As of now, we are officially registered as a project with freenode. As
mentioned before, this also means that we can now request custom
hostname cloaks for members of the RIT community in IRC.
What does this mean? An IRC cloak is like a "mask" for your hostname
whenever you connect to a channel. For example, if I join an IRC channel
without a cloak, it might look like the following:
* jwf (jflory7(a)laptop.student.rit.edu) has joined
If I have a cloak and I am logged into NickServ, it could look like this
* jwf (jflory7@rit/foss/student) has joined
As of now, we have a few options for people to pick from! If I can
collect a list of usernames and the desired cloaks, I can send this list
to the freenode staff to add the cloaks to your freenode NickServ
accounts. It will help the staff team if we can send them a list at once
instead of doing multiple, one-off requests.
Here's the list of cloaks we currently have available:
It's also possible to add a Linux distribution or another open source
project community to the cloak, before the last identifier, e.g.
@rit/ritlug/fedora/member or @rit/foss/musicbrainz/member.
If you would like one of these cloaks, please reply back to this email
with your IRC NickServ username and which cloak you would like. :)
Justin W. Flory
I heard during the FOSS Talk that there are plans for NASA Space Apps
again this year. :) It's an awesome mini-hackathon to pull ideas of
citizens, students, and community members into a variety of topics at a
planetary or beyond level.
This event ran last year too, and there were some pretty cool guest
speakers (and Sticky Lips catering if I remember right). We had a team
make it on to the national level too. You can see a little bit more
about what it's like in Rochester here:
Just thought this would be a cool thing to share to put on everyone's
Justin W. Flory
I wanted to reach out to everyone on the list about an upcoming
conference in October 23-24, 2017. All Things Open is a conference for,
well, all things open: software, hardware, the web, and more. It's in
Raleigh, North Carolina, so not **too** far of a trip for a FOSS conference.
The call for speakers is open now until March 28th, so it is coming up
soon! But the conference organizers are especially looking for students
and young people to get involved too, so this could be a great
opportunity if you want to try something new and share your knowledge
and experience with the world.
If anyone wanted to submit a talk, you could work on putting a proposal
/ abstract together over the weekend or early next week. You could, of
course, ask for feedback and ideas here on the list so we could help you
build a strong proposal. :) But it's a fantastic opportunity and I think
there's a lot of people here in the RIT community who might have more
they could share then they realize.
If you have questions, you're more than welcome to ask! Wanted to throw
this out there while there was still time to think about it. :)
Hope everyone is surviving the first week back of classes!
Justin W. Flory
Join RIT’s FOSS@MAGIC program for our March FOSS Talk as we’re visited by Nithya Ruff.
Nithya Ruff has been a mover and shaker in FOSS for most of her career and is currently pioneering Open Source Practice at Comcast. This will be her second effort at leading the move toward Open in a major corporation, having completed a similar effort at SanDisk before moving to Comcast. She’s been an active board member of the Linux foundation for four years and a long-time champion of diversity in tech, most recently having become the Chairperson Diversity and Inclusion for CodeChix.
We’re looking forward to hearing how she’s helping to bring FOSS to Comcast.
Registration for the event is free but registering lets us know how much food to order.
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fosstalks-bringing-foss-to-comcast-tickets-3...
Who: Open to the public (not just RIT Students) just be sure to RSVP.
When: Wednesday, March 22nd. 4:30pm-6pm.
Where: RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC). Building 87, Room 1600. Parking is available in "S" Lot, near crossroads dining hall.
Be sure to save the date for our next hackathon, NASA Space Apps, on April 29th & 30th. Details to be announced soon!
FOSS@MAGIC Research Associate and Community Liaison
Rochester Institute of Technology
magic.rit.edu <http://magic.rit.edu/> I www.rit.edu<http://www.rit.edu/>
I was doing some research and I had a cool idea about something we could
try to do to better include ourselves with the wider open source
community on Freenode and get some cool perks.
It's possible to file a group registration on Freenode to register an
organization or community on Freenode. The full details can be found here:
It can be summarized into these points, though:
=== What does registration mean? ===
(1) Represents an official relationship between freenode and your
project or organisation
(2) Requires no special type or level of participation
(3) Is accomplished by discussing your registration with the community team
=== Requirements to register ===
(1) Email to Projects team by representative of RIT (which I confirmed
could be a professor)
(2) Links to relevant websites and other online presences
(3) Links to relevant FOSS work
(4) Provide IRC user to act as group contact and explain their role in
=== Benefits of registration ===
(1) Additional channel management capabilities (this means any channel
in the #rit-* namespace can be claimed by the registrants)
(2) Group hostname cloaks (more on this below)
So this is everything summarized quickly, but the full policy info can
be found at the link above. What I was hoping to do with this email was:
(1) Get confirmation from SJ / Schneidy to do this, and I can start an
email with the Projects team
(2) To discuss hostname cloak ideas with everyone!
=== Hostname cloaks ===
If you're not familiar with a hostname cloak, it's a way you can mask
your IP address / hostname when connecting to Freenode. It's also a way
to "display" your affiliation or participation in the community too. For
example, hostname cloaks could look something like this:
And so on. I thought this could be a cool way to also encourage people
to use IRC and to wear their affiliation across Freenode or wherever
else they decide to join, if they'd like a cloak.
Any other thoughts?
Justin W. Flory