[mrtom@localhost ~]$ systemd-analyze
Startup finished in 3240ms (kernel) + 3616ms (initrd) + 19751ms (userspace) = 26608ms
samedi, juin 4 2011
Par MrTom le samedi, juin 4 2011, 13:08
[mrtom@localhost ~]$ systemd-analyze
samedi, février 5 2011
Par MrTom le samedi, février 5 2011, 21:10
I have been to FOSDEM today. This was a terrific moment. I first attend FOSDEM in February 2006. See the photo upwards. We were three on the booth. Today, I don’t even attend the booth to welcome people as it is very very crowded by Fedora Ambassadors. This is so great to see so many Fedora people at the same time. About my personal experience, FOSDEM is no conference day. 99% of them are much too difficult for me to understand as I am no developer at all. However, this is a great place to be to meet people and talk about how things are going inside the French Community.
So nearly as soon as I arrived, I met Frédéric Hornain, my first Belgium buddy I set up a booth with back in February 2006. Every year, I have a little chat with him. Today, I explained how my feelings were mixed inside the Fedora Project as a contributor. Actually, I feel sometimes tired about explaining the same things to people about Fedora again. I’m looking for another way to contribute inside the Project and certainly a place where I could avoid the very user base of the Project. Deeper inside translation and maybe inside some learning Project that I talk about later in this blog post.
Once I could reach the Fedora booth (wow, FOSDEM is even more crowded this year than it was last year!!) I met Dimitri Glezos and exchanged about our lives, about how good the Indifex company is. We were joined by Max Spevack and Jared Smith, who I first met today. It was a delight to see all of you at the same time. Jared, you’re right. We have to meet people to achieve a full circle of right communication. We decided to run a meeting with Pierre-Yves Chibon, vice-president of the French Fedora NPO and looked for Nicolas Chauvet to join us.
We discuss about the future of the French NPO. I’m glad to say that we are doing everything we can to be really back in business. The last two years were a bit confusing and slow pace unfortunately. I refuse to bear this again for the two upcoming years. Communication, again, is the key. Meeting Max and Jared was so good, that we dealt with all our topics in 40 minutes no more. At the end of the discussion, we talk about having Moodle inside the Fedora Project Moodle with Max and Jared and we were so excited about all this! I really want to help doing the right thing on this project. I just can’t wait for it.
We then decided it was time for lunch. We went to eat a very nice couscous in Brussels with some ambassadors, of whom two Tunisian ambassadors. I was very happy to meet them again and see they are safe after what they endured in their country few weeks ago. Guys, you really rock!!! I had a talk with Gerold Kassube which helped me understand the death of the Fedora EMEA e.V. NPO. Too bad it ended like this. During the meal, I listened to some very interesting conversation about “what does being an ambassador mean?”. Very hard question to answer, even 5 or 6 years after the creation of the first ambassador group by Alex Maier.
When we came back to the booth we tried to settle a money problem with the last CD order of the Tunisian guys. This is going to be solved very soon thanks to the good will of everybody and the French NPO. Glad it exists. Then I met up my former colleagues from Mageia, bought them a t-shirt and discussed how they are doing. I’m really looking forward testing the first ISO of this new distribution.
Finally, I had some quick talks again with Dimitris about how Transifex.net could save the Fedora Translation Project and how far we can delegate translation management in the hand of the community. These are really great stuff I’m looking forward to playing with. Just before I left, I met Pablo Martin-Gomez and we discussed about translation and again how Transifex.net seems to be the last valuable option we have to enjoy a workable translation environment that would not afraid people anymore.
I can’t wait for all these projects to get realised. I can’t wait for next year FOSDEM, to look back on what we have achieved in that friendship altogether. Thank you to all of you guys, you rock, see you next year!!
vendredi, juillet 30 2010
Par MrTom le vendredi, juillet 30 2010, 14:56
Hello everybody !
You may know the French Fedora community has an online store for goodies. From today till August, 1st, shipment costs are offered by spreadshirt, wherever you live !
It’s time to get all the Fedora goodies you’ve always dreamed of !!
To enable this offer, just enter the “WEEKENDGRATUIT” voucher during your order.
mercredi, juin 9 2010
Par MrTom le mercredi, juin 9 2010, 20:45
You can also watch Mathieu Bridon’s interview, one of our most implicated Fedora user and Ambassador. Of course, he speaks French.
Have a look ! And happy Fedora 13 for everybody !
vendredi, décembre 18 2009
Par MrTom le vendredi, décembre 18 2009, 19:04
Having a little train outage tonight for my trip to my parents’ gives me the opportunity to start talking about the Fedora 12 Install Fest that happened this past week end at Paris, France.
