Sunday, July 12, 2015

FUDCon APAC 2015 - my experience as an organizing team member

    I was part of FUDCon APAC 2011 but it was just as a speaker and attendee. After attending flock 2014 and talking with Tuan found that things are not very good from Ambassador perspective, not many people are active in India. Decided to become an ambassador and help to make it better. During same time more Fedora India members stepped up as an Ambassador in India and it created good active group of Ambassador in India :)

    We started with couple of meeting before placing the Bid. Later won the bid for FUDCon and then the process started.

    I volunteered myself for coordinating marketing and outreach activity. [1][2] Its 6 month long activity. We had so many meetings. Few planned, few unplanned. Tried everything that was possible from my side to make it successful. Even we had BoF at FOSSASIA 2015 as well to discuss on FUDCon stuff.

    Learning's for me
    1. Worked with lots of peoples. Its really great to see how people come ahead with passion for doing something for Fedora.
    2. Learned smaller things to make event successful from marketing perspective.
    3. Content and designing is very important to make event successful. We got good help for it. Need to involve people as early as possible for review stuff.
    4. Timing is key. !!
    5. Best thing in FOSS world is opportunities never wait for anyone. If one is unavailable someone else naturally takes lead.

    Positive points from FUDCon APAC 2015
    1. Major event of Fedora happened in India after 2011. Not any estimates yet on how many people attended the event but word has reached almost everywhere through social media, emails.
    2. Attendees understood we have good Fedora developer community in India.
    3. We covered lots of trending technologies in event.
    4. Education panel was helpful. Education dept's knows about FOSS stuff but there is no connection between FOSS community and Education department. Red Hat through Fedora community can definitely help here to build this connect.
    5. Most of the active contributors from Fedora were present and we had good meeting like one Ambassador BoF.
    6. Its good that attendees and even organizers felt that we missed "xyz" things. It actually give more motivation to make it further better next time. :)

    Going forward
    1. Momentum is already there, now need to use it for more activities.
    2. Now onward need to grow Fedora community through smaller events, mostly dedicated and targeted for specific audience.
    3. Would like to see more "do" people rather than "talk" people. 

    It was good to meet many friends from different places. Ashutosh and team from Aurangabad, CDAC guys from Mumbai (Kharghar, Andheri). Surprised to see Sneha at FUDCon. :) Few students from Nashik.  Sumit Bhardwaj who took off from Office to attend FUDCon. :)  And i know there are many who just came to learn more about Fedora, so cheers for all. 

    Thanks again to all helped to make FUDCon APAC 2015 a successful event and specifically "FUDCon APAC 2015 team" [3]

Few Photographs






Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Minutes of first Globalization meeting of Fedora

Today we had first ever Fedora Globalization (g11n) meeting.  Members from 4 groups Internationalization, Localization, Fedora language testing group and Zanata participated. To get background regarding this meeting see g11n proposal.

Due to less time we decided to discuss FLTG and UTRRS topics in next meeting. We are going to have our next meeting on 17th June 2015 same time @ 04:30 UTC.


Highlights

Zanata feedback survey

We are using Zanata as a official translation platform in Fedora. We need to do survey to take feedback from both translators and package maintainers. It will help us to understand need and missing feature from these different user groups. We agreed to do survey around end of august 2015. 
By the next meeting we will have further updates on how we are planning to do it.
ACTION: mkim and apeter followup with lukebrooker. 

L10N sprints based on F23

We discussed number of things under this topic. i.e. Minimum percentage of translations to declare particular language is supported or not. Discussed on language coordinator status.
ACTION: apeter to draft sprint proposal and send on mailing list for discussion.

Translation deadline around Beta

This was most debated topic. There is definitely need to look into this issue. Since after string freeze number of packages get updated. Its good to have some realistic and working deadline for Translation freeze.  We got lots of suggestions. 
ACTION: noriko to prepare draft for extending Translation deadline and send to mailing list.

G11N Infrastructure (IRC, Wiki and Ticket etc.)

We agreed to create g11n mailing list. May be we can simply add other list into g11n mailing list. Traffic on g11n mailing list will be not that high though. Also soon we will have #fedora-g11n channel.  
ACTION: pravins to create g11n mailing list.

G11N FAD - proposal

Quickly we discussed idea about Globalization FAD. Requested everyone interested in attending FAD to add there name. We need to further work on budget before pushing this to Fedora council.

