Greek Fedora 13 Release Party Live

In about 1:30 hour is about to start the biggest release party in Greece. I am talking about the Greek Fedora 13 Release party. The party will be held in Athens and Thessaloniki. The “two” parties will be “connected” through a video call. Additionally we will continuously upload photos spreading the pulse of the party.

You will be able to feel the rhythm by following @fedora_gr at twitter. Every tweet will include the hashtag “#f13grp”.

So stay tuned and join the party!

More updated will follow 🙂

Greek Fedora 13 Release Party (in english)

We think that is the perfect Fedora release to organize a special and unique release event. That’s right! For us (Greek people) is the lucky 13!

This Saturday we are organizing one release party that will be placed in the two largest cities in Greece. The release parties will be parallel, both starting in 18:00 (GMT +3) and they will be connected through a video call.

Additionally pictures will be posted online during the release event so the people that couldn’t make it, can feel the pulse! You can stay tuned from the Greek community’s twitter account at http://twitter.com/fedora_gr . We will also use the hashtag “#f13grp” in every tweet.

In the events, will be presentations regarding the brand new Fedora 13’s features, future steps of the Greek Fedora community but in general we are going to have fun!!

If you will be around Athens or Thessaloniki, don’t miss our party! We will have chocolate cake, drinks, live CDs, flyers, stickers, our laptops and a lot of blue balloons and of course support for you problems!

Follow the directions (in greek) to join us at http://bit.ly/f13grpm

We are waiting for 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. 🙂

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 🙂

Fedora talk at University of Macedonia – recap

This Sunday (14/2) I gave a talk/workshop about the Fedora project as an operating system and a community of contributors.

In the first hour I described the Fedora as a leading community to the FOSS world and generally how many cool stuff are happening here.  Later on I showed them how easy and meanfull it is to be a Fedora project contributors and I gave some examples about the Special Interest Groups.

After that I presented them the new cool futures of the Fedora 12 release and how to create a Fedora 12 Live USB Stick.

The last one and a half hour the talk turned into a workshop where everybody lived the Fedora 12 experience on their desktops. They had the opportunity to learn how to install Fedora 12 from a livecd to the hard drive, to explore the system and generally learn something new, simple and different from their orange funky operating system they use to work. The audience were actually 25 Ubuntu users and after the talk I received many positive comments about the Fedora Project.

During the talk there were 2 GREAT (female) volunteers who were interpreting everything into Greek Sign Language. This is a new perspective which must be adopted by everyone. The whole presentation was recorded (+the girls) and it will be published soon.

I really want to thank GreekLUG who invited me and in that point I want to mention that the guys are making a really good work here in Thessaloniki.

In the future we are planning at least 2 more talks, one of them regarding OLPC and Sugar.

You can find my presentation’s slides here. Some photos are from Fosdem and shotted by Luca Foppiano.

P.S.: I own you a Fosdem recap too. I’ll write/publish it soon 🙂

OLPC lightning talk

While I was travelling back home from Brussels to Thessaloniki, i had to stop to Zurich’s airport to change flight. For changing the flight I had to pass for one more time the security check. As you know the procedure is to place the laptop alone on a separate basket to check it with X rays. So i placed my laptop and the OLPC which I was carrying on with me on two separate basket for the security check. After I passed the security check and the X-rays, the security guards came and asked me what was that (OLPC). Immediately I started telling them about the One laptop per child idea, movement and foundation and the sugar operating system. Suddenly a bounce of security guards who saw the machine approached and start asking questions. The guards were pretty excited and they kept saying how cool and beautiful is the hole idea of OLPC and that I have to go on and inform more and more people about this movement. I also informed them how to get one, donating another and they seemed willing to do it.

Thank you Pierros for giving me the OLPC. 🙂

Fosdem 2010 day 01 and FAD

We just came back from the annual “night beer fest” with Fedora company. It was really a great time with a lot of cool guys, loughs and some internal (Greek) flames. Today was the first day at Fosdem and I had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and generally FOSS hackers around the globe. For one more year the organization team of Fosdem did a really great job. Congratulation guys, we love you all. 🙂

I also had the opportunity to be at Fedora’s (really awesome) booth and talk to people about fedora. Here the audience was about different because they already knew what is fedora so they asked more detailed question about how do things work under the hood.

Fosdem's main room

In a few sentences I can describe fosdem as the biggest FOSS conference now days which brings hackers and generally foss contributors around the world in one place at the same time. These days are really important because great minds get together, great thoughts are born and big things are happens. About today all the presentations were really awesome. In every room there was a interesting talk about almost everything. From the hardware, to the software and from the software to the the human site of FOSS in general. Unfortunately I could not attend to as much presentations i wanted to but i make it to follow Spacewalk talk which was simply awesome. Although I am really happy listening to Max talking about Fedora Governance and how things work inside fedora in a way that the community makes the most of the decision trough a democratic way. This is a really cool part of the fedora project.

