When I packed up my entire life and moved to fair Rollywood this past
January to be closer to Red Hat Tower and dive head-first into this
role as the first ever Fedora Community Action and Impact Lead, it was
an absolute dream for me. Every day, I'm working with some of the most
talented, motivated, brilliant hackers, designers, and volunteers that
build and ship the operating system at the core of my digital
existence--not to mention much of the enterprises and infrastructure
around the world. The scale of problems, and the speed at which we are
solving them, is still absolutely mind-blowing to me.
I love my job.
I love my team.
I love the Fedora Community.
I love Red Hat.
Thank you, all of you.
Never did I imagine there would ever be another opportunity that could
sway me from this path, which I flipped my life upside down to
pursue... but then I got
Things are moving quickly, and I don't have all the details yet, but
it looks like I'm going to be the first ever Open Source Campaign
Manager for the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.
I have to be at campaign HQ in Brooklyn NY ready to hit the ground
running on Monday.
I will be spending my last 24 hours as a Red Hatter flipping my entire
life upside down, again, and I wanted to give the community one last
window to ping me with any outstanding business or questions, and
direct you to the appropriate channels thereafter.
After tomorrow, I'm going to be packing up and moving to Brooklyn to
work 8 days a week until roughly Thanksgiving ;)
In my absence, here is a list of points of contact for FCL business
(cc'd above,) until my replacement arrives.
For all things related to:
- Fedora Council, Matthew Miller: mattdm(a)fedoraproject.org
- Fedora Budget, Events, and ambassadors, Joe Brockmeier: jzb(a)redhat.com
- Fedora Engineering/Infrastructure, Paul Frields: pfrields(a)fedoraproject.org
- Community Operations/CommBlog/Mktg/Misc, the Community Operations
I know the timing is less than ideal, with Red Hat Summit next week,
and Flock in August, but, I believe this position will bring the most
visibility to the work and principles that Red Hat, Fedora, and the
FOSS community stand for.
I find strength, purpose, and peace in these words of George Bernard Shaw:
"...I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community,
and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
...Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as
brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
This is one of those "once in a lifetime" moments in our history, and
if the Free and Open Source Software Movement can be part of that,
then I'm willing to answer the call.
Jennifer Madriaga (who does event stuff for Red Hat, including helping
with Fedora; I've CC'd her) got a request via Twitter for someone to
speak about Fedora at a Linux meetup on the 29th — see
Is anyone interested and available?
Fedora Project Leader
The aim of WWFS'2016 is to encourage the participation of women in
free software (FLOSS) projects in various capacities, to empower them,
to deliberate on related gender issues and introduce cutting edge
free software. Fedora Women's Day celebrations will be part of the
workshop on the first day of the workshop.
You can find posters (printable/e-posters) of the event at
Date: 15th, 16th July'2016
Place: NSEC, Kolkata
How to Participate:
Interested women may please send their details (name, address,
affiliation, occupation, FOSS experience, age ) in a email with
subject "WWFS Participation" to wwfs.fwd(a)gmail.com . Seats are
limited, so please hurry!
Certificates will be given to all participants.
Registration Fee: Rs.300/= only
Lunch and High Tea will be provided
PS Response to call for speakers was good
Prof(Miss) A. Mani
CU, ASL, AMS, ISRS, CLC, CMS
On 06/16/2016 09:00 AM, Kushal Das wrote:
> On 15/06/16, Priyanka Nag wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> I am not sure if you are aware of the initiative taken by Fedora Women team
>> to help raise awareness and thank the women contributors across the Fedora
>> Project by celebrating the 3rd weekend of July as the Fedora Women Day.
>> Amita and I were planning to host a local version of this event here at
>> Pune. The entire planning process is at a very initial phase and we need
>> your help and input to go ahead with it. Since none of us have ever
>> organized a Fedora event before, we are both pretty unaware of the
>> processes around it.
>> I was reaching out to you all, to request for a quick meeting sometime
>> early next week, to plan further on this. Let me know a suitable time and I
>> can send out meeting invitations accordingly.
>> Since I am not a part of the Fedora community yet, I might have missed out
>> on adding someone in this thread. Please feel free to go ahead and add more
>> people who you think can help us with the event.
> This discussion should really happen on the Fedora India mailing list if
> we are interested to have any community event. I have mentioned about
> public discussion in the actual budget request ticket on Fedora APAC trac .
yeah, good point, CCing mailing list and forwarding rest of the
conversation also on the list.
> I am also CCing site (Rupali) here as I heard that the initial request for the
> event was only for an internal event to RH. Rupali can confirm more
> about this.
