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North America and Fedora: Year in Review

The past year has proven to be both challenging and demanding for our Ambassadors. During the past year there have been a lot of new ideas proposed and more events that are being sought out attempting to expand our base. Many of the ventures have been with hack-a-thons in several states. This has been a relatively new venture in those areas. Since our involvement in these types of events, we quickly discovered that Fedora and the associated spins were a new tool for most of these individuals attending and participating. That was a surprising fact within the community that the young and impressionable individuals seemed to be using Windows more than any other operating system available. Since those few we (Fedora) attended, there has been an increase in the open source software utilization across the board at these types of events, a total and undeniable success.

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Earn Fedora Badges designing Badges!

Fedora Badges is a perfect place to start if you want to help out the Fedora Design Team. “I’m not a designer!” “I can’t draw!” “I’ve never opened Inkscape” – you might say. And that is totally fine! Everybody can help out, and none of those reasons will stop you from designing your first badge (and getting badges for designing badges)!

Finding a Badges ticket

There are quite a few badges tickets! One might have difficulty looking for one that’s open, one that’s possible to implement, or one with a concept. So we decided to put together a list of relatively easy badges designs that are up for grabs. This post will go out about once a month and provide you with such list of badge tickets carefully selected by us!

First of all let’s look at the process of creating a badge. If you can, attend a badges workshop. If none are available, no problem! Here’s a step-by-step guide with tips. You can also ask questions on IRC (#fedora-design) or at our bi-weekly meeting every other Wednesday at 7-8 AM EST on #fedora-meeting-1 on freenode.

Once you have all the resources, read through the guide, and are ready to create, pick one of these and set yourself to owner:

  • #432: “I’ve been there“, for visiting a Fedora booth at any event
  • #333: “Oh, wait!“, for canceling a Koji build
  • #150: “Testing Day participant“, for contributing to a Fedora QA test day

Ambassadors LATAM: Year in Review

Throughout 2016, the Fedora community in Latin America was active promoting Fedora in local events and showing the Fedora Project objectives  and foundations to possible new contributors and helping them  find their way into different subprojects, as part of the global Fedora community. We had a presence in all relevant events  in Latin America with talks, workshops and stands promoting ours four foundations to the world.

LATAM Highlights

  • FUDCon Puno 2016
    • FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in APAC and LATAM, since EMEA and NA work together to organize Flock.  FUDCon Puno was a combination of sessions, talks, workshops, and hackfests where contributors worked on specific initiatives. Topics included infrastructure, feature development, community building, general management and governance, marketing,  QA and packaging.
  • Latinoware 2016
    • Held since 2004, Latinoware is one of the biggest events in the world of free software. The event is held in Foz do Iguaçu, a Brazilian city in a region called the Triple Border, near Argentina and Paraguay.  An estimated 4000 people, including students, professionals and specialists, attended the event.
  • FISL16
    • FISL is the largest FOSS event in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. Many Fedora contributors start their way in the Fedora Project from FISL.
  • Flisol
    • Flisol is the most representative event of the Latin American community of free software and every year Fedora has a prominent presence in this event.
FLISoL 2016 Attendee badge

FLISoL 2016 Attendee badge

Goals for 2017

  • We are actively looking for new talent to join the Fedora community. We have LATAM representatives as Ambassadors, packagers, in CommOps, internationalization, design and others. The participation in development is still minimal and this is something we want to improve in 2017.
  • The LATAM community is characterized as an example of friendship among its members, following one of the fundamental values of the Fedora Project. We hope to continue with this characteristic camaraderie in 2017.
  • Since the biggest event of the year for the Fedora Project is Flock, we consider it necessary that there be more representation of LATAM in this event. Then, attendees share the experiences locally and keep pace with the development of Fedora.

Conclusion

Although we are a couple of dozen active collaborators throughout Latin America, we are passionate about free software and we believe in the values of the Fedora Project. We have presence in various areas of the project and we hope to continue promoting Fedora in 2017 by getting more users and collaborators for the project in our region.

