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.


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.


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.


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.

9月 252013

上周六(9 月 21 日)北京天气晴好,由清华大学学生网管会 (TUNA) 主办,并由北京 GNOME 用户组 (BJGUG) 协办的自由软件日清华站活动顺利举行。活动有超过 60 人参加。接近下午两点时开始现场注册,这次活动的注册为电子注册,每个人在注册电脑上的 LibreOffice 表格中填写各自的信息,这个表格会被最后幸运抽奖的程序直接读取。我们准备了光盘、贴纸与宣传海报,注册后每人都可以领取。

活动正式开始于大约两点半。开场时由我(赵涛)致欢迎辞。我在欢迎辞中介绍了什么是自由软件日活动、什么是自由软件,此外介绍了活动的主办方和赞助单位。本次活动得到了谋智网络 (Mozilla)、中国开源软件推进联盟 (COPU)、GitCafe、CodeWeavers、深度 Linux、Fedora 社区等的大力支持,他们为本次活动提供了丰富多样的礼品,其中 Mozilla 还对活动宣传品等的开销提供支持。我还对 COPU 支持的 NITE-LPI 联合认证项目做了介绍。



之后便开始了主题演讲环节。第一个演讲由 BJGUG 主席李彬带来,题为“GNOME Shell”。李彬在演讲中介绍了 GNOME Shell 的组成,灵活强大的扩展 (extension) 机制,还现场演示了扩展开发。演讲中推荐了 gnome-tweak-tool 和 https://extensions.gnome.org/ 网站。GNOME Shell 扩展开发主要使用 Javascript,借助于已有的扩展框架生成工具 gnome-shell-extension-tool,扩展可以很快捷地被开发出来。

李彬介绍 GNOME Shell

李彬介绍 GNOME Shell

紧接着是来自 Mozilla 的工程师袁徐磊带来的“Firefox & Firefox OS”。他介绍了流行的开源浏览器火狐 (Firefox) 的特性。使用附加组件 (addon) 定制 Firefox,改善网页浏览体验是 Firefox 的一大特点,袁徐磊对此做了详细讲解。他还对 Mozilla 新推出的基于 Linux 和 Gecko 技术的开源移动操作系统 Firefox OS 的发展和开发平台做了介绍。

袁徐磊介绍 Firefox OS

袁徐磊介绍 Firefox OS

短暂的中场休息后,来自清华大学天体物理中心的周建锋老师做了题为“Airelinux”的演讲。他首先介绍了天体物理集成研究环境 (Astrophysical Integrated Research Environment) 即 AIRE,继而介绍了 Airelinux 项目的目标和计划。Airelinux 是一个新的面向天文学计算的 Linux 发行版项目,欢迎广大天文爱好者、自由软件社区贡献者(特别是 Debian 贡献者)、以及设计人员的加入。

周建锋介绍 Airelinux

周建锋介绍 Airelinux


主题演讲环节之后,是并行的展台展示、Hackfest、Installfest 环节,这个环节大家分成若干小组,进行面对面的交流。展台有两个,其一是 Fedora 社区的展示,Fedora 大使吉拉德 (gbraad) 在现场和大家做了深入交流,鼓励大家加入 Fedora 项目,并送出了 3 件 Fedora T 恤。另外一个展台是对 LPI 认证项目的介绍,LPI 中国区经理王雲老师为大家做了答疑解惑,她表示今后会在高校做更多的活动介绍 LPI 项目。Hackfest 则是有王康带来的软件无线电实验。这个实验用声卡进行信息传输,在电脑上用 gMFSK 做调制解调,使现场同学领略到了软件无线电的魅力。

五点左右时,活动来到了最后的幸运抽奖环节,抽奖程序是一个卖萌的网页界面,主体逻辑由 Python 语言实现,作者是 Justin Wong (bigeagle)。我们抽奖送出了 3 件 T 恤衫和 5 个 CrossOver 正版序列号,其中序列号在活动后邮件送出。活动最后大家合影留念。




活动演讲的讲稿链接、演讲视频的优酷链接可以在维基页面上找到。活动照片请看 G+ 页面。最后,感谢所有到场人员的热情参与,请参加活动的朋友收到活动调查问卷的邮件通知后留下您的宝贵意见。