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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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.

 

 

OpenSUSE Collaboration Camp 2012 review

Who told you that summer has no Open source events or conferences?

Greek OpenSUSE Community had the great idea to organize a special three day event in north Greece where every FOSS contributor was invited to attend, present and have fun.

The concept was unusual but simple. Wake up, swim in the pool, take a breakfast, attend some presentations, lunch break, swim, more presentations, dinner, night swim and finally beers by the pool.

Oh yes, this was really awesome! Despite the fun fact, the event was full will interesting and technical presentations. Here is the list of all presentations:

Friday:

Introduction to Plasma, LVM Best Practises, VServers, The new KDE features, How to create a community,

Saturday:

Developing with Eclipse, Mozilla – The Web is the Platform : Web Applications, openSUSE at ARM, MPFR, owncloud, The Puppet show, The filesystem hierarchy protocol, using LibreOffice for making good structured documents, Visit Prague,

Sunday:

Setting up a booth How-To, Mozilla B2G : Bringing the Open Web to mobile devices, Trello – Organizing your projects, Gnome translation marathon.

The highlighted presentations were these I enjoyed most but i have to admit that all were wonderful 🙂

Of course Mozilla presentations were not highlighted because I run those sessions. You can find a detailed blogpost for each session.

The Web is the Platform : Web Applications

Mozilla B2G:Bringing the Open Web
to mobile devices

Except the sessions we have the opportunity to discuss a lot of topics regarding the Free and Open Source in Greece, our next steps as a Greek FOSS community and how to motivate new and young people to join and contribute.

There was a moment in Friday night were Kostas Koudaras (OpenSUSE Greece coordinator), Thodoris Chatzimichos (Gentoo), Simos Xenitellis (Ubuntu) and me (Fedora) sat down and discussed without any hates the situation in Greece, our next steps as individual communities, our next steps as joined communities with common beliefs and generally ideas for motivating new people not only to join but to contribute (upstream) as well. For me that was the best “session” I attended because I had the opportunity to share my thoughts, receive a lot of feedback, give feedback and participate in a really intelligence round table.

From my point of view the OpenSUSE collaboration camp 2012 was really successful and I am looking forward to attend maybe a Greek FOSS community (OpenSUSE/Fedora/Ubuntu/Gentoo) collaboration camp 2013 just like the Greek Coding Camp some years ago.

Finally I the organization committee gave to each attendant a beautiful T-shirt and bag full with goodies as shown in the following picture. I want to thank Mozilla and Fedora Project for providing me with stickers, pins and CDs. 

My complete complete photoset can be found here.

Thank you all for the great time I had!

Enjoy 🙂

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!