I recall asking about this in a separate mail. Below is a poke from the
Do we have anyone to attend / demo / speak ? Do we want to be present at
AXIS ? Does anyone have feedback from previous events ?
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FOSSters @ AXIS '08
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 15:43:38 +0530 (IST)
[snipping off some stuff]
AXIS'08 is a three day technical festival scheduled to be held from 26th
to 28th of September this year.
The sole purpose for keeping this Open Source event (which is now being
held under the name FOSSters) in AXIS'08 is to popularize the usage of
free and open source among students of colleges all over India. The
competition will also help and encourage them to contribute to this
wonderful world of FOSS, which would eventually lead them to be linked
with FOSS for their whole lives.
The event format for Open Source Challenge, now being held under the name
"FOSSters", has been decided and is as follows:
The participants will have to submit their FOSS
project which can be an ongoing under
sourceforge.net or similar websites. Those not
currently working on a project can join such
projects or start their own project. The project
should not be one of the FOSS India Award 2008
or earlier winners, although it can be one of
those were nominated. The project may include a
new software, documentation , writing plug-ins
or finding bugs for existing ones. The
participants must clearly show their
contribution in the project.
Judging criteria: 1. Importance of project.
2. Contribution made by
For the FOSS Workshop/Lecture Series the topics suggested are as follows:
1. gcc internals.
2. GNOME Project and How to Contribute.
3. Fedora and How to Contribute.
4. Virtualization On Redhat Linux.
5. How to make own Linux-Distro.
Any other suggestion is always welcome.
Being the most successful and popular company working with open source
community, RedHat can provide the right platform for attracting students
to this event.
With your support and encouragement we would be able to achieve our goal.
(Event Head FOSSters, AXIS'08).
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This is the meeting log of #fedora-india meet to discuss FUDCon 2008
on 13July, 6:30PM..
<mether> ok folks
<mether> lets get started with the actual agenda
* abby87 (n=abhishek(a)126.96.36.199) has joined #fedora-india
<mether> roll call
<chacha_chaudhry> Rakesh Pandit
<mether> for those who haven't seen it already
<mether> the general idea we have is to focus more on contributing
<mether> be it packaging, testing, reviewing or something else
<mether> and we need relatively simple achievable goals
<abby87> Abhishek Rane here (new member in fedora project ) (not
started contributing yet but i hope i wont be an alien here)
<kushal> abby87, welcome :)
<mether> that doesnt look like a alien name anyway
<susmit> abby87, welcome
<mether> so the idea I have suggested is to respond to
<abby87> btw Fudcon is a really great idea
<mether> there are about a few dozen fonts
<mether> decorative, various scripts
<mether> and they are usually simple to package, review and maintain
<mether> we have IIRC about 600 or so packages waiting on review
<techbugs> we'll need ready systems with atleast a few drills done to
<mether> many of them are simple enough to review
<mether> so we can have a review fest
<mether> for QA and bug triages
<mether> we have 6000+ bugs usually open at any time
<chacha_chaudhry> Does this fest happen periodically like should start
at least couple of months before or even now
<mether> we could get started right away
<mether> and carry it over to FUDCon
<mether> so everybody has the right ideas
<mether> and some experience on doing things
<mether> if there is anything more we need to pursue, I am open to that
<mether> if folks are interested in other areas like documentation,
artwork and so on
<susmit> and infra
<mether> how many people here are planning to attend foss.in ?
* kushal does
<mether> alright, good
<mether> how many have a laptop or any system you can carry with you to foss.in?
<abby87> no here
<techbugs> +1 :) and a big one
<mether> if you have spare laptops, bring them along
<techbugs> yap sure
<mether> so you can loan it to people or booths temporarily
<kushal> mether, spare !!
<kushal> mether, ok
<mether> the current plans in the booth
<mether> are two things
<chacha_chaudhry> so how many folks can start in fest on those tasks right now
<susmit> chacha_chaudhry, ????
