Fedora Day Buenos Aires 2014

December 15th, 2014

A month ago (or so) we decided to start organizing an event focused on Fedora here in Buenos Aires. The objectives for the event were:

  • Get new contributors for the local Fedora community
  • Grow the interest and show more presence of Fedora on the local community
  • Bring all the ambassadors from Argentina together to talk about FUDCon 2015
  • Fedora 21 Release Party

The organization was good, we thought of all the required tasks and we assigned owners for each one. Eduardo Echeverria (echevemaster) helped a lot by setting up the event’s websiteLeo, Rino, Mariela (our new ambassador) and myself divided the remaining tasks.

We met Leo and Fabio who came from Brasil on Wednesday night for an organizational dinner. We had a great time at “La Casa Del Queso”, talking and sharing ideas about the Fedora Day and the bid we are going to present for FUDCon 2015.

On Saturday, the day of the event, we went to the UTN early in the morning to set everything up.We met with Matias Maceira and Valentin Basel who came from Cordoba, Julio Sanchez who came from Tierra del Fuego and Adrian Soliard who came from Entre Rios.

I also have to mention that Oscar Perez from the UTN has been very kind and helpful since  the days prior to the event. He did all the paper work on the university to request the rooms and the equipment that we needed. The day of the event he also showed a very professional aptitude, I like that we can count with someone as him to organize events there.

The event was great, we did a short introduction about how to contribute and then I gave a talk for new ambassadors while Fabio was giving a talk about Fedora QA and Rino another one about packaging.

Then we had a short interval for lunch on the UTN buffet and then we continue with the talks that were scheduled.

At the end of the day we picked  up a winner of a blue Fedora that I brought.  The winner very happy with her new Fedora.

At night we went to o a local pub to celebrate the success of the day.

Some facts about this event:

  • Jonatan Madera and Ivan Weinberg were named ambassadors since they helped a lot with the activities on the day and organization previous to the event.
  • We got 3 new candidates to join the ambassadors team that will be mentored by me and 2 new candidates to join the packaging team.

I also want to thank Fabio and Leo who came from Brasil and all the guys who came from all different Argentinian provinces.

Some pictures

Organizational dinner

Fedora Day

Release Party on the pub

Conferencia Internacional de Software Libre 2014

October 20th, 2014

Last week I attended CISL. The event was good, several people came to our stand to talk about Fedora and ARM (I brought a HummingBoard and a Raspberry Pi).
I had the pleasure of meeting with Jon “maddog” Hall, director of Linux International. We took a picture together and then he told me about the community effort of translating assembler code into C or ASM compatible with ARMv8+ (aarch64).

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Two candidates to the ambssadors team also came to talk and learn more about FOSS events.

HummingBoard, my new toy.

August 14th, 2014

Last month I was gratefully surprised by an email from Germany. Someone  had seen my blog (yay!) and was interested in sending me a Cubox-i or a HummingBoard for free (double yay!).

It was hard to make the call, but I decided to request a HummingBoard, mainly because of the GPIO socket (General Purpose Input-Output). GPIO allows you to connect different electronic components to play with them and do robots and other cool things.

After several months and several hours doing paperwork in Customs, I finally got it. Compared with the Raspberry Pi, the HummingBoard has more RAM  (1GB versus 512MB), and more CPU (2 cores versus 1) and it also includes a SPDIF audio output.

Very grateful with the new toy I already could run Fedora on it. In order to do that, I had to download an image from this GitHub repo. There are also instructions to build the image from scratch and I am going to try that later.

A few days ago, Peter Robinsion mentioned on his blog that the HummingBoard will be one of the primary devices for Fedora ARM on Fedora 21. This basically means, that there will be a lot of testing on this device and I will be part of it for sure.

Fedora has supported the architecture of the HummingBoard (armhfp), for several releases. All the Fedora repositories and some third party ones like RPMFusion have a lot of software that can be easily installed on this device. That is something I noticed that unfortunately is missing on the Raspberry Pi with Pidora.

These are some of the pics I took of the HummingBoard:

Video sobre la FLISOL 2014

April 28th, 2014

The TELAM news agency created this video about the FLISOL in Buenos Aires. If you take a look at it, you can see the impact of Fedora on this event.

Flisol 2014

April 27th, 2014

Yesterday, April 26th, we attended the FLISOL 2014. I am proud to say that Fedora rocked this year!
For the first time, we had our own stand and a lot of people came to discuss and install Fedora.
This year we were able to make more Marketing work (banner,DVDs,shirts) and that showed a very good presence in the event.
I also want to thank two great Fedora contributors (ezq and valentin) who came from their provinces to contribute to this event.

Some pictures of the event: