8月 312015
 

The second day of COSCUP 2015 was August 16, Sunday. Since we had FreedomKnight and zerng07 at the booth, and we did not find very intersting talks in the early morning, tonghuix and I gave ourselves a bit more rest and did not get up quite early. We both found the talks this year were not as attractive as last year. Part of the reason might be that this year’s theme “Open Culture” is kind of too general and it is not easy to talk about it. Or in a sense it is align with COSCUP’s philosoph “more social than tech”, which means it is more a chance of letting open source people to meet than diving into specific technical topics.

Around the booth we found some interesting swags that might be useful for future Fedora events. One is the retractable network cable as shown in the middle figure above. Such cables were distributed in COSCUP previously as gifts. I think it is quite nice because: 1) it is so useful that one can start to use it directly at the venue; 2) the central circular part is perfect for branding logo etc.; 3) it is not expensive and can be cheap with mass production. Another nice swag is shown in the rightmost figure above, a toy moe girl (optionally, with a toy laptop). As soon as she appeared on our neighboring booth, a crowd of people and cameras came around the booth. Westerners might not understand, but moe culture is quite popular among East Asia countries, and it is getting mainstream. For example, in Taiwan you can find quite a few moe girls on various posters in public. Besides, ".moe" has become a registrable top-level domain name. Since she is so eye-catching, I guess it is worth trying to make one for Fedora. Regarding design, the Fedora moe girl might be a good starting point.

At the booth I also discussed with FreedomKnight and zerng07 about Fedora community development. zerng07 is getting busier with his work, and they are trying to develop a new ambassador. It seems that currently the Taiwan contributors prefer to use the Facebook group of Fedora Chinese community for discussion. I encourage them to keep an eye on our mailing lists and attend weekly IRC meetings, where activities are more visible to the Chinese community and the whole Fedora community. I also encourage them to go outside for better communication and cooperation. When the local community grows strong enough, Taiwan can be a good candidate for FUDCon APAC.

At around 15:00 PM, almost all attendees gathered into the large hall to listent to jserv‘s last speech “Retrospect on Taiwan Open Source Ecosystem”. jserv is a long term open source contributor in Taiwan, and he has contributed talks to COSCUP for all the ten years. In the morning I caught up with his experience sharing of open source in education. To encourage new contributors, he decided this talk to be his last speech in COSCUP. In the talk, he introduced the history of open source development in Taiwan and showed quite a few impressive early projects by Taiwan open source contributors. He also motivated the young generation in Taiwan to contribute more to open source in the world.

After that was the lightning talk session. In COSCUP, a lightning talk can be not a “talk” at all, because all kinds of performance are also welcome. I had learnt the rule for a while, but this time I finally had the chance to hear an ocarina show as a lightning talk by a COSCUP volunteer! Why ocarina show? Simply because others learnt that he can play ocarina during face-to-face discussion.

At last, after a short closing speech from the lead organizer came the group photo session. All volunteers were invited on stage. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was used for taking photos, which was really cool. By the way it was also cool when the UAV flew over your head!

All in all, I enjoyed the two days of COSCUP very much. Looking into the future, I believe COSCUP can continue to be a great chance for Fedora Chinese community to gather up. Besides, non-Chinese contributors are also welcome to join to take the opportunity to meet face-to-face and get things done.

11月 262014
 

Over one week ago, I attended FAD Phnom Penh 2014 in Cambodia. This Fedora Activitiy Day event was for APAC ambassadors to discuss budget planning, event planning, swag production and so on. Below is my full report of the two-day event.

Day 0 (2014-11-14): Arrival Day

I left Beijing in the afternoon and saw the beautiful sunset on the plane. My flight have an intermediate stop at Guangzhou, and we had to get off the plane their, accepted the custom check, and then went back to the same plane. I arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport at midnight. Although we filled the arrival card on the plane, we later found that we need to fill another health form (for Ebola) before getting the visa on arrival. With the help of Somvannda, I saw the Tuk Tuk driver easily when I came out of the airport, who was holding a nice sign with Fedora logo and my name. It took about half an hour from the airport to the Passion Guesthouse. I must say it was really cool to ride on a Tuk Tuk at midnight in Phnom Penh not only because the temperature was not high, but also because it made me exciting to be in a Tuk Tuk on the flyover! With banners in Chinese catching my eyes from time to time, I find Cambodia is somewhat familiar even though this is my first time to be there.

It was quite late when I arrived at the guesthouse, and I was very surprised to see Somvannda, Tuan, Siddhesh, Danishka still awake. It was so sweet of them to wait for me till the late night.

Day 1 (2014-11-15): Events and Budget

On Saturday morning I met Nisa, Izhar, and Sirko (gnokii), and we began our two-day meeting. We used the #fedora-fad IRC channel to involve remote participants. We also set up a pad on PiratePad, where I was responsible for taking important notes.

The meeting started with Sirko’s notes. He is from Germany, and he was there to help the first ambassador FAD in APAC. He pointed out the major problems with APAC communities in his mind, and offered his suggestions. He emphasized the importance of setting deadlines and installing rules. Then each of us introduced the situation in each country respectively. It seems the common problem is to attract new contributors. There are various reasons for that, such as pirating and unawareness of license, competition from other distributions, and shift of interests to cloud and apps. I think to tackle the problem, we need continuous education and promotion, and in particular we need to stress our core values and main characteristics.

Then we spent the remaining day discussing the events and allocating budget in the next fiscal year. As we can see from the wiki page, there are many events planned in the APAC region, and it is nearly impossible to ensure Fedora presence in every event. Therefore, there were a lot of debates about budget allocation when we went through the long list of events. Sometimes the discussion went off topic but we managed to bring the topic back. After we finished the budget planning, we summed them up and found a big total amount. So it is still necessary to assign different priorities for the events in case of budget cut down. It will be one main job after FAD.

According to the current budget allocation, we will promote Fedora in release parties, SFD, DFD, HFD, Linux Day as usual. We also want to have more not-so-big meetups which are for Fedora contributors and users but not tightly related to the release. Besides, we would like make Barcamp Phnom Penh and COSCUP places where ambassadors in the whole APAC region can meet and discuss.

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We were quite tired after the whole day’s meeting, but we got refreshed by the local seafood at Kuch Angkor Restaurant. A friend of Tuan in Cambodia joined the dinner. We talked about a lot of things and enjoyed the Angkor beer very much.

Day 2 (2014-11-16): Other Stuff

The remaining topics were discussed on the second day. We first briefly talked about FAD and FUDCon. One current issue with FUDCon APAC is that the planning phase is too short since decision is made in January and the event happens in May. Sirko suggested that the decision should be made earlier, maybe announced right at the previous FUDCon. This way it is better advertisement and long planning period. We cannot make it work this way for FUDCon APAC 2015 though, which means possible hosts should bid for the next year’s event as soon as possible.

The main topic was swag production actually. We generally agreed that it is better to have central massive production to reduce the cost, and it is good to produce some swags with EMEA. But there are so many counties in APAC and different regulations about shipping. So first we need to collect the cost of production and shipping in each (active) country, and we set the deadline to be January 1st. We also discussed materials (such as banners) tracking and set the same deadline to work out the inventory of materials in APAC.

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With APAC credit card holder Izhar on site, we went on to discuss the payapl transaction fee issue. It is a pain that currently ambassdors have to lost some money when getting reimbursed due to transaction fee charged by paypal. Several workarounds were proposed, and hopefully we can make real progress and no longer have this issue in the near future.

Last but not least, we distributed the ambassador Polo shirts. Thanks to the Cambodian team, we finally have Polo shirts for APAC ambassadors. It is really good for identification in offline events, especially those not limited to Fedora. I took along the Polo shirts for Chinese ambassadors who registered on the wiki page, and will distribute them to each owner soon. Those who have not registered on the wiki page, please request your Polo shirt by creating a ticket on the fedora-apac trac.

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The last night in Phnom Penh was full of memory. We had two (!) dinners, walked along the river, visited the night market, saw famous sight spots when riding on the Tuk Tuk, and discussed even when we got back to the guesthouse. I wish I could stay longer, but to catch my flight, I left in the beautiful morning of Monday.

I have a busy schedule recently, and now over one week has passed since the FAD. I see it was a really great start for APAC ambassadors to get together, meet face to face, and fulfil important tasks. I look forward to more chances to involve more ambassadors in the region to work together. In this way we can make bigger differences as a whole.

8月 242014
 

今年 7 月 19–20 日,台湾的开源社区大会 COSCUP 2014 在台北召开。我有幸以演讲者的身份第一次参加到了活动当中,所见所闻颇丰。

缘起

什么时间第一次听说 COSCUP 我已经记不清楚了。可以确定的是 emily 在 4 月份的一次 IRC 会议里提起过。tonghui 应该也提到过若干次。在大家的口中,COSCUP 非常有趣,台湾人很有娱乐精神。于是在今年的 COSCUP 征集演讲时,我投了两个话题,最终很幸运有一个被接收。FUDCon 期间,Max 也极力推荐我去 COSCUP 体验一下,liangsuilong 特别提到和 zerng07 等位于台湾的 Fedora 社区成员会面交流,他们也会参加 COSCUP 活动。此外,我对台湾自由行盘算多时,这正好是一个顺道去台湾旅行的机会,而 COSCUP 时间正好和实验室假期安排一致。基于以上原因,我下定决心去参加 COSCUP,之后顺便台湾自由行,即使后来得知大会不提供机票住宿的报销。

第 0 天:7 月 18 日

北京–香港–台北

因为机票要自费,所以最终订了一个在香港中转一次的航班。去程是深夜出发,感谢宝哥开车送我去首都国际机场。安检时查出带的洗头膏和沐浴露超量(200 mL,超出 100 mL 限制),只能免费寄存在机场,等回程时取走。航班延误了大约两个小时,应该与香港方面的天气情况有关。延误使得到香港时已经天亮,于是在香港机场吃了早饭。VISA 信用卡不知为何用不了,而且没有预备港币,还好可以付人民币找港币。

到达台北桃园机场已经是中午时分。排队过边检、换台币,发现机场已经不办青壮卡了。我住宿订在南港安乐旅社,过去要先坐一个小时的巴士。赶上了 12 点多出发去南港的客运巴士,巴士报站的是标准的台湾男声,温文尔雅。巴士终点是南港展览馆,我还进去逛了逛,不过没看到什么展览,倒是有一个会场有许多日本人在聚会。出来后依着旅社事先给的路线提示寻找,不过第一次真的没找到。当时还没办手机卡,在机场没有注意到办卡地点,再去找就只能做一个小时后的一班巴士了。不过走着走着看到路边有个中华电信的营业厅,于是决定先把手机卡办了。办的十天不限流量的 3G 卡,要 500 新台币;另外为了能打电话发短信,又充了 100 新台币值,后来证明这个充多了用处不大。办卡的女生太温柔礼貌了,我刚等了十秒钟就跟我说让您久等了,这着实让我一惊。

有了手机卡,有了 3G 网络,Google 地图终于可以派上用场了。最终找到旅社时,感慨他们家的门面招牌太小太不起眼了。不过他们是一家正宗的国际青旅,条件设施相当不错。住下后的下午没有出门,主要是休息一下,另外上网预订了去花莲的火车票,查了去演讲者晚宴的路线。

