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FAmSCo Election 2009: Nominations are open!

November 12, 2009

Sirs, it’s election time!

Apart from the jokes, this is an important moment for the life of the project, especially for Ambassadors.

With this election Ambassadors will be called to choose 7 people, who will represent and manage more than 700 other ones from all over the world.

If you run, you could became a FAmSCo member!

Like any challenge, it has its difficulties but, if you are motivated and if you like to make your voice heard, you’ll find it as one of the most exciting and marvelous experience.

Is there any requirement? Passion and self commitment. With these two ingredients you’ll be able to face this job. Experience, naturally, will give you an important help.

What are the steps required in order to run for it?

First of all, add you name in the nomination wiki page (just click here).

In this page you’ll be able to explain the vision you have for the project, your ideas and the goals you want to achieve.

Don’t worry, it’s not required to write something complicate. Just write what you think, even if it’s only a brief sentence. Remember: sometime a word is worth 10000 words.

The deadline to nominate yourself is November 16th.

It’s normal to have doubts, but you haven’t to be feared of not being elected. The most important element is be there. Express your ideas! Make your opinion relevant!  You’ll be important just because you will run!

Everybody, at the end of the race, will win: candidates, even if not elected; Ambassadors and the whole Fedora Project.

What are the next steps?

I’ll write about them later this week and during the next ones. Thanks to John (inode0) this is the schedule for the upcoming weeks:

* November 10-16: Nominations are open.
* November 17-23: Candidate questionnaires.
* November 27 – December 3: IRC Town Hall-style discussions with candidates for the various elected positions will be arranged.
* December 8-15: The elections will take place.

P.S. Just a reminder for whoever want to organize/join a fedora 12 Release Event: visit



November 17, 2008

I really enjoyed FAD EMEA 2008.

Friday was a great day: I met Max and Sandro on the train to Basel, we talked about the Ambassadors Project situation and I asked few things about Switzerland. After we left the luggages in the hotel, we had a short (2hrs) meeting at Pinguin Pub, one of the most well served and quality pub in Basel. Moreover I really liked the dinner at the Chinese restaurant and I enjoyed the community atmosphere.

After that we went to Basel University where we started working, here we discussed about Membership. Joerg made a great presentation on what AMAs (Ambassadors Membership Administrators) have done and the results gained after the new Membership policies took place. I saw a big interest on this topic and I think Joerg has collected a lot of interesting feedbacks to improve the overall ambassadors experience.

Before the end of the evening meeting a small accident happened to Sandro, he was wounded but, fortunately, it could be able to continue managing the event during the next days.

Saturday was the most hard and funny day of the whole event. In the morning we talked about:

Consulting: Jeroen proposed to create a group of developers that could hold some "training courses" in some businesses: then, using the resources they could get from those ones, improve the Fedora infrastructure. The proposal sounded good and people agreed on this one.

Events: this was the biggest discussion we had (it took approximately a day to discuss about this one). Max talked about how resources are managed around the world, on the budget for the next EMEA events, particularly on the next FUDCon and LinuxTAG. Mark Jung, a member of LinuxTAG e.V., illustrated some of the ideas behind next year LinuxTag and we tried to figure out how Fedora could be present there. We also take a look at next year FUDCon: we decided to investigate on a range of possible places and then take a decision according to the result. From the Italian Ambassadors sides, we had also the possibility to report about LinuxDay: Luca Foppiano made a great job, describing what it was done and the results. We discussed about other events (like FOSDEM) too, Max listed all the events according to the financial quarter and the resources, and we were able to easily have the whole situation for the next year.

Training/Classroom: Joerg had the great idea to organize some fedora classrooms for new ambassadors to guide them into the project and into events organization. We all agreed with this idea and I, personally, like to see this in action as soon as possible.

