Kicking off RGSoC scholarship :)

Codeaholics just kicked off their first RGSoC event in Tirana!

Super excited to start working this summer as part of “Rails Girls Summer of Code“, a dedicated scholarship program that aims to foster diversity in Open Source since 2013. This scholarship offers us a great opportunity to shape and develop more our programming skills, a way for students to spend their summer commiting on their github account (especially to a specific open source project).

Xheni and I, are currently finishing our studies on Information Security and Business Informatics at the University of Tirana. We have been part of Open Labs for four years now, the first hackerspace in Albania dedicated to promote FLOSS, contributing on different open source projects like Linux (Fedora), Wikipedia, Mozilla, OpenStreetMap, LibreOffice etc. Being part of different open source communities has helped us a lot to gain new experiences, learn new things, make new friends and have fun!

Our latest involvement is Nextcloud, a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting service, where we will contribute and work on the contact apps and documentation part during this summer. Our mentor for this project is Jan-Christoph Borchardt, our coaches are: Joas Schilling, Morris Jobke and Aldo Ziflaj, and our supervisor is Benedikt Deicke. We will be working and keep in touch with them for any issue that we might face, help that we might need, etc.

Video call during the kick off event at Open Labs Hackerspace, with Laura and Jan.

On 1st of July we organized our first event at Open Labs Hackerspace at 6pm. We had a lot of participants that were interested on this scholarship, eager to learn more on how to apply for the next round of RGSoC. We also had a short video call just to say Hello to our amazing team, kudos to Laura and Jan and thanks for joining us. After the introduction to the program and the video call we had a small party with the participants, that made the atmosphere more friendly and enjoyable.
Now Xheni and me are ready to officially start working as Rails Girls Summer of Code students, ready to develop our skills and gain new exciting experiences.

Thanks again to RGSoC team for this great opportunity, and best of luck to all the teams! Happy coding 🙂

PS: Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @codeaholics_al

Diversity FAD 2017 Event Report

The Fedora Diversity FAD (Fedora Activity Day) is a regional event that allows Fedora contributors to gather together in order to work on specific tasks related to the Fedora Project. It took place during the weekend of DevConf, 27-29 January.

What is Fedora Diversity?

Fedora Diversity is a new initiative in the Fedora community. The Diversity Team supports and encourages all kinds of different people to join and contribute in Fedora. We also aim to better understand the diverse community that composes Fedora and the unique needs and wishes of the groups that make up Fedora. Since our team is new, we plan to accomplish primary and secondary goals of the Diversity Team for this year.

What we accomplished in the FAD

In our first FAD for the Diversity Team, we had the chance to all be together at the same place, at Red Hat offices, to work on the objectives we had for this event. Our primary objective was to finish a diversity survey for Fedora contributors/users so we could have feedback from our community to understand their background. This includes what they do, how many years they have been involved with Fedora, unique problems they some contributors may face that others do not, and so on.. The FAD had a massive impact on the progress of finishing our survey and coordinating with other people that helped us a lot during the process.

For the first two days, we worked on the questions that we could include in the survey. Brian Exelbeird (FCAIC) was able to join us for the entire weekend. We had a video call to talk with Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Tatica, who were there with us during the event to support and assist us with their experience. The last day of the event was mostly to finish our tickets on Pagure and to talk more about the idea of having a Fedora Appreciation Week. We’ve also decided to do some research on how other communities work on the related issues of participation and managing situations that go wrong. We know that all communities experience these issues, and in the spirit of Open Source we should study what others have done to adopt and adapt these existing ideas. We wanted to see other communities that came before us and our community practices should be built the same way. This is one of the tasks that each of has to fulfill and see how other communities are dealing with this.

Get involved with Fedora Diveristy

If anyone else wants to join our biweekly meetings, they are more than welcome to come on Freenode #fedora-meeting-1 on Wednesdays at 12:00 UTC.


PS: Many thanks to Amita, Bee, Brian, Justin, Marina, Radka and Tatica for all the work they are doing on the diversity team. Can’t wait to see them again.

Fedora Meetup 3

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After two successful meetups organized in Open Labs Hackerspace, “Fedora Meetup 3” was the last event dedicated to Fedora for 2015, which was more about taking a look back on what we had done during the year in order to increase our community and of course a good opportunity to discuss with other Linux/Fedora lovers what can we do in 2016.

If we make a review of what we have done during 2015, we can begin with “I love Fedora Meetup” an introduction to Fedora Linux distro and the community, a great Fedora presence in OSCAL with my two other fellow ambassadors Giannis Konstantinidis and Ardian Haxha, “Fedora Meetup 2” dedicated to new Fedora release (22), “Ada Lovelace Day” where i talked about women in Fedora, “Outreachy Internships in Fedora” to inform our community for this great opportunity, “Fedora Localization Sprit #1” the first event dedicated to translate everything related to Fedora in albanian language, “Fedora 23 Release Party“, “Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana 2015” where we had an editathon on improving articles related to Linux/Fedora at the Albanian Wikipedia. Also i must mention that finally our community has the first Fedora Ambassador for Albania (me) and i hope that in 2016 we will have more people that want to be representatives of Fedora.

At “Fedora Meetup 3” we gathered Linux and Fedora lovers, to discuss with each other what we can do next year. Our aim for 2016 is to translate Fedora in albanian language in order to have a product of Fedora localised in our country, as this is a big advantage we can use to have more people willing to try fedora. Also, this year we will organize for the first time in Albania: Linux Weekend (Powered by Fedora) in October as this kind of event is a must in Albania, two days dedicated only to Linux. May is the time of the year when OSCAL (Open Source Conference in Albania) happens, the first annual conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge that gather free libre open source technology users, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for the local community. We hope that this year we will have more Fedora Ambassadors at OSCAL! Here are some notes that we took during the meeting.

We all are very happy to see how much our community has grown during this year, and seeing all this new people that join us really inspires us to keep going and bring Fedora closer to the new users! We will work hard to have more people involved in our community and have an year with much more Fedora around us. 🙂

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Fedora Localization Sprint #1

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Fedora Localization Sprint is the informal meeting of Fedora Albania & Open Labs Community members to contribute in Fedora translation in Albanian through Zanata platform, to translate articles in Wikipedia related to Fedora and Fedora Wiki. This event was held on Saturday, 31 October 2015 at 4PM, at Open Labs Hackerspace.  The goal of Fedora Localization Project (FLP) is to bring everything around Fedora (the Software, Documentation, Websites and culture) closer to local communities (countries, languages and in general cultural groups). Usually this involves doing translations via PO files but is certainly not limited to that.

This kind of event was held for the first time in Albania and our goal was to help people get involved and contribute this whole alloted time at the sprint for translating Fedora projects. This involves more discussions and interactions within the community, effectiveness & productivity and qualitative translations that help increase the translation percentage for Fedora. We wanted to make more people understand and learn about Fedora localization projects and the modules in it and also gather more contributors for Fedora L10n project, improve the quality of translation using peer review, improve language translation completion status or complete Fedora translations 100%.

As this was the first time we were organizing such a event, we were more focused in helping and redirecting everyone to the ways how they can contribute, so the next time we’ll hopefully have more hands on to translate as much as we can. Until then we wish to everyone “Happy translating” 🙂

Fedora 23 Release Party

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For the first time in Albania we organized a release party where we gathered people who were interested in Fedora. Fedora 23 release party successfully took place at Saturday, the 14th of November in the “Open Labs Hackerspace” in Tirana, Albania. I must say that it was a full house! Actually we started building the Albanian Fedora community recently which is why we didn’t know how many people could come and honestly didn’t expect many, the number of attendants surpassed our expectations. There were many Fedora users, contributors and people that were new in Fedora (thank you!).

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The event began at 4 pm. First of all as we had new people, Kristi made an introduction of Open Labs ,the Albanian based not for profit community that promotes open knowledge initiatives such as Wikipedia, Linux, LibreOffice, Mozilla and any free libre open source platform that promotes the free software manifesto, and how people can be part of each of them.