* kushal can not in this week
<mether> I think we can start doing it from next week then
<mether> but if you find time
<mether> in between
<mether> to work on any of these tasks, go ahead
<chacha_chaudhry> because may be we divide at least these tasks into
some parts and then achieve them and add more tasks if we have more
<mether> reviewing a package for example is just a one off task anybody can do
<mether> in half an hour or so
<mether> in the booth
<mether> two things
<mether> 1) get people signed up for a Fedora account. This is a click
<mether> 2) a live usb station where anybody can bring a usb key and
load Fedora in them
<mether> I will also be carrying a entire Fedora mirror with me
<techbugs> 1,2 r do-able easily
<mether> and some goodies of course
<susmit> ah, when it comes to mirroring, how about a hands on on that?
<mether> susmit, sure. note that in the wiki
<susmit> instant mirror +mirroring
<mether> whoever wants to lead any particular session, post it in the wiki
<mether> or if you havent access yet, post to the list
<mether> and i will copy over
<kushal> mether, so this time we are going to have a full time booth
<kushal> like they do in LinuxTag
<kushal> better for us
<mether> thats the idea assuming the conference folks agree
<kushal> mether, we had booths ever year
<kushal> mether, but no one manned them properly
* chacha_chaudhry does not know what booth is -- this is his first time
<kushal> for any project
<kushal> chacha_chaudhry, :)
<abby87> same prob here :(
<kushal> abby87, chacha_chaudhry
http://flickr.com/photos/kushaldas/2608684596/ behind is the CentOS
<mether> booth is a stall
<mether> with posters
<mether> desk and people behind it
<kushal> Fedora booth http://flickr.com/photos/kushaldas/521352886/
<techbugs> [power out,... dont know how long the netork will last]
<kushal> and empty booth http://flickr.com/photos/kushaldas/521349084/
<kushal> <eof> from em
<mether> essentially a sort of reception area
<susmit> techbugs, 5-1=4 :)
<techbugs> not yet :)
<mether> do folks here have any other plans you want to discuss and
questions to ask
<abby87> yes we have
<susmit> Are we planning to contact all Indian contributors?
<kushal> contact means ?
<susmit> mail them
<kushal> susmit, that they will get in the list
<mether> we will advertise the conference in the mailing list. Does it
benefit to mail them individually?
<abby87> a silly question mebbe but we were talking of fonts but
aliasing of fonts on kde4 and gnome is it different ?
<susmit> mether, not really, just asking
<mether> abby87: nope. packaging fonts is desktop environment neutral
<mether> they all use fontconfig
<abby87> mether: ok
<chacha_chaudhry> what are main issues while packaging fonts --
license may be one ? I don't know though
<mether> we have a list of fonts which we have cleared and known to be
<mether> but yes
<mether> you have to check the license and possibly origin
<mether> random fonts claim to be under a open license but copy glyphs
from proprietary fonts which is not allowed
<abby87> will we see any change in the default fonts in fedora ...coz
many ppl switch to ms fonts as they install fedora(any solution to
<mether> the fonts in the wishlist are usually those we have confirmed
to be good
<chacha_chaudhry> aah! Okay so we should essentially check glyphs
<kushal> But how ?
<mether> abby87: https://www.redhat.com/promo/fonts/
<kushal> mether, I mean by searching or any special techniques
<mether> the popular tool
<mether> is to just use fontforge
<mether> and compare
<mether> but you dont usually have to do any of that
<mether> unless the origin is suspicious
<susmit> mether, have the foss.in guys been contacted?
<mether> fonts from the popular foundries such as SIL are good.
<mether> we have been in touch with them, yes
<mether> and they are ok with it. they just need to know the specific
requirements well in advance
<chacha_chaudhry> so when we have doubt then it takes a more time :)
Is it reason you told about checking origion
<mether> the fudcon india page
<mether> has wishlist and review in progress
<mether> for fonts
<mether> where is rishi?
