Linux Day 2009

This year the Linux Day in Lodi was a bit unusual, because was organized in part from abroad and in a really short time.
After 5 years of Linux Days, we are pretty handy on it,  so most of the work was already done.

The agenda was a mix of techincal and divulgatives talks. We got two guests: Daniele Segato and Alessandro Palumbo that respectively spoke about “git for superheroes” and “Drupal: With a great CMS comes great possibility”. Good impression the first talks done by Leonardo about Openoffice and Raffaello about Gobby (a nice collaborative editor).

Despite the effort we put on it, we had low participation, probably we lack in communication: more spam and more conventional channels; Facebook (in Italy) remains a weak way to have more people participating to some events.

Anyway a big Thanks to anybody who came, who organized and set it up and all contributors we had. Thanks!

Photos (from Francesco Crippa) here.

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Linux Day 2008 report

wow, Linux day 2008 has finished and I’m still alive.

Linux day 2008, this is the first time Fedora is sponsorized as much as possible to all around Italy, and maybe we got a new ambassador.

This year I lived Linux Day in a different way, I was present (not at the same time) in two city: my day started in Lodi with LOLUG and terminated in Mantova (a not-so-near-Lodi city) with LUGman.

In Lodi I spent most of the morning to finish the opened tasks: made LTSP working, deployed Fedora USB station and prepared myself for wireless (in)security talk I did with Stefano (to be honest, he did the presentation and I only help him with demo).

The fedora KIT worked well and I finally saw it after planning, organizing for months. We can tune and improve it, but we started and now is more simple to manage. ;-)

After midday I went in Mantova, and I realized how bad connected to Lodi is. ~150 Km. No Highways. The fastest path found suggested by GPS navigator was this: Lodi -> Piacenza -> Brescia -> Verona -> Mantova, completely pointless.
I decided to travel with my own route and I take more than 1,5 hours to go and about 2 hours to return (No way to reduce the travel time), fortunately my car is gas methane powered.

After arrived in Mantova I knew Pietro Calzoni and Fausto Picchi who were my fedora contacts in LUGMan. LUGMan’s Linux Day was organized in a quite different way, there wasn’t speech but only workshops. I had a table with a computer and the possibility to mix practice and theory.

My initial plan was to use the kick-ass-wonderful Lorenzo Villani’s Fedora presentation (we will provide the english version soon), but I preferred to spoke directly with interested people (a lot of people, 20-25 more or less), helped and showed them whatever they wanted.

I’d got a lot of questions: “What is the difference from Fedora and Ubuntu?”, “How is the Fedora community?”, “How I can have a polo like you?”, and so on.

I made 7/8 USB keys, I gave away all CDs. I spoke about many arguments: revisor, yum, packagekit, bodhi and koji, about the community (and the possibility to contribute without be a computer skilled person), the importance of being upstream (this was and always is the main point to explain why Fedora is better than Ubuntu).

I think our message “There is an awesome alternative to Ubuntu” was taken. We (fedora Italian Ambassador) are growing and we can reply to “$$ spent to burn CDs” with a lot of alternatives: Fedora USB kit is one of them.

Linux day 2008 (Italy) final rush /1

After many months of planning, doing meetings with Italian ambassadors and contributors it’s time to act. Why only now? Because a lot of task were blocked by the Fedora 10 theme selection.

Linux day, will be in October 25th, and, right now will be held in about 77 cities. Next week will start the final rush.

It’s the first time Fedora is promoted in Italy; I don’t know how many people use Fedora and I know only one LUG (the LUG I belong to: LOLUG) which has more than 3 Fedora users.

There are more than 200 LUGS (both Linux User Groups and Free Software Lugs) in Italy but only about 20 of them have shown interest in Fedora. I’ve noticed that even if they don’t count Fedora users among their active members they see Fedora as a new (and fresh!) player in distribution’s universe.

By the way, I my humble opinion, in Italy, there are four LUG’s type:

  • LUG relatively new which mainly supports Ubuntu
  • LUG with old background, composed by veterans hackers which use old glorious distributions, like Slackware, Gentoo, Debian…etc..
  • LUG (IMHO) with a lot of contradictions because their members are old linux supporters but now  MAC OSX supporters (and they consider MAC as UNIX as Linux).
  • Other LUGs not present in the above types.

I repeat to avoid misunderstanding…this categorization is only my personal opinion.

Our main goal is to spread about fedora. We’ll provide (for free) to each LUGs interested:

Our second goal, is to find some people interested and maybe recruit new fedora Ambassadors.

What we wish to receive from people who collaborate with us?

  • a lot of photos
  • videos (if possible)
  • a report (which every ambassador must write)
  • few statistics data (which will be presented during FAD, in November) about:
    1. how many people attend local event
    2. how many key burned

You probably are asking yourself how the organization’s status is. We have made a lot of headway but there is a lot of work to do.

We have a lot of DVD taken from FUDCon Brno which are enough to send about 20 DVD for each LUG.
By the way, I think we must bet only on fedora USB station, but DVDs are needed to make known Fedora for this first time.

For fedora USB station, we have 2 weeks to close all the tasks, and then send it. I will give you a report about work progression soon.

Linux Day 2007 – Tiriamo le somme

Il linux day 2007 è il terzo Linux Day che seguo come organizzatore. Quest’anno, a differenza delle scorse edizioni, ho avuto un po’ piu tempo libero, in quanto non c’erano esami che cadevano il giorno prima (2006) o la settimana dopo (2005).

L’organizzazione è andata relativamente bene, a parte diversi intoppi dovuti a seri problemi di connessione, riscontrati da alcuni membri. A parte questo, direi che il tutto è stato fatto “da manuale”. Ci siamo trovati la sera prima (Venerdì 26) e abbiamo montato tutta l’infrastruttura hardware in meno di 3 ore: il resto è venuto da se.

Abbiamo diviso in quattro aree lo spazio a disposizione: area Talk, area cazzeggio ehm, relax (LOLUG Cafe) dove distribuivamo gratuitamente bevande e biscottini :P, area LOLUG Lab dove si poteva provare linux, Area Installfest dove prendevano piede le installazioni.

La giornata di Sabato è filata liscia, nessun problema ne ritardo durante la mattina, un po’ di piu durante il pomeriggio. Diverse distribuzioni installate senza problemi, con i relativi proprietari contenti. Le persone erano di più che lo scorso anno, alcuni volti noti ma la maggior parte nuovi. L’afflusso è stato molto buono, considerando che Lodi non è una città universitaria, con un boom di presenze verso le 16:00.

Per quanto riguarda la visibilità del gruppo abbiamo avuto la visita di un paio di giornalisti (ilgiorno (la foto non c’entra una fava con il linux day :D)e ilcittadino (non c’entra molto con il linux day, ma parla di noi :P)) e siamo stati nominati su repubblica.it, soprattutto grazie a Tarantasio (il nostro progetto di software libero per windows, del quale parlerò a breve).

Alcune cose andranno sistemate, tipo l’organizzazione degli workshop, la lan party e il finanziamento (un po’ magro quest’anno).

Globalmente sono soddisfatto.

Ecco un’altro interessante articolo da parte di un’altro membro del LOLUG.