In the afternoon we had the pleasure to visit Basel downtown, a local LUG member guided us around it and told us about its marvelous history. After we had dinner in a 100% Switzerland restaurant where we could taste Basel Founde and a chestnuts "cake". The day isn’t finished: after the social event we had the last part of the meeting where we finished the discussion about events and Max asked all the members what they think could be the next step in the Ambassadors Project: it was an interesting question, I was happy to see people sharing their vision and help everyone figuring out what to do for the future (at least in EMEA).

On Sunday, before I left FAD, I had the possibility to visit, with the other ambassadors, the University Botanic Garden, here the guide showed us amazing plants and flowers: I think we not only admired the marvelous colors and shape of those species, we, also, learned a lot of things about interaction and evolution. I know it could sound scholastic but the basics of community interactions could be strictly compared with plants life in an environment. BTW, we enjoyed the visit and, while the other had another day of work I took the train for my home.

I really liked the event. I want to thank Sandro and Max for their amazing job organizing the event, Andreas Rau that made possible to hold the event, giving us a cool room at the university and a working internet connection too, and all the attendees that joined the discussion and helped building a better future for EMEA and, generally, for the whole Fedora community.

I want, finally, to thank Joerg Simon, one of the most active ambassadors and a great person, who gave me a lot of suggestions and encouraged me to add my name in the FAmSCo nomination page. For that reason I want to thank also Francesco Crippa, Luca Foppiano and Gianluca Varisco: I hope they would nominate themselves too!

P.S. I tried to remember all the most important activities, BTW sometime I can forget something, so let me know.

I’m going to FAD EMEA

November 13, 2008
It’s a really pleasure for me to take part in FAD EMEA 2008. Sandro and Max have done a great job organizing this event. I’m very happy to share this amazing experience with the other ambassadors and I’m sure it will help improving our community, in all its possible sides.

LinuxDay 2008 – Viterbo

October 28, 2008

On Saturday 25th I attended the LinuxDay event organized in Viterbo by TULug, a group devoted to Open Source and all its aspect (promotion, contribution and so on).

We were in the Viterbo Province palace, located in the down town, so it would really easy to arrive and enjoy the day.

In the morning the organizers made an install fest: F9 was the default distribution. They did a great job; when it was needed I tried to give my support, but I see a lot of people knowing what to do (solving problems too). I was amazed by the number of people that took their own laptop or PC there, asking "I want Fedora on it!" and, I can assure, at the end of the morning, you could see a lot of computers with Fedora inside and a lot of new Fedorians too.

During the day I saw a big number of people interested in the project: they asked how they could contribute in the Ambassadors Project, in the Package Project and in other projects too! I explained the key passages and how we organize our activities, trying to be simple and clarifying all the doubts: I’m sure we will see new contributors soon 🙂

During the afternoon, along with support, TULug organized some talks, I held one too: I tried to describe briefly the history of Fedora, why Fedora means innovation (and its open structure too), why is so important to contribute and, last but not least, why users matter in the Fedora processes.

I think people understood our message and I could say the event helped a lot giving them an answers to most of their doubts.

Once again I was (and I’m) proud to be a Fedorian!


August 2, 2008

I want to point EMEA guys and everyone interested, that from Friday, 2008-11-14 to Sunday, 2008-11-16 in Basel (Switzerland) there will be FAD (Fedora Ambassadors Day) 2008. For more information just take a look at .

According to the previous posts made by the Orga Team, the main goal is to have a person per country (in EMEA) so it could be possible to discuss in a better way about 2009 EMEA activities.

I think this is an amazing experience for a Ambassador, here you could stay in contact with people from different countries and you could discuss about the future of the project in your Region.

I hope this experience could be repeated in the other regions (see LATAM, NA, APAC and so on), because I can assure there is nothing more powerful than such event.

I hope to See you there!


February 26, 2008

During this FOSDEM i could see the best of a Great Team: the result of its great work, its real passion and its foresight is the Fedora EMEA NPO, that is, at the same time, the bridge to manage all the resources for EMEA people and, an indelible link between those ones who are working to promote and to improve Fedora, sharing with everyone (with no border limits) their knowledge base, making EMEA Project a trusted point of reference for the future of the global Project.

