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At Thursday at the OpenExpo whilst I was filling out a feedback form. I
saw a flyer about a two-day event at Geneva called Linuxdays .
Did anybody ever hear something about this event? It's seems to be a
business event. Red Hat has attended in 2007. But that's more or less
all I was able to find out. OK, my french is very bad.
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Max Spevack has alluded to the increased budget we have for Fedora
Events this upcoming year. We are sure many have been wondering what
this means for the Ambassadors as we prepare for events all around the
world. FAmSCo has been busy getting information from Max and working
with him to figure out the processes we will use to handle these
We operate on the Red Hat fiscal year for purposes of this budget.
The Red Hat fiscal year quarters run as follows:
March 2008 - May 2008
June 2008 - August 2008
September 2008 - November 2008
December 2008 - February 2008
Money has been set aside specifically for larger events and $12,000
USD has been set aside for global events and swag per quarter.
Additional details are available from the Community Architecture
Budget page  in the wiki.
We are already into the first quarter and FAmSCo will work with the
budget "on the fly" for events within the first quarter.
For the second quarter starting in June 2008 we will be using a more
formalized process to determine how to distribute the funds. We will
use the Fedora Events page  in the wiki to determine which events
will be considered. Because of this it will be imperative to make
sure any event you are planning needs to be on that page. We are
setting a deadline of May 1st, 2008 to have events posted that fall in
the second quarter (June 2008 to August 2008) to the Fedora Events
With an increased budget comes an increased responsibility as well.
Max and the community architecture team has worked hard to help obtain
the funds we need. In order to justify the increased budget we will
need to show how this additional money has helped us spread Fedora to
more people and made an impact.
We will do this through increased event reporting. Many have already
seen the event reports starting to be sent to the mailing lists and
appearing on planet.fp.o. These reports are a quick way to raise
visibility of Fedora and the events we attend.
If you receive funds for an event from Fedora Project, these reports
will be a requirement of receiving those funds. Event reports should
include one blog post per day of event, a summary post to the
Ambassadors list, the blog should be part of Fedora Planet and they
should be completed within one week of the end of the event. We will
be providing some additional guidelines of possible things to
highlight from an event.
FAmSCo is also developing a more templated report which can be
reported to FAmSCo to aid in the gathering of metrics to help justify
the increased budget.
This has been a long email, but we wanted to make sure the Ambassador
community was aware of what was happening. We will post additional
details as we get them worked out. In summary, these are the
important points to take from this email:
** We have an increased Fedora Event budget this year
** We need any events that need funds during the second quarter (June
2008 to August 2008) to be added to the Fedora Events page no later
than May 1st, 2008.
** If you receive funds for an event there will be reporting
requirements which include blog postings to Fedora Planet, a summary
report to the Ambassadors mailing list and a metrics based report to
These are exciting times! Please let any FAmSCo member  know if
you have any questions.
on Behalf of FAmSCo
The second day started as busy as the first one. I guess this was
basically because the talk of Alan was the first one of the day.
Everybody wanted to listen to his talk. 20 min before he started most
seats in the room were already occupied. 10 min before the start there
was no more standing room. 5 min later there was a 2 m long queue in
front of the door. For us this was perfect because our booth was not far
away from the door and so were able to grab all visitors who haven't
found a seat.
Alan became a Cypertool from the OpenExpo organization team for his
talk. And what did Alan with this gift? He decided to pass this tool to
us and Joerg and I agreed that we take it as a donation for the Fedora
EventBox. So far the tool has a place in my personal EventBox till the
"real" EventBox is available in Europe. Alan, thank you very much.
Jan brought his OLPC along with a newer software version than the one of
Joerg. Joerg was a bit jealousy and during the afternoon he started to
update the OLPC from Seth. The formating process is very interesting.
After the update Jan and Joerg tried to get the collaboration stuff to
work. It took some time but at the end it worked. Only very slowly, but
that unimportant. Because there was a big interest in the XO we gave out
some flyers from the OLPC Switzerland Project and a report of a pilot
study. As a countertrade they told the people about Fedora and gave away
Slowly the communities are becoming bigger and bigger and I guess that
the point why a lot of university are interested in this processes. On
Wednesday Joerg was interviewed by a guy from the University of Berne.
Today it was my turn. A guy from the University of Munich asked me a lot
of questions about the Fedora community, how we works, how the
leadership is guiding us, how we are making decisions, what influences
Red Hat has, what the ways are for building a good working community,
and so on and on. At the end it took 40 min to answer all his questions.