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Silva made an introduction of Fedora: what is, some details about this operating system, how we can download and install it in our computer/laptop. Also she explained the different flavors of Fedora, spins, and the secondary architectures such as Pidora.
 
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Ina, another new Fedora contributor, explained to the participants what is Fedora Project and its four foundations. Also she told how we can contribute at Fedora Project to be part of our big community.

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 I explained the new features of the new version of Fedora for workstation aimed at home users, hobbyists, students, and software developers. Fedora 23 Workstation is the first release of Fedora to include LibreOffice 5 so Bela talked about the new version of LibreOffice and the Albanian Community of LibreOffice. Also i showed how we can upgrade from Fedora 22 to Fedora 23 using the DNF system upgrade plugin that is simple and easy.

At 6 PM we had a skype call with Giannis and some other members of Fedora community in Greece who told us more about their experiences in Fedora community and to whom we introduced our own community. We took advantage of this call to learn some new ways or strategies on increasing the number of Fedora users and contributors, and also talk about future collaboration between the two communities.

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Hosting release parties near the time of a Fedora release is a great way to help spread Fedora and provide an opportunity for Fedora users to come together as a community and you can find information on the new release, demos, speeches and, at last but not least, friends ready to answer all your questions.  Unfortunately, swags had not arrived yet, but we still had other swag that Giannis and the community of Greece gave us so all the participants took stickers, DVD, pins… In the end we had pizza and drinks for everybody. Of course, I would like to thank the Fedora Project for sponsoring the party, and everyone that joined me to celebrate a great Fedora release.

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If you are interested in contributing in Fedora, Open Labs Hackerspace and Albanian Fedora Community it’s the right place to meet contributors and have the possibility to ask them about their experience, and receive help to join our marvelous community!  See you soon in next Fedora events!

 

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Ada Lovelace Day

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Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Ada Lovelace Day was founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009 and aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.

The inspiration for Ada Lovelace Day came from psychologist Penelope Lockwood, who carried out a study which found that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male role models. “Outstanding women can function as inspirational examples of success,” she said, “illustrating the kinds of achievements that are possible for women around them. They demonstrate that it is possible to overcome traditional gender barriers, indicating to other women that high levels of success are indeed attainable.”

Also, the event was part of CodeWeekEU that is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way.

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For the first time, Ada Lovelace Day was part of our community activities.

The event was organized by Open Labs girls and  it consisted  mostly in presentations about the  life of successful women in different professions. Also the participants who were only women shared their own experiences.

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Silva opened the event and shared with the participants the history of Ada Lovelace Day, who Ada was, and what she did .

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My presentation was about “Fedora Women” that is a project designed to connect and assist women who are interested in using and contributing to Fedora.
Because it is estimated that only 1.5% of free and open source software (FOSS) developers are female, Fedora Women is crucial in both uniting and empowering women against gender-based stigmas, which are often considered detrimental to the success of female FOSS developers. Since being announced in July 2006, Fedora Women has striven to raise awareness of the female community – along with the many roles women have as contributors and users – within the Fedora Project.

The Gender Gap is one of the most talked topic since forever, and still a Gap. Where are women in Fedora? Why the gap is so big? Women participation in open technology and culture is very important so we should all pay more attention. That’s why my talk was focused on the large steps we can take to reduce this gap and the importance of closing the gender gap.

photo_2015-10-20_15-28-46Bela followed with a presentation about the involvement of girls at LibreOffice, the big gender gap she has noticed at LibreOffice community in general, and the actions that have been taken in order to reduce this gap. She also shared her own experience on how she started contributing at LibreOffice despite the fact she has finished her studies on  journalism, and how much she enjoys translating and bringing new people together to contribute on localization in their free time. She also mentioned her latest experience on Aarhus Denmark and the gender gap she noticed among the participants despite the attention this matter gets from all the community.