As usual, I would say, the event took place at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. It last 2 days and many people from Fedora French community, from Parinux, the local LUG and few Ubuntu guys (wearing Fedora t-shirts) were there.
We organised talks and workshops on various topics dealing about Fedora, FOSS, the OLPC etc.
The Install Fest was popular enough and we were able to install, promote and explain the goals of the Fedora Project inside the FOSS ecosystem to never seen people.
I had two talks. The first one introducing the Fedora Project with which I could experienced new slides based on my reading of Zen Presentation by Garr Reynold. This guys really helped me to focus on slides and on the message to be given. Slides are here to support the speech and not to be a memento for the speaker. Something to note about this presentation is the surprise of people when I listed the fields in which people could join to contribute to the project. The list is long enough to say that such a big FOSS project is not only about coding and spending days and nights behind a screen without interaction with people. The Fedora Project is about free software of course, but also about people interacting with each other. That what I like the most inside the Project, what we are able to achieve as a big international team. Congrats!!
I also gave a great talked with Pablo about Fedora Translation. I am very happy we were able to give this talk, as it has been cancelled many times during former Install Fests. We could explain the importance of translation, the importance of team in this process and how the Project is organised. We also explained the Project was fair enough to let local teams adopt their own translation process. The room was not full but every people sat were interested and all of them asked at least one question. Unfortunately, due to problem with the video projector, we were not able to show any po file nor Transifex. I think this is definitely a talk which has to be done again to explain that Fedora is a team work and that all kind of contributions is useful for the project.
This Install Fest was also the opportunity to meet never seen Ambassadors. This was great Time talking with them. Encouraging and helping Fedora Ambassadors to be together to share such event is definitely something we have to do more often. It remains very important for us to be aware we are part of a team.
lundi, septembre 14 2009
Par MrTom le lundi, septembre 14 2009, 10:34
mardi, mai 19 2009
Par MrTom le mardi, mai 19 2009, 21:29
Fedora 11 is going to be released at the end of the month and very soon, our massive army of ambassadors will want to spread how proud they are of their Fedora 11 release to the masses. But HowTo run a successful release event?
What kind of event?
On the one hand, you have to define what you would like to do for your event. There are lots and lots of things you could do to present Fedora. First you can have a classical ‘Install Party’. You already guessed the purpose: help install and configure Fedora on people’s computer. Even if it is a classical release event to run, it is not the easiest. Having to deal with many different devices and laptops requires you to be gifted in some advanced Linux configuration if you encounter a still reluctant device. Moreover, if you are installing a laptop, you would certainly have to stay with the future user to help him doing his first steps on Fedora. An efficient install party you would need to be quite numerous, to be able to install PCs without having people waiting for you. The little things that matters: prepare a disclaimer of liability for install people. Its purpose is to cover you from any data loss and hardware failure that you would not be responsible of. Of course, you remind everyone of the risks for their data and that they should first save them before attempting to install any operating system installation.
There are other things you can do around a release event… You can have several presentations about Fedora. There are so many subjects you could cover! What is Fedora? How does virtualization work? How to create an RPM? How does YUM work? What are the new features of Fedora 11? There are so much subjects to cover…
If the room you chose is big enough, or if you have several rooms, maybe you can have workshops, so as people can manipulate their new OS and see how easy it can be to do basic configuration. Workshops have the drawback to need some already configured computer with Fedora. Then a demonstration can be done as an alternative.
Finding the best place for your event
All these clues have to be linked to the room(s) you would be able to get. Space is the clue to assign activities to areas.
Ordering a room is also some tricky topic. The best advice you could be given is not to be alone to look for it. You should for example get in touch with your local lug. They may have some experience in running these kind of events and may also know the good people to order the room you need.
What kind of room do you need? A large one of course! or several if you can. Is there any university or grammar school nearby? They have lots of rooms, lots of table and chairs! You also need lots of power-plugs in your rooms. Some installation would be tricky and you may spend some time on them.
Lets add on this you would need some internet connexion to do the post install updates and to look for documentation here and there, and you’ll have all the criteria to choose the perfect room for your release event. Last point about the room, if you can, do your best to order a room near a populating place. It will draw people to your event, curious people about what is happening with all the computer addicts.
Make a successful event communication
Organizing an event is great. But telling people they can join is greater. Again, do not stay on your own, but contact every people that are able to buzz about your event. Your local LUG may have again some good contacts to get introduced to. Go to every websites you know FOSS and tell them about your event. If you have a blog, blog it again and again.
Newspapers or TV are also very good contacts. Of course, it is very difficult to have them join and make a report about your activity. But try, again and again.
Be very precise on your communication. Where is it? At what time? How to come? What can I expect from this event?
