Our IntoxiCODED cloudy summer


Disclaimer: This article was originally published by Codeaholics Team (Xheni and I) on Rails Girls Summer of Code blog.


Time seems to fly by so fast when you are a student of Rails Girls Summer of Code and a contributor of a project you love. We can’t believe these are the last days of RGSoC!

Challenges

Some of the challenges that our team has faced during this period:

  • First of all, installing the Nextcloud server locally was not as easy for us as we first assumed.
  • Before attending RGSoC we barely had any experience with Git on an important open source project as Nextcloud with a lot of people contributing into it. During our journey, we made many mistakes and had to do some researches on different Git commands. Thanks to the friendly community over at Nextcloud, we learned many new Git commands, now it’s just a matter of remembering them 🙂
  • We fought a lot with JavaScript and in particular AngularJS. We wanted to work on something new for us and that’s why we chose the Contacts App. We were complete beginners on AngularJS and during the first weeks we were mainly focused on reading and watching tutorials.
  • Another challenging thing was working remotely together over different time-zones (6 hours difference) as I was attending “Flock to Fedora Conference” in Boston, USA.

 

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Too much AngularJS, not enough coffee. Photo: Jona & Xheni, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

Things we have learned

Despite the challenges we had during our summer, we have learned a lot of new things. Here are some of the things we can recall:

  • Pair programming, a very good way to keep each other on task. Brainstorming helps a lot when you work as a team. Don’t forget that two brains are better than one.
  • AngularJS concepts: we learned about controllers, services, promises, filters and much more.
  • JavaScript is the world’s most misunderstood programming language but we understand it better now :).
  • We learned about vCard format specification.
  • New Git Commands that were really useful for our daily job.
  • Asking for help because the communication is the key to solve some of the issues! There are always people out there willing to help, especially on the Nextcloud IRC channels.
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Pair Programming at Open Labs Hackerspace. Photo: Jona & Xheni, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

Nextcloud contributions

There is an Albanian idiom “-Fillimi i mbarë, gjysma e punës” (English equivalent: Well begun, is half done), therefore we created our first PR on our first week and we began contributing on Nextcloud by fixing some starter issues, opening new issues, testing and reviewing etc.

Nowadays we are mainly focused on developing a new feature: “favorite contacts”, allowing users to quickly favorite some of their contacts. We are confident to have this feature finished by the end of the summer.

What will be next? We certainly will continue contributing on other Nextcloud apps, even after the summer ends because we really love the vibe that this community has and the friendly environment.

Girl Power at the Nextcloud conference!

One of the best things about working on the open source projects are the conferences. Codeaholics joined the Nextcloud Conference on 22-29 August in Berlin, Germany. We were the early birds who arrived in the morning on the first day, waiting for other contributors to join the conference.

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Team Codeaholics at Nextcloud Conference. Photo: Christoph Wurst, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

Finally, we had the chance to meet our coaches Morris and Joas in person, our mentor joined us as well. We had four amazing days full of hacking and working on specific tasks on Nextcloud. It’s very helpful when you have your coaches nearby so you can directly ask them and clarify in case of any doubts. In addition to meeting our coaches we also met many other contributors during our stay in Berlin. Fun fact: We knew most of them already by their GitHub usernames, that’s why the first question we asked them was their GitHub username. 😉

We attended some talks related to the collaboration between Red Hat and Nextcloud, Collabora Online, how the Technical University of Berlin uses Nextcloud, Scalability Recommendations, Security etc.

On the weekend, there were some lightning talks and workshops where we also shared our experience as RGSoC students with them (a lot of applauses, in the end, yaaay)! It was a wonderful conference and a great opportunity to network with the community behind Nextcloud, which makes you feel more motivated to keep contributing. And just for the record, coding while drinking Club Mate is one of the best feelings ever. (Try it :P)

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Nextcloud Conference. Photo: Raghu Nayyar, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

What will we miss most

Now that RGSoC is ending, we will miss a lot:

  • Our weekly meeting calls with our supervisor, mentor and coaches. It has been a pleasure working with all of them. By the way: Even though all of them were German and we have heard stories that Germans are very strict or that is very difficult to work with them we are very happy to admit that it is NOT true! Each Wednesday that we have our weekly call, we were very happy to talk with them and hear their feedback because it was really helpful for us, that’s why this is one of the things we will miss most! (Thank you guys :D)
  • Status updates, because they helped us keep track of what we achieved and to set goals for our team.
  • Being able to focus full-time on the open-source development and community building.