> As Amit pointed out in another email in this thread, we should make sure
> that we showcase people's actual achievements in upstream contributions
> in Fedora land. Other than that it will not be that much of a Fedora
Sure, Please feel free to edit wiki page (draft)  to add your
name/names as speakers, whoever wants to talk more on actual upstream
This is the link of the main event -
Indeed, it is a fedora event. I appreciate your guidance and help.
Thanks & Regards,
>  https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-apac/ticket/237
On 28 June 2016 at 16:02, Priyanka Nag <priynag(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I understand that speaking on any topic just by reading it up on a wiki
> page is never enough and should be avoided. But here we have a small
> chicken and egg problem. Since we don't have too many female Fedora
> contributors at Pune, we can't find speakers who could talk on different
> ways one could contribute to Fedora and since we never talk on these
> contribution pathways and how to get started, we can't manage to find more
> contributors. So, the idea was to get a few enthusiastic participants, who
> were willing to find out about these different contribution pathways and
> how to get started and give a presentation to the rest of our audience.
> That is why i feel this event should happen and you all are almost there.
All suggestions are here is to get event successful and get more community
next time. As suggested in other emails, combination of Fedora Contributors
from Red Hat, Some hangout sessions with community contributors and few
with new enthusiastic participants (college/company) can make it truly
On 28 June 2016 at 16:02, Priyanka Nag <priynag(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I am not much involved with the Fedora community, so not even sure if I
> should comment on this thread..but since I have been involved in the
> planning of the FWD Pune event and am also a speaker for the FWD Kolkata
> event, I wanted to share my thoughts around this discussion as well.
Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts even if you're not sure
about them, that's how we move things forward.
> I understand that speaking on any topic just by reading it up on a wiki page
> is never enough and should be avoided. But here we have a small chicken and
> egg problem. Since we don't have too many female Fedora contributors at
> Pune, we can't find speakers who could talk on different ways one could
> contribute to Fedora and since we never talk on these contribution pathways
> and how to get started, we can't manage to find more contributors. So, the
> idea was to get a few enthusiastic participants, who were willing to find
> out about these different contribution pathways and how to get started and
> give a presentation to the rest of our audience.
I personally don't doubt the intent of any organizers and I know such
oversight is not uncommon especially due to the fragmented nature of
communities. I also acknowledge the chicken and egg problem. I only
disagree with the solution, which was to take the easy way out and go
with almost an all-Red Hat lineup without making an attempt to make a
call for participation in a wider and more relevant audience like
fedora-india, GLUG, PLUG, etc. You could even invite speakers to talk
over a video chat, there are a number of ideas that you could come up
with along these lines before thinking of the compromise.
Also, it is not that we never talk about pathways to contribution, in
fact my personal beef is that "Contributing to Fedora" is almost all
we talk about all the time and I'd really like us to move forward from
> Other than this, whether this can be called a Fedora event or not...well, I
> don't think I am eligible to comment on that. Whereas I always love events
> to be community events and not individual or an organizational
> initiative...but I am not sure what is best here with respect to the Fedora
Contrary to what my response seems to indicate, I would really like
this to be a Fedora event. For it to qualify to be a Fedora event
however, it needs to be much more transparent than it currently is.
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: Need your help in organizing a Fedora Women Day event at Pune
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:03:18 +0530
From: Amit Shah <amit.shah(a)redhat.com>
To: Priyanka Nag <pnag(a)redhat.com>
CC: Kushal Das <kdas(a)redhat.com>, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala
<huzaifas(a)redhat.com>, Pravin Satpute <psatpute(a)redhat.com>, Parag
Nemade <pnemade(a)redhat.com>, Amita Sharma <amsharma(a)redhat.com>
On (Wed) 15 Jun 2016 [18:45:36], Priyanka Nag wrote:
> Thank you so much for your feedback Amit. @Amita, could you start a thread
> on the ambassador's list as Amit has suggested? And about the plan or
> agenda, we don't have much to share as such...this is all we have as of now
> - https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWD_Pune.
- Have people come up and speak on opportunities for women in the
Fedora Project (and open source in general)
- Showcase contributions by women in Fedora
- Talk about this new Diversity group and how it'll help
- Try to get college people (women profs, women students) attend the
- Collectively, I think we have contacts at MIT Pune, SICSR, COEP,
Indira Instt of Tech -- there should be more that I forget /
don't know of.
- Similarly, talk to other women in our circles working close by in
Magarpatta to check if they can come attend / talk if they have open
It'll be great if proceedings are recorded in some way - video or text
transcriptions, so that the message reaches a much wider audience than
the one that's participating physically.
