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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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!



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.