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Software Freedom Day 2015

Date/Time: Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Location: Hanoi University of Engineering and Technology

Organizers:

  1. Truong Anh Tuan
  2. Nguyen Nang Thang
  3. Hoang Ngoc Hieu

More information: Hanoi_SFD_2015

In 2015, Software Freedom Day (SFD) was organized at Hanoi University of Engineering and Technology. The event was very interesting because this year, there was a  brand new activity organized during the event called “festival jobs”.

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Festival Jobs Area

This year, the Fedora Vietnam Community had a Fedora booth located near the festival jobs area. We had Fedora topics that was presented in the event and had activities at Fedora booth such as having introduction to participants about Fedora Project, helping students install Fedora on their laptops, and distributing Fedora swags (DVDs, Stickers, Flyers) freely for them.

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Fedora Booth

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Fedora Swags

In the afternoon, there were many topics related to Linux and Open Source technologies. I had a presentation about the topic “A brief guide to starting your IT career as a Linux Sysadmin” and Mr. Truong Anh Tuan had a workshop about OpenPGP.

To sum up, the event was successfully organized. In general, the participants were introduced many helpful information about the project called “Fedora”, as well as many other Open Source technologies.

Fedora 21 Release Party @ HOU

This is the second time we organized Fedora Release Party in Hanoi, on April 20th, 2015. There were about 10 guests in our seminar, including Mr. Lê Trung Nghĩa- Fedora’s executive member, and mostly students.

The event started at 8:30. The previous event took place in a café, but this event was held in IT Department- Hanoi Open University, with the aim to bring Fedora closer to students.

The person who started our event was Mr. Nguyễn Năng Thắng, who gave you general information about the content, which is mainly about open sourse, updates on Fedora and the new releases of Fedora 21.

First, Mr. Nguyễn Năng Thắng showed us what open sourse was and its development. To make it clearer, he provided us a short video clip about open sourse. Next, we made a deeper investigation about the foundation and development of Fedora project and Fedora Operating System. Moreover, Mr. Thắng gave us the fact that  there were only 10 volunteers contributing to Fedora Vietnam,This is such a small number. Mr. Thắng aslo provided us a video clip about our latest seminar Fedora 21. In the clip, after the introduction about Fedora Operating System, my friend named Tuấn Anh from Information Security Department of Academy of Cryptography Techniques raised a question about Fedora’s features that is superior compared to others open sourse. And Mr. Thắng’s answer hepled Tuấn Anh recognize Fedora’s advantages.

The next part was Mr. Trương Anh Tuấn’s speech, who is working on SEVER  release. He showed  you the power of Fedora Operating System (Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server and Fedora Cloud). He also mentioned the four basic Fedora’s criterions. As far as I am concerned, the most interesting part during the event was ways to contribute to Fedora Worldwide. We have to understand that a software maker is not necessarily a coder. Fedora project has no discrimination in sex, skills or race. Every single person can give a hand to a better software release. Then a female classmate of mine decided to take part in Fedora project.

After Mr. Trương Anh Tuấn’s speech was light meal, which helped everybody relaxed.It was the most exciting part, everybody seemed to get closer together when listening to Mr. Tuấn Anh’s sharings about the power of open sourse, how to contribute to Fedora and ways to take part in other open sourse project.

Due to the time limitation, Mr. Thắng and I couldn’t present about Fedora 21’s  new features (Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server). In the closing part, Mr. Trương Anh Tuấn shared stories about Fedora comunity and representative contributors in India, who designed Fedora 21’s icon. Despite the small number of attendees,  the event was successful, everyone was excited when receiving project’s CDs, stickers and logo.

To sum up,  though there was limitation in the number of attendees, the degree of interest was fairly high. I hope that there will be more contributors to Fedora Vietnam. Thanks for your attendance in the FEDORA 21 Release party at FITHOU and hope to see you again in our next seminars.

Fedora 21 Release Party in Hanoi / Report

I am pleased to announce that the Fedora 21 release party was successfully organized in Hanoi on 19th, December, 2014. There was 18 participants attending the event. Especially, this event had attention of foreigners: Mrs Terry Parnell (as Director of Open Development Cambodia) and Mr Joerg Henning (as Mr Truong Anh Tuan‘s friend). Besides, there was a lot of students from Universities in Hanoi.

The event began at about 07:00 pm. It was regularly organized at a coffee restaurant in Pham Huy Thong St. It takes about 10 minutes to go to there from my company.

At the beginning, I had an introduction about myself, my current works, and my contributions in Fedora Project and other Open Source Projects. Next, I introduced to participants about the program of the release party. There was many interesting topics about the Fedora Project, the program Fedora.next, new features inside Fedora 21, Fedora 21 live shows, and the other topics related to Open Source Software and Open Source community.

As usual, I was the first person having an introduction about the Fedora Project. It is true that there are many people who did not understand in right way about the Fedora Project and the differences between Fedora Project and “Fedora” operating system. Someone said to me that “Fedora is a OS based on Redhat Linux”. The others said that “The Fedora Project stopped developing”…. So, I tried to give a very clearly explanation about what Fedora Project is via a photo so that every participants can understand easily the collaboration of all members in Free and Open Source Community. It is the Fedora Project. Next, I talked about the missions and four foundations of the Fedora Project. In each foundation, I explained in detailed so that everyone can understand about Free Software that Fedora uses, about freely to redistribute the distribution, about the strength of the community, about the great features inside each Fedora releases, about the commitment to innovation, and so on. Finally, I had a presentation about the topics “Fedora Community Updates World wide and in Vietnam” and “How to Join and Start Contributing to Fedora”. At the end of my talk, there was a question for me about the number of Fedora contributors in Vietnam up to present. It was true that there was not many active Fedora contributors who really joins the Project to do some things for the community in Vietnam. There are many Fedora users, but not many Fedora contributors which are really active persons, so in my slide, I mentioned the number of Fedora contributors is less than 10 at the moment in Vietnam. Participant seemed to be excited about my first talk.

The next program introduced to everyone was an announcement of the Fedora 21 release by Mr Truong Anh Tuan. We together congrated to Fedora 21 officially released on 09/12, and together cut Fedora cake. It was very nice cake with Fedora logo in the central. We had a short break to get acquainted with each other and had some discussion about Fedora, Linux, Open Source Project, etc. While people was eating cake and having drink, Mr Truong Anh Tuan began his presentation about the topic “Fedora.next – An introduction”. Firstly, he showed to everyone that Fedora is a powerful OS. It was fact that Fedora had strong user and developer community and it had 10 successful years. Next, Tuan gave an explanation about the program “Fedora.next”: what it exactly is, introduction to Multi-leve “Rings” approach – architecture of 3 Fedora Products (Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, and Fedora Cloud). He continued to show to participants about main differences between the development of Fedora in the past and the development of Fedora in the future (Fedora 21 as an example). Tuan talked very clearly and deeply about Fedora.next, so everyone seemed to be excited about his talk like my first presentation.

After the talk of Mr Truong Anh Tuan was the talk of Hieu. Hieu is a student of Hanoi Open University and currently working in Fedora Project as a new contributor. He introduced to everyone about new features inside Fedora 21, big changes in Fedora 21 for end user, for system administrators, and for developers, and so on. He had live shows about GNOME Desktop in Fedora 21 by a short video and the tool “Dev Assistant” in Fedora 21. He showed to everyone that we can easily use the tool Dev Assistant to develop Open Source Projects using programming languages such as PHP, Python, Ruby, etc. He is an active person who helped me organize this event, as well as had the first contributions to Fedora. Congratulation to him!

To continue the event, there was an presentation of Mrs Terry Parnell about the Open Development Mekong Project. The Project works to increase the availability and transparency of information related to development trends in the Lower Mekong region. After having some introduction about the Project, she had some demos about some data and information of Combodia on the website, as well as other data and information of other regions such as Lao, Vietnam, etc. All of the participant liked her talk and asked many questions about the Project. Basically, all of us would like to have firstly contributions for the Project by translating Open Data documentation into Vietnamese and have bigger contributions in near furture.

In the end of the event, there were some free talks of participants about Open Source Projects. Mr Le Trung Nghia had a short presentation about the Openroad Project in Vietnam so that everyone and Mrs Terry Parnell can have contributions to the Project. He asked Mrs Terry Parnell how can translate Open Data documentation into Vietnamese. Mrs Terry Parnell showed him many ways to translate to documentation into Vietnamese, so he really wanted to do this work to have firstly contribution to the Open Development Mekong Project. The last discussions in the event was very interesting which got much attention of participants. I myself also wanted to contribute to the Open Development Mekong Project too. Lastly, everyone took some nice photos. Fedora 21 DVDs and stickers were gifts for participants.

To sum up, this was the most successful event that I and my friends like Tuan and Hieu have ever organized in Hanoi, Vietnam. I hope that there will be more and more people contributing to Fedora in near future.

Congratulation Fedora 21 again! Thank you and see you soon in next Fedora events!

References:

* Wiki of event

* Photos of event

* Fedora Slides

Software Freedom Day in Hanoi / Report

SFD 2014 – Day 1 (Fedora APAC Ambassadors Meetup)

Friday, September 19th, 2014

We had a first meeting for all Fedora Ambassadors attending SFD event at the VAIP office. We discussed a lot of things about some critical issues in APAC such as the current year’s budget, Fedora events and activities in APAC in the current year’s budget, swag and media produce and distribution in APAC, the better collaboration in APAC, and so on. There were five persons participating the meeting physically (Tuan, Alick, Sarup, and Somvannda) and three persons participating the meeting remotely via IRC (Gnokii, Kushal, and Ankur).