Fedora speakers at FOSDEM 2017

Excited for FOSDEM 2017? FOSDEM, or the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting, is held every year in late January or early February. This year, FOSDEM is taking place on February 4th and 5th. At this year’s conference, an estimated 8,000 or more attendees are expected. As one of the largest open source conferences in Europe, there are many Fedora Project developers and representatives attending the event. In addition to our community stand, you will find 24 speakers from the community giving talks over the weekend. This post gives a quick way for you to find out who is speaking and where to find them in FOSDEM!

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FOSS Wave: FOSS Camp SJCE in Mysore

A couple of weekends ago, Kanika Murarka and I (Sumantro Mukherjee) went down to the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) in Mysore, India to give a talk on GitHub and web virtual reality (VR) on their annual open source fest, FOSS Camp.

FOSS Wave visits FOSS Camp: Welcome to FOSS Camp!

Welcome to FOSS Camp!

FOSS Wave visits FOSS Camp: Walking towards the venue

Walking towards the venue

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Fedora 25 Taipei Release Party report

Date and Location

fedora 25 release party at Taipei, Taiwan.

Fedora 25 release party at Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Dec 18, 2016
  • 12:00 – 16:00 (Taipei time, GMT+8)
  • Taipei City
  • A+A Space 1

Taipei Report

Fedora 25 was released on Nov 15, 2016. It contained many of the latest stable versions of development results from free and open source community at the time.

Fedora Ambassadors, Cheng-Chia Tseng (Zerng07) and Freedomknight, organized this release party and held it at A+A Space in Taipei.

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Fedora Cloud Base Image has a new home!

When the Fedora Board (the precursor to the current Fedora Council) set up the three-edition strategy for Fedora, we chose three broad areas, and asked interested people in our contributor community to develop focused editions aimed at a target in each area. These were server, desktop, and emerging computing — resulting in Fedora Server, Fedora Workstation, and Fedora Cloud Base Image.

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Elections Retrospective, January 2017

The results are in! The Fedora Elections for the Fedora 25 release cycle of FESCo, FAmSCo and the Council concluded on Tuesday, January 17th. The results are posted on the Fedora Voting Application and announced on the mailing lists. You can also find the full list of winning candidates below. I would also like to share some interesting statistics in this January 2017 Elections Retrospective.

January 2017 Elections Retrospective Report

In this election cycle, the voter turnout is above its average level. It is great news as it shows increased interest of the Fedora people in community affairs.

This election cycle was hit by some planning issues as we were running the Elections over Christmas 2016 period. At the beginning I was worrying about the turnout due to the Christmas, but fortunately this was odd and we are more than good from this point of view.

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Flock 2017 bids are now being accepted (due 28 Feb 2017)

It is time to start the bid process for this year’s Flock.  This year we are back in North America for Flock 2017. If you’d like to help host the event in your city, it’s time to start putting together a bid.  To find out what you need to do, read the wiki page. Bids are due by February 28, 2017, so do not wait to start.  It takes more time than you may realize to compile all the required information for a good bid.

Tips and advice for Flock 2017 planning

Keep in mind that committing to help plan a conference is a lot of work and shouldn’t be approached lightly. It’s a big time commitment, and as the local contact, you’re critical to the success of the event. Flock has been held successfully on college campuses and in hotels.  We need to make sure that the space will work for both the conference and be affordable.  Details are on the wiki page.

Not sure where to begin? You can view some of the previous winning bids for past years as a reference point for building your own bid. Check out some of these for examples:

Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions or need help getting your bid together.  If you’re not already subscribed to the flock-planning email list, you should also do so.

2017 January Elections: Interviews

Fedora Elections - All interviews published

Fedora Elections are here and it’s time to vote! All candidate interviews are published.

The 2017 January cycle of Elections is in full swing. Voting officially began on Tuesday, January 10th, and ends Monday, January 16th at 11:59 UTC. Voting takes place on the Voting application website. As part of the Elections coverage on the Community Blog, most of the candidates running for seats published their interviews and established their platforms here. Are you getting ready to vote and looking for this information? You can find the full list of candidates and links to their interviews below.

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