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Re: [Ambassadors] Ambassadors Meeting EMEA - IRC Summary 2008-02-13
- From: Max Spevack <mspevack redhat com>
- To: "fedora-ambassadors-list redhat com" <fedora-ambassadors-list redhat com>
- Subject: Re: [Ambassadors] Ambassadors Meeting EMEA - IRC Summary 2008-02-13
- Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 17:07:18 -0500 (EST)
This write up is SUPERB. Thank you Fabian.
On Fri, 15 Feb 2008, Fabian Affolter wrote:
This part was skipped because there is enough stuff to talk about in the
As of 2008-02-11, 305 Ambassadors have been verified (signed CLA and joined
MaxSpevack want to see more detail about the growth each month, and the
regions where that growth is happening. That is the sort of data that is
very useful to Fedora Board and Red Hat in securing budget for Ambassadors.
The time MaxSpevack spent in Europe last year was very useful for this and
the Fedora Project have more money for Ambassadors in general -- all over the
world -- because he saw how strong Europe was, and they also know that South
America is very strong. Now Greg and MaxSpevack will be focusing much more
on those two regions in the coming year than in the past. So it will be up
to the local groups -- and also FAMSCO -- to continue to provide folks like
MaxSpevack with the data that he need to get budget. This is the draft for
collecting data about the Ambassadors Project
JeroenVanMeeuwen remember us about that the countrylist has to be updated
manually. So that isn't representing the numbers exactly. He recall that
FAS has some information about the country for each FAS member so maybe we
can check who is where in the 'ambassadors' group using that. MaxSpevack
sent in the past 2 days sent email to MikeMcgrath and Toshio asking if they
can help pull data like this from the FAS. He think that it is probably very
easy for them.
ChitleshGoorah was talking about CLA. He have noticed that some contributors
(packagers mostly) are using fake names rather than real names. This is
mostly a Fedora Advisory Board issue, but its worth that everyone knows this
issue so that we can little by little prevent such things. MaxSpevack
suggested that ChitleshGoorah send send a mail to f-a-b about that and then
they can take care of it (hopefully).
ThomasCanniot told us that Linux Solutions was a great success. We had the
chance to received the 100 live CDs the first morning of the event directly
on the booth. All the DVDs were sold or given away. They also tried to have
contact with Franz Meier, but he was too busy and we missed him.
MaxSpevack gave us some further explanations about the budget. He wanted
everyone here to understand about budget. At Red Hat March 1st is the date
where we get new budget for the year. For Europe, we have several ideas for
this budget -- a few big shows like LinuxTag and FOSDEM, probably one big
FUDCon somewhere in Europe, etc. But also we have budget -- about $12,000
per quarter, for the entire world -- for smaller shows.
So he looked at the Fedora Events page and he realized that Fedora didn't
help with Linux Solutions at all for budget. But he want to fix problems
like that in the future. He just wanted to let us know -- we will have much
more budget starting March 1st, and now that he is not the overall Fedora
Leader anymore, he is going to be focusing lots of my time on Ambassadors and
MaxSpevack wanted to know if any new contributors signed up at Linux
Solutions. ThomasCanniot said that most people came here to know what Fedora
is, get a CD, and to make criticism (good or bad) of the Distro, or to have a
chat with them.
RedHat Partner Summit
FrancescoCrippa said that there's a "RedHat Partner Summit" in EMEA this
year, very similar to RH Summit (usa) format. He wanted to know if it's
possible to get a "Fedora space" into this event. MaxSpevack
think that Red Hat is planning *something* in Europe similar to the RH Summit
in the USA. And if/when that happens, we will try to have a Fedora event at
the same time. And from now on, we will have a FUDCon at every RH Summit,
anywhere in the world. Details about "RedHat Partner Summit"
Lolug Pillole at Lodi (formally "Fedora by Night")
Francesco Crippa told us that everything should be ready. He have received
DVDs from MaxSpevack some weeks ago. T-Shirts and caps (20 items) from
Spreadshirt last week (with local "own" budget) and tomorrow he hope to have
Mairin posters printed. They have got at least 3 big online italian
newspaper that report news about "fedora by night"
ValentTurkovic asked about budgeting. He wanted to know if the budget covers
some events that promote fedora but aren't shows. He have a project in mind
that would get quite large media coverage in Croatian mainstream media and he
would like to present it like Red Hat/Fedora sponsored event. It would be
localization marathon - we would get 10-15 contributors to work on
translation of Fedora, Gnome and other projects to Croatia. That would be a
great way of promoting Fedora as a distribution for education, local
groverment, etc... He believe that this would be a really not expensive
event. And they would also like to distribute Fedora promo materials on this
event that would be 2 days long. We could do this every month... and threy
believe that after 2-3 events we would get local companies to cover the
MaxSpevack think it sounds very, very interesting. And he would think that
DimitrisGlezos, who is our translation and localization king, could probably
help you out. He is happy to support an activity like that. He really need to
do a longer presentation to all of you about our budget. But there is also
money set aside for localization, and for other opportunities that we can't
forsee but that come up. For anything specific to the actual *work* around
localization, he suggest Valent talk to DimitrisGlezos. For any money needs,
MaxSpevack is the guy to talk to.