Yesterday there was a FAD where all fedora contributor who were in town got together for a meal. Our goal was to discuss and solve some issues that have been came up recently at EMEA region. Some interesting talks where made and some event better suggestions. The sure thing is that we will all do our best to solve the issues, make some extra ideas and proposals and grow up the fodora as a community as an operating system too. More brainstorming is coming soon.

It’s time to catch some sleep because tomorrow is the last day at Fosdem and I want to enjoy every second of it.

Fedora Athens Release Party

Το Σάββατο 12/12 και ώρα 7 μμ μαζευόμαστε στο cafe Egalite στα Πευκάκια για να γιορτάσουμε το νέο Fedora 12!

Τρείς βδομάδες μετά την κυκλοφορία του και γεμάτοι όρεξη και πρώτες εμπειρίες θα συναντηθούμε για να ανταλλάξουμε απόψεις, να δούμε κάποια νέα χαρακτηριστικά και να γνωριστούμε καλύτερα μεταξύ μας :)

Σας περιμένουμε μαζί με τα laptop/netbook σας για να το δοκιμάσετε και εσείς! (ή απλά για να κολλήσετε τα καινούργια αυτοκολλητάκια του Fedora ;) )

Πληροφορίες για το πως θα έρθετε εδώ.

Και εδώ θα βρείτε τα οργανωτικά του event (ποιός θα φέρει τι κλπ).

Fedora at Infosystem 2010 – Το Fedora στην Infosystem 2010

Another technological event is being held from this Thursday till Sunday at Thessaloniki city in Greece and Greek Fedora community couln’d be anywhere else.

We invite you at stand 14A at Infosystem’s building 6 to meet you, to celebrate Fedora’s 12 official release, to inform people about Fedora, and to have a lot fun!

Don’t miss our beautiful booth which is fully armed with CDs, DVDs, stickers, flyers, Fedora Live USB Creation station, laptops for showing and many more.

I want to thank Hellug for accepting us in their booth and the company EEL/LAK who payed for it.

Announcement in Greek – Ανακοίνωση στα Ελληνικά

Ένα ακόμη τεχνολογικό event διοργανώνεται από αυτή την Πέμπτη μέχρι και την Κυριακή στη Θεσσαλονίκη από το οποίο φυσικά δεν θα μπορούσε να λείπει η Ελληνική κοινότητα του Fedora.

Σας καλούμε λοιπόν όλους να έρθετε στο stand 14A (περίπτερο 6) της Infosystem 2010 να γνωριστούμε, να ανταλλάξουμε απόψεις, να γιορτάσουμε την κυκλοφορία του Fedora 12 (Constantine), να ενημερώσουμε τον κόσμο και να ενημερωθούμε αλλά πάνω από όλα να περάσουμε καλά!

Στο χώρο θα στηθεί πάγκος fedora τις ημέρες Σάββατο και Κυριακή με όλα τα καλούδια (!) CDs, DVDs, stickers, flyers, Fedora Live USB creation station, laptops και άλλα πολλά.

Θέλω να ευχαριστήσω τον σύλλογο HELLUG που δέχτηκε την συστέγαση και την εταιρεία ΕΕΛ/ΛΑΚ που πλήρωσε το stand.

Ωράριο λειτουργίας της έκθεσης:
Καθημερινά 12.00 – 21.00
Σαββατοκύριακο 11.00 – 21.00

Making a Fedora 11 Installation USB Stick

Recently I bought a brand new laptop with no optical drive onboard. The obvious way to install Fedora 11 was throught a Fedora 11 Live USB Stick which i had to create. Althought I wanted a fully customized clean install and the only way to do that is thgough a Fedora 11 Installation DVD. So, I had to create a Fedora 11 Installation USB Stick.

After a google search I came up with the following link of “how to  install Fedora 11 DVD from a 4GB USB stick”. I am pasting the steps with some small corrections.

What you will need: a USB stick with 4GB minimum capacity, a Fedora 11 DVD image file and livecd-tools.

# yum install -y livecd-tools

# mkdir /media/iso
# livecd-iso-to-disk –reset-mbr <path to>/Fedora-11-i386-DVD.iso  /dev/sdb1

# mkdir /media/<usb disk>/images
# mount -o loop <path to>/Fedora-11-i386-DVD.iso /media/iso
# cp /media/iso/images/install.img  /media/<usb disk>/images/
# cp <path to>/Fedora-11-i386-DVD.iso /media/<usb disk>/

*where sdb1 is your usb stick device

Now, when you boot your usb stick you have to choose that the installation image is on a hard drive and after that select your usb stick. Probably is under the name /dev/sdb1 or the last in the list of the devices. Now you are ready for a clean and customized Fedora 11 installation like you are booting from a Fedora 11 Installation DVD.

Enjoy 🙂