I've just returned from a speaking engagement at Northeastern University
here in Boston MA., USA. This was for the ACM students, Association of
Even though it was midterms time, we had a good 30 students show up for
the talk. I started with a quick history of Linux and GNU and a brief
outline of what makes a Linux distribution. I then went on to compare
and contrast some of today's popular Linux distributions, going over
package management, init systems, governance models,
commercial/community aspects, etc... I then went further in detail as
to what makes up Fedora, and why I feel that Fedora is a very strong
project to contribute to.
After that I did about 30 minutes of question and answer. Many good
questions were asked, such as what is RH/Fedora's relationship with
CentOS, how do we compete with Ubuntu, what return on RH's investment
in Fedora is there, how does the Fedora work make it's way into RHEL,
what is RHEL's release model, and a few other things.
All in all I think it was a very good engagement. The students were
very knowledgeable and interested. Many expressed interest in getting
more information, and potentially interning or otherwise contributing
to Fedora. Every student picked up a Live CD of Fedora 8 as well.
I hope to do more things with Northeastern in the future. They have a
very cool program and some very neat students. Linux is slowly making
it's way into their infrastructure, mostly led by student efforts.
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?
Hi Everybody and also Hi Max,
thanks for bringing up this issue on my behalf to everyone! Ladies,
Gentleman, please read carefully what Max told you between the lines ...
THIS is also the CALL FOR PARTICIPATION at Linuxtag 2008 in the Capital of
More Information about Linuxtag (himself) at http://www.linuxtag.org about
the Fedora presence:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/LinuxTag/LinuxTag2008/ and only
a few Highlights (not all) ...
- Paul Frields (Fedora Project Leader) [USA]
- Max Spevack (former Fedora PL) [USA]
- Tom 'spot' Callaway [USA]
- Jeroen van Meeuven [Netherlands]
- Ahmad Nayyar [Mosambique]
>From FAMSCO (so far confirmed):
- Andreas Rau (Germany/Switzerland)
- Fabian Affolter (Switzerland)
- Francesco Ugolini (Italy)
we have also confirmed Countries presentations from Greece, France,
Belgium, United Kingdom, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and last
but not least: ALL Ambassadors from Switzland confirmed there
We are planning the following highlights which will be shown:
- TroubleShooting contest with valuable Prices
- FUDCon (1 day Track dedicated with Fedora Speakers, Developers and Users)
- FAD (Fedora Ambassador Day)
- Fedora rocks on .... (Mac, X-Box, OLPC, EeePc a.s.o.)
- ShowRoom of Fedora 9 "Sulphur"
- meet the Developer
- HR Recruiting Corner from Red Hat
and a lot of social networking. Max, and not at least the Fedora
LinuxtagTeam would like to invite to to participate that show with more
than 10.000 visitors in four days and we hope, if YOU ARE FEDORA ...
you will participate and help us to get the fair as an success.
So go ahead, register and stay tuned ...
regards on behalf and in the name of the Team
-------- Weitergeleitete Nachricht --------
> Von: Max Spevack <mspevack(a)redhat.com>
> Antwort an: fedora-ambassadors-list(a)redhat.com
> An: fedora-ambassadors-list(a)redhat.com
> Betreff: [Ambassadors] LinuxTag hotel (readme if you will attend LT)
> Datum: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 21:50:13 -0500 (EST)
> Similar to last year, we are in the process of figuring out how many
> hotel rooms we need to book for LinuxTag.
> IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SIGN UP ON THIS PAGE IF YOU WILL
> ATTEND LINUXTAG AND WANT A HOTEL ROOM.
> Gerold will let people know what the deadline for signing up is --
> Gerold, you can just reply to this email with any details I have missed.
> Also like last year, once the final number of rooms is booked and we can
> estimate the total cost, the Fedora Project will be able to inform
> people of how much we can pay of the hotel bill. Last year, you will
> remember that Fedora paid the entire hotel bill for LinuxTag. This
> year, it will depend on the final cost. There is another conference in
> Berlin the same days, and therefore it is already impossible for us to
> stay in the Pegasus Hotel again.
> Gerold has found a place that is reasonably priced (but more expensive
> than last year), but that is also MUCH closer to LinuxTag than the
> Pegasus was.
> LinuxTag is going to be an excellent event this year. We have a nice
> booth, we will have lots of swag, and a variety of talks.
> Furthermore, we will have a "Fedora Ambassador Day" that will really
> involve several night-time meetings of all the Ambassadors, in which we
> will plan not only for LinuxTag, but also in which I will hopefully be
> able to lead the creation of our plans for building the European Fedora
> Community throughout the entire year.
> Paul Frields, who has just taken over for me as the overall Fedora
> Project Leader, will also be at LinuxTag this year. Starting with my
> trip last year, it will now be tradition that the Fedora Project Leader
> attends LinuxTag, since it is one of the most important shows in Europe.
> I am really looking forward to seeing you all at LinuxTag again
> this year.