Also, I expect most presenters to be male; will this send out a
confusing message? Or, are there women members who can step up to the
challenge and prepare material before the sessions? It's always
better to have people who have done stuff talk about it rather than
just highlighting someone else's achievements -- so hopefully this
serves as a good launchpad for local women to actually start doing
something so the next year's event is much better.
> Waiting for more feedback from others on the thread :)
BTW the Ambassadors won't be able to come up with budget, so if you
need any, it'll be better to get the site team involved.
This is awesome. Thanks for doing this. I was involved in a similar
deployment 4 years ago in Ghana. You are asking the right questions as
suitable places with electicity, four walls, and a roof are not simple to
Have you discussed this with the Free Open Source Software Foundation of
Africa (FOSSFA)? They will be happy to help put you in touch with local
NGOs that can plan out good places for an Information Communication
Technology (ICT) Centre. You may also find assistance through a university
as they tend to care about the educational needs of the children nearby.
Lastly, find out what international church is prevails in the area. In
Ghana it was the Presbyterians. Even if you are not religious, these
churches are not to be overlooked as they are well established in the
community, with their own schools, colleges, football leagues, and camps.
One last piece of advice. Make sure your shipper is solid. Even though it
is a donation, once your goods arrive, they could try to get you to pay for
tarrif monies for the entire crate.
You may contact me off list to discuss.
All of the Best,
Beth Lynn Eicher
On Jun 27, 2016 6:01 AM, "Jukka Palander, IT Development Spain" <
I think we do not have an Ambassador in Gambia?
I have an opportunity to donate 6-7 Dell computers (second hand, but
cleaned and verified) with monitors and pre-installed Fedora24 on them and
maybe I am also able to find a transport from Spain to Gambia.
Donation will be made for schools, libraries or any place where local
people can have an Internet access and computers can be used by multiple
peolpe. As said, all computers are ready to use and installed and all
computers has the F24/64Live installation extra DVD inside so they can
spread it to others as a Freemedia.
Question is: do someone know anyone over there to be able to seek right
donation places? I have a friend who has Gambian husbend and he will help
if nobody else is found but a local help would be a great addition.
ambassadors mailing list
I think we do not have an Ambassador in Gambia?
I have an opportunity to donate 6-7 Dell computers (second hand, but cleaned and verified) with monitors and pre-installed Fedora24 on them and maybe I am also able to find a transport from Spain to Gambia.
Donation will be made for schools, libraries or any place where local people can have an Internet access and computers can be used by multiple peolpe. As said, all computers are ready to use and installed and all computers has the F24/64Live installation extra DVD inside so they can spread it to others as a Freemedia.
Question is: do someone know anyone over there to be able to seek right donation places? I have a friend who has Gambian husbend and he will help if nobody else is found but a local help would be a great addition.
On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 3:16 PM, Rejy M Cyriac <rcyriac(a)redhat.com> wrote:
> On 06/24/2016 11:30 PM, rtnpro(a)fedoraproject.org wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> You are kindly invited to the meeting:
>> Fedora meetup, Bangalore on 2016-06-25 from 18:00:00 to 20:00:00 Asia/Kolkata
>> At Bangalore
>> The meeting will be about:
>> # Monthly Fedora meetup, Bangalore
>> A monthly get together of Fedora enthusiasts in Bangalore to discuss about the latest things happening in the Fedora ecosystem and contribute back to the community. The meetup usually takes place at:
>> Starbucks Coffee
>> Samrat No.2013, 100 Ft Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar
>> Bangalore, Karnataka - 560008
> I am surprised that the Monthly Fedora meet-up at Bangalore is now quite
> regularly being held at a Starbucks Coffee outlet. Fedora activities at
> college campuses I can understand, and should be encouraged, but why
> Starbucks ?!
> We used to have the Monthly Fedora meet-up much earlier being held at
> the Red Hat Bangalore office, with free coffee/tea, free snacks, and
> free WiFi always available. I think we could have the meet-up at the Red
> Hat Bangalore office at least once in two months.
> Red Hat being the sponsor of Fedora, it would be good to utilize the
> facilities of Red Hat for Fedora activities, especially when there is no
> good reason to have it done elsewhere.
The meetups should not be centralized to a single location like Red
Hat as there are people coming from various parts of the city. It's
good to move the meetup around the city.
As the crowd was low and the mainly concentrated in Koramangala and
Indiranagar, we chose meetup location in either of these two places
and not only Starbucks. I remember doing it in Hasgeek and HackerEarth
office couple of times. One of reason of choosing Starbucks was to
keep the meetups informal.
Sayan Chowdhury <https://sayanchowdhury.dgplug.org/>
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