演讲者晚宴

演讲者晚宴在钱唐村,从我住的地方可以坐捷运过去,我顺道办了悠游卡。出捷运后还要走一会儿,路上经过了诚品敦南店,还能望到 101 大楼。还没看到餐厅招牌,就已经看到了从上海前来参会的 Thomas Yao。后来得知这是一家上海菜馆,饭菜很不错,不过 Thomas 的心情很复杂。进门领了胸牌 (Badge),看到了 tonghui。在吃好喝好的同是,还认识了 COSCUP 主办方议程方面的组织者、大会主持人 Richard Lin,以及我的演讲所在分会场的主持人 Penk,见到了 PCManX, fourdollars 等大神。比较囧的是一开始把 g0v 的村长误认成了大妈,二人发型初看挺像的 XD 从晚宴回住处的途中,我去了国父纪念馆,近距离拍摄了 101 大楼。

第 1 天:7 月 19 日

COSCUP 正式活动于周末两天在中研院举行。周六我早起在住处附近吃过早饭后搭公车(大陆称公交)前往会场。刚开始搞错了方向,耽误了些时间,不过也了解到台湾的公车是需要摆手才会到站停车的。到会场后找到演讲者签到处,很快拿到了会议袋,内有一本议程册和一件 Polo 衫和若干宣传页。COSCUP 并行演讲有 7 个之多,人文馆一层楼的会议室装不下,以至于一半的演讲在另外一个楼,名叫学术活动中心。好在 keynote 时全场地联播,各个分会场都可以实时看到主会场的画面,能够有效地分流观众。我的演讲安排在学术活动中心的一个房间,并且就在 keynote 之后,所以我提前去那个楼了。

九点多些,活动正式开幕,Richard 是主持。他介绍今年参会一千多人,但门票开票后 10 秒钟就被抢光,可谓秒杀,COSCUP 受欢迎程度可见一斑。Richard 还指出 COSCUP 不仅仅是技术分享,更重要的是提供遇到社区中的人,和大家面对面交流的机会。之后是题为 Maker 《自造世代》的 keynote,但与传统形式有很大不同,这个 keynote 先是播放 Maker 电影片段,然后是主持人和电影团队、开源人士进行小组讨论 (panel discussion)。Maker 大陆翻译为创客,台湾翻译为自造者。Maker 和开源有许多关联,这也是主办方将今年主题定为 Make Things Happen 的原因。

keynote 行将结束时,我就前往 H3 会议室,准备我的演讲了。H3 是个小会议室,挺容易坐满的。我的主题是 Fedora.next: What’s Next?,开始前我先做了个小调查,发现在场听说过、用过 Fedora 的用户还不少。在演讲中我还是先简单介绍了 Fedora 项目及其四项基本点,然后介绍了 Fedora.next 这一架构提案的缘起、内容、以及当前进展情况。Fedora.next 目前仍是一个比较新的概念,这个演讲的主要目的是让中文社区的朋友更紧密地跟进说英语的核心社区,为社区未来发展做出更多更为核心的贡献。

问答环节有提问问到 Fedora 会不会有类似某些发行版那样的长期支持版 (LTS)。我的回答是目前看来没有。这和 Fedora 相对更追求新鲜特性 (Feature)、敢为人先 (First) 的特点有关。RHEL、CentOS 等 Fedora 衍生版则更多关注稳定性。历史上有一个 Fedora Legacy 项目来对旧版本的 Fedora 进行持续支持,不过后来因为缺乏人力和兴趣,已经不再继续。不过,最近的 Fedora 贡献者大会 Flock 2014 上,Fedora Workstation 工作组的 Christian Schaller 提到要打造真正的 ABI,这也许会在将来改善 Fedora 的长时稳定性。

反思这次演讲,稍稍有些超时,占用了部分问答时间,以后还是要精简要讲的内容。演讲使用中文普通话,即国语,在用词上依照了大陆的习惯,没有对项目/专案、软件/软体、社区/社群等稍加解释,可能会给台湾听众带来一定困难。

之后我发放了 Fedora 的小礼品——一些胸章和徽章 (pins and buttons)给现场听众。这些小礼品最初在欧洲生产,由 tuanta 带到越南,然后在 FUDCon 时寄到北京,再被我带到台湾,相当有纪念意义。我也受到了 COSCUP 给演讲者准备的礼物,是一个体验活字印刷的盒子,非常精美。值得一提的是,COSCUP 会让演讲者现场签一个授权协议,用 CC 协议授权自己的讲稿和录像。

茶歇时间,我找到 zerng07 等人,边聊天边逛展台(摊位)。大会展台巨多,分布在不同楼以及不同楼层。主办方搞起了所谓大地游戏,逛展台时刷自己的胸牌,然后刷够一定数量后可以领取一个礼品,这也刺激了大家逛展台的兴趣,增进了和不同社区交流讨论的机会。Mozilla、Ubuntu 等的台湾社区颇为壮大,展台布置地也很赞,礼品多多活动多多。来自大陆的赞助商 GitCafe 也有一个活跃的展台,不过他们需要和不太了解的观众解释他们不是卖咖啡的 :D。值得一提的是,一些赞助商看似和技术、开源没什么关系,却也在展台上兴致勃勃地卖茶、卖饮料,足见 COSCUP 已经辐射到传统的开源圈子以外,有着更广泛的关注和参与。在展台处碰到了 Max,顺利实现了 GNOME.Asia 视频的“人肉转运”。几天之后,Max 就把他们悉数上传到了 Youtube 上。

