One of our community member asked about the life time of Fedora 8.
will it end up with Fedora 9 release ? If the answer is NO, till which
release we can have the support and updates for F8.
The Linux week event took place on 20th-24th April in Helwan university
- Computer science faculty. It was organized by Student United.
There was special arrangement for fedora; a dedicated day for fedora
sessions. it was planned that I gave two sessions with 3 presentations.
The faculty dean was expecting us at his office, we met him and
presented briefly the plans for fedora day, I handed him the lovely
Then we checked the booth, answered some questions then moved to
read the full report http://fossology.net/fedora_day_at_helwan
June 1 marks the beginning of the second quarter of Red Hat's fiscal
year, and our event & swag budget will reset at that time.
As FAMSCo mentioned a while back, we are using May 1 as a "freeze" date
for the FedoraEvents page.
What does this mean?
Any event for June - August that is listed on the FedoraEvents page and
that has an OWNER by May 1 will receive funding.
You can still organize events after May 1, but we cannot *guarantee*
funding. So if there is a large event coming up that you want to make
sure is good, make sure you let us know about it in the next 2 or 3
We will do our best to be flexible, but we have to have some deadlines
that we use for planning.
I'm taking a quick look at the page, and seeing good stuff:
5 events in North America (though Ottawa Linux Symposium still needs an
1 event in South America.
4 events in EMEA (though FrOSCon still needs an owner).
1 event in Asia, India, Australia.
What does it mean to take ownership of either Ottawa Linux Symposium or
1) You are the person who makes sure that we have a booth. You
coordinate with FAMSCo about costs (if any) associated with the booth.
2) You recruit other Fedora Ambassadors or Red Hat employees to come and
3) You let people know whether or not there are any speaking
opportunities -- BOF, speeches, etc. -- at the event an tell people how
they can sign up.
4) You help to determine what kind of swag is needed, and how it will be
I would like to see Fedora average at least one event per week for the
So far in 2008 we've completed 17 weeks, and the PastEvents page lists
18 events, so we're doing pretty well.
----- "Luca Foppiano" <luca(a)foppiano.org> ha scritto:
> Hi all,
> there is a map aggregator (something like GNOME map
> (http://live.gnome.org/GnomeWorldWide)) to show where fedora
> contributors come from?
> If yes, where it is? :P
> If not, why don't try to have it or something similar? As second step
> can differentiate rules, with different icon for each type of
> contributors: ambassadors, marketing, infrastructure, and so on. Of
> course we should think how to identify people who perform more than
> What do you think? ;-)
Have you got any idea about what kind of software/service we could use/write?
as I said some weeks ago, we need something to show "usb pen live creator" process on fedora events.
Making usb live pen is one of the most useful stuff to do during events (really cheaper and appreciated gadget). I and Luca Foppiano asked to Samuele Storari (maybe a new Fedora contributor) to design a poster showing process.
I uploaded his work at this page:
the idea is simple: print that poster and glue it on some "solid" support (maybe carton box). Then make a hole into poster white space to take out an usb extension cable.
When a python script (developed by Matteo Castellini) recognize new usb device, launch usb creator automatically, and play an mp3 at the end of process.
So we have the "usb live pen box"... Really easy to use (put usb on the poster and wait for the "finished" sound). I hope this poster can help visitors to discover our live pen service in a funny way :-)
I'd like to test this "box" during next event in Italy (Liberamente - Opera - next Saturday).
What do you think about this idea? I'll try to upload some shots of final result on flickr as soon as possible. We can spend a couple of minutes to improve this idea during today emea ambassadors meeting.
there is a map aggregator (something like GNOME map
(http://live.gnome.org/GnomeWorldWide)) to show where fedora
contributors come from?
If yes, where it is? :P
If not, why don't try to have it or something similar? As second step we
can differentiate rules, with different icon for each type of
contributors: ambassadors, marketing, infrastructure, and so on. Of
course we should think how to identify people who perform more than one
What do you think? ;-)
-- Today is Boomtime, the 34th day of Discord in the YOLD 3174
Are you still waiting for a reason to hold a Fedora 9 release party?
Well, FAmSCo has decided to add one more reason to the list - a
Release Party Contest! That's right - a contest!
