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FOSSASIA 2014 – Day 2

Saturday, March 01st, 2014:
Fedora team came to FOSSSASIA 2014 with many contributors, so in the second day, there was many interesting talks and workshops related to Fedora. First, it was an Inkscape workshop done by Sirko Kemter. The key goals of the workshop are to introduce to people about Inkscape, help people to install Inkscape in Fedora, get acquainted with Inkscape, and do some practice to edit picture with Inkscape. There was about 50 attendees joining the workshop. Due to bad network condition, it took a long time for participants to install Inkscape directly from the Internet, but finally, all computers of students were completely installed Inkscape by Fedora team.

The next talk was about Linux Users Group in Combodia. It was not a big group, but they had organized many Linux events and activities. They were so active Linux Group in my opinion in Combodia.

After listening to the talk of Linux Users Group in Combodia, I began to prepare my presentation and quick demo about the topic “Building a Fedora Clustering/Load Balancing System using Linux Virtual Server”. Firstly, I introduced to everyone an overview of basic terms such as Clustering, Load Balancing Systems, and the Linux Virtual Server Project. Then, I had a quick demo of building a Load Balancing System using LVS in Fedora. Everyone was interesting about my demo and asked me some questions about Load Balancing Systems such as how it works, the differences between LVS techniques (NAT, Direct Routing, and IP Tunneling), etc.

Following my talk about open technologies used inside Fedora, there was another talk presented by Uditha. He tried to introduce and explain clearly to students about PaaS with Fedora. Our talks sent to students a larger message that they can do a lot with Fedora, mostly everything.

FOSSASIA 2014 – Day 3

Sunday, March 02nd, 2014:
Following the successful of two days (day 1 and day 2), FOSSASIA continued to be held successfully on the last day at Open Institute. There were about 10 attendees including students, speakers, and organizers joining into Fedora registered workshops at a separated room.

Before starting to do Fedora workshops, Sirko had an introduction about Fedora and Fedora project. The first thing that he talked to participants was about Fedora Operating System. He made some comparation between Fedora OS and some other Linux OS such as Ubuntu, Debian, etc. Next, he explained carefully to everyone about Fedora Four Foundations. Participants asked many questions related to Fedora OS, Software Center inside Fedora like Ubuntu, and Debian. It was true that all questions from participants were answered clearly.

It took about 10 minutes for Sirko to talk his first topic. The next topic that he talked to everyone was about “7 ways to contribute to Fedora”. His key objectives in the topic are to help people to join into Fedora project with Fedora sub-projects such as Designer, Documentation, etc. In his first session, everyone asked him some questions realated to the ticket system used in Fedora such as “What is the ticket system in Fedora?”, etc.

Following the first topic of Sirko, there were many workshops to help participants step-by-step contribute to Fedora project such as “howto become a Fedora contributor”, “howto join Ambassador mailing list”, “howto join Fedora Ambassador program”, and “howto use IRC on Fedora”. Especially, there was a long workshop to introduce to people about GPG and help participants generate GPG key on Fedora. Kushal is key person helping participants do the workshop. Everyone was very excited about the workshops.

The Fedora workshops was done successfully. It was true that we recruited six additional Fedora contributors. Beside Sarup who had already joined into Design team, some students were suggested to L10n team. We were very happy to have two first Cambodia agreed to start Fedora Khmer translation team.

FOSSASIA 2014 was organized successfully. It was time to take a short rest and explore Angkor, Siem Reap and Cambodia.

FOSSASIA 2014 – Day 1

Friday, February 28th, 2014:
In the next day of the event, it was opening ceremony. Organizers and the event host gave welcome speech to participants. Then, there was some talks of speakers with many interesting topics such as Wifi Mesh, Google Summer of Code, etc. Mr. Truong Anh Tuan had a short presentation about “The future of Fedora Project”. It took about 5 minutes for him to introduce to participants an overview of Fedora Project and the Fedora.next program. Then, Tuan talked to people that there would be Fedora dedicated sessions in the afternoon.

There was a dedicated room for Fedora in FOSSASIA. In the afternoon, Tuan had a talk about “Fedora.next – The Future of Fedora” in more details. He tried to explain clearly to everyone about Fedora Four Foundations, the development of Fedora in 10 years, the mission of Fedora, the product proposal of Fedora, etc. During his talks, there were many questions of students about Fedora’s Features, Fedora Cloud, the different between Fedora and other Operating System. Moreover, Tuan explained carefully to participant about several meanings of Fedora such as Fedora project, Fedora people, and Fedora operating system. Everyone was very excited about his talks.