> Fedora-ambassadors-list mailing list
Does someone could explain me what is the procedure in order to create
an official Fedora entity -association- for Belgium as my French or
German friends did ?
>From a Fedora point of view, of course.
I would need your feedbacks.
Max if you could reply to my previous mail I would appreciate. THX.
Thanks a lot.
I can't get to anybody at http://openfacts.berlios.de
Theis site is broken because I try to open a new account and I get this error:
You don't have permission to access /index-en.phtml on this server.
I would like to add a new wiki entry - howto compile uvc webcam module
on fedora and I can't!
Is there somebody you can point me to? Are there any German
Ambassadors that know the people running http://openfacts.berlios.de ?
linux, blog, anime, spirituality, windsurf, wireless
registered as user #367004 with the Linux Counter, http://counter.li.org.
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one year is gone since we had our FedoraBooth on
and after a warm up last week on FOSDEM once again we have a booth on CLT08 in
the middle of CentOS and OpenBSD
CLT is the most important FOSS(only) related event besides Linuxtag Berlin in
Germany with around 4000 visitors. As the organizer points out the motto this
year is "Free Knowledge and Free Culture" and the main attraction is the OLPC
presented by a group olpc.at and SkoleLinux.
So i updated my knowledge about OLPC, to ask the right questions and know my
words about the deep hints about the relation of OLPC and the Fedora Project.
Booth build up will start tomorrow at 06:00 pm - and sadly we are only three
Ambassadors RobertScheck and JensKuehnel and i, we have LiveDVD´s, the "I am
Fedora" Shirts with the old Logo, Generic Posters on Truckplane, Posters from
FrancescoCrippa who gave us some Posters on FOSDEM and a big Fedora Flag.
Jens will give a talk - i could not see his talk on FOSDEM so i have another
chance. I covered many events in the past and truly this is the best
organized event in europe! Another hint - they have the best social event i
So if you can come this year - be there - and if not, don´t miss it next year.
RobertScheck and i are save arrived at CLT and build up the booth - like last
year we have a table and a wall. We carefull decorated with the Posters we
have and then we hung a Fedora Flag on a wall above the booth - hope we don´t
get in trouble with that ;-)
We get our Identity Cards and meal tickets - and will enjoy the start tomorrow
morning at 08:00 am.
Many potential contributors are waiting to be hired ;)
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I'm writing to let you all know that the next FUDCon (Fedora Users and
Developers Conference) will be in Boston, MA from June 19-21. It will
be held in the same location, and in parallel to, the Red Hat Summit
If you would like to attend this event, please sign up here:
Furthermore, you can express interest in giving a talk at the BarCamp,
or in participating in or oraganizing a hackfest.
FUDCon is always free to attend.
If you would like to know more about FUDCon, here are some text and
video resources you might find interesting, taken from FUDCon Raleigh
2008, held in January.
We hope to see as many people from our community in attendance as
Having just returned home from FOSDEM in Brussels, several things are
very clear to me:
- Fedora is lucky to have such a large base of dedicated and motivated
Ambassadors in EMEA. Their enthusiasm showed throughout the entire
weekend, from the handmade stickers and pins, to the beautiful high
quality posters, and the matching ambassador polo shirts. I am truly
proud to be a part of the Fedora community, and specifically, a member
of the Fedora Ambassadors.
- FOSDEM is an extremely popular, well attended event. However, it
really needs to find a new home, as it has significantly outgrown the
space at the ULB Campus. It was truly 10 pounds of awesome in a 5 pound
sack, people literally in gridlock throughout the entire event. We gave
out hundreds of Fedora 8 DVDs, and ran out several hours before the
event was over on Sunday.
- It was good to see the CentOS folks come out again as our partner.
Even though I may strongly disagree with some of their "community"
participants, I support their mission wholeheartedly.
- I have high hopes for RPMFusion in the Fedora 9 time frame. Even
though they cannot solve any problems in the patent encumbered, DMCA'd
United States, they provide a useful service to the rest of the Free
- Steak Americain is not American. French Fries are not French.
Ukrainian dessert wine is AWESOME (thank you again kad, that was such a
- Tam Tam (one of the OLPC activities) makes animal noises. Somehow, I
ended up making an incredibly filthy joke about that which made most of
the ambassadors near by blush and laugh out loud. I apologize again.
- For 1 Euro, the BSD dominatrix will spank you. For 2 Euro, she will do
I spent most of my time at FOSDEM at the Fedora booth, talking with
people about the technical details around Fedora, and generally feeling
bad for only speaking American (I believe I was the only Fedoran who
only spoke a single language)! The OLPC and the Asus EEE were huge
attention draws, and posters seemed to be the "swag" most in demand
(many people were disappointed that we had no posters for sale). A lot
of the attendees were relatively new to Linux, but there were also a lot
of experienced Fedora users who stopped by to thank us and ask about
Fedora 9. I spent some time talking about the next RHEL, and how Fedora
can help shape that direction, which was very interesting to the CentOS
This was my second year at FOSDEM, and I felt very welcomed by the
locals. With the NPO established, it can only get better from here!