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Fedora 29 Release Party at Linux Autumn: Event Report

Release Party attendees: Making the group photo. This photo credits: Julita Inca Chiroque.

During this year’s Linux Autumn we organized Fedora 29 Release Party. These kind of events are organized around the world after the new version of Fedora is released. It’s likely that it was the world’s first Fedora 29 Release Party (for this version) because the official poster design was not yet ready and nobody had asked for it before.

Again, being an organizer, I must warn you that my perception of the event may be different than the one of an attendee. But on the other hand I saw more behind the scene events.

The party was attended by the Linux Autumn attendees. Its organizers included two Fedora ambassadors: Julita Inca Chiroque from Peru and Dominik “Rathann” Mierzejewski from Poland. Julita, as always, brought lots of balloons with Fedora and GNOME logos, and Matej Marušák from Red Hat Brno brought Fedora stickers and other swag.

We allocated little time for this event, only 25 minutes. That’s short but initially we had thought it would be enough. For a longer while we had been discussing what should we do during the party. We did not have to tell the attendees what Fedora was because those people knew it well. It was worth to mention what’s new in this release compared to the previous ones but none of us was able to mention any new feature except modularity.

Of course, the core point of the event was the cake with Fedora logo. However, we did not want it to be the only point so we decided to talk about Fedora Accounts System: how to create an account and to become a contributor of Fedora. We also planned to talk about Fedora badges and mention that a badge will be awarded to the attendees of the Fedora Release Party. We decided that Julita would talk about it because she had been the most experienced of us all. But during the party Matej who had his laptop already connected to the projector and was near the microphone talked about everything and showed examples on the screen. He talked so perfectly that there was nothing more to add.

25 minutes turned out to be much too little. The following talks had to wait. But I think that nobody complained. Even if one was not convinced to use Fedora (instead of other distros) then at least liked the cake.

Linux Autumn 2018: Event Report

Linux Autumn, the 16th annual conference of Linux and free software enthusiasts, organized by PLUG, was held from 9 to 11 November. This year, same as last year, we met in Ustroń, southern Poland, but we changed the venue: this time it was Hotel Gwarek.

I must say that my report may be little biased because I was included into the organizing team and I took it seriously. 🙂

But honestly speaking I think that this year Linux Autumn was very successful. We had as many as three foreign guests including some from outside Europe, plus of course many great people from Poland. Slowly our conference becomes more international. If you have not been there – you have good reasons to regret.

Day #1: 9 November

I managed to attend two talks, both very interesting. First Dominik ‘Rathann’ Mierzejewski was talking about common bugs in the development of packages for Fedora and similar operating systems. Dominik is a long time Fedora contributor and ambassador, maintainer of multiple packages, so he knew well what he was talking about. The second talk was given by Maja Kędras, a student from Wrocław University of Science and Technology. She summarized the graphics editors available in Linux: GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, and Krita. Those applications make great alternative for popular commercial packages. Sadly, they are not commonly appreciated.

The day ended with a dinner which extended into late night socializing talks, board and old video games traditionally delivered by DKiG Foundation (Old Computers and Games).

Day #2: 10 November

Marcin Zajączkowski talks about fish

On the second day there were much more events than on the first one. At 9 AM Marcin Zajączkowski gave a talk about Fish shell, an interesting alternative to bash. The second speaker was Julita Inca Chiroque, long time Fedora ambassador from Peru and GNOME Project contributor, currently studying High Performance Computing at the University of Edinburgh. She talked about parallel computing libraries for C and Fortran: OpenMP and MPI. Next we had a little change in the agenda: instead of Maciej Lasyk who arrived only the next day Błażej Święcicki gave his talk about log analysis.

Unfortunately, as an organizer I was unable to attend all talks so I don’t mention them here. The full list can be found at the organizer’s website. The next point for me was the lunch followed by two hours long workshop about parallel programming with OpenMP hosted by Julita Inca Chiroque and her fellow student from the University of Edinburgh Ana Maria Garcia (from Columbia). I really regret that so few people attended it because it was really interesting.

Then there was the real centerpiece of the event: we organized Fedora 29 Release Party. I will describe it in a separate article.

The next talk Securing your daemons using systemd was given by Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, one of the main contributors of the project. Big shout to Zbyszek who was probably the first Polish speaker brave enough to give his talk in English thus making it accessible for the foreign guests.

The last speaker of the day was Matej Marušák from Red Hat. Matej works in ABRT project and that’s how I had a chance to have met him before. He talked about that project.

