[Ambassadors] Ambassadors Meeting EMEA - IRC Summary 2008-02-13

Max Spevack mspevack at redhat.com
Fri Feb 15 22:07:18 UTC 2008

This write up is SUPERB.  Thank you Fabian.


On Fri, 15 Feb 2008, Fabian Affolter wrote:

> FAmSco
> This part was skipped because there is enough stuff to talk about in the 
> event section.
> Ambassadors Membership
> As of 2008-02-11, 305 Ambassadors have been verified (signed CLA and joined 
> 'ambassadors' group)
> 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 
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/Statistics
> 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).
> Events
> Linux Solution
> 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 
> events worldwide.
> 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" 
> http://www.europe.redhat.com/mktg/partnersummit/?sc_cid=547
> 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 
> budget.
> 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.
> FOSDEM 2008
> 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 
> Live-CDs.
> LinuxTag
> 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)
> Frühjahrsfachgespräch
> FrOSCon 2008
> OpenExpo 2008
> HCC! Dagen 2008
> Linuxday 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.
> Open stage
> 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 
> of it.
> Any comment or what ever is welcome.- Thanks
> Next meeting (so far)
> 2008-03-12 - 20.00 UTC
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