<chacha_chaudhry> rishi is away for long since few days
<mether> besides the contributors here
<mether> is there any specific people you would like to bring to FUDCon?
<mether> Fedora contributors
<chacha_chaudhry> balaji will be coming
<susmit> may be indradg
<susmit> will be coming
<mether> contact them and let them know
<susmit> will do
<mether> chacha_chaudhry: did you get a response on the sponsor request?
<chacha_chaudhry> no :(
<chacha_chaudhry> I am finishing two more today
<mether> ok. I will get someone to do that on Monday
<mether> till then, see if you can find more packages to review
<chacha_chaudhry> laconica + mailutils
<chacha_chaudhry> i will try more reviews
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<susmit> just a sec,
<mether> susmit said he is interested to lead a session on mirroring
<mether> i am intending to demo creating spins
<mether> if you willing to lead other sessions, let me know
<susmit> don't we need some custom designs for t-shirt and caps ?
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<techbugs> i'd like to take "how do you do XYZ with fedora"
<mether> i dont think there is any plan for caps currently
<kushal> mether, we want Max and paul to be in FUDCON
<mether> tshirts, we are planning to go with a generic design
<susmit> mether, fine
<mether> the generic blue one
<mether> we can do bulk orders
<mether> that is cheaper
<kushal> mether, tshirts , last FUDCon ones were very ver thin
<mether> yep. we are planning on better quality this time
<mether> if you have friends or anyone interested in contributing, try
to bring them along or bring to this channel
<mether> we can have regular irc meetings and help out
<kushal> mether, what about the guests ? like Max and Paul ?
* susmit thinks "FISL 9.0 - Brasil " does look good too
<mether> i have asked them already, we would only be able to confirm
by next quarter for travel
<abby87> can we decide now when will be the next irc meet? so it wud be better
<mether> same time next week?
<mether> we are hanging on this channel pretty much all the time
<chacha_chaudhry> lets do it regularly at least to see where we going
<kushal> mether, few of stay here all time :)
<mether> chacha_chaudhry: done
<mether> is anybody attending or presenting in any events before that?
<kushal> mether, may be not sure
<chacha_chaudhry> not sure
<mether> so if you do attend events, write up event reports, blog it,
take pictures and make it public
<kushal> mether, btw, I want to be official Fedora Photographer :)
<mether> you can post your presentation to
<mether> kushal: if you volunteer, you are. period
* kushal steps ahead
* chacha_chaudhry places photographer crown on kushal's head
<abby87> gosh there is a wiki for everything in fedora !
<kushal> yay :)
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* susmit poses for a snap
<susmit> are we done?
<mether> yep, unless others have anything else to add
<mether> can someone post the irc logs and meeting mins to fedora-india list?
Usage: ME <action>, sends the action to the current channel (actions
are written in the 3rd person, like /me jumps)
• susmit does that
<mether> susmit: ok thanks
<mether> meeting done
Based on popular vote, we have planned to have a IRC meeting at
#fedora-india to discuss holding a Fedora conference in India on July
13th (Sunday) 6:30 PM. We will likely run for around an hour and we can
discuss other items if there is interest after that.
From the earlier mailing list discussions, the notes have been
published in the wiki at
See you all there.
I will be there. But what will be the meeting about??
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Subject: IRC meeting to discuss FUDCon India 2008
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Can we do this at either Friday (Jul 11th) or Sunday (Jul 13) 6:00 PM in
#fedora-india. Reply back if you willing to participate with your
preferred timing and we can settle on one.
Notes on issues with bringing ISV's (free and open source ones) to
Fedora and what we could do about it. Bringing these ISV's to Fedora
will make Fedora more attractive as a system provider
We have had some success bringing a few into the fold. One example is
So if you are a contributor interested in doing package reviews, this is
something to keep an eye on. We are looking into holding a session at