Monday, August 31, 2015

Fedora 23 Internationalization test day today !!

We have planned Fedora 23 i18n test day today. Most of the details are available on test day page regarding how to execute test day.

From the changes side we have 3 changes this time
Basic motivation behind this test day is to make sure all essentials components for languages working fine.
  • Enconding's 
  • Fonts
    • Default selected fonts are appropriate for languages.
  • IME's
    • IBus
    • Default input methods
  • Rendering & Printing
    • For complex scripts Left-to-Right etc.
  • Locales
    • Locale available with default installation
    • Its processing
  • I18n Tools
    • fonts tweak tools
    • dnf langpacks
    • IM settings
    • spell checkers 
 Above are just few top of the mind things for languages. Requesting all Fedora users and developers participate in test day and make sure your language components work fine in Fedora 23.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fedora 22 release event at Aurangabad, India

    This is my 7th event specific on Fedora after becoming an Ambassador. Ashutosh is already doing good for promoting Fedora in Aurangabad. He earlier did Fedora 21 release party at his institute and took number of topics around Fedora.

    During FUDCon APAC we were talking about doing Fedora 22 release event at Aurangabad. Plan was to do it bit bigger with one of the major institute in Aurangabad. Thought will take some break after FUDCon and decided to do it in August. Ashutosh had initial discussions with "CHH. SHAHU COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING".  Most of the details regarding Release events are available at Wiki page.

    I have been never to Aurangabad and wanted to be there but was not sure whther i can actually make it. Most of the time during discussions with Ashutosh i was like plan as per your convenience and if possible i will jump in the last moment. Decided date as a 21st August and luckily me too able to make it :)

    I think event we did happened in good time. Red Hat GLS team recently signed MOU with CSMSS for "Red Hat ACADEMY - Hands-on curriculum for academic programs". There is already excitement on Free of open source software's. We were even more lucky that Business Development Manager - Ipsita Chatterjee was there. She shown interest for supporting Fedora activities and ask to inform her whenever any support required.

Yummy Cake of Fedora 22 release

    Coming back to event, Fedora release event i have attended till date used to be small scale i.e. around 20-50. This was an exception and bit bigger in scale. Around 250+ students were there. All the things happened very formally. Introductory talks from Principle and HOD of CSMSS. Then felicitation of guests.  Before starting actual program we did release of DVD's and cut the cake.

From left: Ms. Ipsita C, Principle Dr. U. B. Shinde, Me, Mr. Ashutosh B, Pushpendra C. Hod. Dr. S. P. Abhang

    Normally i like to talk on Fedora + Globalization. But since this was first event at this college. Talking on Basics of FOSS and Fedora was important. Started with basics of foss and introduction to Fedora.

Few nice moments

    Then Ashutosh started with demonstrating installation of Fedora 22. Initially we started with netinstall iso but somehow it was not working well. Then we changed iso. in meanwhile we started asking questions to students and Red Hat GLS gave few goodies to students who gave correct answers.

    I think demonstrating installation of Fedora is very important, specifically at places new to Fedora. It gives bit more confidence and also motivate person to try Fedora. After major steps of installation, while packages were getting installed Pushpendra started his talk.

    Pushpendra Chavan travelled from Pune to Aurangabad specially for release event. He delivered talk on "Features of Fedora Workstation". During his talk he also motivated students by telling his own story about how he came to field of FOSS.

    Lastly i did closing of release event by talking on How to contribute to Fedora and how it can help to students. This talk was well taken by students. It provided ideas to students regarding what they can do in Fedora. I also mentioned about recent proposal to council regarding providing certificate to students doing contribution to Fedora.

    Unfortunately by this time it was already 1:45pm and everyone was hungry. We missed Q&A session. But still we were there for some time and answering to queries of students.

    In the morning we mate with HOD Dr. Abhang and really impressed with his interest in moving Fedora ahead. We had quick meeting with principle where we had nice discussions on Fedora and open standards. CSMSS college is just in there third year but if one see progress its excellent. Management is very supportive and very much interested in Linux. They believe in Free and open source. Libreoffice is already is use by all CSMSS staff and they have already moved couple of LABS into Fedora. Infrastructure is awesome. Most of the latest technologies already in CSMSS including digital board. (At least i saw it first time). I mentioned to management about Fedora certificate to students for completing activities.

    Special thanks to Ashutosh for taking initiative for this event, CSMSS Principle Dr. Shinde and HOD Dr. Abhang for hospitality and arrangement and Pushpendra for travelling Aurangabad for this event.

   Going forward we need to conduct couple of session to educate CSMSS students further on Fedora. Soon i will discuss with other Ambassadors, Developers and plan one.

Group photo with Fedora 22 DVD's

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fedora Localization test tomorrow (18th Aug 2015)

I always wonder how fast Fedora keeps on moving. I am going to Aurangabad, India for Fedora 22 release event coming Friday and at other end Fedora Alpha 23 released last week and we are going to execute Fedora 23 L10n test day tomorrow.

Coming back to topic on Fedora Localization test day. In last couple of months we formed Fedora G11N group and started to work in improving things.

Number of improvements has been happened for F23 L10n test day. Those are as follows.
  1. Re-evaluated application list for testing. (Still i feel we can improve it further by discussing on devel list)
  2. Test cases has been cleaned and improved for F23 releases. 
  3. Test day app is finally in use :)
Saying that now its time to test Fedora 23 readiness for your language.

As usual start testing process with L10n test day page This page has all the details you will be required. If any problem feel free to ping peoples on #fedora-test-day.

I know people are still returning from flock-2015, so might not get time to execute L10N test day. Though we mark particular day for testing, you can still execute test steps in your free time. For L10n test day we might wait for single or couple of weeks for evaluating testing results. Good if you can complete before it :)

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.


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 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
  • Video recording of talks. Trying for self recording with
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:

    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.

    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.

     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.

    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.

    Discussed on quote for some swags.

    For more details regarding FUDCon planning visit piratepad page.