午餐由 COSCUP 统一提供,两个发放点,一千多人秩序井然地排队。队伍绕了整个楼层一周,据说排到了别的楼层,阵势丝毫不亚于清华电子系学生节排队。午餐就是大陆习惯称呼的盒饭,在台湾叫便当。菜品比较丰富,味道也不错。午饭时和大家聊,大家一致认为中研院是一个非常好的场地。事实上两年前的 COSCUP 也是在这里举办。饭后亲眼见到餐余垃圾的细致分类,印象深刻。

一天之中,除了茶歇和午餐,剩余时间主要就是赶场听报告了。在两层座位加过道都坐满了的大会议室里,PCMan 讲到 LXQt 是开源社区的成功合并 (merge) 而非分支 (fork),而他本人是个医生,开源只是业余爱好。法律专业老师葛冬梅为大家讲解如何确定开源项目的许可证信息,特殊情况该如何处理。Kito Cheng 生动地描述开源编译器,主要是 clang 和 gcc,之间的“竞赛”,所在的小会议室在开讲前就已爆棚。来自赞助商 Google 的演讲题目直到最后才揭晓,是由其工程师吴光哲介绍刚刚发布的 Noto Sans CJK 字体制作过程的点滴,中型会议室也是人满为患。下午最后一场,我听了高村长 (clkao) 的 g0v 村情咨文。

到了晚上,COSCUP 安排了分社区的 BoF(Bird of Feather,同类人聚会)环节,并且提供了皮萨可乐。我参加了 Fedora 社区的聚会,和台湾地区的 Fedora 中文用户边吃边聊。Fedora 在台湾的社区不大,影响力相对较小,成员都比较年轻,多为学生,发展新成员也较多依靠朋友推介,优点是有兴趣有热情方便组织活动,缺点是社区参与受学业影响较大。这一点和大陆的情况颇为类似。因为人数不多,人力有限,所以台湾社区成员的精力主要集中在中文字体、输入法、本地化等中文用户最关心的问题上。相比起来,大陆这边贡献更为多元。另外,虽然台湾社区成员也参与 Fedora 中文列表的讨论,但他们似乎主要通过 Fedora 中文用户组在 Facebook 上的社群页来在线交流,而大陆用户很少参与其中,这使得两边交流目前比较有限。希望今后两边能有更多交流,在台湾地区大家的活力能够让 Fedora 为更多的人所知所用。

BoF 结束后,Max 请我和 tonghui 去他们住处附近的宁夏夜市,体验台北小吃。最初我们大陆团计划去师大夜市,不过得知那里的夜市氛围已大不如前。宁夏夜市位于宁夏街,一条不长的街道,但路两边小吃店和小吃摊琳琅满目。Max 带我们体验了炒粉(?)、豆花、还有记不清名字的带馅丸子,我们纷纷表示很好吃,并未事先没有预留肚子表示遗憾。据了解,台北小吃可以吃到晚上两三点,相应地公车和捷运的末班也都较晚,不由感慨台湾人民夜生活之幸福。

结语

因为我在台湾要待的日期不多,所以周日我就没有参与 COSCUP 的活动,而是选择了台北一日游。不过单就这一天,COSCUP 已经给我留下了很深的感受。总体说来,COSCUP 作为一个社区大会,汇聚了许多台湾的开源社区,促进了社区成员之间的交流,已经显示出了对更广泛人群的吸引力。从演讲话题来讲,话题征集不只强调甚至一定程度上弱化技术,更为关注社区建设和发展。另外开源被赋予了更多的内涵和外延,除了传统的开源技术社区话题外,还有不少开放政府、开放数据的主题。台湾当地的演讲者参与开源大多是兴趣驱动,演讲幽默风趣、生动好玩,(据说闪电演讲都会各种表演乃至杂耍,)演讲效果自然上乘。相对于技术交流为主的演讲,COSCUP 更注重让大家通过面对面的机会交友和交流,这对社区的发展壮大是有益的。反观大陆,我以为还没有一个能和 COSCUP 相提并论的社区大会。上半年的 GNOME.Asia 和 FUDCon APAC 合办,是一次很好的经历,但是在参与社区的数目、活动规模等方面还有一定差距。这和活动本身定位有关系,毕竟他们本身面向的人群是自己社区,面向的地域是整个亚洲/亚太而非中国。COSCUP 的成功,也许得益于台湾地域较小,交通相对廉价,人民(这里主要是程序员)生活水平较高。不过这不是大陆地区(或者整个华语地区)没有如此社区大会的借口。COSCUP 在议程、志愿者、展台等方面为大陆的社区活动提供了可以借鉴的经验。在其帮助下,通过社区群策群力,相信大陆地区真正意义上的社区大会可以梦想成真。

8月 232014
 

Note: This is a press style report of FUDCon APAC 2014, which summarizes the event highlights. Don’t miss the links to slides, videos, and photos!

FUDCon APAC 2014 was successfully held at Conference Center at New Main Building of Beihang University, Beijing, China during May 23 to 25, 2014. This year the event was held together with GNOME.Asia Summit, an annual conference for GNOME users and developers in Asia. It turns out to be a rather exciting experience of mutually beneficial cooperation of free and open source communities. In total, GNOME.Asia and FUDCon APAC 2014 attracted more than 500 registrants, and among them over 300 attended the event.

There were 52 speakers in total and among them 22 are for FUDCon. Thanks to the help with the community budget, many non-local speakers joined the event and made FUDCon Beijing a big gather up for the Fedora community. The speakers delivered a wide range of topics about free and open source technologies and communities presented in keynote speeches and five parallel tracks. Richard Stallman gave a keynote speech on Computing, Freedom, and Privacy, which is the favorite speech according to the feedback survey. Talks in FUDCon tracks cover various subprojects of Fedora, as well as new application introduction and community building discussion. The links to all slides are available at the wiki page. As for the videos, they are currently available at the GNOME.Asia channel on Youtube. The Fedora Videos team is working to make them available on Fedora channel.

There were about 50 volunteers at the event. They were recruited from the local universities and companies. They showed great enthusiam and did amazing jobs to make the event well organized. Two of them, Tong Hui from GNOME and Zamir Sun from Fedora, were each awarded the prize of best volunteer, a hand fan full of wishes in various languages written by the attendees.

It is worth pointing out that about ten percent of the attendees are women. Many of them are active volunteers and talented speakers. Still more women contributors are expected in free and open source communities. And there was a dedicated session, Fedora Women initiated by Nitesh, to discuss the issue and possible solutions.

FUDCon is not just about technical sessions. It is also about meeting friends and having fun. FUDPub was organized as a welcome party, and there was a celebration party with delicious buffet on Sunday evening. On Saturday there were sports games including football, baseketball, and ping-pong. These social events helped the attendees enjoy the conference and the community.

Special thanks go to the sponsors. FUDCon was sponsored by 7 companies and 5 local communities. The success would be impossible without their generous support. There were 14 booths for sponsoring companies and local communities at the joint event. Attendees enjoyed hanging around the booths for discussion, and many swags were distributed at the booths.

Photos and Reports from various attendees are aggregated on the wiki page. The FUDCon Beijing Badge has been created and is in the process of collecting FAS usernames at the current writing.

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7月 122014
 

This is my own (unofficial) report of FUDCon APAC 2014 Day 2 (Sunday).

Main Hall

The hosts in the main hall on Sunday were Tobi from GNOME and Tommy He from Fedora. The sessions began with the keynote speech on Systemd by Lennart Poettering. He talked about what is the modern Linux system and what role Systemd plays in it. Pity I didn’t finish listening to the talk, since I was asked out to help with hacking room. It turns out quite a few guys would like a separate hacking room. So we decided to open up Room 2 for hacking. Shortly after setting it up, the most important guest, Richard Stallman (RMS), came to the venue along with Zeuux guys and others. They were not happy with the booth setup (it was the last booth) until an exchange was made. They brought many swags, and some of them are to be sold rather than given away. Richard also went into the hack room since it was still some time from his keynote.

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After Lennart’s talk there were four lightning talks. It’s such a pity that I missed them all, in particular biergaizi’s lightning talk on “Tips about Linux Servers”. Then RMS’s keynote on “Computing, Freedom and Privacy” began. Many more people were coming and filling up the main hall. RMS’s talk itself is not quite new to me since I had listened to him in Tsinghua. The part about why GNOME was created at all was new, but the history was already familiar to Linux hobbyists. However, being able to listen to his talk on site was quite impressive and educating. I have the feeling that his opinion might be ahead of the time but is always right. In the middle of the talk, he held an auction for a toy gnu and “an adorable book” (Free Software, Free Society). After the talk was the Q&A, which lasted till about 12:45. We went to Heyi Building for lunch after that.

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At lunch I got the message from zsun that Ankur would like to have the GPG key signing party in a small room rather than main hall. That was doable and we had difficulties to find a substitute to fill in the empty slot in main hall. At last the signing party was held in Room 2 and there was no replacement in main hall.

Room 3

After lunch it was near 14:00, and the first talk in Room 3 was supposed to be mine. So I hurried there to prepare. The volunteers (Feng Tian, Justin Wong, Rosie Ye, Tang Zhixin, etc.) were ready. I began my talk on LaTeX Tips a little bit later than the schedule. I talked about common compilation errors and output errors and how to fix them. The time was limited so I skipped the part about math formulas and BibTeX errors. I got a question about the main advantages of LaTeX compared with GUI Office applications. I explained that the advantages lie in high quality output and automatic generation of table-of-contents and list-of-various-stuff. Users normally only focus on the main contents rather than formatting issues.

The second talk was “CD using Docker” by Gerard Braad. He explained the actual definition of CD, Consistent Development and Deployment, and use Docker to demonstrate the concept. He introduced PaaS, LXC, cgroups, Dokku and so on along the talk. The talk was presented in an interactive and interesting way: questions, answers, and gifts!

After that there were only 10 minutes for tea break. However it was a nice time to take photos in front of the large banner. The following talk was meant to be Carbo Kuo’s Batsh topic, but he could not come and had sent regrets on Saturday. So Cheer Xiao’s talk was moved upwards to fill in the slot. Cheer Xiao talked about his experiments with Elvish, a new Unix shell created by himself. There were many considerations and tradeoffs when designing a shell, and he introduced the philosophy behind his choices. He also compared it with existing shells such as fish and zsh.

There was no more talks in Room 3 afterwards, so we headed for Room 8 to join the discussion about Fedora Women.

Room 8

The last talk in Room 8 was “Fedora Women” by Nitesh. He would like to make it more an interactive discussion than an oral presentation, and asked zsun and me to help translate. The session turned out to be quite productive. There were many nice suggestions out of the discussion. The main points are summarized as follows (with relevant names in parentheses):

  • For online communications such as IRC in a diverse community like Fedora, people generally do not know whether one is a man or woman, so there is normally no discrimination against gender. The community is equal to men and women. Potential women contributors should not fear questions such as why do you code you are a girl. If there is any such question, it is more important what is one’s interest than what is others’ opinion. (Nitesh, Ankur, Feng Tian)

  • Fedora has many roles and tasks for contributors. Even if you do not like coding, you can try to join the design team or the translation (L10N) team or others to contribute. Fedora also has a lot of special interest groups (SIGs) which welcomes people with that special interest, such as electronics, cloud computing and so on. And there is the opportunity to start a new SIG. There is a SIG called Fedora Join SIG, which is an ideal place for people who are new to the project and do not know what exactly they should do. You can just do informal introduction in the Join SIG mailing list and people will help you find what you can do. (Jaroslav, Aditya, Nitesh, Ankur)

