We will have a large event in Tunisia (Computer Expo) with 5000 attending
persons from 23 november to 27 november.
It will be a great occasion to offer livecd fedora, so we want to have a
budget to burn CD's and do some swag.
M'BAREK Med Nihed,
Portal Developer Tunisie Telecom
Fedora Ambassador, TUNISIA, Northern Africa
PUB 1024D/9E2FFB76 Date 2009/02/14
I'll be the first to admit that I've been quiet on this list for a
while, but as my primary duty to FAMSCO, I've continued to track our
budget spending, and with F14 coming up, it's time to make sure we're
all planning properly.
We have two primary buckets of Fedora-related money: one for FUDCons and
FADs, and another for basically "everything else", which includes our
regional community support around the world.
If you have ideas for FADs that you'd like to see in the next few
months, the best place to do the organizing for those is on the
fudcon-planning list, which is used for both FUDCons and FADs. Even
with FUDCon Tempe in its planning phase, we sill have sufficient budget
to hold several more FADs between now and the end of February.
The "everything else" bucket of money is primarily used by Ambassadors
It's tracked here:
As you can see, we have plenty of budget available to spend, so it would
be very useful for all of the regional teams to make sure they have a
good list of whatever they need for F14 (media, swag, etc.), and it's
also a good time to think about any longer-term purchases that are
needed in different regions (refreshing event kits, banners & posters,
Finally, if any travel sponsorships are needed in different parts of the
world, that's another thing that we can use budget for.
Perhaps in each of the upcoming regional Ambassador meetings, the groups
could come up with whatever budget requests they'd like to make between
now and the end of the year, and send them along to FAMSCO, so we can
help make sure that everything can be purchased and paid for?
In particular for LATAM, India, and APAC, I want to make sure that folks
are able to get everything that they need, and that we have sufficient
money set aside for everything.
We don't have to use up all of our budget, but I don't want people to
feel like they have to be afraid to request things. As long as it's
justified, responsible, and valuable to Fedora in general (not even
purely to Ambassadors), we are in a position to make it happen.
even if I'm home now since Sunday evening, I'll let you know a bit about
Szabad Szoftver Konferencia 2010 (Hungarian: Szabad Szoftver Konferencia
2010) in Szeged, Hungary. The event was held as a conference and took place
at the Educational and IT building of the University of Szeged.
Last Thursday morning, I started my long trip by car near Stuttgart, where
I live. I drove via Heilbronn, Nuremburg and Regensburg and filled my car
with liquid petroleum gas somewhere around Regensburg. As I was still too
far away from Austria, I later had to do another break to get the highway
vignette for Austria. Somebody silly in Austria decided in the past, that
vignettes have to be put on the front window at the car side of the driver
- which minimizes the field of view of the driver. Finally, I found a place
behind the inside mirror and drove further, via Passau (still in Germany),
Linz (Austria) and Vienna, to Györ (Hungary). In Austria, I had to notice,
that liquid petroleum gas isn't common and nearly nowhere available, so I
used regular gasoline once I run out of liquid petroleum gas. Fortunately
the Hungary people use electronic vignettes for their highways, so I didn't
have to immolate another place at the front window in my car.
About 9 hours and 800 km after starting, I arrived at 8:00 pm at Zoltán in
Györ. At Zoltán, I got a great dinner with various Hungarian specialities
(thanks to his mother) before we finally went to bed. After ~ 4.5 hours of
sleep, at 4:00 am on Friday morning, we got up and travelled the remaining
300 km from Györ via Budapest to Szeged in my car, where we arrived at 8:15
am. Fortunately there was a gas station at the Hungarian highway offering
liquid petroleum gas (which is always cheaper than regular gasoline).
Thanks to the organisation of Zoltán, we had a parking place in the basement
garge at the University of Szeged. We started building up the booth and used
e.g. the rollup banners from FrOSCamp/FUDCon Zurich. Unfortunately, we were
nearly the only project with a booth: Mozilla Firefox also had a booth, but
they only rarely attended the booth with personal, just put some swag on the
table and left again.
Closed to our booth, there way a conference room, so when people left and
waited for a talk, we always had really a lot of people at the booth. Some
of them even didn't know Fedora - a mark, that we have too less presence in
Hungary so far. Later at morning, Zoltán gave his talk "Fedora Spins" and
then in the afternoon, I gave my talk "How to get Enterprise Software into
Fedora". In general, I can't say anything about the talks, because they all
were Hungarian - except mine, which was English. And I don't speak any word
Hungarian, just to remember. So Zoltán was always translating a lot at our
booth, if the visitors didn't speak or understand English. Back to my talk:
There were about 50 people in the conference room.
