Session on “How can Open Source apply in research”

Το κείμενο ακολουθεί και στα Ελληνικά.

Next Tuesday along with other two great FOSS contributors we are having a session regarding “Open Source and research” in the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki.

The audience is going to be pre and post graduate students from different schools of the University.

In general we want to prove that open source philosophy/software  is a more efficient and can help in all kind of problems. From the personal side of life till the academic one. We want to present a lot of FOSS projects which are used in academic research, well known project which were a result of academic research and generally the idea that Free/Open Source software is the future (pre/post/ graduate – research).

Finally we want to provide them FOSS product solutions and generally empower them to use Free/Open Source software in their personal and academic life. As a Fedora Project contributor and a Mozilla Rep I am going to present them Fedora and Mozilla products which will cover all their basic needs in personal and professional life.

More details are going to be published after the session.

See you there!

In Greek

Την επόμενη Τρίτη το απόγευμα στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης μαζί με δύο εξαιρετικούς συνομιλητές θα μιλήσουμε για το ελύθερο/ανοιχτό λογισμικό στην έρευνα.

Το κοινό θα αποτελείται από προπτυχιακούς και μεταπτυχιακούς φοιτητές από διάφορες σχολές του Πανεπιστημίου. Στόχος μας είναι να εισάγουμε το κοινό στη φιλοσοφία του ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ, τις χρήσεις που έχει στην καθημερινή μας ζωή και πως θα μπορούσε να χρησιμοποιηθεί στην Πανεπιστημιακή έρευνα. Μέσα από παραδείγματα χρήσης ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ στην έρευνα θα προσπαθήσουμε να αποδείξουμε ότι τόσο η αποδοχή και εφαρμογή της φιλοσοφίας του, όσο και η χρήση διάφορων project είναι ένα αναγκαίο, αναπόφευκτο αλλά εξαιρετικά χρήσιμο γεγονός.

Τέλος θα προσπαθήσουμε να παρακινήσουμε ακόμα περισσότερο τους φοιτητές να χρησιμοποιούν προϊόντα ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ τόσο στην καθημερινή τους ζωή, όσο και στην ακαδημαϊκή τους. Σαν μέλος και άνθρωπος που συνεισφέρει στο Fedora Project και Mozilla, θα παρουσιάσω τόσο τη δομή και λειτουργία των κοινοτήτων τους, όσο και τα προϊόντα ΕΛ/ΛΑΚ που μπορούν να χρησιμοποιήσουν στην καθημερινή και ακαδημαϊκή τους ζωή.

 

Σας περιμένουμε λοιπόν σε αυτό το ταξίδι της έρευνας την Τετάρτη στις 18:30 στην αίθουσα Α31 του κτηρίου της Φυσικομαθηματικής σχολής του ΑΠΘ.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Fedora 13 Thessaloniki Release Party – Review

This is a really late blog post.

I have wrote this blogpost 1 month before but I kept it in draft to make some future corrections and I totally forgot it!

Saturday the 12 of June was the celebration day here in Greece. A celebration day for the brand new Fedora 13.

In Athens and Thessaloniki a party was set up with many attendances, a lot of discussion, music, beer, cake and a lot of Fedora 13 installations. Pierros on his post has already gave you an idea about the feel of the event in Athens.

In Thessaloniki the atmosphere was pretty much the same. We were ~15 people, talking about Fedora 13’s new features, the Greek community (past and future), eating our tasteful cake and generally having a great time. Unfortunately we didn’t had new Fedora lovers outside our community but we had our youngest and greatest contributors. 🙂

The difference in Greek’s release party than other parties/events was that the 2 parties (Athens, Thessaloniki)  were talking place the extract same time. That’s why there was a video call between them creating an atmosphere of one big release event. During the parties we were posting the spirit of the events on twitter through tweets and pictures.

The video call and generally the idea of live broadcasting (through twitter) was successful so we are thinking apply them in future events.

We would like to invest more on the idea of the video call and general broadcasting an event through different ways such as twitter, video broadcast and many more. We will get back soon with a lot of details and ideas.

Till then, happy hacking! 🙂

For those who haven’t download Fedora 13 yet, get it right now from Fedora’s download page.

Fedora 13 Thessaloniki Release Party – Review

This is a really late blog post.

I have wrote this blogpost 1 month before but I kept it in draft to make some future corrections and I totally forgot it!

Saturday the 12 of June was the celebration day here in Greece. A celebration day for the brand new Fedora 13.

In Athens and Thessaloniki a party was set up with many attendances, a lot of discussion, music, beer, cake and a lot of Fedora 13 installations. Pierros on his post has already gave you an idea about the feel of the event in Athens.

In Thessaloniki the atmosphere was pretty much the same. We were ~15 people, talking about Fedora 13’s new features, the Greek community (past and future), eating our tasteful cake and generally having a great time. Unfortunately we didn’t had new Fedora lovers outside our community but we had our youngest and greatest contributors. 🙂

The difference in Greek’s release party than other parties/events was that the 2 parties (Athens, Thessaloniki)  were talking place the extract same time. That’s why there was a video call between them creating an atmosphere of one big release event. During the parties we were posting the spirit of the events on twitter through tweets and pictures.

The video call and generally the idea of live broadcasting (through twitter) was successful so we are thinking apply them in future events.

We would like to invest more on the idea of the video call and general broadcasting an event through different ways such as twitter, video broadcast and many more. We will get back soon with a lot of details and ideas.

Till then, happy hacking! 🙂

For those who haven’t download Fedora 13 yet, get it right now from Fedora’s download page.

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. 🙂