To begin with I would like to offer my most sincere apology for missing
our last FAmNA meeting in which I was supposed to cover most of this,
the oversight was my own and there is simply no excuse.
Now on with business, the situation is sadly that I just last Thursday
got all of the information from different entities I needed in order to
actually put together my proper budget proposal. I have updated the wiki
page with my findings and with the proposal.
I would like Fedora to have a strong presence at TXLF and I know we
can and will even though it has been somewhat of a wild ride thus far. I
have potentially all the media I need, I have the event box, and I have
the vertical banners but would like the "UPDATE ME" items on the wiki
page section "swag" to be visited. If we have the materials available, I
would like to request them.
Also, I wanted to bring up the discussion of 32-bit vs 64-bit media. I
know that the majority of new computers are 64-bit (even the latest
Intel Atom is 64-bit) and I'm sure conference go-ers would like to see
64-bit media but I have a lot of 32-bit media that Spot left with me
after SXSW that I think would be sufficient in volume of media but
leaves the question of "do we need 64-bit media?" and if so, is there
some sitting in reserves somewhere? I don't know that 64-bit is 100%
necessary, but it was something I wanted to bring up for discussion
I want to allow for 2-4 Fedora Ambassadors to be sponsored from out
of town (but still Texas local for travel costs). I have outlined in the
wiki page my proposal for hotel costs and travel reimbursement for fuel.
Please let me know what thoughts are on those topics.
It is proposed that we sponsor the TXLF as Silver sponsors which
will cost $1000 but if that is outside the confines of the budget I
would at minimum like to have a Bronze sponsorship status.
If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to ask!
Just wondering if we have a booklet covering the basics of Fedora (in
print). That will make a good 'hand-out' in Events.
Something the size of A5 looks okay. -- OR -- an A3 colour printed
material that folds down to A5 will also be cool.
Do we have something like that? Where and how do I get some?
Hi fellow ambassador,
it's a pleasure for me to announce that the Fedora booth at LinuxTag
2011 has been confirmed.
LinuxTag is one of the biggest events for Free and Open Source Software
in Europe. It will take place in Berlin from 11th to 14th May, 2011. For
more info about this event visit http://www.linuxtag.org/
If you would like to attend LinuxTag, please add yourself on the wiki
page at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LinuxTag_2011
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have limited the number of contributors to 10. Only
the first 10 persons who enter their names in the wiki will get funding
for travel and hotel from Fedora. Of course you are still welcome to
join us if you are not one of the first 10 people and we are happy to
help you with the hotel rooms and all that. You can even apply for
funding through the usual channels , but we cannot guarantee you get
it because LinuxTag tends to be an expensive event for Fedora. Whoever
receives founding needs to help out at the Fedora booth.
If you are planning to attend, you should try to arrive the day before
LinuxTag starts. We need to build up our booth and would like do a small
Fedora activity day (FAD) in preparation of the event in the afternoon
More details are to come. If you have any questions, please ask here on
this mailing list or direct them to Fedora's LinuxTag organization team
 The team consists of Jens Kühnel (jens), Thomas Wörner (twoerner)
and Christoph Wickert (cwickert)
Hi fellow ambassadors,
I'm just trying to write a report about Chemnitzer Linuxtage, one of the
biggest community events here in Germany. But to be honest I don't
really know what to write except: It was like every year.
This doesn't mean that the event was bad, by far NOT. It was just as
great as every year. You really can rely on the CLT people, they have a
fantastic group of volunteers to help out at the event. They take care
of everything, no matter what it is. The catering was extraordinary once
again, especially on the social event on Saturday evening.
I would have liked to party harder, but I had to give my Kolab talk on
Sunday morning, so I went back to the hotel early. Why do I always get
the slots on the morning after the social event? Happened to me at
FOSDEM and OpenRheinRuhr already. :(
As every year I met quite a lot of people at Chemnitz. The Fedora team
consisted of Jörg Simon, Robert Scheck, Fabian Affolter, Sven Lankes,
Jens Kühnel and me (obviously). With Michael Spahn and Dominik Hopf two
more Fedora contributors were helping at the Xfce booth but
unfortunately our Czech friends from Red Hat Brno could not join us.
Then of course I met the typical suspects from other projects, way too
many to name them all.
I managed to get rid of a lot of media. I had 7 boxes with me, roughly
700 pieces. One box was picked up by Vinzenz for Augsburger Linux Info
days next week and two are for Gerold for the Linux Days Graz in April.
Fabian was so kind as to take them with him and drop them off at
Gerold's on his way home to Switzerland. The other 4 boxes were mostly
distributed at CLT and the rest was given to somebody for another event.
I like really this distribution method: Fast, effective and inexpensive.
On the negative side we have the "Battle of the distributions" on
Saturday. It was not really a battle because the different distros
(Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSUSE, Pardus and Ubuntu were not fighting
but rather showing how to manage a particular task with their latest
release. The first exercise was how to view YouTube. As we all know
YouTube doesn't run with gnash, so this means installing the Adobe Flash
I have to admit that it's a typical problem beginners are facing, so it
is a valid exercise, but it's not really a good example to compare the
quality of the distributions and if the first thing on a free software
event is to install unfree software, something is wrong.
The winner was Ubuntu here, they have patched the Firefox plugin finder
to not only find the flash plugin but also to install it through apt. On
the other hand Ubuntu had some problems later when somebody asked how to
revoke the sudo privileges of the first user (only possible on the
console). Fedora also didn't do that bad: I had to go to the Adobe
homepage, but at least they offer a yum repository, so we could do a
completely graphic click-through install and will get updates later.
Unfortunately this was not only the first but also the only exercise but
also the last one because things got a little chaotic afterwards. The
Pardus guy managed to completely screw up his machine before the
competition started, so he had to reinstall it while we were already
showing doing the Flash exercise. We skipped him and when we all were
finished, it was his time. He still hadn't finished his install, but he
had all the time in the world to show their first-run wizard and
configure icons, wallpapers and some more stuff, before the wizard
crashed. So he went through it again and when he was done, there was
nothing left to do because Pardus delivers all kinds of questionable
proprietary software out of the box. They even package Windows Binaries
To me Pardus was clearly the looser, their X crashed every time when it
was switched to the big screen, but the Pardus guy managed to turn
failure into a win: The more problems he had, the more time he had for
telling how great Pardus is. The presenter was to kind to interrupt him,
so it became a Pardus show. Fedora at least got some extra attention
when I was to tell something in SELinux and I was told that my
presentations were pretty convincing, but other great distributions like
Debian only had 5 minutes to show their work.
Apart from this Chemnitz was really great again - but you don't expect
This mail is a reminder for today's meeting for the French speaking community.
2011-03-21 / 18:30 UTC
Ce mail est un rappel pour la réunion de la communauté francophone, qui aura lieu ce lundi (21 mars) à 20h30 heure de Paris sur IRC (freenode) #fedora-meeting .
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Our next big event in EMEA is FOSDEM 2011 :)
As you have seen on this list we are already organizing our presence
. (Add yourself if you are coming!)
Please note that we need to step up and register some talks on the
Distribution MiniConf (a Conference on Distributions within FOSDEM).
We are 20 fedorians already coming to FOSDEM and I am sure we have a
lot to share with other communities (community, technical etc)
In order to participate in the discussion please join the dist2011
mailing list to state your talk proposal or reply here and I can relay
Also note that we need to keep our wiki updated for that  and that
you can have a talk in the Main Track (Our FPL will!) or a lighting
ps. for questions please reply here or ping biertie (our event owner)
or me on IRC
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