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Kristi, a Mozilla Rep, talked about women in open source technologies and especially in Womoz (Women & Mozilla) that is a community composed of members from different Open Source projects, mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors. She told us some ways how to encourage women to be more active in technology no matter their skills are, and her experience in womoz.

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Denisa presented the most inspiring women in Wikimedia Foundation, some of the Wikimedia projects and how we can contribute in any of them.

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At the end all the participants shared their own experiences and got involved in a discussion about feminism in technology . Also we had a very warm conversation on  skype  with some girls from GirlsCodingKosova, where we talked about possible future collaboration between us  in different projects like Fedora, Mozilla, LibreOffice and Wikipedia. Maybe soon enough we will have a common activity where we can join our efforts on getting more women involved in technology, and as always we will keep you informed!

Stay tuned for more 🙂

Fedora Meetup 2

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Finally we arrived at Fedora Meetup #2, and brought together in one place people who share the same love about Fedora and others who are interested in getting to know more about this Linux distribution.

The event took place at Protik ICT Center, on 15th July at 5PM. One of the main reasons of this meetup was the new Fedora release. At the meetup we got to show people  the easiest way to upgrade to Fedora 22 using a tool called FedUp and also talking a bit of what’s new on Fedora 22 workstation, like the notifications that are displayed in the center of the top bar  to keep us better informed and interfere less with our work, theme and interaction enhancements, scrollbars, the software application from which it’s easier to find a wide variety of useful free software, improved file browsing with files, image viewer, virtualization with boxes, builder that is a new IDE for GNOME that contains a wide range of features, and of course the migration from yum to dnf.

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How to contribute at Fedora? I explained different ways how to do this, mainly I was focused at localization because it’s very  important for our community to have Fedora in Albanian language so we can bring everything around Fedora closer to our community. Bela presented to us some of the LibreOffice localization experience of LibreOffice community in Albania  and how is it related with Fedora. We also took a look at the  Fedora wiki which needs  to be translated in our language. In order to do so, Viola presented to us some basic tips related to wiki markup language used to edit wiki pages. It is important to us that people in Fedora community  get to know each other so we also showed how we can create a profile and gave some instruction for the Zanata platform where we can translate everything related to Fedora. Elio as a designer explained for our guests the hidden meanings of Fedoras Logo and invited them to contribute at Fedora design team.

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Need some help with Fedora? Ask a question at Ask Fedora, email other users on the mailing lists, or chat realtime in the IRC Channels. This was very important to talk with people who were present there, because they were worried if they will find “experts” who can help them with different technical problems, so I showed different mailing lists or IRC Channels that are used from  Fedora  community members and how we can get the best of them.

I’m glad that people who participated in this event were very interested, they kept asking questions and get involved so I was not the only person who was talking all the time, instead we had a nice discussion and very helpful for our community building.  As always we had lots of girls participating, and i must say nothing gets me happier than this!

See you all at our next meetup, until then keep exploring Fedora and address your question at our community. If you want to know more about Fedora (and not only) or to be an active part of our community we would be pleased to welcome you at our hackerspace, Open Labs 🙂

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2015

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Pas organizimit të parë gjatë vitit 2014 FLOSSK (Kosovë) dhe Open Labs (Shqipëri) riorganizojnë për herë të dytë garën e fotografisë Wiki Loves Monuments Kosovë dhe Shqipëri.
Wiki Loves Monuments është një konkurs fotografik ndërkombëtar i monumenteve, organizuar nga Fondacioni Wikimedia nga 1 deri më 30 shtator 2015. Wikimedia është fondacioni që fuqizon Enciklopedinë e lirë Wikipedia – një bashkëpunim global me autorë vullnetarë nga e gjithë bota.