DimitrisGlezos have scheduled a meeting with the mediawiki guys to talk about
localization, since we're thinking about having it as our wiki solution. And
also he'd really like us to sit down and discuss localization, our tools,
community around translations and *everything* around this issue. So he'll
make sure to go around and find a slot of 1-2 hours to properly cover
everything, so that he'll make sure you have what you need for getting the
word out to any local group/language
JorgSimon will bring an "older" OLPC from Max and will bring the Posters.
The Fedora Ambassador Polos which are ordered and will arrive in time.
MaxSpevack is trying to get some new OLPC in time for LinuxTag.
ChitleshGoorah will bring a KDE4 on a laptop + FEL applications.
DimitrisGlezos will bring a Tux poster 3m high. SandroMathys just got message
from the linuxtag organizers that they'll attend FOSDEM (and some other
European events in the next some weeks) too...maybe a good chance to clear
some things in person where necessary. French people will bring 100 Fedora
badges, this is an experimental order from us.
Chemnitzer LinuxTage 2008
JoergSimon told us that the booth is allocated
http://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2008/live/detail.html?idx=133 and a special
Poster generated http://jsimon.fedorapeople.org/clt2.pdf
Attendees will be JoergSimon, RobertScheck, JensKuehnel, and
DanielKretschmer. ChitleshGoorah motivates ambassadors to go to chemnitz,
their social party is great :)
OpenExpo 2008 Berne
FabianAffolter have already some Live-CD and they will try to resuse the
posters from last year. MaxSpevack will help after March 1 if we need any
budget. Maybe FabianAffolter will print some flyer to spread away with the
There was a offline meeting at the begin of February. Check out
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/LinuxTag/LinuxTag2008/FLTT if you
want to help
MaxSpevack noticed that there are lots of EMEA events in Feb, Mar, Apr, May.
But after LinuxTag the Events List for Europe drops off a lot. Events after
LinuxTag (smaller than FOSDEM and LinuxTag)
Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre (RMLL)
HCC! Dagen 2008
Linux Day (Italia)
JeroenVanMeeuwen sent the latest draft of the NPO statutes to the mailing
list, incorporating some of the comments made on the first draft.
GeroldKassube indicates that the financial department in Germany still needs
to "OK" the first draft and that is just to indicate there are no fundamental
problems - nothing official about their answer -. We've set up a page (
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/EMEA/BoardElections ) where you can
self-nominate if you would want to run for board and the law requires a
minimum of 4 people on the board, and so far 4 people have nominated
themselves. Note that amongst those 4 is MaxSpevack, who regretably will not
be able to attend FOSDEM and can therefore not be elected Again, that's a
requirement by law and not something we made up on the spot.
GeroldKassube and JeroenVanMeeuwen have been thinking about postponing the
foundation if there is 1) not enough candidates for board, or 2) if the
ambassadors think max should be there when it all goes down 3) whatever other
reason you can think of. There was a parol "OK" by a German financial
department for the first draft (?), but nothing in written form, yet.
ChitleshGoorah did a presentation for Fedora Electronic Lab,
http://chitlesh.fedorapeople.org/FEL/fel-fabless-solutions.pdf , please pass
it on to those you may know who might interested. I talked about where FEL
applications can be used and how academic institutions might take advantage
Any comment or what ever is welcome.- Thanks
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