This mail is a reminder for today´s meeting for French ambassadors and
_every_ interested people.
2010-03-14 / 18:30 UTC
Ce mail est un rappel pour la réunion des ambassadeurs francophones,
qui aura lieu ce dimanche (14 mars) à 20h30 heure de Paris sur
IRC (freenode) #fedora-meeting .
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Merci de répondre à ce message en cas d'indisponibilité.
I just wanted to remind people that when we have these time hiccups in
the spring and fall we don't let those disturb our meeting time. So
next week we'll switch from 0200UTC to 0100UTC so that we continue to
meet at the normal time in our local timezones.
I also wanted to give everyone a heads up that I invited Adam
Williamson to join us at the meeting to discuss Fedora Testing in
general and to answer any questions we have about Fedora Test Days.
This will as always be informal but let's make the most of the
opportunity to learn more about Fedora Testing next week.
See everyone next Tuesday.
We are 30 days out from the 1st Texas Linux Fest and I think it would
be useful to have a quick meeting this week to be sure we get
everything we need arranged in time to make this a successful event
for the Fedora Project.
I'm going to suggest we get together in #fedora-ambassadors for a
quick meeting Wed. March 10 @ 8pm central time if everyone can manage
that time on such short notice. Here is a short list of things I'd
like to be clear about before it is too late to make things happen:
* Booth supplies
Do we have enough swag? Can we get t-shirts? Has the event box been
arranged? Have the vertical banners been arranged? Who down there is
responsible for making sure about these things?
* Booth Staffing
A sign-up sheet for ambassadors to be at the booth is often helpful. I
don't know what time the booth will be open to the public but let's
try to get that figured out so we don't end up needing David to be
there all day.
* Fedora flyer for the conference bag?
* Texas Linux Fest 2010 / Fedora Buttons? We need to act fast to make
* Social event / Fedora dinner on Friday?
* Whatever else is on your minds ...
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here another Mail I forward  from the Marketing-Crew:
As announced earlier today
the Fedora 13 "Goddard" slogan has been chosen and approved: "Rock
As explained in the release slogan SOP, for best effect the slogan is
decided on the basis of the Fedora Project's lingua franca. However,
the Marketing team realizes that not all languages will be able to
offer a direct translation of the slogan with the same effect. We
provide the information above to help translators understand the
connotations and other impact of the slogan.
We trust our translators and fellow Fedora Project members to use
their best judgment to find a compatible slogan for their locale if
the slogan is difficult to translate as is. Translators should try to
ensure that their translations do not have negative connotations or
connections in their language.
The slogan has the following meanings:
* "Rock it!" is a pun on the word "rocket." Rocket trails are part of
the artistic theme for Fedora 13.
* "Rock it!" invites users to proudly use and enjoy Fedora for all its
many features and virtues. When someone "rocks" something, they use or
display it proudly. Incidentally, "Goddard" is named after the
scientist Robert H. Goddard , who made significant contributions to
the space age in the field of Rocket Engineering, including the first
liquid propelled rocket.
During translations please ensure the following:
* Do not translate the word "rock" in the context of "earth,"
"stones," or "pebbles," or the throwing of rocks or stones.
* If possible, you can relate your translation with "Goddard" and the
Fedora 13 artistic themes of propulsion, ascent, and achievement.
* The slogan you provide for your language should invite users to have
an excellent experience with Fedora 13.
By meeting these guidelines, you can provide a positive message for
Fedora 13 in your language without ambiguity or confusion.
mit freundlichen Grüßen / best regards
Henrik Heigl - wonderer(a)fedoraproject.org
I'm already back since the day before yesterday evening, so it's a good
time to write a bit about the Open Source Days 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The event itself was organized by a volunteer coordination team with help
and power from the Open Source community in Denmark and took place in the
building of the IT University of Copenhagen.
On Thursday morning, I flew from Stuttgart via Duesseldorf to Copenhagen -
it was my first trip to Denmark so far and I already noticed in the
airplane from Duesseldorf to Copenhagen that Denmark will get expensive to
my moneybag: They directly suggested in the airplane, that we'll pay our
snacks using our credit card rather with coins and banknotes. Around noon,
I arrived in Copenhagen (their capital is on an island) and took their new
metro to the hotel. After dropping my baggage at the hotel, I went over via
the Oresund Bridge and Tunnel to Malmö, Sweden for some sightseeing.
At the early Friday morning, I moved on with our swag and booth material to
the IT university and prepared our booth. In difference to all events, I
attended before, the Open Source Days separated the business exhibitors
from the community ones, so we got our booth at the upper floor, while the
business people were at the ground floor. Another difference was, that all
the community booths were not really presentation booths as we know them
e.g. by FOSDEM or similar events, but more like hackfest or round tables.