I guess that Max will kick my ass when we meet the next time because I
have definitely a lack of knowledge about the work and the influence of
the board, the position and the exact role of the community manager and
the handling of important decisions which affects Red Hat and Fedora.
Next time I will be more prepared, I promise...
As usual the event was in a familiar atmosphere and it's was very good
to meet a lot of people from the last OpenExpo and other projects again.
* more or less 5 attendees -> 60% increase in comparison to the
last OpenExpo in 2007 (there were exactly 4 ambassadors and 3 Red Hat
employees. I don't took Alan and Jan into account because we didn't
expected that Jan will be there too and that Alan hang around at your
booth all time)
* 150 flyers -> all gone (only one of the copy masters is left.
Fortunately it did not disturb the people that the quality of the copies
was not as good as I would gladly have had it)
* around 70 Live CDs -> all gone
* approximated 200 Install media Fedora 8 (from Red Hat Germany) ->
* 20 Fedora Sticker -> all gone
* FUDCon rubber bands still a huge amount left
* T-Shirts "I am Fedora" still a lot left (it's very useful to have
some t-shirts in the back hand because if there are any new attendees
they can wear them)
* My impression was that there were more visitors than last autumn
but this is only subjective. We hope that we will get some numbers about
the visitors soon.
* IMHO tables are not the right way to present anything to visitors
because tables are too low and often too small. For looking at the XO
everybody had to stoop when the battery of the XO was empty. Next point,
even if you have free chairs the visitors will not take a seat.
Excepting they have a lot of specific question or want an interview.
* Don't sit the whole day at your table behind your laptop and
hack. This shows to the visitors "move away and don't ask me anything".
Just a little reminder. This issue was discussed already many many times
in the past.
* Having flyers is as important as Live media because nobody can
remember 68 URLs...
* Fedora Ambassador Business cards are apparently a most have.
During the last year I used around 15 pieces most for PGP keysigning.
During OpenExpo for me it would have been possible to give away around
30 because some people are interested in talks about Fedora and others
just want to have a Fedora contact in their city.
Now it's time to say "thank you" to all attendees. I like to thanks
Frederik Bijlsma from Red Hat Frankfurt to provide us with a lot of
Fedora 8 Install DVDs and helping at the booth. Again Alan Cox for the
donation of the cybertool for the European Eventbox and that he hanged
out a lot of hours at our booth and make people stop. Jan Wildeboer for
his sweeping lightning talk during the social event and for taking care
of the business interested visitors who have any questions about RHEL. A
big thank goes to red (Sandro Mathys) for taking care of the install
zone and Timea Rusz for helping at the booth, too. Joerg Simon for
bringing all the stuff from FOSDEM like the posters, textile banners,
Live media, t-shirts, and the XO. Without their help it would not have
been possible to cover this event.
The long first day of OpenExpo 2008 at Berne is over and the XO is still
a good way to make the visitors stop at our booth. In Switzerland a lot
of people have heard about the XO but never seen one and/or never had
the possibility to play with. Most of them would like to pay for two and
get one because it would be a very cool gift.
To enter the fair ground 90 min before the official opening time to
setup the booth is definitely to early. We were a bit lonely. Our
"booth" has a small table, four chairs and a wall for Mo's poster. We
also reuse some banners that Joerg has produced for FOSDEM. We splited
our group because we had to handle the booth and the install zone. red
decided to start at the install zone (he stayed the whole day there at
the end) and Joerg, Timea und I managed the booth. My feeling were that
there are more people around from beginning than in autumn 2007 at
Zurich. It was a very good idea to have some flyers because often
visitors only wanted some information about Fedora. Frederik Bijlsma
arrived after a long train passage, unpacked the Fedora install DVDs,
overlaid a "I am Fedora" t-shirt, and started to help us at the booth.
Alan arrived before lunch time, too. OpenExpo provided snacks and drinks
for free for all attendees for lunch, as always.
Power plugs are different. You can build every interesting constructions
to bring a UK plug in a swiss plug. And of course there aren't never
enough places free for all those European laptop power adapters and it's
good to have a "modified" version of a power distribution unit somewhere
(unfortunately this device was 10 min away by foot). I have already
learned my lessons during past events...I met a lot of people during the
afternoon who are very happy with their system and Fedora. Amazingly one
guy told me that he is using Fedora on a lot of web servers in a
productive environment and that he still have two machines with Fedora
Core 1 (he didn't express any details about the usage of this systems).
