Starting a project – the open source way

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You should start/build your project in a way where anyone can help you build it or evolve your work.

What’s the purpose of building something on your own when you can build it faster and in a more efficient way with others?

Nowadays we have all the tools and resources we need in order to start our own project. Stack overflow, github, instructables and hackaday are only a few of the available resources/tools which will help you build the most challenging hardware or software project.

But how we engage more people in our building process in order to achieve great things together?

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Fedora Romania and OSOM

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This February was an amazing month full with awesome events regarding Free and Open Source software.

In the mid of the month I was invited in Bucharest in order to have a session in OSOM conference. OSOM (awesome) is the annual meet up/conference of the Romanian FOSS communities and projects.

This year there were re-presenters and presentations from the following communities: Fedora Project, Mozilla, OpenSUSE, Java User Group, Ubuntu, Drupal and ROSEdu. All presentations were really interesting but I would like to choose Mozilla’s, OpenSUSE’s and ROSEdu’s presentations where they were simply amazing!

In this point I would like to give an extra credit to ROSEdu which is a group of people who promote and support open source in education. Way to go guys, keep up the great work!

During my presentation on Friday I had the chance to present the Fedora project and it’s community. I presented Fedora 18’s new cutting edge features and I put a special effort in our official spins and special interest groups. Romania was a challenge for me because except of my presentation I wanted to seek more active contributors along with the experienced ones like my best friend Nicu. I am really glad that I had the chance to spend to full days with him!

During the dinner after OSOM I was approached by Theodora which is a young developer who wants to be more involved in Fedora’s development process!

On Saturday, thanks to Marcela and Ioana, the two girls that made OSOM happen and with the help of ROSEdu, Fedora had it’s release party in the Facultatea de Automatica si Calculatoare. Along with Nicu, we had the chance to make a more detailed presentation of the Fedora Operating system and the Fedora wiki. We presented Gnome 3, some tips and tricks on that, Fedora Project’s wiki, steps on how to contribute in a variety of roles, how to translate and of course some hacking sessions. During the hacking sessions, we hacked our raspberry pi installing Fedora, we presented some cool GIMP tricks and finally we had our rpm packaging session.

The attendances were 15 and except some Fedora users the variety of them was from other FOSS communities such as Ubuntu and OpenSUSE but In the end of the day they all had a fresh Fedora installation!

Speaking of new Fedora users lets talk about new Fedora contributors too. Ioana Chiorean and Alex Lakatos expressed a lot of interest in contributing to Fedora project. Both of them are leaders in Mozilla Romanian community organizing A LOT of events and mentoring new contributors. Especially Ioana is willing to put a lot of effort in organizing and coordinating the Romanian community. I am really glad that I have the chance to mentor them in Fedora and watch them contribute in the project. Welcome guys and thank you for your effort! I am pretty sure that more updates are going to follow. 😉

Wrapping up my thoughts, OSOM was an excellent event where I had the chance to meet a lot of active and interesting FOSS contributors, see another perspective specially of open source in education, seek 3 new contributors and make a lot of friends!

Thank you Marcela, Ioana, Nicu, ROSEdu and of course Fedora for make it happen!

My photo album from OSOM and the Fedora release party can be found here.