OK, here is a mail to respond to several topics which seems to be in
many people minds.
*First, let me re-introduce you the Fedora-fr Community, the
Fedora-fr.org is a community website whose aim is to promote Fedora. It
is lead mostly by active Ambassadors. It is made of a forum, several
mailing lists, an IRC channel on Freenode and a local documentation
project. There are at the moment more than 9000 members subscribed to
our forums. On these forums, we help people if they have problems and
questions about the distro, obviously, but we also help people creating
their own RPM to help them participating into Fedora Extras. We have
also about 15 people contributing to the local documentation project.
Fedora-fr is also the area where French Ambassadors are altogether.
There are 13 active ambassadors. On Sundays, they meet themselves to
discuss the promotion of the distro at a local scale, but also the main
decisions taken by the Project in general.
*What are you doing?*
We are actively promoting the distribution. How are we doing this ?
First, we created a strong community website. People can share their
thoughts about Fedora, with the forums, the IRC or the blog platform.
Finally, Ambassadors and involved people also go to different events.
They first met during a big install party which happened in October
2006. And this year, Fedora was officially represented by some
ambassadors (6) at the biggest Linux event in France, Linux Solutions.
Some French Ambassadors (3) also went to FOSDEM to meet European
Ambassadors and worldwide involved people.
*What is this Fedora-fr Organisation thing?*
First, I need to explain to you how we came to this idea. There were
first requests from French people to be able to give Fedora some money.
They couldn't, as the Project does not accept gifts due to legal issues.
Then, there were several misunderstandings and little organisation (from
both side it seems), and we were invited to create our materials
locally. As nobody here wanted to spend its own money for it, we decided
that a non-profit organisation was a very good thing to do: it would
allow us to create our own materials and to be recognised as a fully
organised and legal entity both by the Fedora Project and RedHat.
Moreover, as RedHat Brandful store goodies shipping costs are completely
unaffordable by Europeans, we decided to create a webshop as well.
As you can see, everything is about promoting Fedora, as it has never
been the case elsewhere and before.
*How are you going to do it?*
As soon as the organisation will be authorised by the french
governement, we will invite people to subscribe to it, if they are
willing to. This would create a lot of money. Then, because we know that
subscriptions will slow down a day or another and because Fedora goodies
are very difficult to find in Europe, we had this webshop idea: on each
product that are going to be sold, we will get a small profit for the
organisation. Finally, we will have some money to work with, so as to
create DVDs and help people promoting the distro (by having a part of
their trip reimbursed for example).
Involved ambassadors voted for the creation of the non-profit
organisation on January 31st, during Linux Solutions event. Here are the
involved people: Thomas Canniot (myself -- president), Armel Kermorvant
(vice-president), Johan Cwislinski (treasurer), Guillaume Kulakowski
(secretary) and two others people involved in the Steering Committee,
Thierry Delmonte and Charles Vinchon.
*What do you think of Fedora Europe Infrastructure (FEI)?*
We think that Fedora Europe Infrastructure is a very good idea and we
want to take an active part in its creation. Let me explain to you how
we see things. We think that FEI has to help people organise themselves
into local non-profit organisations, mostly as we have done here in
France. If there are some money to deal with, from RedHat for example,
FEI will get the money so as to share it to non-profit organisations
which need to promote Fedora locally. If they can't / don't want to
create a non-profit organisation or if they don't want to create goodies
locally, then FEI will have goodies made for them and send to them. FEI
however should only accept large orders and not give DVDs one by one.
Local community don't need all the army with them (a big website and all
that stuff), but only a legal entity ruled by recognised rules that help
FEI understand that they are not trying to get things for themselves.
*How should FEI be organised?*
Well, I don't think it may be a good idea to have only one person
leading FEI. It may be a very good idea however that some people manage
things. At least, 3, but not more, to avoid under activity.
FEI Steering Committee should be elected by Ambassadors. And only
European Ambassadors should be allowed to be at its head (or maybe one
person from the Fedora Ambassador Project, as its leader, or even
higher, Greg or Max).
The French Ambassadors
My name is Douglas Hardison. My friends all call me 'Woody'.
I have just completed my application to Fedora Amabassadors.
The nice people in #fedora on FreeNode alerted me to its existence, and
pointed me to the Ambassador HowTo.
I am 35 years old ( come this Friday ), and I currently live in Clayton,
North Carolina. Clayton is a small town just outside Raleigh.
I am recently transplanted from the city of Wilson, NC; home of the
'World's Largest Tobacco Market'.
I am married and have a seven year old daughter, and an 11 month old son.
I currently work support Linux-based network monitoring appliances.
Before that, I was an admin at a local ISP in Wilson, where I obtained
most of my Linux knowledge. Everything from email to RADIUS to web
I have been using Linux for approximately 10 years or so. I did not
start out with RedHat, but eventually ended up using RedHat 5.0. At that
time, I found it the most intuitive, *plus* easy to install distribution.
As my wiki page ( http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DouglasHardison )
states, I have played with other distributions, but always return to my
I hope to become an active member in the Fedora community, and give back
a little of what Linux has done for me.
I am Mohamed Imran and i belong to the AU-KBC Research Center,
Chennai. I really admire the qualities of fedora and i have used it
right from its inception to solve my needs.
I am indebted to Fedora and i think i can contribute to its to its
growth now in a much more proactive manner by advocating it in all
forums i present myself.
Hope to work with you people to promote Fedora
Mohamed Imran K R
AU-KBC Research Centre
I'm new here ... my name is Mohd Izhar Firdaus , I'm from Malaysia and
just joined the ambassador program.
.. I'm a student in PETRONAS University of Technology taking ICT
course .. have been slowly promoting linux, FOSS and Fedora in the
university for a while now .. and just decided to make it official ..
I still have a lot to learn .. and hope y'all can guide and help me through ..
Mohd Izhar Firdaus Bin Ismail
天野晃 「あまの ひかる」
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
ICT 2nd Year 1st Semester
At the beginning of Fedora Ambassador Wiki page there is the follow
sentence: "Fedora Ambassadors are people like you and me, who go to
places where other Linux users and potential converts gather and tell
them about Fedora --- the project and the distribution."
I propose to use, instead, the
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing/TalkingPoints sentence (i add
"Ambassadors" at the beggining):
"Ambassadors spread the good word of Fedora. Spread the glamor. Spread
the action. Make waves. Encourage participation. Encourage the community."
What do you think?
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This mail is a reminder for today´s meeting for French ambassadors and
_every_ interested people.
2007-03-11 / 19:30 UTC
Ce mail est un rappel pour la réunion des ambassadeurs francophones,
qui aura lieu ce dimanche (11 mars) à 20h30 heure de Paris sur IRC
(freenode) #fedora-mktg-fr .