Mozilla Greece

Εδώ και μερικές μέρες και έπειτα από ένα πρόβλημα που εντοπίσαμε στη υποδομή, βρισκόμαστε στο στάδιο της επίλυσης και ανασχεδιασμού της κεντρικής ιστοσελίδας μας.

Για αυτόν ακρίβως το λόγο μέσα από αυτό το blogpost θέλω να αναφέρω όλους τους τρόπους επικοινωνίας και συμμετοχής στην ομάδα μας.

Μπορείτε να επικοινωνήσετε μαζί μας κάνoντας εγγραφή στην κεντρική mailing list μέσο της οποίας οργανωνόμαστε, να μας στείλετε ένα tweet ή και να μας μιλήσετε στο Facebook. Για εσάς που ενδιαφέρεστε περισσότερο για το Firefox OS, υπάρχει μία ξεχωριστή σελίδα στο Facebook για τη διάδοση αυτού.

Τέλος μπορείτε να δείτε όλα τα επερχόμενα event τα οποία oργανώνει ή συμμετέχει η ελληνική κοινότητα στην εξής σελίδα.

Αν θέλετε να βοηθήσετε ή να συμμετέχετε ενεργά δεν έχετε πάρα να μας στείλετε ένα email ή να συμπληρώσετε την αντίστοιχη φόρμα ενδιαφέροντος στην κεντρική σελίδα του Mozilla.

Και μην ξεχνάτε,

Blaze your own path.

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FOSDEM 2013 – review

The first weekend of February of every year is always dedicated to FOSS Developers Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels.

FOSDEM is always a great opportunity to meet all my old Fedora and Mozilla friends from around the world. Unfortunately I didn’t get in time in Brussels in order to attend Fedora community’s dinner but I met them afterwords in the Delirium Cafe enjoying a large variety of beers. Right Christoph 😉

Saturday morning wake up is always tricky but along we Nikos we managed to get in time in order to prepare the Fedora booth along with Jiri where there was a surprising waiting for us as you can see in the picture above. Generally the most of my time I spend it in attending sessions but I did some contribution in Mozilla’s and Fedora’s booths too. This year’s Mozilla and Fedora booths where better than any other year with a lot of new and passionate people spreading the word of their favourite open source project and seeking more and more contributors.

It was another great year with a lot of enlightening presentations, a lot of awesome and brainstorming conversations with hackers from all over the world and of course a lot of hacking. The discussions you have outside dev rooms with amazing hackers, the brainstorming and all this energy can’t be compared with anything in the world. I want to give an extra credit to flash Fredy and Panos for having a live demo session in Mozilla’s booth, presenting Firefox OS devices the whole weekend! You were amazing guys, thank you! Finally I want to thank all the Reps who spend some time in booth talking with people, answering questions and solving problems.

As I blog posted before, more than 40 Greek hackers took over Brussels and FOSDEM where some of them run 8 sessions regarding open source software, open source hardware, their awesome projects or the project where they contribute in.

But this year was special for me too because it was my first time attending FOSDEM as a speaker. At Sunday noon I had a session in Mozilla’s dev room regarding debugging Firefox OS and open web apps as well as Gaia apps too. Thank you Clarista and Benoit for the excellent organization of the Mozilla presence. In general I think my presentation was a success despite the stress I had on stage. You can find my presentation online and you can always mail me for anything regarding debugging Firefox OS and Gaia.

World, watch out! Firefox OS is coming and it’s going to be astonishing!

FOSDEM 2013 is over and I cant wait a year for the next one! I am really glad for having a lot and great time with my old and new friends.

You can check FOSDEM’s 2013 photo album here.

 

Three weeks, three awesome events, one goal

 

I am really excited about this blog post! The upcoming weeks are going to be extremely awesome, regarding the two FOSS projects I am mostly involved in Fedora and Mozilla.

 Athens Firefox OS App Days

By time order, this Saturday is the Athens Firefox OS App Day which is sold out from the previous week. This event is going to be a hackathon on the new Firefox OS operating system for mobile devices. In 11 hours, 350 web and mobile developers are going to learn everything about Firefox OS, from theory to “build my own app”. We are going to provide them all the nessessary tools for building their own app in a few hours such as pizza and beer!

A month ago was the Firefox OS hackathon, a pilot event of Firefox OS App Days in Athens hackerspace which prepared us for a success upcoming series of Firefox OS App Days events.

For live updates follow MozillaGreece twitter account or you can watch the live video stream.

 

 FOSDEM 2013

Next weekend (2-3/02) is FOSDEM, the biggest event for FOSS Developers around the globe. It’s going to have a lot of beers, parties, more than 160 presentations and around 5000 hackers around the world.

Except this boring stuff this year is going to be a great year for the Greek FOSS community which is going to have 8 sessions in FOSDEM.

Here is the list with all these awesome presentations – well done guys!

