Archive for September, 2008

FUDCon Brno 2008 – Italian Ambassadors Meeting/s

September 8, 2008

I joined FUDCon on Friday night and I left it on Sunday morning so what you’ll find there is a brief summary of the discussions we had during that period.

It was a pleasure to meet most of the Italian ambassadors there. We discussed a lot about Linux Day, we talked about how to organize a Fedora Box (with a USB station, some CDs etc.) , that we would send in most of the events we are trying to cover, and the problems behind it. Luca Foppiano is making a great job with the organization, he is a great organizer and I’m sure it will be a success. Moreover we discussed about sponsorship with Jerome and Fabian, the discussion conclusion was that some clarifications are necessary: some answers arrived from the Ambassadors Session where this topic was recalled by Jerome (see the other post I wrote about FUDCon sessions); other issues are not yet close, so I hope FamSCo could help in that way in the next months.

During Saturday night, after the Social Event (it was a well done event), we decided to visit Brno Downtown, we discussed about Fedora and its sub-projects. Not only. We made an interesting discussion over photography: at the end we cover a lot of topics, so it would be quite long to make a list of those ones.

What I could say is that now I know more of Francesco, Luca, Gianluca, Marco and Simone, and, in a good or in a bad perspective, they know more about me :). Those are great people and it was a pleasure to share with them this experience.

I hope, and I’m pretty sure about it, that we will able to help Fedora growth, starting from Ambassadors, and during the next months we will demonstrate it, so stay tuned!

P.S. Just a curiosity: there were another Italian fedora contributors, I discovered it, reading some FUDCon attendees Wiki page, he lives in Austria but it’s Italian, he is Kevin, one of the most active KDE packager for Fedora. We talk with him during the last session and he was really a nice person.

FUDCon Brno 2008 – Saturday 6th

September 8, 2008

BarCamp summary

The experience was great, I personally feel interesting to meet the other contributors. I joined some of the FUDCon sessions, unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend all the session I expected to join, but that’s part of the game!

– Func session: Luca Foppiano made a great presentation around this cool tool that allow you to manage multiple system in asynchronous or synchronous mode. Now if someone will ask me something about “Overlord, Minions, Certmaster” and how they work I will be able to get the right answer.

– Marketing session: I was happy to meet Jonathan Roberts (the session owner), Nicu Buculei, Pavel Sadowski and the other guys from Marketing. The discussion was focused on collaboration between projects and on a way to make content more understandable by end-users.

– Transifex: Unfortunately I arrived late. Personally I wanted to listen more about this important initiative, but moreover I took note of some interesting links from a slide (so I’ll be able to read something at my home).

– Spacewalk: I joined this session both because I’ve read hundreds of articles about this one and because I want to learn more about a fedora hosted project. There were a lot of people who wanted to know the current status on Fedora integration and how much time would be necessary to see Spacewalk working over PostgreSQL. Great marketing when the speaker launched around the room Spacewalk tshirts for everyone.

– Ambassadors session summary:

It’s my first time I’ve been in a BarCamp event (maybe I’m pretty sure that was the first time we use this solution for an event in Europe). I just want to spend some lines talking about what we have done during Ambassadors session. We were not a lot of people, but I’m sure there were the right ones 🙂

I just try to display the current situation and some plans for the future. The feedbacks from the persons attending it was great and make me proud to be there (to see some slides just take a look at

Max helped a lot giving his vision about the future and focusing on some important issues: 1. how to manage budget for the future? 2. What are the next big step from FamSCO? For the first one he suggested some great ideas trying to fix some “bugs” from the past experience: mainly try to keep budget fit our needs and try to better distribute resource with some attention to improve human resources at booth, from my point of view I agreed completely with his words and I’m assuring FamSCo will work in this way.

For the last topic I wasn’t able to give a few words answer, but I assured that FamSCo will work trying to be more understandable by the community (clearing FamSCo tasks etc) and try to fix communication between ambassadors, e.g. organizing meeting with local contacts and try to have a clear communication over the mailing list and the other communication tools.

I was amazed by a sentence he expressed “Everyone in Fedora is an ambassadors, the difference between people who are in Ambassadors group and the the others is just a question of resources and events organization”. I think those words are better that a 1h talk about Ambassadors. I like what Dimitris said: Ambassadors is unique in the “open source projects planet” for its organization and for its idea behind this “initiative”, it’s seems logic but sometimes we forget it!

Dimitris, moreover, gave some suggestions about Fedora Ambassadors Localization and Fedora Localization projects collaboration: the last one, in fact, has just create a localized “platform” and ambassadors could be helped by this just-done work. I was really happy to hear this because it gives us another chance to extend collaboration and it could help Ambassadors having a better community experience.

