OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is an annual conference in Tirana focused on software freedom, open knowledge, free culture and decentralization and I got a chance to participate in the conference this year too.

This was my second year when I attended OSCAL. It was an amazing experience again with a lot of different things, I participated in during the conference.  Here are some major highlights of my participation, which I would like to share ::

1. Fedora Booth – Being a Fedora contributor and always happy to meet new people, I did Fedora booth duty for 2 days during the conference along with Mariana Balla. There were mostly students who visited the booth and they found the small Fedora handbook useful.

2. Fedora Release Party – Thanks to Mariana Balla for helping me organize Fedora release party at OSCAL. I did a talk for the beginners on how to start contributing to Fedora and what are the various ways to begin with. Mariana arranged for cupcakes for the party. We had a lot of people participated in the release party and they did have queries at the end.

3. My Talks – I had 3 accepted talks this year in OSCAL –

1. Fedora for everyone –
– How to be part of the Fedora community.
– Openness in a culturally diverse world
– Contributing to open source
– Importance of communication in open source communities/case study Fedora

2. Quality is everyone’s responsibility –
– Fedora Quality Assurance
– How to optimize testing time
– Quality Engineer – role in a cross functional team.

3. Unexpectedly Agile –
– Agile documentation
– Open source project management tools for agile teams

All the 3 talks were well received and I am satisfied with the feedback I got for my talks.

Learning –  I would say, it was a great experience overall but we can always improve if we know the audience well in advance. This time around it was mostly the students and beginners who created the event and also were present there to learn something new. Fedora can bring in all the sponsored speakers together and plan accordingly in advance. There was a shortage of staff at Fedora booth at some point of time during the day. We could also save some accommodation budget if Fedora (Red Hat) speakers know who all are coming and can share a single apartment to stay.

I liked OSCAL this year as well and would love to attend next year too. Special thanks to Mariana Balla. for helping me during my visit to Albania 🙂

Fedora Women’s Day, 2018

This is a really busy year for me with so many events. It seems difficult to organize FWD this year but as Fedora is close to my heart and when it is Fedora Women’s Day, I could not let it skip.

I remember it was the last day to submit the proposal and I was in Brno. I connected with my most trust worthy Fedora contributor in Pune – Pooja Yadav and took help of Nikhil Kathole for creating a proposal. I recalled Nikhil told me earlier how his college students are excited about Open Source technology and even the faculty is always ready to welcome such Open Source events. So, I asked him to have a conversation with college and help us with a proposal.


After a few hours of back and forth mails, we came up with – https://pagure.io/fedora-diversity/fedora-womens-day/issue/8

So, this year it was – RIT, Islampur, Dist. Sangli, Maharashtra, India college where Fedora Women’s Day was hosted with 30+ girls students and 2 women faculty members. It was an awesome experience overall.

We started our journey very early in the morning at 7 AM and reached college by 12:30 PM. We met the faculty members – Savita Patil, Gautami Singhan and a short discussion about the students and their expectations.



We started the event at 1 PM with Fedora and Diversity team introduction, I took that session. I explained about what is Fedora Women’s day. Also, talked about different ways to contribute. I encouraged them to talk during the session but everyone was shy to share their thoughts.


After an hour session, I invited Pooja to talk about Fedora QA and she explained various ways to contribute in Fedora QA – Bugzilla, test days, feature testing. She also discussed about how to earn Fedora badges and crowd seems to get excited about it and now slowly started opening up.


After Pooja’s brilliant talk, Nikhil talked about Fedora loves Python .. I was amazed looking at the areas he has touched upon during his presentation “Science Stuff”.. graphs.. everything with practical examples and everyone was noting down the rpms he is using along with instructions. It was a great talk overall.

By now, everyone joined us for the cake cutting and asking various queries to get involved. Faculty and students asked us for another practical session for design some other day. I am sure we will do that one day as the response was really awesome.

It was 4:30 PM after the cake cutting. I thanked the organizers and faculty to helped us with the event and started our journey back to Pune.

Every year, I feel the difference. The difference how crowd perceive the knowledge, the difference in how many of them already know what Open Source is, the difference in knowing more and involving more. I like this difference and I would like to see it growing every year.

Hope to have another great Fedora Women’s Day next year.




OSCAL 2018 – TIRANA, ALBANIA / 19 & 20 MAY 2018

OSCAL is the annual international Open Source Free Software Conference in Albania dedicated to empowering Software Freedom, Open Knowledge, Free Culture and Decentralization. More information about the conference can be found at the web site – https://oscal.openlabs.cc/

This year, I got this opportunity to attend OSCAL in Tirana, Albania. It was an amazing experience with a lot of different things, I participated in during the conference.  Here are some major highlights of my participation, which I would like to share ::

1. Fedora Booth – Being a Fedora contributor and always happy to meet new people, I did Fedora booth duty for 2 days during the conference along with other Fedora contributors. Fedora booth was just outside the venue with other booths and it was super hot during the day, but smiling people with their questions did not stop coming to the booth. Thanks to Brian and Dominika , who helped with some cold juice 🙂


We had Fedorator installed at the booth. We (me and Bee) created posters of Fedora meetup and Fedora release party and pasted them at Fedora booth to attract more people. People were asking about Fedora 28 and we mentioned about modularity ofcourse 🙂 . Some people had concerns about firefox crashing on old Fedora releases, we advised them to upgrade and also shared the easy ways to upgrade. Some of the visitors also shown interest in the easy way to start the contribution in Fedora and translation in local language is what was the most accepted response.

2. Fedora Release Party – Thanks to Jona for organizing Fedora 28 release party at the first day of the conference. All the Fedora contributors along with other conference attendees joined the party. There was a huge cake, which was super yummy. Fedora contributors gave their introduction. Justin Flory talked about several different ways to contribute to the Fedora project. Again, we have seen the interest towards the local translation area was bit more.


3. Fedora Strategy with Brian – I got a chance to talk to  Fedora Action and Impact Coordinator Brian  on several different topics related to Fedora. We talked about Diversity, Release Schedules,  Release Talking Points and many more areas. It is always nice to hear from him. His experience and prospective gives motivation always. Though, he is a busy personality but this time it was good 1-0-1 conversation with him, and also won the cake badge 🙂


4. Fedora Community Dinner – As, there was a number of Fedora contributors in the conference, hence we gathered for a Dinner in the evening. During the dinner, I talked to Dominika and she showed me her pictures of India visit 🙂 . We also came to know about few more conferences coming in near future. Flock was another topic of discussion (Registration is already open, if you are not aware, please check – https://flocktofedora.org/ ) .

Dinner was huge and tasty , yummy sea food it was 🙂


5. My Talk – I had a talk on Communication on the second day of the conference, which was in the Pyramid of Tirana (Did I mention that one of the conference venue was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_of_Tirana ) . My talk went well with a decent number of people present in the room. I explained why the effective communication is  really  important to avoid conflicts in a diverse Open Source community and what are the different decent ways to have a nice communication.


6. Women in Open Source Workshop – During the second day of conference,   organized a Women in Open Source Workshop. I was amazed at the number of women attended this workshop. I have never seen these many female participants in even big conferences. This was great to see and listen their stories during the workshop. I also introduced myself during the workshop. It was really incredible to see such a huge number of participants again. I think credits goes to Open Labs of Tirana.


7. Fedora D&I Team Sprint – Two days of action packed conference was over, but Diversity team had still the energy to do a 4 hours long Fedora D&I Team Sprint. The main topic which was covered – Fedora event guidelines. Brian joined us online (thanks again for your valuable time and feedback). Some of the major highlights were having Badges, accessible, Dietary Restrictions, Gender neutral bathrooms, Sanitary Napkins, Emergency kits, Quiet Rooms, and much more during the Fedora events. We also maintained the important discussion points at – https://etherpad.persephone.cloud/p/FedoraEventGuidelines . This discussion is at its initial stage and implementation is subject to many factors. If you want to share any feedback, please feel free to mail us at or D&I mailing list – diversity@lists.fedoraproject.org

So yeah, that is all about my participation in the conference. I also got a chance to do networking with other people from Open Labs and listened to their experience. Although, it is hectic to travel and participate in so many activities at the same time. But the Friends foundation of Fedora always gives me strength to keep going 🙂 . I really wish that next year too I can come back and can do some more amazing things at OSCAL 2019.

Missing my dear community Friends already 🙂 .








Fedora Women Day, Bangalore

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September 16th, 2017 Saturday early morning (super early), I woke up (with bad stomach) at 4:00 AM, got ready and left home to catch a flight (Pune- – Banglore) at 7:20 AM. I reached Bangalore at around 9:00 AM and called a cab to reach directly to our Fedora Woman Day venue i.e. Christ University. I thought I will reach there very soon, but thanks to Bangalore traffic, it took me 2 hours to reach to the venue.

I met girls student volunteers (Antara, Debanjana and Shambhavi) there at the entrance of the college. It is a really BIG university with many buildings in it.  I was happy to see a decent number of girl students in the room, where the event has organized. Thanks to Sumantro Mukherjee  , Vipul Siddharth  and Prakash Mishra for involving girls volunteers and for doing all the per-event arrangements. Vipul quickly introduced me with Smita Madam (Faculty at university), who was the college in-charge for this event. There was a joke cracked by Vipul something about “Amita-Smita” which I don’t remember now, afair people laughed at it.

Volunteers introduced me and other speakers to the students. There was approx. 100 students, 70% were girls there. I started the event with my talk about “What is Fedora”, “Why one should get involved”, “Why Women are important” and “How one can get involved”. I showed students our fantastic site – http://whatcanidoforfedora.org . After finishing my talk, I invited students on stage to speak about how they feel and how we can help them. As usual, they were shy and I have to motivate them to open up. Here are the videos, where you can see them speaking about their point of view.  After me, It was Kanika Murarka , who took the stage and engage students with her Fedora design talk. It was a nice talk with all the work listed which design team does like badges, web pages, art work and more. Thanks to Kanika for taking her time out on a Saturday to come and join us for FWD.

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Now a pretty new face came on stage to talk about Machine learning, data science and python pandas – Sarah Masud , I did not miss even a single word of her talk. Even students looked mesmerized, this young girl was demonstrating data, statistics and python pandas in such an interesting way. I was really impressed and thanked her after her talk.

On public demand, we had to rescheduled Sumnatro’s and Vipul’s session. As the audience was very interested to join these pending sessions too and they had some classes clash at the same time. I took the stage again to summarize and to conclude the event. I showed them FWD Jacket print and told them this is done by one of the Fedora design team member and how they can also be the part. I also asked them to send their introduction mail and don’t be shy about it. Just share their interest area and there will be people to guide them.

By this time(around 3 PM), I was feeling hungry and asked Vipul if we can go to college canteen to eat. While leaving, there was bunch of girls who came to talk to me. Some of them was interested in writing and few of them said they want to contribute in design. One girl asked me very innocently “Mam, so if we do some work like if I want to write about this event and send the writeup to Fedora Magazine (ofcourse, I mentioned about magazine during my talk), there will be public reviews? ” I could sense some kind of uncomfortable and shyness there. I told her that yes there will be but that is to guide you and to make write-up better. But, somewhere deep inside, I felt, there must be some other way to deal with such situations, where the new person (wanna be contributor) wants to start something and really shy to share her/his work and hesitant about open/public reviews. I would like to discuss about this point a little more with diversity team later.

College faculty (Saleema JS and Smita Vinod) thanked us and gave speakers token of appreciation. I am really  thankful to them for hosting this event at University.

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Ah, I was tired, hungry and sleepy by now. We went to canteen with some students and speakers. We had food there, we chat about the event and students were asking about me, when will be the next one with some hands-on sessions. Sumantro was also asking about FWD stickers. So, we had a deal. Sumantro will conduct another session in college and I will ship FWD stickers to him, hehe. Let’s see if we can keep up with our deal hopefully. I had around 45 mins before, I can leave for airport. Red Hat office was 10 mins walk away and we (me, Sumantro and Kanika) went to Red Hat Banglore office. After some time Kanika booked a cab for me (as my phone’s internet was not working properly) and I left the city at around 5:30 PM and reached airport just in time (city traffic!!).

There was a smile of satisfaction on my face, some good pictures in my phone, some thoughts about new generation and how we can help them and a hope to come back again some fine day. With all these take away, I reached Pune airport at 10:30 PM. An unexpected surprise was waiting for me, my husband and my daughter both came to receive me at airport 🙂 . After a really long day, it is always refreshing to see your family.

Looking forward to other two FWD events coming up in India now.


Flock 2017

Last week, I attended Flock 2017 in Cape Cod U.S. state of Massachusetts. This was the first time, I visited USA and now I know what the real jet lag is. This year’s Flock was different from the regular usual flock every year. The concept was more inclined towards to do sessions rather then just talks and I must say that this one is the best flock so far. I got to learn so many new things and also it gave me different prospective of many projects in Fedora. Here are some highlights from the conference, which I learned and attended or delivered , Hope you will enjoy reading them –

Diversity Session

This is the session which I proposed and lead with my diversity team in Flock. The major agenda which was covered was –

  • Diversity Events
  • How to organize Diversity Events better
  • How to measure the impact of the diversity events
  • Diversity team budget, where to spend
  • Diversity Adviser position
  • Diversity Budget Support for Outreach

One great thing about this session was the audience was greatly involved in the discussion. We got many fantastic suggestions from people present in the session. One feedback was to do diversity events in collaboration with other local communities with similar goals. Other suggestion was to come up with a set of questionnaire which we would like to include in the event reports to see how impact the event went. So we have got a bunch of action items on us as team 🙂 . Thanks to Justin W. Flory and Jona for handling the session with me. I am glad that Bex and Marina joined us and helped us with their feedback on agenda. I am thankful to the audience, who helped us by sharing thoughts actively and openly. It was a great session of 3 hours with nice outcomes. Read full length version and great description of this session by Chhavi Shrivastava

Fedora Magazine Session

I did a full length article for this session. I hope it will be published soon and I will update the link here too. For now it is here. It was an amazing session delivered by Justin W. Flory , Paul W. Frields and Ryan Lerch .

Again, the most amazing part of this session was the audience involvement and their valuable suggestions for innovative new pitches for Fedora magazine.


I am so glad that I got to attend a session on Factory 2.0 – A build-to-release pipeline. It was an interesting session done by Mike Bonnet

I wanted to know more about Factory 2.0 , the complete pipeline with all the tools from build to release. So I met Ralph Bean ( this time with beard face) during the games night. We occupied the center table of the venue and Ralph started drawing the pipeline on a piece of paper to make it more clear for me. People around us thought we are playing some unique game 😉 and of-course it was totally a different one. Game of factory2.0 . I am really thankful to Ralph to make me understand the complete flow. How the message bus gonna pass though different stages of Composes, Brew, CI, Jenkins, Result DB, Pungi, Errata tool, CDN… WOW!!! I got to learn some new fancy terms like “Green Waivers” I got to know the problem statements during the conversation which Factory2.0 is trying to address and “make things faster and more flexible” mantra. Ralph pointed me to his presentation during devconf on Factory 2.0, which helped me a lot. Thanks Ralph for your time and fantastic explanation.

Other Sessions

There were actually many interesting session, I can not explain them in my blog post. I personally liked Mindshare one, As FOSCo is not any longer a thing, Mindshare will take over some of its basical 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. I talked to Robert Mayr the presenter and discussed with him how Diversity team can join this initiative. We also wanted to have some common medium to communicate and share more updates on Mindshare.

Few more sessions, which I have attended were –

  1. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9D/simple-user-testing-early-and-often
  2. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm97/atomic-host-101
  3. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9N/fedora-ambassadors-the-future
  4. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9o/councilbudget-conversation – Only for sometime
  5. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9h/fedora-hubs-demo-roadmap
  6. https://flock2017.sched.com/event/Bm9H/gating-on-automated-tests-in-fedora-greenwave

I also had a small discussion with Tim Flink about CI (Continuous Integration) and what is going on in Fedora for CI.

Some Fun Time

The most funny thing happened with me in US was I was eating during day time as everyone was eating and I was also eating during night as it was day time in India 😛 . But seriously, I lost track of my sleep and food during this trip totally. I met my old friends from Fedora and it was real fun to be with them –  Marie Catherine Nordin , Justin, Jona and made some new friends. I went to NYC for one day after the conference and some good food and did shopping for family.




Jindgi or kuch bhi nhi, Teri-Meri Kahani hai….(Life is nothing, but a story..your and mine)


Today is International Woman’s day. This may not be an inspirational story and I believe this is not just my story. It is my day to day life which is a reflection of many Indian women’s life with a family. So many of you can relate very easily. You may notice , I have used “I” and “We” at many places interchangeably below, because this is me and this can be any/many of you.

Everyday is a battle to win for many of us. Daily, when I push myself out of the bed so early in the morning. Thoughts are already started boiling in my mind with the pace of current. Cooking and packing that lunch box of my small kid and aiming to finish so many tasks with in few mins before her school bus arrives. These tasks involve some of the war level tasks which include getting her up out of the bed, make her pee/poo quickly, brush her teeth while checking the water in the bathroom is at the perfect temperature for her and oh yes, that dish should not get overcooked while you are handling this war level situation. After an hour of multitasking (remember the first hour of our morning it is), we successfully make her board the school bus. Well, that was very close though 🙂

Now, it is that second, when we just got relaxed from the mother’s duty of early morning and lying on the bed. BUT! our minds are not, there is messy kitchen to take care of, 50+ mails in the inbox, which all have miraculous high priority and Oh God! I have to get ready quickly and rush to avoid that horrendous traffic on the road. We get ready while juggling between milk boiling and toast/paratha/idli etc. Now after another hour and half, we achieve our second milestone of the day. Yeah, we grab that breakfast in hurry and now, another monster is in our way “That Traffic”. While balancing my small scooty on my toes, I checked the needle is indicating low on fuel. Why this happens on the day when I am already in hurry and I fail every-time to calculate which is the day of the week or month, when I am not in hurry. After killing the traffic monster in another hour, I finally, reach to a place where I feel good, confident, safe and proud. It is my office time. Yes, It is Red Hat. I have my project, Open Source projects I can contribute in. I have my perfect teammates, friends. I have people around who don’t judge me but support me unconditionally. I have tremendous amount of opportunities to explore. I have an environment which makes me feel comfortable and makes me smile. I can’t thank God enough to make me part of Red Hat family.

So, this is my success. This is my story. Red Hat is my inspiration and my work makes me passionate about my life. After a long day at work, when I go back home and see a smile on my daughter’s face, that makes me feel satisfied. Everyday is a new struggle for me, but there are things around which make me feel good too. That is how we balance life with good and bad, every feeling is part of life and this is what we women perfectly do, right? We balance so many things around us at the same time.

Salute to every women because they are inspiration in their own unique way.

Women Who Code – Pune

If this is a Saturday morning, and I am getting up at 6:00 AM with my alarm clock bell, it clearly means that this is an Open Source event day. I am glad to be invited as a panelist in WWC, Pune meet-up


Thanks to Janki Chhatbar who introduced me to this awesome initiative of WWC. Janki is one of the two directors for WWC, Pune. I have reached Magarpatta City by 8 AM and met Janki and we took a cab to reach to the meetup venue  Veritas Technologies LLC India Pvt Ltd . As we reached little early, we had sometime to drink our morning tea/coffee. Over the coffee, we met other director of WWC, Pune – Sonal Bobde . I was amazed by the amount of energy these two young directors have. They successfully pulled out such a nice event together. More than that the coordination between the two is just awesome. Soon, we entered the office with some formalities of registration. As it was a Saturday, office was quite and we all gathered in a big conference room. There was a decent number of women present (around 20).

Nandini De, Director Engineering, Veritas started with a small introduction of company. Sonal Bobde talked about the increasing number of women drop outs from the tech industry and the reason pointed out was lack of more women leadership in tech. After the talk we started with panel discussion and introduction round. My co-panelist members were –     Nandini De, Director Engineering, Veritas, Shabda Chaudhari, AVP – Data Product Manager, Barclays and Aditee Rele, Director, Technical Evangelism, Microsoft. The topic of Panel discussion was “Voice of Women in Technology”.  It was really a nice discussion and everybody has their own unique experiences to share. One common acceptance was that we women think too much about many things at the same time and sometimes we are over committed to things. We want to do the best in every aspect of our life be it office, home, food preparation, growing children or making a chappati round. We never want to fail, we want to be perfect. And if we fail to give our 100% to any of these areas, we start feeling guilty. We have to accept the fact that it is OK to let go things sometimes. It is OK to have messy home while you are taking care of fixing a bug in the code. It is OK to make an oval shape chappati sometime 🙂


It was real fun to have such diverse conversation around common women issues. I personally liked two topics –

  1. Work From Home facilities for women
  2. Reboot Programme for women who want to join Tech after a gap.

I would like to write in little detail about the two topics, so you can expect different post on these topics from me. Unfortunately, I had to leave after the first half of the day for personal commitments. But you know, we can not cover everything 100% in this world 🙂 , sometimes it is OK to let go things and that is how we can balance.

I have nominated myself to be Fedora leader for WWC community, which means I would like to conduct Fedora workshops & events for WWC members. I hope that will happen soon. Thanks again Janki Chhatbar for this wonderful experience. One can join the WWC meet ups at https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Pune/ .

Devconf, 2017 – Diversity FAD

DevConf.cz (Developer Conference) is a yearly conference for all Linux and JBoss Community Developers, Admins and Linux users organized by Red Hat Czech Republic, the Fedora and JBoss Community.

We (Diversity team) had our first ever FAD during devconf. The planning of FAD started long long ago with a pagure ticket .

History – Here is a bit of history of FAD planning in the sequence of events as they took place –

  1. Pagure Ticket Opened for FAD – https://pagure.io/fedora-diversity/issue/8
  2. Development of FAD wiki page started – https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAD_Diversity_2017
  3. We identified potential tasks to be covered during FAD
  4. Suggestions/options discussion for Venue and Date has been started in ticket and meetings.
  5. Logical Model – https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/File:Diversity_FAD_2017_Logic_Model.png developed by Justin.
  6. We presented our FAD proposal to council and requested funding.
  7. After required approvals, we started booking tickets and accommodation.

Facts – After 6-7 months of planning and hard work, the actual day has arrived – Diversity FAD. Here are some facts and highlights of diversity FAD –

  1. FAD dates -January 27 – 29, 2017
  2. Venue – Red Hat Brno Office
  3. Attendees – Justin, Bee, Jona, Bex , Rhea , Marinaz , Maria “tatica” Leandro and me
  4. Timings – 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (except the last day)

Tasks – Though, I cannot explain the hard work we have put in during FAD. Here is the brief summary of tasks, we tried to achieve –

  1. Survey (Numbers are important) – This was our long time pending task, which we certainty wanted to achieve during our FAD days And without any delay we jumped directly to this one. I am sure none of us could thought of this, that making/shaping/creating a survey can be so mind boggling task. Thanks to our special guests Bex and Marina who gave us some knowledge around how and why every single question can effect and impact the whole community. So, we went in really deep, deep discussions, gathering facts, statistics around every single question we want to put in survey. And this goes without saying, that we want the answers to be of great use for Fedora community. So choice of questions were a huge and intelligent task. Finally, we came up with the questions, but now the length of the survey was an issue/topic of discussion. We did not want to drop any of the questions, which we came up after sp much research, but then Bex introduced us with a unique style of voting in XL sheet. And that is how we came up with our final round of Survey questions.
  2. Fedora Appreciation Week – This was the excited and fun topic for everyone present in FAD. All have great ideas around it. As we all know how badges make everyone in Fedora community excited. Similarly, this would be next thing inline of badges in Fedora. We all are humans at the end of the day and we all need motivation to keep moving ahead. Appreciation and recolonization makes us feel good about what we are doing. We have discussed the structure, design, bit of implementation of FAW. Soon, we will moving ahead on this task and would like to see it executing sooner than later.
  3. Some other major tasks involved, cleaning of our pagure tickets, Code of Conduct expansion, Reporting and handling of diversity cases. Here is the some of the scribbling during 3 days of diversity FAD – https://etherpad.gnome.org/p/fedora-diversity-fad-notes

NOTE – My above list cannot/does not cover all/complete tasks, we have done during FAD. This is merely a page of the diversity FAD book (may be even the less).

Fun moments – Fedora events are incomplete without fun. We were as serious about having fun as we were about our tasks.

  1. We attended Devconf social event.
  2. We had FAD social event at a place called Skanzeen.
  3. We spent last evening together mostly by exchanging gifts, having good food/drinks and some dance.

Memories and Pictures – We are lucky to have such a great team. Every single team member is awesome in his/her unique way. We share a great bond of togetherness. Though, we are so diverse by our nature, ideas, goals, profession..still the bond is beautiful. Here are some memories to cherish –




When you step out of the door..

Life is very colorful, so is the world and communities. Sometimes there are shades of gray and sometimes it is all rosy and beautiful. Some days are full of laugh, smiles and fun, others are not so great and few days are wet with our tears. But, we still move on irrespective of all odd and even. We live our life without knowing what is there for us in the next second. We were never certain about the mystery of life and we are still not, ofcourse we will never be aware of that future. Inspite of this, we fight, we walk the path of our journey…the journey of life.

Similarly, open source communities are filled with all possible colors in the universe. As our life is totally unpredictable, sometimes ocean of joy and sometimes volcano of sorrow. Community is the perfect blend of such diverse moods, culture and people. One day, you will feel like you are surrounded with just the right people and you feel on the top of the world, other day may not be that sweet and you may get to taste the bitter part of it. But just think twice before you decide to declare that you are broken, demotivated and don’t want to continue any more!

Because, it is you who is responsible for “what will happen next”. If you withdraw now, you will not get to see the other colors of it. One bad experience should not be your last experience. What if that code did not work today, what if someone was not very nice to you today, what if you did not get any reply today, what if that meeting decision was not in your favor..there is always a tomorrow! There are other things waiting for you outside that door, which you want to close, just because today was not the best day. Now just recall what I wrote in the beginning of the post,  We don’t stop living, no matter how ups and downs, our journey of life shows to us. Live the community life, just like yours. It is not the same always.


It is OK to have some bad experiences, we do learn more from everything – good or bad. Just gather yourself, remember how strong and capable you are and there are another shining day waiting for you outside that door. So, don’t shut that! Move on, Open it and see a more confident, more happy  and more enthusiastic you, when you step out of that door.

Flock, 2016

Reporting live from Mumbai airport. As, flight to Pune has some good waiting time and memories are kind of fresh in the mind, I have decided to write my flock, 2016 blog post. Journey is indeed long, 30 hours and still counting. But thanks to caffeine percentage running in my veins currently is more than blood and keeping me active.
It is not easy to believe that it was just a week before, I was at the same place (Mumabi airport) and things were so different. This year flock was indeed a great conference and very productive for me, lots of take away and learning. Revived old friendships and made new friends. Fedora Diversity efforts are getting into right direction and new plans are taking shape. Catch-up with different fedora team members. Time was really less to accomplish so many things in 4 days of conference, I don’t remember if I have slept more than 3 hours in a row during last week. It was crazy and it was fun.

Day 0 – After 18 hours of journey from Pune, India to Krakow, Poland, I met Rafal at the airport already waiting for me. We waited for another 1.5 hours to receive Bee and Justin from the airport. We chatted quite a lot on our way to hotel from airport. Comm-ops, diversity, fedora hub and much more. Rafal was pointing us to many different places in Krakow on our way. Bee was real fun to be with. We reached hotel and waited more to get room keys. Meanwhile, me and Justin have decided to sit together in the evening to plan around diversity panel. It was the first time we were going to do it in flock, so some good amount of planning was required. After getting room keys, we decided to split and come back to lobby after getting freshen up for food. We went to the mall nearby, Rafel took us to a perfect place where I liked the food totally. In mall, we looked for SIM card, currency exchange and some chocolates. Bee had some in her bag which she happily shared with everyone.

After coming back to hotel, I had a quick blue jeans session with my mentor back in Pune for my session feedback and some other stuff as I knew once the conference will begin, I won’t get time to catch-up.

In the evening, we three (Me, Bee and Justin), went with Rafal to city center to have our dinner. It was Polish restaurant and food was good.

Back to hotel, me and Justin sat together for diversity panel planning, we came up with the etherpad, put up the agenda. Tatica was with us all this time online to help out. We contacted people to join the panel, brainstormed on the issues which needs to be included and so on. In 2-3 hours, we were from 0 to at decent level of preparation for the panel. This is the difference between working online together and working seating next to each other. Outputs are real quick when people are together at the same place.

Day 1 – Great start of the day for me, I met my last to last year flock room mate Marie (Riecatnor). She is a great Fedora contributor and artist. Discussed about badges as she is the fedora badge queen. We went for breakfast together and then reached to Picaso for the FPL keynote – State of Fedora 2016. It was one of the awesome talk, where our fearless leader showed magical numbers around the project. Where we are as compared to different Linux distributions. What is the contribution statistics. This talk was presented in this year’s devconf too, but as I did not attend devconf this year, this was so interesting to know some facts. One of the interesting graph showed how contribution gets little low during Christmas time during the year. There were other fantastic figures and colorful graphs in the presentation.

After that I attended “ I contributed ! but, what now ?” by Bee Padalkar and this young lady was very confident through out the talk. She again showed magnificent numbers in Fedora project. She looked to me a survey queen. She talked about the statistics how many drop outs from the project and during what time. Also, she shared some numbers for the contributors in the project. I asked few queries in the talk.