All in All…

It was a never-to-be-forgotten summer – one of those summers that leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going. Is it the end? Definitely NO, our journey does not end here. We are both open source enthusiasts and the gained experience we had this summer has inspired us, even more, to continue contributing to coding part of open source projects.

Thanks RGSoC for this amazing experience we had during this summer, we are happy to be one of the RGSoC alumni now and share our journey with other people!

Flock to Fedora: Fedora Contributor Conference

Photo by Fedora Design Team, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Flock is where you meet with other members of the Fedora community who share whatever your interest is, whether that’s the kernel or the cloud, hardware or UX design. Flock 2017 took place in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on 29 August – 1 September and was a more action-oriented event than previous years.

Day #0

This was the second year that I was attending Flock and it’s that time of the year where I can’t wait to meet again the lovely people that are part of the Fedora Community, old and new ones. Surprisingly I met some of them at the airport in Dusseldorf while I was waiting for my flight to Boston: Robert, Gabriele, Andrea, Rafal, Jiri, Fabian and Douglas. A lot of Fedorians in the same plane :). After a long flight and the difficulties to enter in the US 😛 I finally managed to arrive in Boston and we took our bus to Hyannis. Although we arrived very late at the hotel, the registration was still open, we went there to register and to take our badge. Oh, I also forgot to mention that a Flock t-shirt and a pair of socks was waiting for us, yaaay 🎉🎉🎉. After meeting some other people that were still around, I went to sleep in order to be ready for the next day.

Day #1

Photo by Mariana Balla, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Finally, Flock started! Matthew Miller, our Fedora Project Leader, kicked off the conference starting with the Welcome/Intro + Fedora State of the Union. I enjoyed a lot his presentation on the status of Fedora and the metrics he showed us. Brian Exelbierd, our Fedora Action and Impact Coordinator, welcomed us to this edition of Flock and shared some tips that were really useful for us during the days of the conference. After Matthew and Brian’s talk, it was the perfect time for a group photo, say “cheese”!

Photo CC BY-SA 4.0.

After the group photo, everyone had the chance to advertise his/her session. Together with Nick, we talked about our session “Fedora Ambassadors: The future” and explained what we would present during our workshop, Justin and Amita talked about the Diversity Workshop.

After the lunch time I went to attend the Council/Budget Conversation, where all the council members were there to answer all the questions that every person had. Most of the questions were related to the proposal that Matthiew had posted on the Fedora Community Blog, where he proposed that from now onward, all events and spending by Ambassadors (and not only) should be directly related to the target audience of a Fedora Edition or to a current Objective. It was a very useful/helpful conversation where we were answered the questions we had on our mind related to the objectives, budget etc. After this session I went to join the Badges Workshop by Maria and Marie. Even though my design skills are not very good 😛 I was really interested in learning how to design a badge, because together with the Diversity Team we are organizing “Fedora Women Day” and I wanted to have a badge for all the attendees. I successfully finished my task and I designed my first badge, now it is approved and I can award it to people 🙂

The next session I attended was “Fedora Hubs Demo + Roadmap”. Mairin, Aurelien and Sayan showed us Fedora Hubs, that is a sort of project intranet for Fedora contributors as well as a single, unified interface to make it easy to learn about teams across Fedora and to provide a consistent on-boarding experience for new contributors. They gave a demo of Fedora Hubs and discussed the future roadmap. Fedora Hubs it’s on my TO DO list now, after finishing my exams I want to get more involved and contribute there.

At the end of the day was the perfect time for the Game Night in Bass River! We had plenty of options on what we could do that night, yaay! First thing we did was International Candy Swap, where Fedorians all around the world brought some candies/sweets from their country. I’m really happy that everyone enjoyed the Albanian bakllava and llokume, and I took some tasty and special candies from the other people 😍😍.

Photo by Rafał Lużyński, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Of course, I couldn’t miss “Comics and Coffee” at Flock 2017. I enjoyed a lot the interview, sharing my story on how I started contributing to Fedora and how it feels being part of the community and in the end, I took my Comic Cover, a very special memory from Flock 😍.

Photo by Al-Rod Studio, CC BY-SA 4.0.