Next meeting

With the lots of good discussions we dropped our earlier plan of meeting once in each month. Decided to meet in 2 weeks.
 
Click to get full meeting log and minutes

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FUDCon APAC 2015 - 19th May planning meeting minutes

We had 14 members in the meeting. Following are key points:
  • Started with scheduling. Most of the scheduling work done on paper. By this 22nd May we will get first draft of schedule.
  • Travel side: Remaining tickets will be mostly get booked on Wed. 20th May. Work on invitation letter is going on.
  • Outreach:
    • We voted on two drafts and decided to choose Dark background poster. Standee need further work. We decided to use more generic FUDCon standee.
    • Social media post going well. Need to keep this up. If you have any tweets in mind feel free to edit wiki.
    • Soon contacting speakers and ask them put missing details in fudcon.in portal. Also asking to speakers for bogging about there topics,we can use those to spread news about FUDCon.
    • Ticket for T-shirt design.
    • June 1st and 2nd week we will plan F22 release party in few colleges and use this opportunity to promote FUDCon. This points also reminder regarding F22 DVD's.
    • Video series: Few clips are ready now, work is going on to compile it and make short video.
  • Website:
    • Redesign done. Its now in production. For more info read post.
    • We need some volunteer to add topics for "News & Updates" section.
  • SWAG
    • We reviewed few swag. Will finalize mostly in next meeting.  Most of the quotes and ideas are available in http://piratepad.net/FUDConPunePlanning
  • Video recording of talks. Trying for self recording with http://bigbluebutton.org/
For more details visit piratepad page

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Minutes of FUDCon APAC 2015 planning meeting

We had our weekly planning meeting today. Comparing to earlier Fudcon planning meeting with today's, we have done lots of progress. Most of the things are already in good shape including Travel, Accommodation, FUDPub, Website and Scheduling etc.

Updates are as follows:

Travel
    All sponsorship request tickets  are resolved now. Prasad (PJP) yesterday commented decisions on all the tickets. We have clear picture now how many are joining us At Pune for FUDCon :)
   Same time hoping others to whom we not able to sponsor will also join us.  Mostly we will have one more meeting for traveling coming Friday and that will be last one.

Accommodation     We still have 12 more slots remaining for stay. We are planning to talk with colleges to allot/provide few rooms in hostel for students traveling from other places. Will get update on that soon.

Scheduling
    Storage, Containers and  OpenStack track leaders are ready with schedule. It will be nice if track leaders can blog regarding highlights of there tracks, what to expect. We can use those stuff later for marketing FUDCon.
    Niranjan, PJP and Parag are working on scheduling main tracks. Will have some more update by this Friday.

Outreach/Marketing
     Going good. Planning to send invitation email by this Friday. Regarding Colleges, most of the colleges are closed and going to open on 1st or 2nd week of June. Thinking for good time to start talking with them.
    Discussed on draft of Flyers and Standee created by Yogi. Suggested to change background from Blue to White. Also there was discussion on T-shirt design, will create ticket for same soon.
    Regarding Videos series, Shrink thinking to do some hangout session and use recording as a video.
    Fedora 22 is getting released in 26th May, this is good time to increase awareness regarding Fedora and FUDCon through F22 release parties. Planning to do some during 1st or 2nd week, same time there was suggestion to do install fest rather than simple talks and cake cutting.
    Social media posts are not going very well, so requested all members start tweeting/sharing about FUDCon. We do have plan for scheduled tweets/FB Posts, those will be mostly related to speakers, there bio and sessions information.

Websites
    Devel instance available for testing [3] Do go through it and if find any issue report on fudcon-planning list or #fedora-india. Soon planning to deploy it.

SWAG   
    Discussed on quote for some swags.

    For more details regarding FUDCon planning visit piratepad page.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

FUDCon APAC 2015 Thanks to community for huge response for CFP

    I was interested in writing this blog post couple of weeks back but was away for Fossasia 2015 and them some family events. I know its never late to say thanks you :)

    We started accepting CFP on 9th Feb 2015 and decided deadline for submitting papers 9th March. Earlier i was bit doubtful regarding how many submission we might get. Specifically when we don't have great numbers of Fedora users around.  At one moment even thought "Might  be, we will need to extend CFP by a week". Started marketing activities for CFP.

    Started by sending an email on Fedora mailing lists including India, Ambassadors, Devel, Announce and everywhere possible and requested to forward further to relevant mailing lists.

    Prepared FudCon-outreach-list  and listed down all the FOSS related organizations and communities, interested in Fedora and decided to sent them email. Do go through this list, it is great resource for one planning conference around FOSS.

    Its time consuming task to send email to all the communities, so decided whoever has contacts or communicated earlier with any list, just start sending CFP email. Went very well.

    During discussion we also thought its good to contact IT companies interested in FOSS. Talked with friends working with them and requested to forward CFP to there organizations.

    We were looking for flyer for CFP from the day 1 CFP open but it was pending on logo for FUDCon APAC 2015. During the time we got logo and just in time i.e. last week we got our awesome flyer for CFP ready !! Though it was in last week but it helped to spread the message. Got almost 50% submissions in last week.



Specifically wanted to thanks following supporters:
  1. Helped in prepared CFP related contents and Flyers.
  2. Helped in filling up missing bits in outreach and also helped in completing task. 
  3. Forwarded FUDCon CFP related email to respective organizations.
  4. Sharing FUDCon CFP related post through social media.  Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
  5. Bloggers and FedoraMagazine writers AND
  6. Last but not the list the one who actually submitted sessions :)

    I know most of you already know, still let me write it again. We got total 140 paper submissions. This is nice number specifically when we are having available slots only around 40-50 and was expecting around 60-70 talks.

    Many many congratulations to FUDCon APAC pune 2015 outreach and marketing group for achieving first target.

    Now lets gear up again for our next target to marketing actual event. We will have speakers list and schedule ready most probably by next week. We will have some meeting to prepare plan for event marketing. Excited to work with you all again for our next milestone. :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My activities at FOSSASIA 2015

This blog in continuation to my earlier blog on "FOSSASIA 2015 Highlights noticed by me"

Group Photo

Talk on Glibc Unicode 7 update:

        Glibc is an important component of operating systems. Recently we upgraded Glibc Unicode support from 5.1 to 7.0. This was major update after 4-5 years. It usually remains unnoticed, i wanted to highlight. Even though i work for redhat still it took around 7-8 month to get patch finally in glibc upstream. Around 25-30 audience was there in talk and it was well taken. Slides for my talks are available at slideshare.

Fedora:

        We kept Fedora DVD's and stickers At Red Hat booth. Was at booth 2-3pm first day and distributed dvd's to attendees. Also got a chance to meet Harish, Izhar, Prima Yogi, Aditya patawari, and Kushal. I proposed Fedora badge for people attending fossasia and asked participant to add name in piratepad.  Unfortunately it got rejected due to not planned in advance :(


        Fedora Breakout session. This was planned by Praveen Kumar, we gathered there, not many attendees were there but we got a chance to interact with "Hamara Linux" representative Aarti Dwivedi and Samyak Datta, LifeNectar explained them regarding Fedora, Fedora.Next and also on widely used Fedora remixes.

FUDCon APAC 2015:

        Being one of the member of organizing committee thought its good time to discuss on FUDCon APAC 2015 with people mostly participate remotely. We planned BoF, decided to do it in lunch time since most of the time people were busy doing other stuff. Updated group on number of papers received, planning happened till date, BarCamp style track, lightening talks.


Represented Red Hat Globalization team:

        Working in this domain almost 8+years and worked on almost all complex scripts including Indic, Arabic.  APAC is more characterized by non-english speaking countries and fossasia was the perfect place to interact with users for globalization needs. Interacted with couple of people for what languages they used on Fedora.


I attended almost all talks in OpenTech track and provided feedback to speakers. Had a good time interacting with most of the attendees over the lunch, socializing events. We had a nice hangout of brewerkz with Anish, Kushal, Praveen Kumar, Lennart Poettering and RĂ©mi Denis-Courmont. 

Thank you fossasia organizers Hong Phuc Dang, Mario Behling, Harish Pillay, Roland Turner, Justin Lee and Darwin Gosal looking forward to attend next year as well. :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lohit Devanagari 2.95.1 release

Done with 2.95.1 release. This release in continuation with 2.95.0 release, basically to resolves issues raised in it ;)

Noticed issue while Fedora 22 testing from Bhushan. While analyzing it found it is due to autohinting in Lohit fontconfig file.

We are now using ttfautohint while building ttf file and on this hinted font again using autohint. This does not working very nice as reported in bugzilla.

From bug #1203996
There was couple of more issues i noticed on Fedora 22. These all are fixed now. Soon building 2.95.1 version for Fedora 22. Will be available in Fedora 22 Beta release.

Announced in lohit-devel list