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 website. Leo, 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.
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.
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).
Two candidates to the ambssadors team also came to talk and learn more about FOSS events.
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: