FUDCON KL 2012 Day 2

Day 2 of FUDCON KL started with a talk on Fedora book by Joshua Wulf (for me Sitapati Prabhu). This idea is very intuitive for any one (especially newbies) to start contributing to Fedora documentation. Although, contributors need to know some basics of docbook, I guess that’s not tough.

There were many interesting talks for the day on topics like Ask Fedora, Transifex, Fedora Tour, etc. Soumay‘s talk on Fedora in Education was really inspiring. He shared how he initially started as a contributor and many things about DGPLUG‘s Bijra project. Following this talk, there was another talk by Soumya on Ask Fedora. This one explained to the attendees what is Ask Fedora, why was it needed and how it can be used. Soumya also explained to the attendees that Ask Fedora runs on Askbot (an Open Source QA forum) and encouraged people to contribute to Askbot.

After lunch, it was time for my and Mahay’s talk on Effective localization Crowdsourcing (using Transifex). Mahay stared the talk explaining to the attendees about localization, internationalization and it’s importance. This helped set the scene for the entire talk. Then I spoke on the various gotchas in the traditional localization workflow and how Fedora tried to get rid of these gotchas using Transifex. I explained to people about Transifex, what it does and why it’s so awesome. I also explained about the various super cool features in Transifex like crowdsourcingproject management, release management, Translation Memory, glossary, etc. I also told the attendees about how to contribute to Transifex.

Well, that was not all. It was followed by another session on How to internationalize and localize softwares. I took example of a simple Django app and explained how to i18n (using gettext) the app and extract the source POT file. Then I showed how to localize it using Transifex. I gave the attendees a walk through from creating a Transifex account to creating a project, resources, releases, forming teams, translating and finally to downloading translations and deploying it in their app. I also mentioned about other i18n methods available for different languages and directed people to the necessary resources. With this, I finally concluded my talk.

After the talk, it was time for some tea and then lightning talks. Christoph Wickert‘s talks on LXDE and Clouds were super cool. Michel also spoke on the ROX DE and ROX filer. We had some post session discussions and some group pics.

Today was the day for FUDPub. It was supposed to start at 8 PM at Sri Petaling Hotel. We reached the hotel and had some rest. Then we moved downstairs to join FUDPub. It was hell lot of fun out there.

FAD Pune 2010

It was a great experience at the FAD in Red Hat, Pune. The FAD was conducted for two days, 29th and 30th May, 2010.

Day 01

Siddhesh took a session on autotools. The session was informative and interactive. I came to know how the big Makefile and Configure files are automatically generated from makefile.am and configure.ac (Makefile.in is first generated though, then the Makefile). Siddhesh used the linkc program for the purpose.

That was the only workshop. Then it was doing our own work. Everyone discussed what they will be working on. As for me, I decided to work on packaging python-keyring and kupfer and writing code for my application named wordGroupz (it is an app for building one’s vocabulary based on groups). My target was to get the code ready for 0.1 release of wordGroupz. For the first day, I made some changes in the python-keyring.spec as suggested by Ankur(FranciscoD) and Rahul (mether). Then I spent the rest of the time coding for kupfer, designed the GUI using Glade3. For programming, I used python, GTK, sqlite. By the end of the day, I managed to get  a input from the user and store it in the database. Updating in the combobox was not achieved that day.

In between, people from Bhasha Technologies came to the FAD to meet the ARM Fedora contributors who didn’t turn up. They shared some of their ideas with us over the lunch. I along with some of my friends (Rangeen) alongwith Salim decided to work on the suggested projects.

Day 02

I wrote a spec file for kupfer which wasn’t working for some unknown reasons. I submitted a review request for that and Ankur started reviewing it. Soon Rahul joined followed by Kushal. Kupfer uses a waf build system and the wscript was broken for kupfer. It didn’t produce any kupfer package, but was a good exercise. After that, Sayamindu gave a speech on OLPC and Sugar, which is a Fedora downstream project for the OLPC. Then, I resumed coding for wordGroupz. I managed getting the combobox updated on new entry. I made some changes in the glade file. I did some reading on the treeview model and got it to display the words from the database categorized into groups. I added a search facility in the app to search for words. As the day was ending, I thought to drop the displaying of word info for the 0.1 version.

At the end of the session, we reported what we achieved in the 2 days of the FAD. Then plans for future FADs were discussed. After the session, we (rtnpro, meejan, kishan, yevlempy) along with Rahul, Kushal and Salim went to Haka for dinner. Going to Haka was another story 🙂 .

It turned out to be a great day, working together throughout the day along with some fun also.

Arrangements made for our accommodation were great. Kushal took pics and recorded videos during the FAD. I hope kushal will upload them soon.


Currently, I am fixing some glitches in the code for wordGroupz. I have set a repository for it at


IMPS Workshop 12 – 14 October, 2009

11th October, 2009, I, Kishan and Meejanur started our journey to Malda for the workshop at IMPS College. We boarded the Gour Express from Burdhaman Junction at 00:30 Hrs 12-10-2009. Kushal and Harsh boarded the same train from Sealdah. We reached Malda Town at around 6 AM in the morning. We got together in the station and had some chit-chat amongst ourselves. Kushal was taken to a hotel for his stay and we were taken to the college hostel by the college vehicle ( Maruti Omni).

WORKSHOP Day 1 12/10/2009

After having some rest, we freshened up and had some breakfast. We then went to the college at around 9:15 AM. It was a session for the 4th year IT students of IMPS college. Kushal gave a brief introduction on FOSS and then asked us to give a small introduction on Fedora and about our activities and how we started using Fedora. Then followed a session on Python from the very basics. We assisted Kushal by helping the students solve their doubts in their places. It was only coding using the python shell for the 1st day. Students were asked to solve a few problems. Good performers were given Fedora Badges. The session lasted till 1:00 PM and then there was a break.

After the break, it was time for the session for the 3rd year IT students of the college. Kushal gave an introductory talk on FOSS and Fedora. Then just like the previous session, it was all Python, hisss… They started enjoying python already because of its simplicity, elegance. It was all Python for the day, but only in the interpreter.

WORKSHOP Day 2 13/10/2009

The session started with the 4th year students of IT as the day before. They were introduced to the vi editor, and then some python scripting using the vi editor. Then they were told about various projects they can do within Fedora. Kushal also told them about git. Kushal also demoed them some PyQt and PyGTK applications and some Django. They seemed to like Django among others.

Time for a break.

After the lunch, it was time for the 2nd year students of IT. They have learnt C in the previous semester and were then doing Data Structures. So they were given a very basic introduction to vi editor followed by C with gcc. Then it was followed by a basic session on Python.

WORKSHOP Day 3  14/10/2009

The 3rd day of workshop started with the 3rd year IT students. They continued with Python. They along with some teachers started enjoying python. In the second session, the 2nd year IT students were taught more python. Python is simple, more readable, and after all the codes written in Python are much smaller to those written in C. The students were also told how to start contributing. Some students brought their laptops for installing Fedora. We also made a 1GB mini repository with basic packages and a shell script to automatically install them.

The 3 Day Fedora workshop was indeed a good experience for us. But it will be a success if the students start contributing to the community. For this, the teachers have an important role to play and we hope they will.

Event pics can be found at