After having my Comic Cover, I joined the Fedorator session, where a bunch of people were gathering to build a Fedorator. Sanqui gave to all of us the necessary materials to start building our own Fedorator which is a device that people can use to flash Fedora onto their USB flash drive. At the end Mariana and I took one Fedorator with us, to be used at Open Labs for our future events. During the night we could even play different games, eat pizza and drink beers 😀

Photo by Jiri Eischmann, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Photo by Giannis Konstantinidis, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Day #2

The second day started with Brian giving us some information related to lunch tickets and the social event. First session that I attended for the second day was “CommOps and Metrics Workshop”. Justin and Sachin explained us how CommOps uses metrics to understand users, the work that CommOps have done until now and new ideas they were thinking to implement such as “Fedora Appreciation Week”, “Fedora Student Pack” etc. Of course they mentioned Fedora Classroom and new ideas on what we can do such as Python Classroom. After lunch time I attended Fedora Hubs Hackfest and Fedora Marketing, very interesting workshops. Meanwhile I had a meeting with my RGSoC supervisor, explaining the work I have done for my scholarship during that week. This day was really busy because I also had to prepare for both workshops I had the next day and coordinate with my friends for both sessions.

At the end of the second day, we had another social event, the Evening Activity at Wackenhammer’s Clockwork Arcade and Carousel. There we found classic arcade games, pinball, and other means of entertainment. I enjoyed a lot this social event because we had plenty of options on where to play, I tried almost all of them and I won a lot of tickets that in the end helped to get some really nice toys/games with me :P. We had even an amazing dinner options from Bon Me and refreshments.

Photo by Paul W. Frields, CC BY-SA 4.0.

 

Day #3

The third day started with the Diversity session. The Flock session was mostly focused on three things, to improve our event organization process, improve our on-boarding, budget and then at the very end, touch on the survey. At the beginning, we spent some time talking / reviewing the upcoming plans for FWDs. Also had some discussion about other events beyond FWD that we could try to coordinate with. There was a lot of discussion about the International Day of Disabilities Awareness in December. Some people in the room thought it wasn’t a great idea for us to focus on something as broad and general as “disabilities awareness” because it has multiple meanings and there are people who might have a disability but might not identify with “disabilities awareness” so we figured that this event might not be a good one for us to focus on / coordinate with because it’s very broad and it would be difficult for us to find a point to focus on and keep. There was the idea that we might end up creating events /for/ people, not with people. That is, the people organizing the event wouldn’t actually have experience / understanding of the group. The idea is why reinvent the wheel when we could potentially reach out to other local meet-up communities that we have in our immediate area and try to work with them on delivering Fedora-specific content, instead of us having to create a custom event again during the year. One way we could try to reach out and have engagement for the rest of the year is by seeking local meet-up communities and trying to deliver Fedora content there, whether it’s technical or non-technical, about Fedora itself or about contributing, etc. After, we spent time talking about on-boarding and defining the steps of being a team member. We identified the need to revisit our on-boarding guidelines but most of the talk was in the ways we on-board people.

Photo by Alex Eng, CC BY-SA 4.0.

During lunch time together with the l10n team we had a quick meeting where we discussed and finished the last details for the t-shirts we will hand out to the l10n contributors, now we are on the last step waiting for them to be printed and shipped 😀

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Next session that I attended was the mindshare talk from robyduck. First he started explaining that what we are doing well as outreach like events, budget process, design, marketing & docs, and at the same time what we are doing wrong in this way to see what we can improve and how. Mindshare will take over some of it’s basic ideas, trying to optimize the contribution process of ambassadors and other outreach teams, by sharing and developing best practices and by improving communication between teams or SIGs. The mindshare targets will be communication, collaboration, best practises, budget managing, and event planning. The ides is that part of the mindshare (and outreachy teams) will be FCAIC, Ambassadors (2 members appointed), Design & Web, Docs, Marketing, CommOps and two elected seats (members of outreach teams appointed). It will be challenging to have ambassadors, CommOps and other outreach representatives within this new body but mindshare is one of the Council’s objective for 2017 and many ideas from different groups will be incorporated to define the Mindshare responsibilities.

Next session was the workshop that Nick Bebout and I thought to do at Flock this year: The future of the Fedora Ambassadors. We started to explain how is the process to require budget when we want to organize an event or when we want to attend an event, what steps we should follow and explain that it is not necessary to be an ambassador to require budget. Also, we mentioned the swag process, event reports that are a must when you require budget and we discussed about the way we can measure the impact of our events or the metrics that we need for the events we organize. Of course that we mentioned again the proposal that Matthew has posted on the Community Blog, if you have haven’t read it yet please do.

Photo by Mariana Balla, CC BY-SA 4.0.

The last meeting I had for the third day of Flock was with the G11n team. Very sad that I missed the other talks from the team members, but unfortunately they were at the same time that I had my workshops :/ but at least at the end, I could join them on their discussion on different “issues” that seem blocker to us in order to improve this issues and solve them. Brian helped us a lot during this discussion.

After this really long day with a very busy schedule, I thought to rest a bit and sleep, but it was impossible :P. Since it was my last day in Hyannis we needed to party, yaay 😀

Photo by Fedora Design Team, CC BY-SA 4.0.

The last day of Flock! Since this year the Flock organizers tried something new, where we did a lot of workshops and hackfests, the last day was dedicated to giving a demo what each team did. One representative of each team volunteered to talk about what his/her team did during this Flock, what they accomplished, the feedback they had from other attendees, what they can improve etc. It was like a short report from each team and very happy to hear how productive each of them was! And yeah came the time to say bye and close Flock for this year!

The end of the conference came really fast, where each of the days was full of different activities. It was so nice to meet in person again each of the teams that you work on Fedora, to be more productive, to discuss with them the state of each team, what it is going right and what can be improved.

Kudos to the organizers for this amazing Flock, that I enjoyed to the maximum. Hope to see you all soon!

Until the next time, keep up your great work on Fedora 🙂

Codeaholics, the first Hangover!


Disclaimer: This article was originally published by Codeaholics Team (Xheni and I) on Rails Girls Summer of Code blog.


How we started to get into the open source world!

Xheni and I met each other 5 years ago at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economy because both of us wanted to study for Business Informatics. At the beginning we didn’t “like” each other a lot because Xheni was an Inter fan while I was a Milan fan, different teams that play in Italy and their fans “fight” a lot with each other. YES, you read it very well, so don’t get surprised if we know football rules/ football players/ teams pretty well because we are crazy about football. The good news is that we found something in common, yaaay 🙂 We attended together the first edition of OSCAL, Open Source Conference Albania, the first conference in Albania dedicated only to open source software. After meeting a lot of other FLOSS enthusiasts at the conference, we discovered Open Labs that is the community behind OSCAL. Open Labs organizes a lot of events dedicated to different open source projects like GNU/Linux, Mozilla, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, LibreOffice etc. Both of us were intrigued by the world of Linux, that’s how we first started contributing to open source and became FLOSS advocates. Now that we have been part of Open Labs for four years, you can see us part of different open source communities because being part of a community has helped us a lot to gain new experiences, learn new things, make new friends and have fun!

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Team Codeaholics – Jona and Xheni at Open Labs hackerspace. Photo: Jona Azizaj, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

I was really interested to learn more on how to be a Linux system administrator that’s why I am part of the Fedora Project and became the first Fedora Ambassador in Albania promoting this operating system in my country. On the other hand Xheni was really interested on security stuff and that’s why she is studying Msc in Information Security and wants to become an ethical hacker. In the meanwhile, we have discovered the gender gap that exists in tech industry and especially in open source communities, something we don’t face at our local hackerspace because 70% of the members are girls. That’s why when we travel to different conferences we try to share the situation we have at Open Labs with other people to encourage them and feel more motivated. Even though not all the girls part of Open Labs know how to code, they are willing to learn, that’s why Xheni and I want to help girls start coding and get them on board. Our future plans include establishing a Django Girls and Rails Girls local community, starting with some beginner workshops at Open Labs.

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Team Codeaholics – Working time! Photo: Kristi Progri and Jona Azizaj, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

RGSoC, let’s apply!

Xheni’s and mine latest involvement into open source is Nextcloud, a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting service, where our contributions consisted mostly on promoting Nextcloud and translating it in our local language (shqip).

At OSCAL (third edition) we met Jan-Christoph Borchardt and had the chance to talk with him. After some months, we saw his tweet about a dedicated scholarship program that aims to foster diversity in Open Source since 2013, called “Rails Girls Summer of Code”. Both of us were really enthusiast and happy to hear about such a great opportunity that could help girls develop their skills and gain new exciting experiences. After posting this on the Open Labs forum to share it with all the girls, we even organized an “unofficial” meeting with all the interested girls to help each other with the process. It was the first time that 4 teams from Albania applied to be part of RGSoC!

