Saturday, February 28, 2015

Points on Fedora 21 release party AT MIT COE pune on 21st Feb 2015

Celebrating Fedora 21 on 21st Feb 2015, last one we did on 21st Dec 2014 :)

Fedora 21 is in itself special release due to Fedora.Next initiative, after merging Fedora core with extra this one is major step moving into future. Fedora 21 is also one special release for India, i do not remember if we had any release party for Fedora 20 in India, please correct if i missed anyone. But for Fedora 21 it is going on and on !!

This was the 3rd release party of Fedora 21 in which i took part. Thanks to Praveen Kumar for initiating this release party. Unfortunately he was away for some personnel work but Rupali came up to help with the organization.

Planned agenda for this meet in quick time with team. We were expecting major chunk of audience from MIT COE itself. Later took permission from MIT COE and decided to open up this for community and started spreading message around.

Shatadru designed nice FLYERS for this release party from the artwork available from Fedora artwork team.



MIT COE is bit far for most of the people staying around Magarpatta city, still we managed to be there in time. Mine talk was first at 10:30 reached there at sharp 10:25 :)

There was one more reason behind this release party was to do preparation for FUDCon happening in 26-28 Jun 2015. See the facility talk with professors, discuss with students educate them on Fedora and clear the doubts.

Me impressed lot with MIT COE campus and it is really live campus. On F21 release party there was already couple of events were going on, students were really busy managing and participating into it. We saw there one stall specifically for Linux quiz.

Due to these other event initially we got very few audience for release party. So we started bit late around 11pm. Later few more students joined. Overall i am happy with the audience since they were few but all were truly interested in event.

There was 3 talks were planned Mine (introduction), Anish (Workstation) and Parag (How to contribute to Fedora) and Later panel discussions.  

During my talk i asked everyone to introduce themselves and inform what they are expecting. There were interesting topics those came up.
  1. Difference between Fedora and Ubuntu?
  2. Why should i go for Fedora?
  3. What is FUDCon?
  4. How can we participate in FUDCon
  5. What about Embedded systems and Fedora?
Since we were planning for Panel discussion, we thought that will be good time to answer most of the questions.

I did my talk well in time, slides of talk available At slideshare [1]

Then Anish explained about Workstation product feature and target audience for it. Anish also helped audience for better understanding of Free Software and opensource software philosophy. It was good since in F21 release party At Mumbai we found that few people were not clear behind Free software philosophy.

Then Parag talked on How to contribute into Fedora, he explained lots of area's where one can get involved.
 At the end of Parag's talk we made transition from Talk to Panel with Amit and Siddhesh took the lead and later everyone contributed including me, Niranjan, Parag, Rupali and Anish. Panel discussion was awesome and Amit and Siddhesh kept on talking for long and discussed on number of topics. Then we understood that we can keep on talking on Fedora for whole day without break ;) 
 Decided to conclude in panel discussion and start actual celebration with cake cutting. Cake arrived on time with Samosa snacks and TEA :)

We decided to do few more events like Workshop in MIT before the FUDCon 2015. Had meeting with MIT COE principle for FUDCon planning which only some of us attended.
  



Thought its already big blog,i might have missed few things and few names, so feel free to add them in comments :)    

1. http://www.slideshare.net/pravinds/introduction-to-fedora-project-and-fedoranext
2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Release_Party_F21_Pune

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Updates on Second FudCon 2015 planning meeting

If you still not aware what happened in first meeting. Do go through Praveen Kumars blogpost  [1]

Almost all members available in last meeting were present today as well. It shows there commitment for volunteering and making Fudcon 2015 successful. I am happy and appreciate that.  Few members traveling to devconf tonight still they were present and contributed lot including Amita, Anisha, Huzaifa and Siddharth. Amit was on IRC (From Bruno) and Siddhesh on IRC+Phone.

After the lots of suggestions on fedora-india mailing list [3], in this meeting we decided to have remote participation possible via phone.