  • There are many tasks waiting for people to join and contribute. And there will be many new tasks since Fedora.next is coming. Some of them are easyfix ones, which is very suitable for new contributors to get started. (Ankur, Jaroslav)

  • The local communities should draw the attention of outside non-users, organize activities to help them especially women to install Fedora on their computer and to show them how things work in the communities. Among the activities some can be girls oriented. Besides, blogging about how to install the OS and how to do various things on Fedora! (Martin, Aditya, Nitesh)

  • Lovely dolls attract girls! We should design more stuff than stickers for offline events. (Feng Tian, zsun)

  • Fedora might have a narrower user base than other projects like GNOME. But people can actually contribute to Fedora even without using it everyday. The way can be bug reporting, translating, or volunteering in offline events, etc. (Justin Wong, zsun)

  • A question to current contributors: why do you fail to bring your girlfriend to the community? (Robin Lee)

  • We should continue the discussion after the conference, rather than raising the same question again on the next conference. We should setup activities talking about how to achieve something, especially in Beijing. We should have clear targets. (Martin)

Closing

We went back to the main hall for the closing part of the event, and found the last talk in the main hall had not been finished, and it also became a discussion. So it seems we should consider panel discussion as a session type in the future.

The closing speech was given by Kat (IIRC) and Jaroslav respectively, and then followed by the speech by the local team. Emily and I went on the stage. She spoke in English and I did the translation. We gave our thanks to everyone, especially hardworking volunteers. The two hand fans, full of writings in different languages, were given to Tong Hui and Zamir Sun respectively as gifts for best volunteer of each community. The top horizontal scroll for the couplet was decided to be “Happy Hacking” according to the result of two days’ voting. At last we had a group photo.

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Evening

In the evening we had a very nice buffet dinner at Oasis Café, Vision Hotel, which is just behind the conference venue. We toasted to everyone and thanked them for coming. I sat with robyduck and zsun. We talked about a lot of things including robyduck’s travel plan. Robyduck also pointed out a possible issue with FZUG’s logo. Richard Stallman also went to the celebration party. Besides, zsun and I stood in front of the camera of Nitesh near the cafe since we promised to participate the short interview by him and Ankur. It was such a relax at the dinner after two days’ event and after several months’ preparation. And I was really happy that many people found the event good and successful.

6月 022014
 

This is my own (unofficial) report of FUDCon APAC 2014 Day 1 (Saturday).

Registration

Tonghui and I went up early, had a simple breakfast at the hotel, and then went to the venue. I took the Live DVDs along, and the box was kind of heavy (about 400 DVDs!). Many volunteers were already there and ready when we arrived. Christopher was there too and needed to find a hotel for the night. Robin Lee offered him help. I took out about 50 DVDs and put them at the Fedora booth, and told the volunteers at registration desks to distribute the remaining ones. I took out some and put them close to the desks while left others in the box. It turned out to be not so good since the ones in the box were left unnoticed by the volunteers and were not distributed. But they can be used in future events anyway. It rained at night, so we expect fewer attendees than usual. Later in the night I got the message there was above 200 registrants on Saturday, which is a pretty good number.

As for the swags (gifts) for attendees, we prepared sufficient conference bags and badges, and each bag had a Fedora flyer, a Fedora DVD, a Deepin DVD, and some flyers from various sponsors. It was good except several issues. The paper of Fedora flyer is soft (157g paper) and the bag is soft (basketball bag or so), which makes the flyer easily rumpled. Another issue is that the Deepin DVD was not together with Deepin brochure.

Although we had enough bags, there were not sufficient T-shirts. We had decided to provide each volunteer two T-shirts, one from GNOME and one from Fedora. Also we need to reserve T-shirts for designers, speakers and donate tickets buyers. Therefore not many T-shirts were left for normal attendees, so they had to be distributed in a first-come, first-served manner.

Main Hall

The sessions at main hall began with loud sound of a Chinese gong. The hosts are Max from GNOME and Gerard (gbraad) from Fedora. Kat and Jaroslav gave the welcome speech from each side respectively. Then Emily represented the local team and introduced the event and also called for voting for the top horizontal scroll for the couplet — Evolution of the Desktop, Innovation for the Community — which is the conference theme. The former of the two parts was proposed by GNOME folks. It took some time for me and other Fedora guys to think of the latter half.

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Then it was the time for keynote speeches. First Tobi gave a nice overview of GNOME 3.12 features. Then Jiri and Jaroslav introduced Fedora.next to the audience, talking about the features and the community. Pity I didn’t finish listening to their talk, since I needed to head to Room 8 to prepare following Fedora sessions. One of the most important thing was to bring a Fedora Friend Finder (power strip) there!

Room 8

When I arrived at Room 8, the volunteers (Shi Jie, Ma jing, Fan Jiayue and others) were already there. Shi Jie was the host of Room 8 on Saturday. His introduction scripts were outdated and could not reflect real schedule that day, but he adjusted quickly with the help of kraks. Ma Jing was the coordinator in that room, and was in charge of distributing gifts (books and cups) to questioners. Fan Jiayue was responsible for posting news on SNS websites (weibo) and preparing the daily news report.

The first speech was “Fedora Videos” by Nitesh Narayan Lal. He talked about one main current work is to organize all the videos. It is worth pointing out Nitesh (together with Ankur) was also responsible for recoding short videos of interview with random attendees.

Then Robert Mayr from Italy gave us the talk “Fedora Websites – present and future”. The talk was quite interesting and the new design for Fedora.next was quite impressive. Currently there are no APAC contributors for Websites subproject. Hopefully we will have interested APAC folks join the team. Robert also showed the easyfix page and Tommy asked about the feasibility of localizing it.