Just imagine, that you are able to sit on the two long sides of the table
while the visitors walk around at one short side of the table - so you
always sit sidewise to the people. And if you're multiple persons at the
booth, the farest one will be nearly never get in touch with visitors; but
as we just were less ambassadors, that didn't hurt us that much. Have a
look to the pictures to see what I mean regarding the table/chair style.
During the day, I tried to get in touch with the very very less visitors.
Keep in mind for the Friday, that this was an almost business oriented day
where you had to pay ~ 175 Euro for a visitor ticket. As I don't speak
Danish, all communication happened in English and fortunately the Danish
people speak English very well, even the older ones, where you wouldn't
expect it. Once it came to understanding issues, they said the word slowly
in Danish so that I was able to guess the meaning in German (Danish and
German languages developed from the same base language, similar as Dutch).
Over the day I learned, that most Linux users in Denmark are Ubuntu users,
but there are Fedora users as well. And the less Fedora users that showed
up at our both were happy to see a Fedora booth, because it was the first
time, that a Linux distribution except Ubuntu had presence on the event. I
personally think, it was good to show the Ubuntu community, that Fedora is
alive and that they know, they're not the only Linux distribution.
Later at the day, I met the whole Red Hat Denmark office; actually they're
two Red Hat people working via home office. Unfortunately Klaus Oxdal was
in a hurry, so we didn't have really time to talk with each other, thus I
will communicate with him a bit more via e-mail in the next time.
When I went over to attend a talk, Neville A. Cross took care of the booth.
Our Neville works for a Nicaraguan company that has a join venture with a
Danish company which decided that Open Source Days are a good way to
promote an Open Source product they have been using. In the evening, Kris
Thomsen, one of our Danish Fedora Ambassadors, arrived and later in the
evening we participated at the social event, the "Nokia Open 2010": To be
honest, it was more an advertising show of Nokia products and projects; but
hey, they sponsored the food and beer! And I skipped the Danish comedian
they had gotten for the entertainment, because my Danish understanding was
too worse for that... ;-)
At Saturday morning, I moved with our swag and booth material from the
hotel to the IT university again and prepared together with Kris our booth
for the day. The Saturday was more community related and more community
projects built up their booth and had presence at all. And compared with
Friday, the ~ 50 Euro for a ticket were really cheap. But from my point of
view, even that 50 Euro are too much for a community event. Nevertheless
there were many visitors more, but still it was a calm day when comparing
with other events, I attended so far.
Kris did also a very good job (the Open Source Days were his first event
as Fedora Ambassador) with talking to visitors and promoting Fedora. As
speaking the same native language definately lowers the barrier to talk
about something, he had more longer and more intensive talks to people,
which I really like. In the evening of Saturday we cleaned up the booth and
switched to the Scrollbar (the students cafe) for talks, fun and beer...
Another thing, I figured out during the two days is, that there are in
Denmark either users or developers somehow. I unfortunately wasn't able to
recruit a single new Fedora contributor, because people just want to use
Fedora - either as a desktop or as a development system. Nevertheless, I
think, it was very important to show up at the biggest Open Source event in
Denmark - which is even one of the largest ones in the whole European
Nordic region. I talked to the people there and unfortunately, there are
just some specific conferences, but no real exhibitions or a real community
conferences as we know them from other European regions. That means, the
Open Source Days are absolutely unique.
I think, we will have to invest more into the European Nordic region (so
Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) to be better known and more used. With
less users, there will be just less contributors. That means, we definately
need to show up there with Fedora next year again and maybe with ambassadors
from Norway or Sweden, if we still have only two Danish Ambassadors then.
And if it is possible, Fedora should then make it with a real booth into the
business exhibition area, too; that's something I'll put on to my task list
and talk with the coordination team of the Open Source Days about. From what
we're doing as Fedora, we're more professional and of course more open
source minded as some other projects and companies - sorry for writing it
this less friendly but clear way.
But I still have the hope, that due to our presence this year, there are
maybe next year some people, that could imagine to sign up in FAS and get a
Fedora contributor...who knows? :)
I've made pictures and as there's still no gallery.fedoraproject.org and I
still dislike Flickr and similar portals, decided some time ago to start my
own tiny gallery at my fedorapeople.org space:
On Sunday, I did some sightseeing in Copenhagen (e.g. The Little Mermaid;
the Tivoli is still closed in March) before I flew back in the evening from
Copenhagen via Frankfurt to Stuttgart again.
Finally, I would like to say "thank you" to Kris and Neville for their work
and support around the event! It really was a pleasure for me to meet and
work with both of you. Hope to see you on another event in the future... :)