Fedora 16 Release Party

Four days after Fedora 16 was released, we had a Release Party at Bluepoint Institute, Kilosbayan House, 7 First Street, Acacia Lane, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

So what transpired during the Release Party?
1. I discussed my recent FUDCon Pune attendance[1][2][3].
2. Magie started the discussion for FUDCon APAC 2012 and we decided to put in a bid[4].
3. Engels introduced our guests to Fedora Ambassadors and to contributing to Fedora Project in general.
4. Streaming via ustream was setup but I don’t know if anybody viewed it 🙂
5. Swag were given to attendees (mugs, F16 LiveCDs, laptop stickers, FUDCon Pune shirts for Ambassadors).
6. Everybody had a good time. Pizza and drinks are courtesy of Magie 🙂

[1] https://blog.azneita.org/2011/11/fudcon-pune-day-1/
[2] https://blog.azneita.org/2011/11/fudcon-pune-day-2/
[3] https://blog.azneita.org/2011/11/fudcon-pune-day-3/
[4] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Bid_for_Philippines_2012


Moving GPG Key Securely

There’s at least one case while at FUDCon Pune where an attendee has to reformat his laptop and was unable to move his GPG key. Since the old key we signed is now pretty useless, we had to resign his new key.

I was in the same boat a couple of months back and here’s one way of securely transferring keys from one machine to another that works for me (thanks Dark Otter!).

1. Find the GPG keyid you want to export.

gpg -K

2. Export the public key.

gpg --output pubkey.gpg --export {KEYID}

3. Export the secret key, combine it with the public key and then encrypt it for transfer. Do yourself a favor, remember that passphrase!

gpg --output - --export-secret-key {KEYID} |
cat pubkey.gpg - |
gpg --armor --output keys.asc --symmetric --cipher-algo AES256

4. Transfer the keys.asc file to the new computer using a flash drive.
5. On the new computer, unpack and import the old keys.

gpg --no-use-agent --output - keys.asc | gpg --import

6. Delete keys.asc or make sure it’s not just lying around.

FUDCon Pune Day 3

Day 3 is hackfest day and I attended the session ran by Robert Sheck. I packaged wdiff there and got some really great help from Praveen Kumar and Ankur Sinha. I still can’t do Package Reviews though and I got myself another reading list – http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines and http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:ReviewGuidelines

We had pizza lunch near the auditorium and Izhar, Rahul and I got started on this really interesting talk of how India pulled it off. Another session later at night happened in Jared’s room together with everybody and I got a lot of insight on how things were run. The team shared their experiences and you can not help but see, feel and hear COMMUNITY. A really great experience.

My main goal in coming to FUDCon Pune is to gather “intelligence” on how FUDCon is run, have a feel of the expectations involved and get to see if our Philippine team can pull it off. I feel confident we can do it, I just hope our team decides to do it 🙂

While looking for an empty electrical socket at the COEP Auditorium, I came across my hotel cross-door neighbor Lakshmi Narasimhan and got into this conversation about packaging. Soon enough he’s running me through all the steps of packaging ghc-fingertree and I’m suddenly a member of Fedora Haskell SIG. 🙂

FUDCon Pune Day 2

I’m very much a regular attendee for FUDCon Day 2 and it’s easier to move around for me since I’m now more or less accustomed to the place.

The day started with Harish’s keynote about the Red Hat Community Architecture team and how they interfaces with Fedora Project. He offered that their work involves pretty much taking care of the Commons and highlighted the analogy of “gardening”. Too much fertilizer will kill the plant, too less will stunt it. The challenge is getting to that sweet spot.

One of the things that resonated well with me is measuring performance – “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. One of the many things we’ll probably do in the Philippines is measure stuff and get useful information out of them. We got the usual stats like registration numbers but we can probably pare it down further to get more information.

After the keynote, I attended huzaifas’ and eugene’s security talk and learned how they do things in Red Hat Security Response Team. It’s really quite interesting and I’ll be waiting for eugene’s reading list 🙂

I caught a little bit of the GlusterFS talk then lunch at the Speakers’ Lounge then some sightseeing in the city. Huzaifas brought us to this mall where eugene bought some stocktrading books, izhar some really cheap oreilly books and mak a backpack. On the way back, Mak and I took a roundabout route back to COEP. We walked some distance and I got the chance to play “patintero[1]” with the local traffic 🙂

We came back to COEP in time for Kashyap’s libvirt talk, Jared’s Publican talk and Shazarika’s System Administration talk. We had group photos at the end of the day and the “Best FUDPub Ever” after some hotel rest. FUDPub was held at a rooftop where you got this cool view of the city and the college volunteers’ energy was incredible!

[1] http://tagaloglang.com/Filipino-Culture/Filipino-Games/how-to-play-patintero.html

FUDCon Pune Day 1

Yesterday was really challenging for me because we arrived 3AM and I had two sessions on the first day. Getting into Pune was an adventure to say the least. Together with Harish, Izhar and Eugene, I believe our taxi driver managed to get us lost at least two times 🙂

Jared’s keynote started the first day and I smiled when I saw his slides are the same from LCA2011 (or something close to that) 🙂 His pictures really resonate well.

After Jared’s keynote, I managed to catch parts of “Developer Survival Manual :: Impatient developer guide for groking the source” and “Transifex – Effective Localization Crowdsourcing”. The great Kushal Das caught me while at the Transifex talk and he led me to the speakers’ lounge after it. In the Speakers’ Lounge, I got a big adrenalin boost – Rahul told me I’m delivering the ending keynote. That time I only have 13 worth of slides and I’m wound up the whole day after that. Good thing Izhar saved the day for me 🙂 We went over my slides at the speakers’ lounge and tried to enlighten my presentation and just before my ending keynote, he came up with the idea of lightning talks to fill in the time. Lots of great ideas were shared around and honestly, it ended up being more interesting than my talk 🙂

For the Fedora Web of Trust, I should say most of the keysigning happened outside of the formal session. Most of the contributors are busy with their own talks or attending more interesting ones and soon enough, people are verifying GPG keys and IDs in the most interesting places – in the hallways, in the restaurant before dinner and even in the bus on the way to COEP. I’m looking forward to how our keyrings will look like after FUDCon India – most of the guys have new keys.

After the talks, we dropped our bags in the hotel and went off to do touristy stuff. At the souvenir shop, Joerg didn’t manage to buy the whole store . We had dinner at the Blue Nile – an authentic Indian restaurant. I didn’t really recognize any of the food but I still managed to eat a lot of it. Dum Chicken Masala! 🙂

Joerg: The joke tag doesn’t show up correctly 🙂