Event Report: LinuxDay 2012

This year’s Linux Day celebration is not too small like the one I did in 2010 but not too big like the one we did last year, 2011. It’s just about right.

Challenge: Spot the Filipino Fedora Ambassadors in the group (magie, engels, arnold, herson and dona)

There are three talks/lectures this year and mine is titled “Fedora Does Not Pay: How to convince them to open the purse”. The other lectures were given by Paul Magahis and Engels Antonio. Paul briefed us about owncloud while Engels discussed incrontab.

Of all the things we do at Fedora Project, there’s only one thing I’m better at than Engels, Magie and Arnold – that’s asking for money.

I got good feedback on the topic and this includes the usual gripes like payment lags, the need to follow-up a follow-up, jumping hoops to get an event funded, doing more work with less or at times with nothing at all. The collective experience of the group is quite mixed – I for one has a relatively good experience while others got previously burned or just don’t want to deal with the hassle.

Everybody are in agreement however that we should hold more meaningful events around the country and Fedora Project is a welcome enabler in this endeavour. To help hasten the process of local Ambassadors stepping up to the plate more often and more confidently, I reluctantly agreed to serve as point person for funding initiatives for future Fedora Events in the Philippines.

Some sort of a local spotlight, Ryan Terrenal shared with us that they are using Fedora as servers for the National Library of the Philippines, more specifically their online catalog service. Expect to hear more about them from me in a couple of months.

UPDATE: My slides are here.


my topic tomorrow at linuxday

I’ve just been asked to talk tomorrow at bluepoint’s linux day lectures [1] and I had no choice but to accept. Given the short preparation time and the audience being mostly bluepoint alumni and fedora ph members, I have decided to talk about how to get Fedora Project to fund your event/activity.

Adding some marketing glitz and an unhealthy doze of sensationalism to an otherwise straightforward topic, I titled it – Fedora Does Not Pay: How To Convince Them To Open The Purse.

The slides are not ready yet but I’m going to lift a lot of stuff from the Fedora Wiki [2,3,4,5] and excerpts from personal experience. I’m envisioning the talk to sort of empower local contributors to step up to plate more often and more confident knowing that resources will be there for them when they need them.

[1] http://linuxday.org/index.php?entry=20120726055057
[2] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events
[3] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Reimbursements
[4] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Community_Architecture_expenses
[5] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:OSAS

why not a nearby hackerspace

I came across hackerspaces early last year when I attended linux.conf.au in Brisbane. According to the Hackerspace Wiki, “hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects”. Such a place appeals to me because (1) I’ll be able to work on personal projects without my boss/officemates looking over my shoulder, (2) I’ll still have technically inclined people eyeballing my work and (3) perhaps most importantly, I’ll be able to socialize with other people.

There’s one in the Philippines called Logic House Group but it is really far. Ortigas, anyone?

Lost and found

I found an old xml file containing a dump of my previous blog posts. Hooray!

The blog structure needs some work but the important thing is that the posts are there. I gutted much of the previous blog structure in an effort to start anew.

Consider this fair warning, read them at your own risk. >:)