FAmSCo has arranged to offer a Fedora laptop bag as a prize for this
contest. A picture of the bag can be seen here:
Here is how to make sure your release party is eligible for this
contest. First, it needs to be held sometime between May 13th and May
27th of 2008. That gives you a two week window to schedule your
event. Next, we will need to know how your release party went, so we
need to see an event report posted to the Ambassadors list and an
Ambassador's blog. The more details and pictures you can provide from
your release party, the more information FAmSCo will have to determine
a winner. You can use the Event Reporting Guidelines  for help on
writing an event report. This is a global contest, so an ambassador
from any country is eligible to win.
FAmSCo will select one winner from the release parties that meet the
above eligibility guidelines during the week of June 2nd, this allows
time for everyone to post an event report prior to that date. The
following is an example of things FAmSCo will look at when determining
the winner of the contest.
* Number of Attendees
* What happened at the event party (live USB stations, install fests, Q&A, etc.)
* Creativity, this is the wildcard category - we know there are lots
of great ideas out there, let's hear about them.
* Event Report Quality
And remember, whether the release party you organize wins the contest
or not - all release parties are a great contribution to the
community, helping promote Fedora in your region and bringing even
more people to Fedora!
There is still plenty of time to put together a release party in your
area. Just add your event to the Fedora Events page  and start
If you have any questions, feel free to let a FAmSCo member  know.
This mail is a reminder for today´s meeting for French ambassadors and
_every_ interested people.
2008-04-27 / 18:30 UTC
Ce mail est un rappel pour la réunion des ambassadeurs francophones,
qui aura lieu ce dimanche (27 avril) à 20h30 heure de Paris sur IRC
(freenode) #fedora-meeting .
L'ordre du jour est disponible depuis cette page :
N'hésitez pas à la modifier pour rajouter des sujets qui vous semblent
I'd never been to South America before, so when Greg asked me if wanted
to go to FISL to help represent Fedora, I said sure. Yes, I'd have to
miss Lug Radio Live, but we weren't invited to that anyway. I'd never
heard of FISL before, and all I knew about Brazil was that it was in
South America, they like soccer, and they speak Portuguese.
When I arrived in Brazil, I quickly learned several additional facts:
1. Most Brazilians don't speak any English, only Portuguese.
2. There are noticeably more women than men in Brazil. (The Economist
says that the ratio is about 95 males to 100 females, but the locals
said that it was more like 60/40).
3. Brazilians are really really really excited about Linux and FOSS.
When we got to FISL on the first day, all that we saw were lines!
We really weren't sure which line to get into, because, well, there were
no signs and none of the locals spoke English, so we just got in one of
the lines. It took more than an hour to get inside and get our badges,
then we had to rush to the Fedora presentation (I'd made some F-9 slides
the night before, and David Barzilay had translated them). We missed all
of the presentation, but we got there in time for Q&A... which went
well, thanks to David's quick translation skills.
FISL had over 7000 people in attendance, it was really overwhelming, but
awesome! The language barrier was a pretty significant problem for me,
as I really wanted to talk to people visiting the Fedora booth and folks
in other booths. Eventually, I just gave up and just observed what was
going on, and helped out whenever I could. I got laptops working with
MPEG video to a TV output, installed Fedora 8 on someone's system,
researched a sound driver for a rather obscure arm handheld device, and
helped get Sugar running on top of Fedora (it is worth noting that
ghbuild kills kittens).
The Ambassadors did a wonderful job with their booth, and the attendees
definitely noticed. They had professional polo shirts, high quality
pressed media of Fedora 8 (livecds and installs), and they were
constantly talking to people. They even had a setup where people could
register as they got a free DVD. They were very helpful to us Americans,
and were very patient with our inability to speak to them. :) If it
wasn't for them, our trip could have easily been a real waste, but they
really made it worthwhile.
We ate a lot of good food, buffet style meals are extremely popular
there. As reported, I am indeed a "culinary coward", because I did not
partake in the eating of chicken hearts. The fact that I don't eat beef
or pork made things... difficult, but if you like meat, Brazil is the
place for you. We went to a churrascaria (aka, Brazilian BBQ) one
evening, and that was just wild. Never ending meat, plus dancing and
bolos! We also took some time to go sightseeing, hitting up some of the
local museums (no English there either, but we got the jist of things),
and to check out one of the large parks nearby. The park had a
"mini-zoo" with monkeys and birds of paradise (real birds, not flowers).
* Brazil is a HOTBED of Free and Open Source activity. We have a lot of
good Fedora talent in the region, and we're looking at ways that we can
get more involved with them.
* If I get the opportunity to return to FISL, I will surely learn some
Portuguese first. :)