Following Tuan’s presentation, there was an interesting talk of Sirko Kemter. He introduced and explained basic terms in Fedora with Fedora A-Z guide. The presentation was created by many nice pictures that attracted students to listen to his talk. Then, he had another interesting talk about Seven ways to contribute to Feodra (without programming). Everyone was very excited again about his talk because there was many choices for them to them to join and contribute to Fedora and Open Source projects.

In the evening, there was a wonderful dinner for all speakers. We went along Lonle sap river by boat, had some drinks, chatted with each others. It was so amazing.

FOSSASIA 2014 – Day 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2014:
It was my first time to travel to Phnom Penh to attend FOSSASIA 2014. Truong Anh Tuan and Arky were my travel friends on the flight into Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

It was so great to meet many new friends attending FOSSASIA, Van Hon, Sirko, Kushal, Praveen and many others. We got acquainted with each others and talked many things about our work, and about the event.

Pre-meetup was organized in the evening to help everyone get acquainted with other easily, share information about Open Source Software, as well as Open Source projects. I had some basic introductions about Open Source Software to share with my new friend (I have just forgotten his name).

Finally, we had some drinks and free talks related to information of the event, Linux, Open Source Software, and so on.

Fedora 20 Release Party in Hanoi / Report

Congratulation Fedora 20,

I am very pleased to announce that the release party of Fedora 20 was successfully organized in Hanoi on 26th, Dec 2013. The event was held at a small coffee restaurant in Hanoi and there was 6 people attending the event. In the event, we had many interesting topics and discussions about Fedora Project, the shape of Fedora in the post-Fedora 20 feature (Fedora.next), and new features inside Fedora 20.

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The event began at 6:30 pm. First of all, there was an introduction of participants. I had an introduction about myself and my contributions in Fedora Project. As a Fedora contributor, I introduced to participants about key goals of Fedora release party.

As usual, the first content that I introduced to everyone was about Fedora Project and a brief history of the project. It was so difficult to me to talk about the Project in a short time, so I tried to focus on some key contents such as the missions, the objectives and four foundations of Fedora Project. I also talked about Fedora Community as well as some updated information related to Fedora Community in Vietnam.

Introduction to Fedora Project

The next content that I introduced to everyone was the topic: “Fedora.next – the shape of Fedora in the post-Fedora 20 feature”. We discussed about the architecture for a More Agile Fedora and explained clearly to everyone about 5 working groups (Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, Fedora Cloud, Base Design and Environments & Software Stacks). We also began to help participants join into one of the working groups. Everyone seemed to be excited when being known a lot of information about “Fedora.next”.

To continue the event, I introduced the changes and greatest features of Fedora 20. This was an interesting topic which got much attention.

The end of event was an open discussion about Fedora and FOSS. This was the most vibrant part as people were freely talk about their concerns or unclear things. Everyone took some nice photos. Fedora 20 DVDs and stickers were gifts for participants.

Group photo

To sum up, this was the great event to mark 10 years of Fedora Linux. I hope that there will be more and more people contributing to Fedora in near future.

Total cost of the party is about 50$. All photos of the event could be found here.

Congratulation Fedora 20 again. Thank you and see you soon in next Fedora events!

Software Freedom Day in Hanoi / Report

Hi everyone,

Following the success of Fedora 19 release party in Hanoi, it was Software Freedom Day (SFD) which was successfully held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 21st, September, 2013 at Hanoi University of Technology. There was about 300 people participating SFD this year.

As you know, Software Freedom Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software. It is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use. It is also an event that many Open Source Communities meet each other to introduce their Communities, as well as to help everyone join Open Source Communities in the world. There were Hanoi Community Space, Fedora Vietnam, Ubuntu Vietnam, NukeViet, OpenStack Vietnam, etc. Fedora Vietnam Community had a booth and many talks in this event.

To begin the event, there was a talk about Software Freedom Day of Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang (president of VFOSSA). Mr. Quang introduced a breif history of Software Freedom Day, and activities which were taken place during the event. The first talk was very interesting and everyone seemed very excited when listening the talk.

SFD was continued organizing as barcamp style this year. There was about over 15 registered topics and each of topics were voted by participants. The topics having higher votes will be discussed at the main hall. The topics having lower votes will be discussed at the other small rooms. I registered a topic “Introduction to Fedora project and How to contribute to the project”. My topic had 20 votes and it was discussed at 11:30 am at the third room.

