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!

 

 

 

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 🙂

Greek Code Camp 2009 – Gentlemen, start your engines

The time is 1:45 pm and the Greek Code Camp 2009 is up and running for the past few hours.

The weather is quite hot but windy, the sea is angry but the view is quite relaxing. So we have the best efforts! It’s time for some quality hacking 🙂

Earlier conversation:

Houtouridis Christos: “My cousin is pregnant! I am so happy!! I’ve just got a phone call”

Manolis Kagias: “Don’t be so enthusiast, your nephew is still embedded”

Greek Coding Camp – Counting days

The Greek Coding Camp 09 is counting days and the signed up projects are up to 9. All of them are and will be very useful for the Greek foss users. We have projects for translators, FreeBSD users, Linux Users, programmers and generally all free & open source hackers.

If you are a Greek hacker and you still thinking about attending to the camp don’t give a second thought! Just sign up and join us. Cold beers and hot girls are waiting for you.

Greek Coding Camp (GCC09) – Chania 2009

Heads up guys! It will be a codeful with a lot of beers and hacking summer.

We will get all together in a camp at Chania in Greece. We will hack, translate, design but first we will have fun. All Greek Foss community will be at Chania in Crete island in 4-7 of July. Will you attend?

The program is not defined yet with 8 projects are signed up to work with. You can find more details in Greek at the Greek Coding Camp’s wikidot page or you can sign up at the mailing list. You can also follow us at twitter.