I started my experience with this team few years ago (December 2006) during the first FAD held in Basel. We were few people at that time but we started work seriously on this dream and we joined our forces. I could meet trusted people like Gerold, Joerg and Fabian (and other great people) who spent their days organizing FADs and Events, spending their money to buy Posters, Gadgets and, at least but not last, talking with people, linking them with a common glue: Fedora Project.

The past Saturday for me was a special day: I saw, during the event, a lot of Fedora Ambassadors and contributors coming from all the World (from US to Czech Republic) working with passion and wisdom; I saw a dream becoming reality: Fedora EMEA NPO.

Now, i want to make my congratulations with the new Fedora EMEA board members: Gerold (Mr. President), Jeroen (Vice-president), Fabian (Vice-president) and Robert (treasurer). Special thanks to Joerg that gave me useful tips to work at the booth and helped me several times in the past and to Francesco C. for his ideas to improve the Italian Ambassadors community.

I know i repeated myself but I think there are some points that must be underlined to better understand the importance of this big step.

FOSDEM08 – Saturday

February 24, 2008

Yesterday was a busy day:

– a lot of people visit us not only at the booth but at the conferences that Fedora contributors held (with great results, see Jens speech about SELinux), moreover people asked for DVDs (the live CDs ended soon) and they wanted to try the two OLPCs that we had at the booth. People that just used Fedora asked mainly for support, tricks and spins, but, incredibly, everyone, from other Linux distributions users to closed source OSes users knew the Fedora Brand and the Fedora Project and they want to try Fedora (with live cds etc…). During the day Chitlesh, the Fedora Electronic Lab spin creator and maintainer, showed at the booth some cool chip wafers he made, it was amazing to see in his laptop the scheme of the chip and see this one in the reality: that makes Fedora cool!

– in the evening, after the 1st day at FOSDEM, we met together in the same restaurant of the previous day and we officially founded Fedora EMEA (congratulation with the new board), now there is necessary some bureaucratic work before it will be completely recognize, specially for an NPO. The meeting was great, we discussed in front of a pint of beer with subfloor music, i was a little bit confused by the big numbers of people attended FOSDEM so i made some “gaffes” but we work seriously and I’m proud to be there that night 🙂

– at 23.00 we come back to the hotel and we chatted about everything from Fedora to customs, TV … everything.

This was my latest activity at FOSDEM08, i had the flight in the early morning so i left the Great Team, that I’m sure, will continue with its great job there (now I’m writing from my “sweet” home 😉 )

I want to thanks Max for the help he gives me and with Francesco (i talked with him a lot regarding the future of the Fedora Ambassadors project in Italy), Joerg, Gerold (thanks again for the car passage), Jeroen, Fabian, Robert, Tom, Thomas (i had a discussion regarding FAmSCo) and all the other ambassadors and contributors (it would be a very long list) who shared with me this great experience and used their capacities to do something i think it will be remembered in the the Fedora Project’s Hall of Fame.

FOSDEM08 – Friday

February 23, 2008

After a briefing at the hotel we decided to go in search of really good food (maybe steak tartare ;)), we walk for 30 minutes without results, fortunately, with the help of a strange guy, we found a good place where we take some delicious Bruxelles specialty, forgetting the past food experiences. We discussed a lot about Fedora and the EMEA NPO, that it will be “officialize” during the next days at FOSDEM (so, stay tuned!) Moreover we share our view about Ambassador project, trying to imagine a map of the future of this one. That’s a group! The Fedora NPO is the result of great team working that could be such with the work of great people. After the dinner someone left us to go his hotel, other, instead, decided to drink a beer in a pub, it was a little bit cold, and my hands were really frozen, fortunately Jeroen gave me his gloves so i could really taste my beer. Once again, this is a group!

We continued sharing ideas and i received a lot of feedbacks on my works at FamSCo, i think that’s only the beginning …