The morning sessions ended after that, and then we went to lunch at Heyi Building in Beihang. I met Nitesh and Aditya there, and helped them to tell the cook they need vegan food. There was a short period when no one was taking care of the booth. Zamir helped and I asked dongfengweixiao to be there quickly.

At 14:00 the afternoon session started. First Aditya Patawari from India talked about “Orchestration with Ansible at Fedora Project.” He is from the infra team, and he talked about why they moved to Ansible, and how to use Ansible to executive ad hoc commands and create playbooks.

Then Zamir Sun brought a brief introduction to FirewallD. He introduced the advantage of FirewallD, the GUI and command line interface of FirewallD, and the rich language to define complex rules. He also called for help on localization of FirewallD wiki pages and software applications.

Then it was a tea break. Unfortunately there was no drinkable tea since (we thought) there was no hot spoiled water at the venue. But the registration desks were moved to the side and the large banner stood out, which became a very good background to take photos. The booth was also quite popular, partially due to the lovely chameleon dolls brought by SUSE. I also met Su Zhe, the author of venerable SCIM, by the introduction of Emily at the booth. Su Zhe shared some information about Google’s input method project, and told that they are planning to release the input method framework open source.

After the break I went to the main hall to listen to Peng Wu’s “Wayland intro with i18n hacks”. I came in a bit late and only caught the part of two patches for wayland and a demo to run wayland for debugging. Su Zhe raised questions difficult to answer about Wayland and Mir.

After that I went back to Room 8 for Ankur Sinha’s hackfest about “ROS on Fedora”. Ankur introduced ROS and Fedora packaging. The talk was finished early but there was not much time for hacking. Ankur planned hacking on the next day. So we had more discussions, including Fedora Join SIG.

Then all the sessions for Room 8 on Saturday ended. We volunteers, speakers, and some attendees took a group photo, and then went back to the main hall.

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Note: Ankur’s report contains more photos!

Main Hall Again

In the main hall we had three lightning talks, and they were Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) from Xia Bin, Chandao FIXME from Wang chunsheng, and Open Build Service (OBS) from Lance Wang. Then we reached the closing part of first day. A wonderful video of short interviews was created by the volunteers and presented. We also had volunteers take a group photo.

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Evening

I originally intended to join the sports game after the one day’s sessions, but at that time I was with tiansworld, tommy, and Wang Ye. I needed to help tiansworld to check in at the hotel, but we decided to have dinner first. We searched around the street outside East Gate of Beihang, and settled at Hannashan eating Korean toast. The food was good and not so expensive with groupon. But it would be not so good without conversation! We talked a lot, and after the dinner, Wang Ye left but liangsuilong joined the conversation at McDonald’s. We talked about all kinds of stuff, Fedora related or not. The conversation lasted to over 11:00 PM until I got a message from tonghui, asking whether I was back. We agreed it was a bit late, and it was time to say goodbye and go for rest.

When tiansworld and I were back at the hotel, I helped with the check-in at the front desk. Most of the staff there are not proficient with English, and zsun had reminded me that we needed to speak of 亚洲峰会 (Chinese for Asia Summit) to let them know which group we belonged to. After it was done, we went upstairs to each one’s room. Finally I had time to revise my slides for Sunday. Check the git log if you want to know the detailed changes. While I was preparing the slides, tonghui was checking the photos taken in the day. There are many good photos to tell the truth! It was quite late in the night after I finished my slides, so I went sleep quickly.

5月 312014
 

This is my own (unofficial) report of FUDCon APAC 2014 Day 0 (Friday).

Preparation

There were no speech sessions for FUDCon on Friday, so it was all about event preparation in the day. At around 11:00 AM, I called Justin Wong, another guy from TUNA, also a volunteer of host, to help me move event gifts in my lab downstairs, where Emily waited for us with her car. We went to the venue, New Main Building in Beihang University, on the car full with sponsored gifts, including but not limited to cafe cups, hats, DVDs, books. Dongfengweixiao also just arrived when we got there. We had a brief lunch together at PengLaoShi, a Chinese fast food restaurant.

On the way back to the venue after lunch, we ordered the bottled drinking water for the three days. In the afternoon we are busy with setting up everything. Zamir (zsun) arrived to help. First we set up the booth with the desks rent from venue as well as desks from Beihang leagues (credit Wang Yang). The shop owner of bottle water helped with moving the desks from outside to venue. We had a booth for Fedora too, which dongfengweixiao took care of, so we left some Fedora flyers (and later on many stickers, F20 Live DVDs) there. We met one guy in orange T-shirt while setting up the booth. He asked about the place for upcoming GNOME training sessions. The next day I knew it was Tobi, the host in main hall from GNOME side!

Tong Hui (tonghui) arrived later and then event roll-up posters, X posters, and vertical banners arrived. I helped to hang up the two vertical banners in the main hall with tonghui and dongfengweixiao. It took three up-and-downs to finally make them look good (symmetric and smooth). Next I helped to buy some utilities such as power strips, mark pens, glue, and “postit” sticky notes. I also fetched the express of stickers. After I came back, many sponsors were there. There were some disagreements with booth position, but they were solved later. Li Bin (libin) and many other volunteers also arrived, and the registration desks (sign-in office) was set up. They put various small gifts into conference bags. T-shirts arrived and classified. Large banner which sat on the ground arrived a bit late, but was put up quickly. Time went by without being noticed, and it was almost 7 o’clock when we headed for the FUDPub, i.e. the welcome party.