I was taking minutes today and it was difficult since lots of things were getting discussed very fastly. Please excuse me if i missed some :)

Agenda was as follows: 
  • Website 
    • http://fudcon.in website up
    • Finalize CfP text  http://piratepad.net/YaC3hNcOZ8
    • Graphics status update?
    • Praveen K and Siddhesh now know Drupal a bit, so will own the website
    • amit can contribute in 2 weeks from now
    • More volunteers/mockups welcome!
    • SSL support?  Asked Saleem about it    
  • Accommodation 
    • We negotiated good rates with Cocoon (INR 3000 + taxes)
    • Double-occupancy, Free wifi, breakfast
  • Travel updates? 
  • Marketing 
    • Fedora magazine
    • LinkedIn group
      • https://www.linkedin.com/groups/FUDCon-India-2015-8240994
    • Make a list of MLs to post the CfP to
    • also reach out to ambassadors in apac for confirmation / planning
    • Post CfP link to social media
    • Video update?
      • appear.in is good for sharing between a few people
    • fudcon.fedoraproject.org
      • will need some trac ticket?
  • Budget 
    • Make and maintain a publicly visible sheet to track expenses?
    • I think we should have a wiki where we export the sheet in use.  ethercalc lets anyone edit, which is not exactly ideal for a budget-tracking sheet.  For people interested in handling budget, just contact the owner for budget acc. to the wiki
    • publicly visible, not editable :) So wiki would be fine


Minutes are as follows: (Bit long)
  • http://fudcon.in/ up now !!  (praveenk)
    • Presently using 2011 logo
    • Siddhesh was working on LOGO with suchakra.  https://fedorahosted.org/design-team/ticket/352
    • If logo taking time we will go for CFP without LOGO
    • (amit) +1 let's not wait for logo for cfp, cfp is more important for travel and budget reasons
  • Graphics requirement 
    • LOGO (may take one week)
    • BADGE (i am going to fudcon)
    • Image for slogan ("F for Freedom")
    • current one is F for Free, doesn't look right nor good.
    • Flyers for CFP (It should have QR-Code)
      • We need to create ticket for same. https://fedorahosted.org/design-team/ticket/353 (Shatadru) 
  • Once CFP is up we can use it for marketing. (Tweet, Facebook, Linkedin, google+)
  • Rough CFP draft @ http://piratepad.net/YaC3hNcOZ8 
    • It has two version one for email (bit smaller) and bit broader for web page.
    • Email version does not required guidelines.
    • We need to have different forms based on session (Talks, Workshop, Hackfest)
    • Can take this text for web for now.
    • Suggestion: We can have two drop-down (proficiency level and topics categories)
    • Prerequisite for attendees. (It can be optional). 
    • We have option to upload slide also. Or one can provide link as well.
    • Deadline for talk submission 1 month from announcement.
  • Marketing 
    • Speakers
      • Professionals
      • Fedora users
      • System Administrator
    • We can discuss with Kushal, Siddhesh
    • Amit's Fedora magazine post is still in pending stage
    • We need to list out all location where our CFP should go. 
    • Colleges (Shrink, Amita)
    • Organizations 
    • Opensource organization.
    • Please add org list here http://piratepad.net/FudCon-outreach-list  
    • For speakers we might be not need to go colleges. Mailing list will be sufficient.
    • Social media
    • Colleges list
    • CFP text to send on respective mailing list. All should have consistent text.
  • Volunteers 
    • One can add his name on https://www.piratepad.ca/p/FUDConPunePlanning-27-Jan-2015
    • Also good if he can ask on #fedora-india (Freenode) or  fedora-india mailing list.
  • Hotels 
    • Discussion with Cocoon hotel. (3000/night with Breakfast)
    • We can have BUS for speakers from Hotel to Venue
    • COEP has reached out to us and volunteered to help in whichever way they can.
  • FudPub 
    • 100  number of participants
    • Still looking for location. Should be mostly openspace.
    • Please update if any option for FudPub
  • Lunch 
    • Speakers, volunteers and faculty
    • It will be in college. College only support VEG
    • Lunch looking for around 150 people.
    • Once we will get speaker list and how many we need to pay.
  • Outreach: Reach colleges and use flyers. 
  • Mobile application 
    • lets get v0.1 of the app first with the features described. we can add to it then.
    • open source  way
    • Should be used in future as well
    • good to have it integrated with drupal (COD)
    • social wall, for live feeds
    • Feedback form (link it to every talk)
  • Budget 
    • At least presently not looking for any sponsor.
    • Will have better picture one we get speakers travel requirement.
  • Fedora 21 release party At FudCon venue (MIT) 
    • Date is not confirmed yet, but around 3-4 week of Feb
    • Interested people do join.