During the day we mainly promoted Fedora, handed out some media and swag,
answered questions around the OLPC XO and tried to encourage new Hungarian
Fedora Contributors and Ambassadors. I don't think we got a new one right
now, but some of the very interested people might get contributors. As far
as I got, there was a Hungarian KDE translator at our booth and people who
created the Fedora OSSMath Spin, which isn't an official spin so far. There
also was the CEO of ULX, the Hungarian Red Hat and JBoss partner, and when
we talked, he mentioned, that he would like to see more Fedora presence at
Hungarian events and that ULX could maybe support Fedora activities in the
future. It would be awesome, if they really support Fedora in Hungary.
Finally, it was really another great event with many interesting people.
I've made pictures and as I dislike Flickr and similar portals, decided
some time ago to start my own tiny gallery at my fedorapeople.org space:
In the evening after the event, we cleaned up the booth, checked in at the
hotel and went for dinner. I don't recall the names, but it was Hungarian
fish soup, Hungarian Pancake etc. - Zoltán always kept an eye onto that :)
At Saturday morning, we went to the historical IT museum of Szeged, where
Zoltán managed it to have it opened just for us including a guided tour by
one of the founders. Let me say, that I already was in various museums in
Germany which exhibit old and historic computers and things, but this one
topped them all. There were three huge floors with really old computers and
mainframes; especially from Eastern Europe, Soviet Union/Russia and also
from Hungary. I'm still lacking words to describe that, it's just amazing.
If you would like to get some impressions, have a look to the pictures at
http://www.infmuz.hu/Kepek.htm, but they're showing just a tiny part. And
yes, Zoltán translated the tour for me from Hungarian into English.
After lunch we travelled back to Györ again, but had some traffic jam near
to Budapest. When we arrived at Zoltán's home, I got another excellent
dinner. At that place, I would like to simply say "thank you" to Zoltán's
mother once more. Afterwards, I drove another 350 km homewards to a friend
of mine living near to Linz where I slept as well - before I drove back the
final and last 450 km at Sunday. So I arrived at ~ 7:30 pm at my home...
Even it was hard to me to drive ~ 2200 km across three different countries,
it was definately worth all efforts, missing sleep and the much coffeine at
the way back from Hungary. And as this event wouldn't have been that great
and well organized as it was, I just can send another monstrous "thank you"
Zoltán, thank you very much for all your support, translating and efforts!
This is a gentle reminder about swag / media production for F14.
This is regions specific, but if your region is going to get swags or
media done, please plan for it.
According to the schedule, we also need to know who is Point of
Contact for each region for doing this job and how much budget you
Please open a ticket for the same with your regional TRAC or FAmSCo trac.
On Saturday, I'll be celebrating another touch of gray to my hairs ...
its my birthday!
A handful of friends will be gathering at my Office to commemorate the
event with a LAN party. An unusual approach ... irony it is, as the
atmosphere will be heated with fun and not the usual seriousness (as in
business). Of course, Fedora Linux will be providing all 9-12PCs with
what's needed for the select Open-Source games. Its another perfect
opportunity to Introduce the OS/Open-source software to my Gaming
1. Assorted Music supplied from Rhythm-box -- Arrivals
2. Brief intro to new OS (Fedora is new to most of them)
3. Intro to the LAN Games for the Day
4. Attendants take sides
5. The Mayhem Begins -- LAN Gaming
6. Presentation (talk) on Open-source Software & Fedora
7. Refreshments (Too Old to blow candles these days)
8. The End -- Everybody is happy -- Shutdown network
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.... for the last "legacy" FAD in Rheinfelden!
Hello Ambassadors around the world;
in special my friends in EMEA!
with that mail, I want to invite you the last time to a FAD in
Rheinfelden, which should be a reminder for the last six years of
contributing and my try to lead a group which spread the word for Fedora
in EMEA ...
This legacy FAD will be beside the last membeship meeting of Fedora EMEA
e.V. and takes place from
arrival: Friday, 2010-11-19 evening till
departure: sunday, 2010-11-21
and should be for all Ambassador who will lead a event in the Region
EMEA in 2011 or will need the last time my help(ing hand) in whatever.
Please register yourself by sending an E-Mail (to me) latest end of this
week, because I have again blocked some rooms in our wonderfull
I hope and wish I can say "good bye" in person to all my friends who
were beside me the last six years.
Hope to see you soon the last time in Rheinfelden