Saturday

11:00 – 12:00 The neat guide to Fedora RPM Packaging Nikos Roussos

11:30 – 12:00 FirefoxOS: Port it… Build it… Flash it…Alfredos-Panagiotis Damkalis

18:00 – 19:00 Using codebender as an IDE for Arduino and other embedded devices Vasilis (tzikis) Georgitzikis

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 Making a Hackerspace SmartDimitrios Amaxilatis

14:00 – 14:30 Introducing the Synnefo open source IaaS cloud platform Vangelis Koukis

14:00 – 14:30 Firefox OS and Web Applications – Debugging made easyChristos Bacharakis

16:30 – 17:00 WebFWD: Moving the web forwardVasilis (tzikis) Georgitzikis

18:40 – 19:00 Open DiscussionChristos Siopis

So, on Sunday noon I am having a session on Mozilla’s Dev Room presenting all the necessary developer tools and techniques on developing web apps for Firefox OS. The rest of the weekend, if I am not attending a session, you will find me on Fedora’s or Mozilla’s booth.

See you there!

 

Fedora Greece Activity Day – Fedora 18 release party

As you already know Fedora 18 is out and there is no better way to celebrate than a release party. So, in the mid of February we organizing a Greek Fedora 18 release party shared in two cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.

It’s going to happen on Saturday and except the party, we willing to have a lot of hackfests explain how easy is for you to hack Fedora and contribute in upstream projects. We are going to have workshop for starters, introduction to Fedora, translation sprint and for more advanced users, RPM packaging workshop, build your own remix etc.

Our goal is to present Fedora to new users, seek contributors and hack our favourite operating system

More details are going to be published soon!

 

 

 

Open Source and Research – talk, review

Two weeks ago – 27/11/2012 – , along with two great FOSS contributors shared a session in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece regarding “Open Source and Research“.

The event was organized by the society of the post graduate department of physics and math of the Aristotle University.

Kostas Koudaras –  OpenSUSE contributor – explained the differences between free source and open source and elaborated on the movement/culture of Free Source software. In addition he explained the philosophy of contributing upstream and generally what do you achieve by contributing in FOSS projects.

Salih Elim – Open Source strategist at ErgoQ –  presented where free/open source applies in day life such as routers, cars, software etc. Later on the audience got amazed by a slide he shared with companies who use and support open source such as redhat, mozilla, google, toyota, ibm, nasa etc. In the end Salih, presented some open source projects which were a products of academic research and explained why should the community of an academic research project has to use, adopt and produce open source software/hardware.

In the last part of the session I – Fedora Project contributor, Mozilla –  presented the benefits of working/creating inside a community especially if that is an open source one. I tried to motivate people to join active FOSS communities or great their own, finding people with common interested. I shared a list with the most active Greek communities such as the Fedora’s Project, Mozilla’s,OpenSUSE’s and explained them why these communities rock, what do we achieve by contributing in these projects and invited them to join us!  I am pretty sure that people understood that through open source communities they can build the future of the open software/hardware as other foundation and foss companies (Red Hat, Mozilla) did in the past.

It was a successful event considering the fact that we had around 75 people, an 30′ session with discussing and answering to questions after the event and a lot of feedback.

I want to thank Thanos Pavloudis from the society of the post graduate department of physics and math (from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), who organized this event, made it happen and want to organize more events regarding Open Source.

Some more photos from the event can be found in my picasa web album.

Till the next time, keep hacking the world 😉

 

 

 

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.

 

 

FossComm 2011, εσείς που θα είστε;;;

Η άνοιξη μπήκε και όπως κάθε χρόνο έτσι και φέτος ετοιμαζόμαστε για μια ακόμη εκδρομή που θα αφήσει εποχή!

Φετινή μας στάση η Πάτρα όπου εκεί θα διοργανωθεί το συνέδριο κοινοτήτων ελεύθερου λογισμικού/λογισμικού ανοιχτού κώδικα το Σαββατοκύριακο 7-8 Μαίου!

Αρπάξτε το λάπτοπ σας, το geeky t-shirt σας, τις κονκάρδες σας καθώς και την καλύτερη σας διάθεση και ελάτε να περάσετε ένα αξέχαστο σαββατοκύριακο γεμάτο ανοιχτό κώδικα, ανοιχτές ιδέες και την ελευθερία να κάνετε ότι θέλετε από το λάπτοπ/λειτουργικό μέχρι και το look σας!

Για εσάς λοιπόν που θα έρθετε μην ξεχάσετε να προ-εγγραφείτε στο συνέδριο προκειμένου η οργανωτική επιτροπή να μπορέσει να πραγματοποιήσει την καλύτερη δυνατή διοργάνωση.

Για τα ανήσυχα πάλι πνεύματα που ενδιαφέρονται να πραγματοποιήσουν κάποια παρουσίαση/workshop στο πιο μαμάτο συνέδριο στην Ελλάδα μην ξεχάσετε να συμπληρώσετε την αντίστοιχη φόρμα ενδιαφέροντος.

Stay tuned to http://patras.fosscomm.gr για περισσότερα νέα!

Εσείς που θα είστε;;

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. 🙂