The first topic was started by Tuan at 09:30 am. Tuan had a brief summarization about the APAC situation. He said that “APAC joins the community later than other regions such as EMEA, etc”. He also said that “We have a lack of physical meetups among APAC folks”. It was true that for most APAC meeting, there were very few representatives from Asian country. When the budget was to be made for the current FY, Tuan announced over the mailing lists, but nobody showed up. Besides, some regions in APAC made plan from last year to organize some Fedora events or activities, but they did not do anything as plan. As discussed, we should have Fedora meetups every years, do some talks, and it’ll be better if we can have more physical meetups regularly. “We should stop people from treating Fedora as a travel agencywas say of Kushal via IRC. Moreover, Tuan has been trying to call contributors to make a bigger plan for the budget of FY, but they told Tuan that they did not know how to make plan or something else. There were some brief updates about the situation in India by Sarup, in Combodia by Somvannda, and in China by Alick. About the situation in India, there were meetups for contributors at larger conferences like Pycon and there were infrequent events in bangalore/pune, etc. About the situation in Combodia, people tended to show up only when their tickets need to be discussed, etc. And about the situation in China, contributors had regular meetings, organized a lot of events and activities related to Fedora and FOSS, and used mailing lists a lot, etc. It took a long discussion for us about the situation of making plan and organizing events and activities in APAC.

Fedora Meetup - Photo: Somvannda

Next, we discussed and worked on the most important topic: the budget of FY2015. Alick volunteered to review and update Q2 and I and Sarup helped with Q1. Alick got lucky since most events and activities planned in Q2 were cancelled and there wasn’t much to review. T helped Sarup double-check events, activities, swag requests, and travel tickets from Q1.

After a lunch break, we turned to discuss Ambassador Polos and FAD Phnom Penh. We discussed some concerns about the date and time to organize Fedora 21 release party inside FAD in November. Tuan had a plan to invite Fedora Ambassadors from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore since the ticket is very cheap.

SFD 2014 – Day 2 (Software Freedom Day at the University)

Friday, September 20th, 2014

I and Tuan went to the hotel to take a taxi to go to the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) with Fedora members where Sofware Freedom Day event was held.

As schedule, there was a Tux dance at the beginning of the event. It was such definitely colorful event that I have ever attended from 2009.

I had some Fedora DVDs, stickers, and Alick had some Fedora swags from China too, so we used them up at our booth. It was true that Fedora swags disappeared quickly🙂. I met some students and friends at the booth and had some short talks about Fedora activities in SFD, as well as introduction to them about Fedora Project. I also talked with them about Fedora sessions which would be organized at a separately room in the afternoon. They seemed to be excited about attending Fedora sessions in the afternoon to be introduced more details about Fedora Project, and many interesting topics related to Fedora and FOSS. Then, all of us went to the main hall since the event was started.

Fedora Booth - Photo: Alick

It was the first time that Alick, Sarup, Somvannda were introduced as special international guests to the event. Tuan had a keynote about the topic “How to contribute to Fedora without programming skills”. He tried to introduce to participants basically and easily about the ways to contribute to Fedora such as joining many Fedora sub-projects like Ambassador, Writer, Designer, Web Developer, and so on if they like. After his talk, there were some questions from participant asked for Tuan and all of the questions were answered clearly and fully.

Ways to Contribute to Fedora by Truong Anh Tuan - Photo: Alick

In the afternoon, we moved to our Fedora room. As usual, I had an introduction to the attendees about the Fedora Project – who we are, what we do, our goals, and some statistics about Fedora Vietnam community. It was so happy that there was many attendees at the room when my talk was presented🙂

Fedora Project Introduction by Nguyen Nang Thang - Photo: Alick

Next was Alick’s session on FOSS Software Defined Radio. He tried to speak loudly and slowly so that participant who are almost Vietnamese can understand his talk. It was an interesting topic for me due to his ideas of motivating through practical examples.

Finally, there was a short workshop of Sarup on the topic “FOSS 101”. He had an interesting workshop like Alick too. He tried to introduce to everyone basically about Open Source Software, Linux, GsoC, etc. Moreover, he had a workshop about using Git, IRC, and mailing list. Trang and Alick helped him with the demos of Git and the translation.

To sum up, SFD 2014 was organized successfully. I would like to say thanks to event organizers and my international friends. I hope that there will be more and more people contributing to Fedora in the future.

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.

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