Why Nextcloud?

After picking each other as teammates, Xheni and I had to decide about the project we wanted to spend all their summer working on. Wait, what about the name of the team? Hmmm let’s say we needed only a couple of hours to find the appropriate name for us. And it was not very difficult, because both of us are CODEAHOLICS. Yes, I mean it! We stay awake all night long and we like to sleep in the morning because for us is way easier to work when the place is very quiet, people are sleeping and the only thing that we can hear is our favorite music. Okay now let’s get back to the topic. After scouting all the projects listed, the first one that was deemed a perfect fit for us was Nextcloud. Why? Because we were already using it and we were familiar (not a lot) with the community. Both of us believe that when you use something and you like it, it’s very easy for you to start promoting and working on it, in this way you will always do something that you love and are not forced to. We decided to work on the contacts app and documentation part during the summer. After finishing the application all the albanian teams were “stressed” waiting about the final result. Who could imagine that we would be one of the lucky teams, being the first albanian team part of RGSoC! Imagine our happy faces when we saw the approval email, yaaay 😀

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Codeaholics at Open Labs hackerspace during. Photo: Anxhelo Lushka, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

Meet our amazing team!

The Nextcloud mentor is Jan-Christoph Borchardt, our coaches are: Joas Schilling, Morris Jobke, Aldo Ziflaj and Edi Hoxhalli, and our supervisor is Benedikt Deicke. We will be working and keeping in touch with them for any issue we might face, help we might need, etc. They organized our workflow by creating a project at the Contacs app repo on Nextcloud organization on GitHub. To communicate with each other, we use IRC, you can find us on #nextcloud-contacts and #nextcloud-dev. Spreed app is our favorite choice when it comes to do the weekly video call with our supervisor. Xheni and I are really happy to be part of the Nextcloud community and to have this amazing team ready to help us when needed. End of August we will be in Berlin to attend the Nextcloud conference and meet in person all the community members. We will have the opportunity to share with the participants our experience as RGSoC students working on Nextcloud, so if you will be in Berlin make sure to be part of the conference!

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Codeaholics and their amazing team! Photo collage: Anxhelo Lushka, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

Codeaholics just kicked off their first RGSoC event in Tirana!

On 1st of July we organized our first event at Open Labs Hackerspace at 6pm. A lot of participants attended and they were really interested on this scholarship and 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 for joining the video call. 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.

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Codeaholics during kick off event at Open Labs. Photo: Anxhelo Lushka, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

By the way, do you know the great news from our municipality of Tirana? The Municipality of Tirana, the biggest municipality in the country serving over 800,000 citizens, goes free open source by using Nextcloud! An important contributor in raising the public awareness on the importance of free open source culture in general and the public administration embracing it in particular, has been the local community of the Open Labs Hackerspace where Xheni and I are involved.

What we have done so far?

Nextcloud is a safe home for all your data – community-driven, free & open source. It is a very big project, with more then 30 teams working on contacts app, calendar, android, server, spreed etc. The project has a very detailed documentation which helps a lot, also a very active and friendly community. Being part of RGSoC and working on this specific project doesn’t mean to write only code but at the same time combining it with tutorials, learning new stuff not only related to AngularJS but even other concepts related to our work, put in practice what we both already know and shape our skills. Therefore, working on this project has helped us a lot related to the AngularJS part, our coaches have been really helpful (and patient :P) with us when we were working on different issues related to the Contacts app. Jan has done a great job, identifying some starter issues to work on, and working on the workflow we are following.

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Nextcloud organization on github.

And…

…Xheni and I want to thank everyone involved, our mentor Jan, our coaches Morris, Joas, Aldo and Edi, our supervisor Benedikt, and also the amazing RGSoC organizing team for offering one of the best ways spending the summer to all winning teams!! Keep up the good work.

Happy coding! 🙂

PS: Did we mention that we have a logo for our team? Check it out on our github organization for Codeaholics. And… don’t forget to follow us on twitter! 🙂

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Codeaholics logo, thanks to Anxhelo Lushka for designing it. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

 

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!

 

The materials used are available in my fedorapeople space

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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