[Ambassadors] Ambassadors Meeting EMEA - IRC Summary 2008-02-13
mspevack at redhat.com
Fri Feb 15 22:07:18 UTC 2008
This write up is SUPERB. Thank you Fabian.
On Fri, 15 Feb 2008, Fabian Affolter wrote:
> This part was skipped because there is enough stuff to talk about in the
> event section.
> Ambassadors Membership
> As of 2008-02-11, 305 Ambassadors have been verified (signed CLA and joined
> 'ambassadors' group)
> MaxSpevack want to see more detail about the growth each month, and the
> regions where that growth is happening. That is the sort of data that is
> very useful to Fedora Board and Red Hat in securing budget for Ambassadors.
> The time MaxSpevack spent in Europe last year was very useful for this and
> the Fedora Project have more money for Ambassadors in general -- all over the
> world -- because he saw how strong Europe was, and they also know that South
> America is very strong. Now Greg and MaxSpevack will be focusing much more
> on those two regions in the coming year than in the past. So it will be up
> to the local groups -- and also FAMSCO -- to continue to provide folks like
> MaxSpevack with the data that he need to get budget. This is the draft for
> collecting data about the Ambassadors Project
> JeroenVanMeeuwen remember us about that the countrylist has to be updated
> manually. So that isn't representing the numbers exactly. He recall that
> FAS has some information about the country for each FAS member so maybe we
> can check who is where in the 'ambassadors' group using that. MaxSpevack
> sent in the past 2 days sent email to MikeMcgrath and Toshio asking if they
> can help pull data like this from the FAS. He think that it is probably very
> easy for them.
> ChitleshGoorah was talking about CLA. He have noticed that some contributors
> (packagers mostly) are using fake names rather than real names. This is
> mostly a Fedora Advisory Board issue, but its worth that everyone knows this
> issue so that we can little by little prevent such things. MaxSpevack
> suggested that ChitleshGoorah send send a mail to f-a-b about that and then
> they can take care of it (hopefully).
> Linux Solution
> ThomasCanniot told us that Linux Solutions was a great success. We had the
> chance to received the 100 live CDs the first morning of the event directly
> on the booth. All the DVDs were sold or given away. They also tried to have
> contact with Franz Meier, but he was too busy and we missed him.
> MaxSpevack gave us some further explanations about the budget. He wanted
> everyone here to understand about budget. At Red Hat March 1st is the date
> where we get new budget for the year. For Europe, we have several ideas for
> this budget -- a few big shows like LinuxTag and FOSDEM, probably one big
> FUDCon somewhere in Europe, etc. But also we have budget -- about $12,000
> per quarter, for the entire world -- for smaller shows.
> So he looked at the Fedora Events page and he realized that Fedora didn't
> help with Linux Solutions at all for budget. But he want to fix problems
> like that in the future. He just wanted to let us know -- we will have much
> more budget starting March 1st, and now that he is not the overall Fedora
> Leader anymore, he is going to be focusing lots of my time on Ambassadors and
> events worldwide.
> MaxSpevack wanted to know if any new contributors signed up at Linux
> Solutions. ThomasCanniot said that most people came here to know what Fedora
> is, get a CD, and to make criticism (good or bad) of the Distro, or to have a
> chat with them.
> RedHat Partner Summit
> FrancescoCrippa said that there's a "RedHat Partner Summit" in EMEA this
> year, very similar to RH Summit (usa) format. He wanted to know if it's
> possible to get a "Fedora space" into this event. MaxSpevack
> think that Red Hat is planning *something* in Europe similar to the RH Summit
> in the USA. And if/when that happens, we will try to have a Fedora event at
> the same time. And from now on, we will have a FUDCon at every RH Summit,
> anywhere in the world. Details about "RedHat Partner Summit"
> Lolug Pillole at Lodi (formally "Fedora by Night")
> Francesco Crippa told us that everything should be ready. He have received
> DVDs from MaxSpevack some weeks ago. T-Shirts and caps (20 items) from
> Spreadshirt last week (with local "own" budget) and tomorrow he hope to have
> Mairin posters printed. They have got at least 3 big online italian
> newspaper that report news about "fedora by night"
> ValentTurkovic asked about budgeting. He wanted to know if the budget covers
> some events that promote fedora but aren't shows. He have a project in mind
> that would get quite large media coverage in Croatian mainstream media and he
> would like to present it like Red Hat/Fedora sponsored event. It would be
> localization marathon - we would get 10-15 contributors to work on
> translation of Fedora, Gnome and other projects to Croatia. That would be a
> great way of promoting Fedora as a distribution for education, local
> groverment, etc... He believe that this would be a really not expensive
> event. And they would also like to distribute Fedora promo materials on this
> event that would be 2 days long. We could do this every month... and threy
> believe that after 2-3 events we would get local companies to cover the
> MaxSpevack think it sounds very, very interesting. And he would think that
> DimitrisGlezos, who is our translation and localization king, could probably
> help you out. He is happy to support an activity like that. He really need to
> do a longer presentation to all of you about our budget. But there is also
> money set aside for localization, and for other opportunities that we can't
> forsee but that come up. For anything specific to the actual *work* around
> localization, he suggest Valent talk to DimitrisGlezos. For any money needs,
> MaxSpevack is the guy to talk to.