Ohh, that is really lot :) Above information is copied from piratepad for minutes [4] Formating from pad to blog was really pain :(

Let me end blog here. Please note most of the piratepad links are there. Feel free to update it with suggestions or one can always send suggestion on fedora-india mailing list or IRC #fedora-india.

Most of the people from organizing committee are traveling to Brno, Czech Republic for Devconf, so we will not have meeting next week. Hoping we will have CFP ready by this weekend.


1. http://kumar-pravin.blogspot.in/2015/01/first-fudcon-india-planning-meeting.html
2. http://www.devconf.cz/
3. https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/india/2015-January/005708.html
4. http://piratepad.net/fudcon-pune-planning-20150203

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lohit Odia 2.91.0 ready for testing under Lohit 2 project

   Started working on this in last month with Shilpa. When initial started working on this script, found it bit difficult. But Odia script is very similar with Devanagari and over the time found comfort with it.

   Shilpa did most of the work and i did verification and fixed few issues. One thing again i noticed during release is using of AFDKO. It is good and we should use AFDKO fully in Lohit project for better quality. Will see if we can do it in long term.

  For now regarding 2.91.0 release. Following are important points:

  • Followed Unicode specifications.
  • Re-writing all GSUB rules.
  • Open type rules are available in .fea file for easy re-usability.
  • Feature file compiled with AFDKO.
  • Supports 'orya' and 'ory2' opentype specifications tag.
  • Developer friendly glyphs names with AGL syntax format.
  • Corrected glyph class for all glyphs. 
  • Improved shape of ka-viramasignodia-taodia.
  • Added Glyph positioning rules for below based matras.
  • Test file available with release tarball.
  • Auto testing support with harfbuzz hb-shape.Tested with Harfbuzz and Uniscribe (W8 and XP)
   Update Lohit project page for information regarding download. During release i found few issues which are noted in TODO file. Will fix them before next release. If you find any issue do report on github. Also note TTF file available on my fedorapeople page.

   I remember in FUEL conference i got some improvement suggestions. Couple of them were related to adding Latin to Odia fonts. Presently dont have resource for same but looking forward to solve it in future.

  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Get ready for FudCon 2015, its going to happen in Pune, India.

    Yes, its confirmed now. [1] Took long time though :)

    Excited for this. Recently we organized Fedora release party At Mumbai [3] and i found truly Fedora lover there. One word i said them most probably FudCon will happen in Pune this time and looking forward to see you all there. Its actually going to happen now and time for gathering together. With the power of collaboration and Free and open source technologies making Fedora better and better.

     I have attended FudCon 2011 but only as a speaker and attendee. This time i am one of the member of organizing team. I am sure things will go smother since number of members have experience of FudCon 2011 organization. [2]

    If you are interested in getting involved in FudCon 2015 activities do join fedora-Iindia mailing list and ask on #fedora-india @Freenode if any further queries.

  Cheers !!


1. https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2015-January/001666.html
2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Bid_for_Pune_2015
3. http://pravin-s.blogspot.in/2014/12/few-points-of-fedora-21-release-party.html

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Typoday 2014 At Pune

    This blog was pending on me from long time.  I got a chance to attend typoday.in 2014 conference At Symbiosis International University, Viman Nagar, Pune  in February. This was the my second conference specifically on typography domain after National workshop on calligraphy and typography in 2007.





    It was great to meet typography domain experts and also students with excellent research on different topics.

    I got a chance to meet Kishor Patil (GIST, CDAC), Achyut Palav, Dave Crossland, Girish Dalvi (IITB),  Adam Twardoch (Fontlab), Sarag Kulkarni, Prof.  Santosh Kshirsagar (Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai) and Prof. Manohar Desai (Head, Communication Design, Symbiosis Institute of Design).


    We had a good discussion on Devanagari script standardization with Girish Dalvi, Dave and Kishor Patil. There was few improvements suggested in Lohit but as a system default font we cant do certain changes without proper references. Girish pointed out there is already discussion happening At Maharashtra state government and soon something will happen.

    Also Dave shared number of things on his plans for commissioning Devanagari typefaces in coming years. It excited number of typographer around.

    We had expert from Adobe, Fontlab there. There was workshop from Fontlab after the conference specifically for students, i did not attended it due to some other work.

    We also had discussion on Google Noto fonts and Lohit2 project. Overall it was good experience of attending typoday conference.

    There were number of interesting topics but few i noted were "Sensory Experiences in Typography", Matilda A Typeface for Children's with Low Vision. There was number of interesting posters available.