Fedora Magazine and what it teaches us about users by Paul Frields And Thoughts on Fedora and Arts by Sylvia Sanchez are few other interesting talks happened on the same day.

In the evening we went for Tour of Krakow  , very well planned and executed tour where we happen to have a funny guide, showing us the streets, castles of Krakow and telling us the stories behind them. It was a fun filled day.

Day 2 – This is the most busy and little stressful day for me. I had two things to handle 1. Diversity Panel: Building an inclusive community  and 2. Diversity – women in open source .  Me and my team ( Justin, Bee, Marina and Tatica) has already put efforts in the panel preparation to get the right panelist on boar. We sat for a pre-discussion with some of the available panelists to brief about the agenda and the plan how it will go. We already had a pad created for the planning. I had Bee with me to create the questionnaire cards, it looks professional and just right for a panel to have cards 😉 . Thanks to all the panelists that it went smooth. We had tatica online with us. Matthew Miller , Marina, Marie, Bee, Sylvia and Justin, A perfect team to have as panelist. We had included the audience as well, and people had things to say.

After that, my talk on Women in open source, also went well. here are the observations and key facts to share about the two sessions ::
This should have come up early, but I was having a tough time dealing
with many things. So, better late than never

The diversity panel was indeed really successful, it initiated a lot of discussions and uncovered many issues people are facing. There were
at least 6-7 people , who came to me and discussed about the problems. People felt that the timing was so less for the panel, so same sub-set
of people came to attend my talk on women in open source and the discussion continued there.

Few points to be highlighted and to be worked upon for the next big thing ::
1. Panel timings were really less, people wanted to talk more and some
people took little longer time than required to speak.
Suggested Solutions – Moderator should pitch in and interrupt when required
People should be given 2 mins to talk at any given point of time.
Panel timings should be more than an hour.

2. There are other diverse areas to be focused on other than women-men,
which are unfortunately more deeply rooted in Fedora and causing pain
for many ::
Like Technical and non-technical, RedHatters and non-Redhatters, Old
Contributors – New Comers, Full time fedora contributors as their first
job And volunteers contributors etc etc

3. We need to have a drop box for the anonymous complains and keep them
classified rather making them public.

4. We need to work on the defined process how we are going to address
the issues, I came across an issue of demotivating the new comer and I
could not suggest any solution. Even if I do, that should be defined
somewhere like the guidelines etc.
I strongly believe that the diversity adviser and some of the team
members should have exceptional rights to pitch in and take actions on
the tickets in such cases.

5. Survey is something should be on priority to showcase the magic
numbers, We can take help of Bee here.

6. Last but not the least, a diversity FAD needs to be planned ahead to
align it with devconf or any other suitable timings/place. Being a very
new team, we really need to sit together and pen down the issues which
will fall within our radar, resolutions to them as guidelines and
structure of the team with some specific rights and responsibilities to
deal with diverse issues. And everything needs to go into the wiki page.

After a long day, I went for Cruise Krakow with flock attendees and my diversity team (by now, who are friends to me). I really enjoyed the zephyr , river site, food and friends 🙂

Day 3 – On August 4, third day of the conference, I attended some  Lightning Talks  and took pictures and posted them on face book, tagging people who were speaking.
I listened to Justin, Pravin Satpute, Adam Millerflock,2016, Kushal and few more speaking in the lightening talks.

Meet your FAmSCo!  was another valuable session, which I have attended. Few issues were raised like whey so many tickets are pending since long and no actions taken. Why always a discussion about India processes to be different and highlighted in every session etc etc. It was really good to listen the counter parts arguments and also the thoughts of people present in the session.

CommOps Workshop  and Fedora Loves Python  was another highlights of the day.

We went to Brewery Lubicz  for the dinner and drinks. I got a chance to talk to different people here.

Day 4 – On August 5, last day of the conference, I went for Fedora Budget Workshop and managed to know about the next year budget planning. Concerns of people for not getting reimbursements on time and reasoning. And few more deep drill discussion about the budget distribution among different parts of the project. I also asked few questions about having budget for the diversity initiative and got fair answers.

Bodhi Hackfest is one I missed being executed in parallel of this session but was willing to attend.

In the evening, We went to city center for food and some fun.

That is all, I had about this year’s flock. It was really awesome and fantastically planned conference. I would like to thank all the organizers and speakers who made it successful. Hope to attend next year’s flock as well.