> FOSDEM 2008
> DimitrisGlezos have scheduled a meeting with the mediawiki guys to talk about
> localization, since we're thinking about having it as our wiki solution. And
> also he'd really like us to sit down and discuss localization, our tools,
> community around translations and *everything* around this issue. So he'll
> make sure to go around and find a slot of 1-2 hours to properly cover
> everything, so that he'll make sure you have what you need for getting the
> word out to any local group/language
> JorgSimon will bring an "older" OLPC from Max and will bring the Posters.
> The Fedora Ambassador Polos which are ordered and will arrive in time.
> MaxSpevack is trying to get some new OLPC in time for LinuxTag.
> ChitleshGoorah will bring a KDE4 on a laptop + FEL applications.
> DimitrisGlezos will bring a Tux poster 3m high. SandroMathys just got message
> from the linuxtag organizers that they'll attend FOSDEM (and some other
> European events in the next some weeks) too...maybe a good chance to clear
> some things in person where necessary. French people will bring 100 Fedora
> badges, this is an experimental order from us.
> Chemnitzer LinuxTage 2008
> JoergSimon told us that the booth is allocated
> http://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2008/live/detail.html?idx=133 and a special
> Poster generated http://jsimon.fedorapeople.org/clt2.pdf
> Attendees will be JoergSimon, RobertScheck, JensKuehnel, and
> DanielKretschmer. ChitleshGoorah motivates ambassadors to go to chemnitz,
> their social party is great :)
> OpenExpo 2008 Berne
> FabianAffolter have already some Live-CD and they will try to resuse the
> posters from last year. MaxSpevack will help after March 1 if we need any
> budget. Maybe FabianAffolter will print some flyer to spread away with the
> There was a offline meeting at the begin of February. Check out
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/LinuxTag/LinuxTag2008/FLTT if you
> want to help
> MaxSpevack noticed that there are lots of EMEA events in Feb, Mar, Apr, May.
> But after LinuxTag the Events List for Europe drops off a lot. Events after
> LinuxTag (smaller than FOSDEM and LinuxTag)
> Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre (RMLL)
> FrOSCon 2008
> OpenExpo 2008
> HCC! Dagen 2008
> Linuxday 2008
> Linux Day (Italia)
> JeroenVanMeeuwen sent the latest draft of the NPO statutes to the mailing
> list, incorporating some of the comments made on the first draft.
> GeroldKassube indicates that the financial department in Germany still needs
> to "OK" the first draft and that is just to indicate there are no fundamental
> problems - nothing official about their answer -. We've set up a page (
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/EMEA/BoardElections ) where you can
> self-nominate if you would want to run for board and the law requires a
> minimum of 4 people on the board, and so far 4 people have nominated
> themselves. Note that amongst those 4 is MaxSpevack, who regretably will not
> be able to attend FOSDEM and can therefore not be elected Again, that's a
> requirement by law and not something we made up on the spot.
> GeroldKassube and JeroenVanMeeuwen have been thinking about postponing the
> foundation if there is 1) not enough candidates for board, or 2) if the
> ambassadors think max should be there when it all goes down 3) whatever other
> reason you can think of. There was a parol "OK" by a German financial
> department for the first draft (?), but nothing in written form, yet.
> Open stage
> ChitleshGoorah did a presentation for Fedora Electronic Lab,
> http://chitlesh.fedorapeople.org/FEL/fel-fabless-solutions.pdf , please pass
> it on to those you may know who might interested. I talked about where FEL
> applications can be used and how academic institutions might take advantage
> of it.
> Any comment or what ever is welcome.- Thanks
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> 2008-03-12 - 20.00 UTC
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