One big issue are still the codecs. 5 to 6 people asked me how they can
configure their systems to play DVDs or mp3. Why never ask anybody
something about the synchronization of a mobile phone with Linux or
something like that? I guess that there is no need for such things...DVD
playback cares everyone.
The operator of a well known search engine sponsored the social event.
There were some lightning talks and some Freebeer. We sat together
around a table and chatted a lit bit. Slowly I was getting tired and we
went along with Joerg because he didn't know exactly where his hotel
was. Tomorrow will be a new day and don't forget: Fedora always leads,
Today was our last Day at Open Expo. We were a strong team Fabian, Timea ,
Sandro, Frederic and finally Alan Cox and Jan Wildeboer. We all answered
questions an encouraged people to work with us. A view minutes before i get a
mail from a new contributor who want support Chitlesh with Fedora Electronic
Jan and i had conversations with OLPC.ch and arranged some contacts to
support/start a project in Jericho. Because Jan brought his OLPC B1 with a
newer SW Version as the OLPC B2 that we had, i decided to upgrade firmware
and software to try the colaboration stuff, Alan crossed his Fingers and
after a view workarounds both OLPC could work together. Even the formating
process looks great. Max&Seth, you see your old OLPC get a second life :-)
All DVD´s, CD and many Flyers are given away - Fabian has the numbers. From
the countless number of people with i had conversation at this day, there
were around 10 People who will do something to support Fedora in some way.
Yes, we need that "Join Fedora Station" and a coordinated mentoring to pick
I had also interesting talks with business people and told them how they can
participate to the Fedora Project and get benefit (not in Money counts) with
It is impossible to describe the fun and all the good things - that is
somewhat you must experience by yourself.
Find some pictures http://www.simline.de/OpenExpo08/
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> 21:19 #fedora-meeting: < spevack> I think that we need to make media
> somewhere in EMEA that can ship to other places in EMEA. And we make
> media in USA for places in USA. But it is a waste of money to ship CDs
> across the ocean, and pay for customs.
> 21:20 #fedora-meeting: < spevack> Fedora can pay the bill, but I need
> help from locals in Europe to find a good manufacturer and price.
I can talk with TAKT CD/DVD manufacter. the WWW is
http://www.takt.com.pl/index.html (english and dutch languages
Minimum quantity is 500DVDs, I think that it is not enough for Europe.
I should know price within 2-3 days
mail: uosiumen na serwerze uosiu kropka info
jabber: uosiu na serwerze jabberpl kropka org
So, I've spoken with TAKT, they can do 500DVD for 509,41 EUR (including 22% VAT)
mail: uosiumen on server uosiu with a small dot info
jabber: uosiu on server jabberpl with a small dot org
My personal event hat-trick - three big FOSS events in three weeks in three
different countries - is almost finished.
I have little work in Bern, Switzerland to do related to my job, and so i am
in the lucky position to support this event.
After a stormy trip from Stuttgart to Bern - btw. i started 04:00 AM at my
place - i arrived at 07:30 to help Timea, Fabian, Sandro to polish the booth
and start the day. As seen on FOSDEM and CLT the Posters are working fine. We
had a nice little booth.
There was also a install zone where people could bring Hardware to fix
problems or install Linux, and Sandro did a great job to help the people
Frederic from the Frankfurt RedHat Office brought us DVD´s and we switched him
in a Fedora Contributor, put him in a Fedora Shirt and send him to help
Later, Alan arrived and stayed with us almost the whole day, some of his
masterpieces was a strange construct of Powerplugs to match the swiss
electrical sockets maybe someone remember my own Power Plug Adventure ;-) -
another one on the social event, he jailed google in a bottle jail, i am sure
Fabian or Sandro who has taken pictures off it, can tell this story better
The event itself was incredible, the area with exhibitors is larger then
Linuxtag in Germany - and much much people, hope i get some numbers tomorrow.
We had good talks with visitors about our Fedora Project, but - they want to
try it, "maybe" want use it - and are to shy to contribute to it. We gave
away some DVD´s, LiveCD´s, Flyers and Stickers. I am sure, now there are a
lot more people in Bern, Switzerland who know the role off the Fedora
Project - in German there is metapher - constant dropping wears the stone. We
achieved so much in the last weeks - Linux Magazin will bring a illustrated
Story about Fedora EMEA, Robert will give a Podcast about Fedora in the next
Weeks, and i had also a premiere, today was my first official interview with
a guy from the University of Bern - i will keep you informed what happened
with it. The social event - as expected not able to beat CLT ;-) - was nice
and valorized with lightening talks.I am really look forward to the Open Expo
Day 2 - the Community Day.
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