    Looking forward for attending typoday 2015 and learn new things.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Few points of Fedora 21 release party @ TIFR, HBCSE, Mumbai

    Fedora 21 release party was planned in quick time, we can say in one week. Attendees were around 25. Few points regarding the event.
Fedora 21 release party cake

Planning experience for Fedora 21 release party At TIFR, HBCSE, Mumbai

    It was good experience to organize Fedora 21 release party At TIFR. Started this idea November last week by initial discussion with Rahul Bhalerao. Long time we did not had any Fedora release party in India. Fedora 21 Final release declared on 9th Dec 2014. Rahul agreed to be co-organizer for same. Second we started thinking for Venue. First place name came to our mind was TIFR, HBCSE. This is the place where we started our open source contribution in 2004 under the guidance of Dr. Nagarjuna G.

    We started initial email conversion with Dr. Nagarjuna G. we got go ahead response for same but finalizing date was tricky due to ICFOSS, Swatantra (http://icfoss.org/fs2014/) was happening during our planned date (20 Dec). We decided date 21st Dec (Idea was Celebrating Fedora 21 on 21st ☺).

    Got $100 budget from Fedora and also some travel budget for Pune-Mumbai from Red Hat.

    Second things was looking for qualified speakers. Fedora community is really nice. I discussed this with Ambassadors in Pune and Praveen kumar quickly jumped in for help with talk on cloud. Due to some reason Parag was not available during same time. Anish volunteered for Talk on Workstation. Me and Rahul took care for Fedora intro and How to contribute in Fedora. I wrote one blog earlier for speakers introduction.

    We had meeting on 15th Dec At TIFR for planning remaining activities. Created event page on Eventbrite  . This was my first event as an organizer and i was wondering on Sunday relaxing afternoon how many people can actually make it. Surprising 38 ticket got booked on eventbrite, it was really motivating.

    We got Fedora 21 DVD's just in time. Hats off to Siddhesh for helping for it and Rahul for collecting it from Siddhesh. We somehow managed it and made it available on 21st. Got few Fedora stickers from Rupali At Red Hat Pune.

    I placed order At http://monginis.net/. Online interface has less option. But once one place the order online, we can talk with there customer care with reference number. They delivered order on time.

    I would like to thanks Dr. Nagarjuna for allowing us to host release party At TIFR. It almost solved 50% of part. Next to Rahul Bhalerao for doing all things to make it successful release party. Praveen Kumar and Anish for volunteering as a speaker and also all attendees for making this successful

Friday, December 19, 2014

Why to attend Fedora 21 release party At Mumbai??

Fedora 21 release party happening tomorrow At TIFR, MUMBAI, more information AT eventbrite page


Well qualified speakers for topics
      Anish Patil:
       3+ years with Fedora. Actively working in gnome upstream. He is one of the main developer of ibus typing booster. He is maintaining 15 packages in Fedora. He is going to talk on Fedora workstation product features.

      Praveen Kumar:
     Actively working 4+ years with Fedora community. He own 34 packages and is member of provenpackager and ambassador group of Fedora. He has already talked in dozens of open source conferences. For more information click [2]
   
    Pravin Satpute:
    7+ years in Fedora. Own 43 packages and proven packager in Fedora. Team member of Internationalization, Marketing and Ambassador group.

    Rahul Bhalerao:
    He is working 8+ year with Fedora community. He is team member of Fedora internationalization team and participated as a speaker in number of open source conferences. Being long time Fedora contributor he is going to talk on How to contribute to Fedora project. For more information about him click [4]

Happening AT TIFR, HBCSE Mumbai
        TIFR centre is well known for number of open source initiative. Gnowledge.org is one of those major activity. Learning Studio is widely used Fedora 17 remix for educational activities. We are trying to upgrade this on Fedora 21 release. In 2004 when there was very few open source Indian languages fonts were there. TIFR took initiative and started project on developing open source Samyak fonts. These fonts are available in most of the open source distribution.

Fedora 21 DVD:
        Will provide DVD's of Workstation and Servers to participant. Lots of stickers and goodies to few lucky ones :)

Fedora activity AT Mumbai After long time:
    Fedora activity happening in Mumbai after long time. Lets come meet and plan for some future activities around Fedora in Mumbai.

1. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Anishpatil
2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Kumarpraveen
3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Pravins
4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:RahulBhalerao
5. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fedora-21-release-party-tickets-14972818102