with some sightseeing, a lot of free food and a lot of mojitos! Fortunately we could wake up this morning for the officially first day of the event.

After a small talk from Jared Smith our Project leader, anyone who wanted to make a presentation, took a paper, wrote his idea and stood up to explain his idea/project.

Later on everyone took a pen and voted the presentations he wanted to attend in order to create a fair schedule with 5 parallel sessions.

I am stop blogging to attend some cool presentations.

That’s the schedule for the next 2 hours.

Till my next blog post you can view the twitter stream of the event for the latest updates!

 

 

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!

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 🙂

FUDCOn Zurich day 1

Yesterday (Friday) I didn’t have the chance to blog anything because we were asleep for almost 38 hours.

First of all i want to thank Sandro Mathys & Marcus Moeller for giving their 200% to organize and make real this FUDCon. Thank you guys, you did a really great job!

We arrived in Zurich in Friday at 6:20am and after dropping our bags in the Hotel and having a breakfast, we headed to FUDCon / FrOSCamp venue.

The first day in FUDCon was really awesome. I had the chance to meet again beloved friends (WE LOVE PERV Nicu and Andrian), our new Fedora Project Leader (thank you Jared) and many more cool guys I didn’t have the chance to meet before.

After Jared’s warm welcome and some chatting regarding FUDCon in other regions, I had the chance to participate in Tom’s (spot) Callaway workshop. Tom taught us how to create our fist package! Yes, I had the chance to create my first package which actually respects all the guidelines! Thank you very much Tom.

Then it was time to participate in a wonderful brainstorm talk regarding Campus Ambassadors Program in Bert’s Desmet workshop. Actually we had a long chat trying to define if the Campus Ambassador was better to be a Special Interest Group than a team inside Ambassadors program. Finally we decided to bring it up in the mailing list (for one more time), with better ideas and a lot of proposals.

Later on was Jaroslav’s Reznik turn to present us Fedora’s Management and Configuration Interface in the talk room. Then it was time for Jesse Keating and Release Engineering SOPs. Jesse present us some Standard Operating Procedures we have in Fedora and show us some really easy steps on how to help. I found his workshop really interesting and I decided to help them out with their tasks.

Finally I am really happy for being in Mairin’s Duffy talk regarding Inkscape and Gimp. I have to admit that from now I on, I am not willing to miss Mairin’s future talks. Her presentation was really awesome, perfect structured, with live demos and a lot of QA. Eventually GIMP and Inkscape is not that hard to use.

Alright, it is now time to have some fun in Wired Party with a lot of free beer, tablet soccer and good music! it was really awesome except our table soccer defeats.

Unfortunately we (me, Pierros, Vangelis) were too tired to fun enough and we headed back to the hotel to get some rest.

More good to come and this is just the beginning! 😀

You can check some photos in my picasa album.

Fedora 13 Thessaloniki Release Party – Review

This is a really late blog post.

I have wrote this blogpost 1 month before but I kept it in draft to make some future corrections and I totally forgot it!

Saturday the 12 of June was the celebration day here in Greece. A celebration day for the brand new Fedora 13.

In Athens and Thessaloniki a party was set up with many attendances, a lot of discussion, music, beer, cake and a lot of Fedora 13 installations. Pierros on his post has already gave you an idea about the feel of the event in Athens.

In Thessaloniki the atmosphere was pretty much the same. We were ~15 people, talking about Fedora 13’s new features, the Greek community (past and future), eating our tasteful cake and generally having a great time. Unfortunately we didn’t had new Fedora lovers outside our community but we had our youngest and greatest contributors. 🙂

The difference in Greek’s release party than other parties/events was that the 2 parties (Athens, Thessaloniki)  were talking place the extract same time. That’s why there was a video call between them creating an atmosphere of one big release event. During the parties we were posting the spirit of the events on twitter through tweets and pictures.

The video call and generally the idea of live broadcasting (through twitter) was successful so we are thinking apply them in future events.

We would like to invest more on the idea of the video call and general broadcasting an event through different ways such as twitter, video broadcast and many more. We will get back soon with a lot of details and ideas.

Till then, happy hacking! 🙂

For those who haven’t download Fedora 13 yet, get it right now from Fedora’s download page.

Fedora 13 Thessaloniki Release Party – Review

This is a really late blog post.

I have wrote this blogpost 1 month before but I kept it in draft to make some future corrections and I totally forgot it!

Saturday the 12 of June was the celebration day here in Greece. A celebration day for the brand new Fedora 13.

In Athens and Thessaloniki a party was set up with many attendances, a lot of discussion, music, beer, cake and a lot of Fedora 13 installations. Pierros on his post has already gave you an idea about the feel of the event in Athens.

In Thessaloniki the atmosphere was pretty much the same. We were ~15 people, talking about Fedora 13’s new features, the Greek community (past and future), eating our tasteful cake and generally having a great time. Unfortunately we didn’t had new Fedora lovers outside our community but we had our youngest and greatest contributors. 🙂

The difference in Greek’s release party than other parties/events was that the 2 parties (Athens, Thessaloniki)  were talking place the extract same time. That’s why there was a video call between them creating an atmosphere of one big release event. During the parties we were posting the spirit of the events on twitter through tweets and pictures.

The video call and generally the idea of live broadcasting (through twitter) was successful so we are thinking apply them in future events.

We would like to invest more on the idea of the video call and general broadcasting an event through different ways such as twitter, video broadcast and many more. We will get back soon with a lot of details and ideas.

Till then, happy hacking! 🙂

For those who haven’t download Fedora 13 yet, get it right now from Fedora’s download page.