The day ended with an open air barbecue party, slightly delayed because of the tight timetable.

Day #3: 11 November

Unfortunately, due to my organizer’s duties I was unable to attend any talk that day. It’s a pity because from the agenda I know that Dariusz Puchalak talked about Ansible (fortunately, I attended his talk a year before) and there were two workshops: about development of RPM packages for Fedora and about Ansible for beginners. During that time I took care of the foreign guests. We went to the Krakow Balice airport but before we managed to sightsee Krakow for few hours and even some parts of Lesser Poland. It was funny as well.

Summary

Last year Linux Autumn saw a little decline but this year it was much better. If we keep this trend, next year we will have a really great conference. Schedule it in your calendar already, see you next year!

Announcing Linux Autumn 2018

Autumn

If you have ever wondered, like I have, whether there will be an autumn (the Linux Autumn) this year then the answer is: yes.

Linux Autumn is an annual meeting of Free Software and Linux enthusiast from Poland organized since 2003 which means this year it will be its 16th time. This year it will be organized in Ustroń in the southern Poland from 9 to 11 November. The town is the same as the last year but in a different hotel.

As the place is located near the Czech and Slovak border we would like to invite more people, both speakers and attendees, from other countries. We are aware of strong presence of Fedora contributors in Brno and other nearby cities just across the border.

This conference has always been mostly Polish (in terms of the language) but there was always at least one foreign speaker who gave a talk in English. It has always been a chicken and egg problem: there are not many English talks because there are not many foreign attendees; on the other hand there are not many foreign attendees because there are not many English talks. I think we all will be happy to change this. We have already one foreign speaker confirmed, others are in progress.

Currently the registration is open but the organizers are still accepting talk proposals, the CfP deadline has been extended to 19 October. Please hurry with your talk proposal!

If you don’t know what is Linux Autumn about please see my articles about the event in 2017 and in 2016 or see the organizers’ website.

Linux Autumn 2017

Autumn

Linux Autumn is an annual Polish conference dedicated to the free software and GNU/Linux. This year it was its 15th edition and this time it was held in Muflon Leisure Center in Ustroń.

Shortly speaking: the conference was interesting but my participation was limited due to a virus¹ attack.

Day #1: September 22

Not much has been planned for that day because the attendees were only arriving. The event started at 4 PM and the first speaker was Igor Gnatenko from Red Hat. He talked about the dependencies between the packages, especially about the new kinds of dependencies added in RPM 4.14. I was a little late to this talk but thanks to YouTube I know how it was like and I must admit that it was interesting. I like the idea of a talk which focuses on a small subject which do not requires advanced skills to understand it and at the same time provides important information to the attendees. It’s very worth to be mentioned here as it was the only talk in English:

The second speaker was myself. I talked about preparing an application for internationalization and avoiding typical errors. How it was – you should judge on your own. Unfortunately, this talk and all others were in Polish and English translations do not exist so I don’t provide links here.

My talk about preparing an application for internationalization. Photo: Igor Gnatenko.

In the evening there was a dinner and long conversation about professional and non-professional subjects.

Day #2: September 23

In the morning I woke up with a sore throat and I knew that the conference is actually over for me. Luckily, I had given my talk the previous day when I still had felt good. Despite this I pulled myself together and attended all talks. I’d like to mention two most interesting ones in my opinion. The first was Maciej Nabożny‘s talk about his libdinemic project. In his talk he included many subjects like cryptography, certificates, but first of all Maciej comprehensibly explained how blockchain works and how it powers bitcoin. The second talk was by Dariusz Puchalak about OpenSSH, Ansible and other network tools. Usually I’m less interested in administrative stuff than programming but Dariusz’ talk was really zestful and impressed me. I recommend his talks to everyone, he is a really great speaker.

Piotr Kliczewski from Red Hat talks about oVirt

Day #3: September 24

So this was really the end for me. In the night I had a fever, shortly after the breakfast I packed my things, said goodbye and went back home. I wish I could recommend you watching the videos on YouTube, unfortunately they are mostly in Polish. Please come next year, the more foreign speakers and attendees we have the more likely we switch to English.

PS. Regarding the virus, as it usually happens, the next day I felt much better and two days later I was quite good.


¹ Virus: a biological structure similar to but unrelated with computer viruses. They attack the cells of living organisms and are totally safe for computers.

Linux Autumn: Memories of the Last Year

Linux Autumn 2017 is coming, it’s starting in 3 days only. While waiting let’s take a look at one presentation of the last year.