FUDPub (Welcome Party)

The FUDPub was at Sculpture in Time Cafe, a cafe bar on campus and quite near to the venue. It was scheduled to begin from 6:00 PM, and we had volunteers waiting there to help from that time. As mentioned above some volunteers and I arrived a little late, and there were few empty seats then. Some early birds already begin to drink beer when we started to order pizzas and noodles! Around 60 people from the event were there, and the cafe bar seemed to be not able to handle so many people. The service was slow and a bit chaotic, but luckily we had sunny (and later on libin) who took care of the detailed list of ordered and served food. Except the long waiting time for food, it was good. I met and said hello to Ankur, Nitesh and other guys. Max called on emily, libin and me to toast to everyone. Ankur asked to continue discussion at the hotel after the party, but I stayed till 10:00 PM at the cafe bar since tonghui had so many interesting stories to tell! While we went to the hotel, I picked up the Fedora 20 Live DVDs with GNOME Desktop, whose creation was finished late due to some issues with DVD sleeves during production.

Hotel

The conference hotel is Beihang Training Center, which is inside Beihang and near to the conference venue. There was no WiFi at hotel, only one wired interface available. Luckily tonghui set up a WiFi AP using his laptop with GNOME 3.12. He also charged his camera for next days’ activities. I replied some emails, took a shower, and then went to bed. I had planned to revise my slides, but it had to be delayed to Saturday.

4月 202014
 

Fedora Activity Day (FAD) China 2014 was successfully held at Park Plaza of Beijing Science Park, Beijing on Mar 30 (Sunday). It was organized by Fedora Zhongwen User Group with the help of CSDN. It was under the umbrella of Open Source Technology Conference (OSTC) 2014 initiated by CSDN, being one of three parallel sessions in the afternoon. There were around 600 attendees in total, and about 200 in the FAD session.

I arrived at the venue in the morning with more than 100 Live DVDs and 500 stickers. We distributed them during the Red Hat booth as well as the afternoon session. In the morning there were several keynote speeches and one panel discussion. More details can be found in the CSDN news report.

The afternoon session began at 1:30 pm. Thomas Yao and I served as the hosts of FAD. The first talk was “About Those Python Asynchronous Concurrency Frameworks” by Fantix King, CTO at FlowForge Games, Archlinux x32 committer, and Python programmer. He introduced the concept of concurrency, compared Tornado, Twisted, and Gevent, and then introduced asyncio, the newly available framework in Python 3.4.0.

Python Concurrency Frameworks by Fantix King

Python Concurrency Frameworks by Fantix King

The second talk was “Use Linux Command Line as a Hacker” by Xiaodong Xu (Toy), the webmaster of LinuxToy. He shared a lot of command line tips to fix typos, manipulate shell history, and speed up operations. In the QA session he talked about his opinion on text editor choice and Linux distro choice.

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Toy

The next talk was “Reform the Toolbox: From Open Source Software to Open Source Service” by Daobing Li, the chief architect of Qiniu, who is also a Debian developer. He talked about the achievements of open source cloud service, and shared his vision of future cloud service – cloud in computer room. He also gave suggestions on how developers treat cloud services.

Daobing Li

Daobing Li

Following the talk was “Introduction to HackRF & GNURadio” by Scateu Wang, the creator of hackrf.net and the former leader of TUNA. He demonstrated the ease of using GNU Radio to develop software defined radio applications for DTMF decoding, FM modulation and demodulation, digital audio broadcasting, etc. He also introduced HackRF, the newly created inexpensive hardware peripheral used with GNU Radio.

Scateu Wang

Scateu Wang

The next talk was “Fedora Ambassadors & FUDCon” by myself. I introduced the four foundations of Fedora Project, gave an overview of Fedora Ambassadors project, showed what ambassadors do and how reimbursement works, and then shared the recent progress of organizing FUDCon APAC 2014 to be held in May and welcomed everyone to join.

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Next Emily Chen, GNOME.Asia founder, senior software engineer in Oracle, gave the talk “Bringing More Women to Free and Open Source Software”. She introduced the Outreach Program for Women initiated by GNOME, talked about how it increases the women participation in open source projects. The annual program provides prize for women participants in similar way with GSoC, but it does not require the applicants to be students, and applicants does not need to write code in the program.

Emily Chen

Emily Chen

The following talk was “Operation and Management of SHLUG” by Thomas Yao, leader of Shanghai Linux User Group (SHLUG), founder of GitCafe.com. Thomas gave an impressive speech without any slides. He talked about the history of SHLUG and shared the experience. He pointed out the pioneering effort of building the first open source mirror site in China, Geekbone, and the importance of keeping the community focus on technique rather than commercial activities. He also shared the interesting stories of Hacking Thursday and Rails Girls.

Thomas Yao

Thomas Yao

After that is the panel discussion on “History and Future of Open Source OS in China”. It was moderated by Thomas Yao, and the panelists are Weijia He from Redflag College of Education, Jianzhong Huang from Redflag R&D, Jack Yu from UbuntuKylin, and Yong Wang from Linux Deepin. They shared their opinions and experiences about Linux Desktop, collaboration of distros, cultivation of open source talents, and open source in education.

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

At last, Martin, leader of Beijing Linux User Group (BLUG) gave a lightining speech of introducing BLUG and its activities. Everyone is welcomed and should not worry about their English since there are actually many Chinese there. And it is quite easy to join the event by registering on BLUG website or joining discussion in mailing list.

At night there is the Open Source Night, a social event for free face-to-face discussions. Unfortunately I didn’t attend it. I had dinner with FUDCon and GNOME.Asia organizers and discussed current progress and following tasks.

Overall it is a very good event in my mind. If I have to point out some issues, I’d say there might be too many talks and no time for tea or coffee in between! Besides, my own talk was prepared in a bit hurry, and not practised well beforehand.

The slides links is available on CSDN news. They also provide a Chinese report for FAD. There is a great minute for the meeting by Bojie Li from USTC LUG. The videos and various other materials can be found at this link.