Jeroen, moreover, suggested something about fedora sponsorship: many of you just know Fedora EMEA, one of its main goal is to bridge resource. The core of the proposal was could FAmSCo be able to handle and bridge those resource around the project? My answer was (and is) yes, if we can count on trusted people and on a clear FAmSCo system (e.g. a clear task list and widely participated elections) .

FamSCo is everyday seeing for those thoughts/ideas/proposal because those ones help improving our community, simplifying its work too.

I received some feedback about the difficulties to follow some discussions on the m-list; I assure FAmSCo will work over it, and soon everyone could be able to stay update without losing their time trying to sail around many mails.

– FUDCon 2009 session: we haven’t nothing defined yet but people seemed really motivated to be there again next year, so I’m pretty sure there will not problems. 🙂

I love too much the English to Czech lesson, or How to survive in a pub in Brno :), it was both nice and interesting, and people were really enjoyed by this one. Great job!

I hope to haven’t missed anything (please let me know, so that I could be able to update the post)

I have to personally thank Max, who gave me the chance to be there and with his constantly and great work on the Ambassadors side. Another personal thanks to the orga team (I don’t remember all the names of the other Czech guys who make our experience exceptional, but I’m really impressed by the work they have done). I hope next year could be possible to repeat this experience, maybe trying to have more ambassadors (I know this year many EMEA people couldn’t join it due to work duties), but I’m sure the whole message of FUDCon is just arrived everywhere, starting from the people who attended it and the other ones who couldn’t be there materially but were able to read about it in the planet and/or joining the IRC channel set up for the event.

Long life to Fedora!

Sunday “coming-back” trip nightmare

September 8, 2008

It’s not properly the first time I’m in trouble with airlines, but today any limit was exceeded. I woke up at 6.00 am and took the train to Prague at 7.50 from Brno hl.n. , everything went well since i arrived to the airport (at 11.00 circa, my flight was scheduled at 14.25), I’ve done the check-in and nobody told me they have changed completely the flights schedule.

First of all the flight to Rome was delayed by an hour, and that wasn’t a problem since i checked the flight from Rome to Pisa, and I started to be upset: the flight was scheduled at 21.00 (I had to took the 17.25 flight arriving in Pisa at 18.15), that means I would arrive there at 22.20 circa. I just tried a first solution at “transit office” in Prague; Czech airline assistants try to find a solution but they clearly said “we can’t change anything”. Anyone could accept this, but i forgot to say that i had to take a train after the Pisa flight, and the last one would be at 21.30. I tried to explain the situation, but the situation didn’t change.

I took the delayed flight, I was completely upset so i took whatever i found in the entrance area of the airplane (newspaper in Italian, Czech …), and when the hostess ask me “Do you want a cake or a sandwich?”, i answered “both”, she was surprised and me too (I’m trying to follow a diet), they weren’t special but eatable. We arrived at Rome airport: I known this was my bad day, but i tried the fortune and I went to transit office in that airport: the answer I received by an Alitalia assistant was “For 5 minutes you just lost a possible flight from Florence”, I’m a nervous guy, but I’m sure in that moment i looked like a bull or something else, i asked “So, what I have to do? Slip at the airport, call the police or whatever else?”, she said “ You can took a taxi and send the receipt with this compiled form and try to get reimbursed”. Everything seems work, just another problem, Pisa is 60 Km far from my city and Tuscany’s taxi are so expensive that I had to spend more that 150 euros. So concretely I had to spend those money, send a letter to a company that actually hasn’t money and that’s generally costumer unfriendly (see national and international newspaper to get more new about Alitalia) .

I’m sure you can understand me when i shook my head and tried with this sign to explain my delusion.

Now the previous part is written in Rome Airport at 18.40, waiting the 21.00 flight to Pisa, I hope to arrive, and if you would be able to read this, maybe it would be an affirmative answer.

@update (written on the airplane)

The last flight (from Rome to Pisa) had a delay of more than 15 minute cause the pilot and some of the crew was missing, the official reason is that those people were on another plane, but as I wrote previously everything was gone bad yesterday.

@update (at home!!!)

Now I’m just arrived (23.55) at home. I hope to be rest for tomorrow and be able to work with ambassadors for ambassadors.


Hours spent traveling: 18
Kilometers done: 1300 circa (mostly by airplane and train)

Those are speaking-numbers, I haven’t to add anything to those ones.

To all FUDCon attendees I hope them a better travel, and maybe be more luck than me.

P.S. Honestly I’ve to said that the first day (the arrival) was a long day but, generally quite, moreover the girls at the airlines office, both at the arrival and departure, were not so helpful (just take a look above) but they seemed friendly.


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