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

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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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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