Trashëgimia kulturore është një pjesë e rëndësishme e dijes që Wikipedia mbledh dhe shpërndan. Të gjithë mund të kontribuojnë me imazhe, apo të shkruajnë artikuj. Një imazh vlen sa një mijë fjalë, në çdo gjuhë në të njëjtën kohë, dhe entuziastët vendas mund të (ri)zbulojnë rëndësinë kulturore, historike, apo arkitektonike të rrethinës së tyre.
Gara filloi më 2012 si një provë e vogël në Holandë e cila mblodhi 12,500 fotografi. Më 2014 më shumë se 9,000 fotografë ngarkuan mbi 321.000 fotografi të licencuara lirshëm të ndërtesave historike, monumenteve dhe vendeve të trashëgimisë kulturore në 41 vende, duke përfshirë edhe Kosovën dhe Shqipërinë. Shqipëria dhe Kosova marrin pjesë së bashku për herë të dytë në Wiki Loves Monuments në frymën e bashkëpunimit kulturor në mes të dy vendeve dhe komuniteteve free libre open source.
Çdo konkurs kombĂ«tar do tĂ« jetĂ« nĂ« gjendje tĂ« emĂ«rojĂ« disa nga fotot e tyre fituese pĂ«r konkursin ndĂ«rkombĂ«tar. KĂ«to fotografi tĂ« emĂ«ruara do tĂ« gjykohen nga njĂ« juri ndĂ«rkombĂ«tare, e cila mĂ« pas do tĂ« ndajĂ« shpĂ«rblime pĂ«r fotot mĂ« tĂ« mira nga tĂ« gjitha vendet pjesĂ«marrĂ«se. more “Wiki Loves Monuments 2015”

OSCAL 2015

Another great OSCAL for sure! 🙂

OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is the first annual conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago.

The Conference took place at 9 May 2015 & 10 May 2015 in Tirana and gathered free libre open source technology users, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for the local community and governments to develop and customize to its needs; that knowledge is a communal property and free and open to everyone.

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We set up the Fedora booth and we were there to represent Fedora, to promote our mission and our four foundations, to answer questions and to distribute swag. A lot of people were so much interested in it and kept asking questions, which we were happy to answer.

Also the second day was crowded, full of people, like the previous day.

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Group photo at Fedora Booth.

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I represented the Fedora Project with one workshop titled “Introduction to Fedora”. My presentation was about: What is Fedora and how secure,  innovative, 100% free/open and stable is this operating system. The mission of Fedora project and the strong relation between Fedora and her community. The four foundations: Friends,  Freedom, Features, First. The difference of Fedora and other distros, and why we should use Fedora. Also how we can contribute at FEDORA Project.

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Workshop: How to install Fedora.

I was glad to meet Ardian Haxha and Giannis Konstantinidis, two fellow ambassador that joined me at OSCAL to spread the word about Fedora. Giannis run a workshop titled “Fedora in Education – Yes We Can!” also one talk titled “The Fedora Community & Why You Should Join it” and Ardian run a workshop titled “Fedora Spin and Cyber Security for Beginners”.

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Glad to meet so many Geeks from all over the world in the same place. It almost sounds too good to be true.

So happy to be part of OSCAL. Looking forward to it next year. Cheers! ♥

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Volunteers and organizers of OSCAL 2015.

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I ❤ Fedora Meetup

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Considering the long time I had been using Fedora I thought to share my experience with other people. First thing that came in my mind was to make a meetup with all Fedora lovers, and not only, in order to create the fedora community in Albania.

On 14-th February we were together discussing about Fedora. We learned more about Fedora and its connection to RedHat , how safe and stable is this operating system 100%free and open. We focused more on Fedora Project, the global partnership of free software community members and the strong connection with their community, their mission and the four foundations (Freedom,  Friends, Features, First). How to get involved, contribute and collaborate in Fedora Project.

Fedora comes installed with a wide range of software such as LibreOffice and Firefox. Additional software is available from the software repositories and can be installed using the yum so we showed how to install some basic programs.During the presentation we saw a video-message of Giannis Konstantinidis Fedora Ambassador in Greece. We got to know better the latest version Fedora 21 and what is new in it, Pidora specialized Fedora distribution for the Raspberry Pi, also the differences between Fedora and other distributions. As it was St Valentine’s Day there couldn’t miss chocolates and lots of love from Fedora.

See you all @Fedora Meetup #2 at Open Labs.

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