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
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FOSSASIA 2015 Highlights noticed by me

This blog i am writing specifically to point out some good points i noticed during the fossasia 2015 conference. Feel free to add missing in comments section :)

  1. Awesome location Singapore !! I am sure no one will object :)
  2. On the first day Tweets were displayed in the hall. Fossasia is not one who started it. But this was the my first conference where i saw it. It is good thing where audience can share what going in there mind w.r.t. ongoing talk  with other audience. It was also motivating audience to tweets, so good trick to make audience active ;)
  3. It was good first day with no parallel talks. I liked the approach, starting parallel tracks from day first sometime start splitting audience. Talks on first day were more generic. People also got a chance to know, how many people around and started planning hacking activity for coming days.
  4. Talk from Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Singapore was well taken by audience. Very few such ministers around who understand technology so well.  
  5. All food vessels at the lunch counter got empty in some time. It proves how tasty the food was. :)
  6. Second day started with 5 parallel tracks. OpenTech, Web Technologies, Python, Mozilla and DevOps. I attended almost all talks in OpenTech Track. Even though there was 5 tracks each track got sufficient audience. 
  7. Before lunch we took group photo. It was fun, whenever we were thinking all are in now, one new batch of people were joining and then again trying to accommodate all frame. Thanks to Michael Cannon for photo.
  8. One of the good points was almost all domains people were present. Even we had some talks related to Open Source in Healthcare AutistConnect, LifeNectar and OpenMRS.
  9. Lightening talks generally does not get scheduled but in fossasia those were scheduled. I will say it as a good move. First it gave speakers recognition and also might have given them chance to get funding for conference. Second since it was scheduled it happened in well planned manner. Some audience missed few talks due to minor schedule change in lightening talks. Still i will say lightening talks made good impact. Specifically it worked like person introduced his topic and requested audience to join breakout session for further discussions.
  10. Plenty of rooms were available for breakout sessions.
  11. Each day was followed by some social event. Going to remember social event at Labrador park seaside Singapore BBQ definitely for some more time. Did not attended other days social event since some other plans.
  12. I think due to huge success of fossasia2015 organizers decided to choose same location for next year fossasia as well.
  13. Number of booths were available, Dron demonstration was also interesting. Mozilla, MySql, 3D printer, Red Hat.
I had almost dropped my plan to attend conference, thanks to Harish. He gave opportunity to attend conference the conference. I am going to write one more blog on my activities at fossasia, it will be bit bigger than this, Stay tuned :)

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Tomorrow (9th March) is last day to submit papers (talk, workshop and hackfests) for FUDCon APAC 2015

    Just thought good to write this small blog as a reminder for deadline for CFP submission [1]. We opened up CFP on 9th Feb, its almost one month before closing CFP tomorrow.
    As of now we have got an excellent response from community from paper submission perspective. Still one day to go. From my personnel experience i know lots of submissions happen on last day :)  Expecting few more on last day. Just make sure to think select appropriate category for your sessions. If not sure, go ahead and submit abstract, during screening will try to suggest suitable category.


    We had around 4 weekly meeting during CFP open time and lots of things happened. Some points includes
    1. Logo finalization.
    2. CFP for flyers.
    3. Fedora 21 release party at Venue. [2]
    4. Code of Conduct for conference. [3]
    5. Lots of decision from conference arrangement perspective. Including Food, FedPub and Speakers accommodation.
    6. fudcon.in site improvements.
    7. Reached lots of organization with CFP details.
    These are only few which i remembered, for more details go through piratepad

   

1. http://fudcon.in/call-paper
2. http://pravin-s.blogspot.in/2015/02/points-on-fedora-21-release-party-at.html
3. http://fudcon.in/code-of-conduct

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.