I have good news and maybe bad news.
Its Still fresh.
First as long awaited here in Strasbourg, France there will be an
"open source" day http://strasbourg.linuxfr.org/jl4/index on the 23-25
June 2006. This event will be intended as I mentioned in
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents to promote open source
softwares and linux.
If somebody is motivated to make a conference about fedora, do inform
me. Hence you will become the guest of our lug. We ( the lug members )
are looking forward to invite lecturers and to pay their journey and
hotel too. This needs to be confirmed. The money required to host the
lecturers will be from either paid entrance or companies paying for
to rent a booth for fedora, we have to pay. Price will be communicated
later. There are also talks about free booth for associations. But
nothing yet confirmed.
Its possible to sell Fedora t-shirts or other goodies for fund
raising. But in this case, we must rent a booth for Fedora.
Now comes the "maybe" bad news:
this scheduled date for the event interfere badly with two of MY
private life things:
1. I have already booked two tickets (my gf and I) to Mauritius.
2. my contract with the hostel ends in the beginning of June and
somebody will be occupying my actual room.
so meanwhile send your comments, queries or any other proposals :)
As I said yesterday, I gave a 15 min speed talk at My Lug (The Bangalore
LUG) on the new Fedora Core 5.
The wiki page upload is cursed, and everytime I try to upload my slides,
my router gets disconnected, or my power goes, so I will upload them
For now, you can get some photos.
All photos of the whole meet here:
A Photo of Me, with my talk is here:
In particular, during my talk, I stressed on how Fedora Core 5 has
dramatically improved for the Laptop.
The photo of the demo I gave is here:
And apart from this, the slides will be up soon.
The talk itself was aimed to help train *speakers* in my lug. Sort of
Like American Idol style.
At the end, I was told that I gave my talk a bit too fast, so that is
something I need to work on.
PS: These Guys are the Local Gentoo Fanatics, watch out for them ;)
as you all have read, we've canceled our participation at Linuxtag 2006
in Germany, Wiesbaden due to the fact, that this is to expensive for all
and we haven't a budget for that by now!
But there is no doubt, that we need to organize a FUDCon later on in the
year; after the football world championship as a trinational event
between FRANCE, GERMANY and SWITZERLAND.
But for now I need to get the following information from you all:
How many auditorium do we need?
How many addional rooms?
How many tables and booths?
How many people will attend approximate?
Please feel free and give me all information you have that we can arange
a great FUDCon in EMEA ...
Thanks in advance and happy new FC5 :-)
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My tentant's daughter will have a dance programme in her college. So, I did
some small mixing (songs) for her using audacity in fedora and I asked her to
talk about fedora (for at least 30 seconds) after her performance. :)
She also asked me to talk with their principal about any future program in
>You want to build a new marketing specific website something like
>http://www.spreadfirefox.com/. can we talk more about in the marketing
>list before getting involved in the cost discussion?
I want to build something in Swedish, maybe like the one you mentioned. I have some ideas for how things should be. I will sign up to the marketing list as soon as possible..
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I should invite people and encourage them to use Fedora, however,
there are forbidden items I should avoid to talk about:
You really should not be directing people to copyright infringing code
with your Fedora Ambassador hat on. This means, that with the
exception of what we provide in Fedora Core, or Fedora Extras, you are
not to be telling people to go and get other 3rd party applications
(that can read their PDFs better, or play their illegal MP3 music).
Pointing them to a resource like Google, or the FedoraFAQ might be a
good idea, but don't send them to a third-party repository.
If I respect this rule, I will lose users. Most of my friends and
people I meet don't (or did not) know anything about Fedora, and if I
tell them "google for this", this won't help me a lot. I explain:
In Tunisia, piracy is not a tabu thing: there're no "digital" laws,
and even if there are, they are not seriously respected. Thus, anyone
can get CD's of Windows, Office, Adobe and Macromedia softwares,
development environment (Visual Studio and so), etc. All this stuff
for less than $10! This is not really clandestine, since you may find
in Tunis hundreds of shops where it's written "gravure logiciels pour
What I wanted to say, is that "restrictions" and fairness won't
convert curious and hesitating people; besides, if they have to use
Linux, they automatically choose Mandriva and SuSe: they like their
Here are some frequent answers when I talk about restrictions in Fedora:
"Why do I have to care about USA? Do I seem to live there? They even
refused to me a student visa"
"With Linux, I can't play my favorite games, do you want me to forget
my favorite music too?"
"If you offer me an OGG player, then I will convert all my MP3's to OGG"
"It's the first time that I legally get a DVD, and I'm not allowed to
watch it?""I paid $500 for this camera, I want at least to watch
scenes I made"
There are more serious ones:
"I use J2E for living; if I migrate from Windows, then I have to find
Sun's Java on the other OS"
I can't say that I haven't broken this condition; yes, I did,
otherwise, people would not accept to install Fedora: I have a CD
containing only a tarball archive and a bash script, if you execute
the script, it will install everything missing in /usr/local , and I
admit it's one of the points that made me succeed to promote and
spread Fedora around friends and people asking for help. I'm not doing
a mea culpa, but I think that I have to inform Fedora ambassadors
about my infraction, if you may call it so. Nothing is illegal anyway:
There's no law here that prohibits using MP3; besides, according to
the licenses, I'm allowed to copy and distribute the non open source
softwares "as is".
What do you think, dear ambassadors, and what ideas do you suggest?
Attracting people, event if they are not that serious, or sermonizing,
which makes them escape?
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You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to
-- Albert Einstein
Sorry but i can't follow the ambassador meeting in those two week
because i'm in Rome and then in Innsbruck and Munich for work.
I can follow the newsletter thanks to business laptop (but i don't
have propretary access to install irc :( ).
So thanks for your patience.
I have had some serios problems with FC5 and havent been able to reply
to anything on the list. Here are some updates on my last post on the
list and some thoughts/requests.
--- My Status as an ambassador ---
Sorry Alex for not replying to you message on my ambassador status. My
computer crashed and i lost that list. Anyhow, i have decided to stay
and to do what i can. I have signed up for the project that Clair
mentioned to me about.
Mainly now i am focusing on how i can do my work as an ambassador.
Mainly i would need a professional website to get where i need to be.
Other than that i will continue with what i have been doing. I will not
attend that many meetings. Mostly because of lack of time, but also
because they dont really help or give me anything useful.
--- Distributing dvd's ---
Attended last meeting and followed the discussion on dvd's being
distributed. I really dont care how or where these are distributed. What
i do care about are that if these dvd's are handed out or mailed
somewhere, these cds have to look professional. We really need to have
an image that will be printed on every dvd distributed that makes it
look manufactured (take a look at the ubuntu project)
A homeburned dvd with some simple print on it is really bad. That doesnt
look good at all. And can basically hurt Fedora Core. I have seen and
heard people talk about these things and a simple print is just as bad
as if you write Fedora Core on the dvd with a marker.
--- Help with marketing/support ---
I really need some help with builing an base for fedora. A website with
a proper domain. And considering that the government is taking most of
my income i cant pay this myself.
Is there any possibility to get help with domainregistration and
I can talk to companies about the price so it wont be expensive.
This would make a huge difference from how things are today. I dont have
the proper channels to promote fedora. No way to do this in a
Thats all for now!
Mikael Jacobsson (mosp)
Fedora Core Sweden
I'm going to be unavailable until the 10th, as I'm going on holiday.
I WILL have limited access to gmail, so if you have the sudden urge to
flame me, or to generally get my attention, please send a mail to
tejasdinkar AT gmail DOT com, or CC me if you are sending to the list.
Thanks a Load