Introduction to Fedora Project was the first content that I would like to present to everyone. To be known that almost participants did not know about Free Software, as well as the history of its development, so firstly I talked about the history of Free and Open Source Software.

Secondly, I introduced to everyone about Redhat company and explained the relationship between Redhat and Fedora project.

The second content that I would like to talk about was Fedora project. It was true that it was so difficult to me to talk about the Project in a short time. So, I tried to focus on some key contents such as the missions and objectives of Fedora Project. Next, I clearly explained to participants four foundations of Fedora project. Most of participants were very interested in the fourth foundation (“First”). They asked me many questions related to this foundation. After my explanation, everyone knew more useful information about Fedora.

Besides, I talked about Fedora Community and some updated information related to Fedora Community in Vietnam such as the number of ambassadors, the number of contributors, and the number of active contributors joining Fedora project at the moment, etc.

The next content that I introduced to everyone was the topic: “How we can join and start contributing to Fedora Project?”. I talked about Fedora’s sub-projects and tried to help people join the Projects in a simple way. After that, I guided for everyone to become an Ambassador step by step. It was true that there was many students who want to start contributing to Fedora such as joining Ambassador program, Free Media program, Documentation project, etc.

There was many interesting topics discussed in the afternoon. Especially, there was a game competition taken place in main hall. Students liked the game very much. They tried their best to play the game to take the highest award at the final match.

The event ended at about 5:30 pm. Everyone returned the main hall to join closing ceremony. As usual, there was a small party with participants and beer :)

During the event, everyone took some nice photos. Fedora 19 Multi-Desktop DVDs, Fedora buttons, and stickers were gifts for participants.

To sum up, SFD was successfully organized. Fedora Vietnam Community had also good activities in the event. We hope that there will be more and more people contributing to Fedora in near future in Vietnam.

All photos of the event can be found here.

Thank you and see you soon in next events!

Nguyen Nang Thang
Fedora Contributor

Fedora 19 Release Party in Hanoi / Report

Hi everyone,

I am very pleased to announce that the release party of Fedora 19 was successfully organized in Hanoi on 25th, July 2013. There was about 15 people attending this event. We had many interesting topics and discussions about Fedora Project, its sub-projects as well as Fee and Open Source Software.

The event began at 6:30 pm.

First of all, I had an introduction about myself and my role in Fedora Project. As a Fedora Ambassador, I introduced to participants about key objectives and program of Fedora release parties.

As usual, the first content that I introduced to everyone was about Fedora Project and its history development. Before talking about Fedora Project, I had an definite introduction about its history development. I talked about Free and Open Source Software, GNU project, Linux kernel Project, GNU/Linux distributions and other related topics. I took examples to compare Fedora with other popular GNU/Linux distros such as RHEL, Ubuntu, etc to show the most outstanding features of Fedora. Next, I had a presentation about Fedora Project. It was true that it was so difficult to me to talk about the Project in a short time. So, I tried to focus on some key contents such as the missions, objectives and four foundations of Fedora Project. Besides, I talked about Fedora Community as well as some updated information related to Fedora Community in Vietnam. I noticed a good news that we had an new Fedora Ambassador in Can Tho city and Mr. Truong Anh Tuan had been nominated in FAMA group. Everyone was very happy when he explained the FAMA group and its valuable operations.

The next content that I introduced to everyone was the topic: “How we can join and start contributing to Fedora Project?”. I talked about Fedora’s sub-projects and tried to help people join the Projects in a simple way.

To continue the event, I introduced the changes and greatest features of Fedora 19. This was an interesting topic which got much attention.

The end of event was an open discussion about Fedora and FOSS. This was the most vibrant part as people were freely talk about their concerns or unclear things. There were lots of question for me about different topics such as “the differences between Fedora and Redhat, FOSS licenses, etc . Then there was a brief introduction of Mozilla Project presented by one Mozilla representative: Mr. Arky. It was my pleasure to be the Fedora representative to help people understand correctly the Fedora Project or FOSS in general.

At the end, everyone took some nice photos. Fedora 19 Multi-Desktop DVDs and stickers were gifts for participants.

To sum up, the event was successfully organized. I hope that there will be more and more people contributing to Fedora in near future.

Total cost of the party is about 75$. All photos of the event can be found here.

Congratulation Fedora 19 again!

Thank you and see you soon in next Fedora events!

Nguyen Nang Thang

Fedora Contributor

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