Having concrete things to say to people
Having an Release Event means being in contact with users. First users, you know, the one you used to be some years or months ago. This means you have to stay at their own level of knowledge. Don’t try to answer to their questions in so much details. Answer their questions briefly and ask them to try on their own, with you at their side. For example, if someone asks you ‘How can I install a bank account manager?’, show them _one_ way to do it. If you feel the person is not ready for command line and the yum story, don’t even tell him t exists, and show him how to install with the graphical installer tool. Always remind from where they come from. They have in mind one process for doing something, it first needs to be replaced by another one. Not by two or three.
Answering questions means to know what you are talking about. Are you able to talk about Fedora for some times without refering to notes or websites? If yes, you may be ready. If not, there are some places you should not forget about.
This first page explains you very quickly what the Fedora Project is about and the links it has with Red Hat.
This second page details the four foundation about the Fedora Project. As you would see, it is not about software only, it’s about human being. With this page in your pocket, your have the four keywords to explain what Fedora is all about.http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FeatureList
Revise your features. Giving the 5 best new features of a release is perfect to answer to the ‘What’s new in this release?’ question.
This last link to stick to the latest news of the Fedora Project.
What questions you may be asked
I have ran some Release Events and stood on booth. The most frequent questions which falls into my ears are the followings:
- What is Fedora? I have not heard about it before.
- What is the difference between Fedora and the others Linux distro… because, you’re all doing the same thing aren’t you?
- Why a 6 months release schedule? It’s so fast, I can’t get use to a release that the new one is already out!
The first question is not a tricky one. However, one can easy be trapped by answering the two other questions. Keep in mind to always stick to the Fedora Project objectives. We are not doing the same thing, we are working on Fedora to make the software stronger and enhance its development. That’s why we need a 6 months release schedule. It helps and motivates us a lot to go as fast as possible to improve the user experience through Fedora.
Having concrete things to give to people
People should not leave your Release Event with nothing in their pocket or in their notebook. A new user will have questions to ask about his brand new system, so giving him you mail address or a forum page will help him a lot. Moreover, as a good organizer, you will also give him the good links listed above to keep in touch with the Fedora Project.
If you have Live media, do not hesitate to give them. If someone introduce himself as a teacher give him plenty for his computer science students. What is important here is that people have something they can expect something from. A live media, documentation, a mail address or a forum on the web. People should not be left on their own, alone with unresponded answers. Don’t forget, the Fedora Project is also about friends. What would you do for a friend?
samedi, avril 4 2009
Par MrTom le samedi, avril 4 2009, 18:33
The second and third days of Linux solutions were rich … with encounters. One can really tell Armel takes his new role as president very seriously.
Indeed, on Thursday, Armel was the voice of Fedora with journalists of VNUnet and Silicon.fr. You can also read an interview with Franz Meyer, CEO of Red Hat EMEA.
In the evening we had dinner at the restaurant Chez Clément, to thank all those who have help organiszing the booth for this event. Carlos, we’ve missed you…
The third and final day was also very busy. A first meeting with Christophe Sauthier (Chairman of Ubuntu-fr), Didier Roche (Secretary of Ubuntu-fr), Vincent Untz (Head of community OpenSuSE), Anne Nicolas (Mandriva Community Leader), Armel Kermorvant (President Fedora-fr) and myself, Thomas Canniot (Treasurer Fedora-fr) to organize an event in Paris, all before the summer to promote free software and our respective distributions.
Later in the day, meeting with William Quiviger this time from Mozilla, also very interested to participate in this event, as Parinux could confirm us, through Thomas Séchet during our last meeting.
Roll on summer :)
mardi, mars 31 2009
Par MrTom le mardi, mars 31 2009, 22:17
The day begins at Solution Linux with a sense of deja vu. As usual during
the past few years, Fedora was there thanks to the Fedora-fr Association. This year the device was somewhat more elaborate. Thanks to
the Fedora Project, it is with great pleasure we welcome the
ambassadors of Tunisia during the exhibition period. It is a real
pleasure to have been able to do this, and shows that free software is not only about software but also about the human being who supports it.
It is with great pleasure to have seen Carlos Vassalo and the team of French ambassadors struggle to make this event a success story. As you will see from the photographs to come, Carlos has worked on all the goodies in this edition of Linux Solutions, taking the whole procedure on his own from the creation to the contact with the chosen provider. Chapeau bas, Carlos, sincerely.
We have, of course, talked and explained again and again Fedora, the difference between Linux distributions themselves, the importance of free software in IT.
Tomorrow, the day promises to be even more exciting, with a book of very rich encounters. I will write about them as soon as possible.
dimanche, mars 1 2009
Par MrTom le dimanche, mars 1 2009, 22:45
Just to say that I really like them tonight :)
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