Sorry for coming late with the report from Idlelo.
* Idlelo reported over 100 participants from around the world.
Amongst them was Ben Konrath from GNOME project with whom we had a joint
Exhibition booth. We also had John 'Maddog' Hall with us who proudly
shared Live Fedora 12 CD's.
We can proudly say that our booth had the largest visitors. At a point
we had to share responsibilities in order to be able to handle the crowd
that our booth had.
* Since this was Fedora's first major event in Ghana/West Africa we
had lots of interest as more people wanted to know what Fedora was
coming to offer Ghanaians as well as what Fedora was all about. We also
had some visitors from Ivory Coast who said they did not have an
ambassador and hence didn't know much about Fedora.
* The general question that seem to hit us at almost every second
was "What is the difference between Fedora and Ubuntu?". This was
coupled with people wanting to know features we had in Fedora that
Ubuntu did not have.
* We received a lot suggestions about how to make our presence felt
in Africa. The most recurrent one was about Free Media. All our visitors
emphasized the fact that the reason why they are used to Ubuntu and know
more about Ubuntu is because of the Free CD program Ubuntu has. Ubuntu
hasnt held any event in Ghana but the Free CD program alone has won the
hearts of over 90% of Linux users in Ghana.
* We were privileged to have Ben Konrath from GNOME using Fedora
mainly and people were happy to see GNOME 3 in action on his laptop.
* Fedora had a translation session which was held by Pierros
teaching how people can contribute to translating Fedora to the Akan
language. There was also a panel discussion led by Pierros to discuss
the organizational structure of Fedora.
* We gave away lots of live CD's and helped some people to format
their laptops to start using Fedora. We gave away some t-shirts and
badges. The most popular swag was the badges and the Live CD's. We were
so happy to see lots of people wear the badges around the Conference. It
showed how involved they want to be in Fedora.
* Lots of people were interested in the OLPC as Pierros demonstrated
how its run on Fedora.
* We are happy to introduce a new incoming member who was with
another distro by name Kennedy Kasina. He was glad to receive some swag
from us as that also motivated him a lot. He is being mentored by
Pierros in translation of Fedora to Swahili for Kenya and East African
countries speaking Swahili.
* Fedora was the only distro that showed up and made a lot of
presence and impact during the event. A lot of thanks goes to Maddog who
took sharing of the Fedora 12 media upon himself during his talks. Since
the CD was coming from Maddog, a lot of people felt inspired to start
using Fedora immediately.
In all we had a pretty successful event. Currently we have some action
points for Ghana for the next few months and especially next year when
we will have expanded our user base.
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We had organized a Fedora Activity Day last weekend in the Red Hat
office in Pune, India. It was a two day event. You might have seen the
blog posts on that over this week in Planet Fedora and we have a roundup
of all that at
We had a variety of projects and tasks that was tackled during the
event. Here is a quick summary:
* OLPC/Sugar: Sayamindu who works for OLPC joined hands with Kushal Das
to package up a accessibility tool of interest to OLPC and a Sugar
activity called Pathagar which is a book server
(http://github.com/sayamindu/pathagar). Sayamindu also gave a talk on
life as downstream of Fedora.
* Fedora Tour - A clutter based app with whiz bang effects that aims to
provide a friendly welcome screen for new users on first login. Ankur
Sinha is leading this effort. Ankur Sinha has also helped out in
packaging reviews and submitted a few new review requests. The latest
being a dependency of Shotwell.
* Fedora Medical Spin: Susmit is a leading an effort to create a
medical spin for the next release. Many of us are helping out.
Harsh Varma participated in some packaging tasks and is helping with
this spin as well.
* Systemd, WebM support etc: I reviewed a few packages, approved one
and worked on packaging up systemd, updating webkitgtk in Fedora 12 for
WebM support, fixing a E-V-R issue that broke Deluge, qbittorrent etc
for users upgrading to Fedora 13 from Fedora 12.
* Package Reviews: A number of us including Rangeen Basu, Ankur Sinha,
Kushal Das and me participated in doing package reviews.
* Autootools workshop: Siddesh who works for GSS gave a introductory
workshop on autotoolizing a project.
* Repository wide fixes - Rakesh Pandit working on fixing several
security bugs and Imran who couldn't make it to the event due to some
last minute disruption came up on IRC and filed patches that fixed all
of the pending E-V-R issues between Fedora 12 and Fedora 13
Rakesh will be committing and doing the builds to resolve them today.
We hope to be tackling source url issues, desktop file fixes, FTBFS and
other similar issues via a online FAD sometime later.
* gFotoStat: Kishan and Meejan worked on a tool for statistics of
photos for professionals. This tool can run against a set of pics and
provide all sorts of interesting info based on the metadata. They fixed
a number of bugs and added some new features in a new release.
* wordGroupz: Ratnadeep worked on a new project which is a vocabulary
builder and he also took on some packaging tasks.
* Shreyank Gupta worked on packaging Sup, a popular gmailish mail client
written in Ruby and several of the Ruby module dependencies. He has just
been sponsored yesterday.
* Salim Ansari hacked on Anjuta including a symbol browser and some new
search capabilities and Satya continued her work on Beacon, a web based
docbook xml editor
* Runa ported the help in the new mallard format from Tomboy to Gnote
for GNOME 3 readiness.
At the end of the event, we had a discussion about what went well and
what we could improve and about organizing a FUDCon next year in India.
Bonjour à tous!
Yesterday, the 5th of June, French Fedoristas gathered in the Carrefour
Numérique of la Cité des Sciences  for the Rencontres Fedora 13.
The release party welcomed 150 visitors, who came to get help installing
or using Fedora 13, or simply meet the Fedora contributors and have a
Aside from this, Emmanuel Seyman gave a talk on Zarafa, I lead a small
class on Linux administration, and Kevin Raymond lead one on LaTeX.
We distributed lots of Fedora swags: Fedora 13 live media, Tshirts, USB
sticks, pens, badges, stickers,...
Besides the 3 aforementioned persons, several people made this event a
- Tom Dubin, who traveled 200km to give a hand welcoming the visitors
- Matthieu Gautier, a long time Fedora ambassador
- Nicolas Chauvet, our Wifi/RPMFusion specialist
- Bertrand Juglas, a new ambassador and translator
- Vincent-Xavier Jumel from Parinux for the logistics help
- David Forgeron from la Cité des Sciences, who prepared everything from
their side to make the event run as smooth as possible
Now is time for gathering feedback about the event and start organizing
an even more awesomer Rencontres Fedora 14. :)
 La Cité des Sciences (« City of Sciences ») is a french
establishment for promoting everything about science and technical
stuff, and making it accessible to everyone. It is located in Paris, and
FOSS is well represented there as we welcome visitors there the first
saturday of each month , and several events happends there, among
which the Rencontres Fedora, Ubuntu-Parties, Mandriva-Parties,...
 More informations (available in english) on this recurring event at: