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.

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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 ::
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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.

Event Report – Fedora Women Day

Fedora women day was celebrated on 15th July, 2016 in Pune. The idea was first coined by Maria “tatica” Leandro , present Fedora diversity adviser. The main event wiki page is here. There are local events associated to the main event, celebrated locally at different places, to recognize and celebrate the success of women contributors in Fedora.

The agenda of the event was to bring more and more women together who are Fedora contributors or want to be one. I have volunteered to do the event in Pune location, and believe me after that every task to accomplish the event was as difficult as easy it was to purpose one🙂

I started talking to experienced people around to get an idea what and how the event can be made successful. Priyanka Nag joined me in the efforts and helped a lot. We have come up with the action items, did meetings with existing fedora ambassadors and also did few pre meetups before the event to get the people involved. I am really thankful to the young lady, only thing I can say for her is, age does not bring maturity in any person, it is the right attitude which makes you mature. Thanks Priyanka Nag🙂

Now wiki page was up, we started reaching to the colleges, other women lists in upstream. Getting speakers was not easy too.

Maria “tatica” Leandro woke up at 5 AM to do a live session with audience in Pune, India. She talked about her journey in Fedora. After that their was a storm of questions from audience, which she perfectly handled with a cup of coffee in her hand and a beautiful smile on her face. She stated the help is available in ample amount in community like Fedora, you just need to take few steps to grab that help and get started.

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Pravin Satpute took over after Maria , and did a fantastic job of telling women, the starting points and various fields in Fedora in which they can contribute. Some ladies mentioned later to have more sessions with Pravin. You are famous among many ladies, dude😉

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Attraction of the event was live session with Matthew Miller . After facing few technical issues, we were able to connect and had a nice questionnaire with Matthew Miller. FPL mentioned while answering a question that non-technical contribution is also a contribution in Fedora and there are many ways to do that – design, art, documentation and people person. There are roughly around only 30-40% contributors, who are technical contributors in Fedora. He mentioned different initiatives taken in Fedora for increasing and supporting more and more women contributors around the globe.

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Thanks to Maria “tatica” Leandro , Pravin Satpute and Matthew Miller for joining the efforts and helped conducting the sessions in the event. Thanks to Anisha Narang too, for sharing her experience with us. With the help of all these people, things fall in place.

What an event without a wonderful audience and volunteers , I would like to name quite a few who were just awesome with their help and courage they provided me throughout the journey of making the event possible and successful :: Seema Mohangekar , Aziza Karol , Vidya Hari , Jesika Saldanha , Soni Lonari

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A successful event is all about people, bringing them together, getting them involved and having same goals. We had a decent event, which lasted with cake cutting and some snacks.

But this was just a beginning indeed. We need to have more regular meet-ups. Stay tuned for the next one🙂

Thank you Red Hat Pune site for providing the Venue and sponsoring the snacks.

 

 

 

 

 

FOSSASIA 2016

About the conference :: I got an opportunity to attend FOSSASIA 2016 last week. FOSSASIA is the premier Free and Open Source technology organization in Asia for developers, designers, start-ups, and contributors. Many people across the globe with different background attended the event. It was a super hit conference in terms of technology. http://2016.fossasia.org/

Schedule and Venue :: March 18th – 20th 2016 in Singapore

Take Off :: My flight was from Pune on 16th March, 2016 at 5:45PM, which reached to Mumabi in few minutes. The transit time was really hard to kill at Mumabi airport, flight to Singapore was at 1:30 AM. I have reached Singapore in the morning of 17th March. Singapore is like 2:30 hrs ahead of IST. It was indeed a long journey and with night travel, I was feeling sleepy but managed to keep up with the pace of life in Singapore. Being the Smart City, it gives you many option to travel within the city. I bought a 3 days pass from airport itself which includes MRT and bus travel.

Events and Conference :: There was a per-conference meet-up at Red Hat office, Singapore on 17th March, I did not want to miss it. So, I dragged all my luggage to the Red Hat office directly from the airport to attend the meetup. MRT was helpful, but you really have to walk a lot in order to reach your destination🙂 , no wonder I am down by few KGs🙂 . After meeting Red Hatters and other folks presenting at conference, I really needed a shower and some food. So, without delaying much, I headed to my hotel room.

In the evening, again there was a meetup at dinner for the speakers. I went there (by walk) and did some socializing. I met IIT/NIT Indian students who are making some awesome projects under GSOC. Some of them were interested to be part of Red Hat as interns and I have shared information about the internship program at Red Hat with them.

18th March :: Conference venue was really awesome  http://www.science.edu.sg/Pages/SCBHome.aspx . I personally liked it because of the demonstrations and experiments, the place has, in order to depict the beauty of science. My father is a retired Science teacher. So, science has a special place in my heart since childhood. Needless to say that I have experienced the place very well whenever got time.

I reached very early in the morning (9:00 AM) at the conference venue via MRT(took 50 mins). I met some of the organizers, collected my conference speaker badge. By the time, It was 9:30 and I have attended all the presentations in a row in first half which included Grand opening, The story of FOSSASIA 2016, The Internet of Things and Me, Welcome note, Sex, Circuits, and Deep House AND my favorite one “A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To The Science Centre” by Harish Pillay (RedHat) , he beautifully depicted different phases of Internet growth in so many years.

In the afternoon, there is a DevOps track, where most of the Red Hatters were speaking about different Red Hat products. “Technologies developed by Red Hat” , “oVirt Integration With Foreman And Katello – Bringing Your Virtualized Data-Center Into The Next Level”,  Containers etc. I have attended all of them.

There was a evening event “Pub Crawl at Clarke Quay”, since I was really tired and needed some rest, so I skipped this one and went to hotel to have my much needed sleep.

19 March ::  I reached the venue at around 10:00 AM and attended some really awesome talks. I have attended talks in Python track and also, participated in panel discussion on “What’s next? ” Harish Pillay (Internet Society Singapore/ Red Hat). I went to the Red Hat booth as well and saw the demonstration of open stack by one of the cloud solution architect in Red Hat. Red Hat was giving away Raspberry pi for answering correctly after demonstration🙂 I like it.

20 March :: My talk “Openess in Quality: Migrating testing framework from bash to pytest” was scheduled for this day. I was ready with my slides and demos. There was decent crowd to attend my talk. Crowd was interested mostly in the demos, I have shown with the fixtures and markers. Some redhatters seemed interested and agree with my planning tips for the migration. After my talk, I visited the exhibition area, where many interesting demonstration along with Red Hat booth was. I talked to few people and head back to hotel.

Food :: Two things are really famous in Singapore. One is Kaya Toast and another is chicken rice.  So, if you get to visit the city, don’t miss them. I totally loved the kaya toast and had it at different places. The best one is served at Bugis Junction😉

Back to the city Pune :: On 21st March, I had my flight from Singapore to Delhi to Pune. Again, it took a whole night to cover the journey. I reached on 22nd early morning and hardly got some rest, with my sweetheart around (my 3 years old baby, who really missed me). Evenings were super busy again in Red Hat Pune office with some meetings. Life is really busy and awesome🙂

I love being part of Red Hat and I totally loved the conference.Got to learn a lot and met some lovely folks.

Pictures ::

 

 

 

 

 

FUDCon Pune, 2015 – A wonderful journey

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I have attended many international open source conferences till date, but the joy of organizing and conducting one in my own country was different.

For many people, FUDCon 2015 was from 26 to 28 June at MIT Pune, India.
But for us ( http://fudcon.in/conference/about.html ), who created this event and made it a big success , It was a 6 months long, wonderful journey.

After winning the bid, we started putting all our efforts to make FUDCon, Pune a memorable event. I have volunteered myself for fedora magazine posts and did some ::

The Announcement http://fedoramagazine.org/india-calling-namaste-fudcon-apac-2015/

CFP and Registration :: http://fedoramagazine.org/fudcon-apac-2015-now-accepting-talk-proposals-and-registration/

Sponsorship :: http://fedoramagazine.org/fudcon-pune-2015-open-for-sponsorship-requests/

We got an amazing response in form of 140 submissions from all across the globe on various different topics.

Our little steps in this beautiful journey ::

1. Meetings (planning/sponsorship/marketing) : It is true that most of the times meetings sound boring. But these meetings were real fun with good spirit and real good output. We had weekly planning meetings where we discussed and planned our action items around Travel, Venue, Marketing, Accommodation, Outreach , FUD-Pub, Swags, Budget, Website, Transport and what not🙂 . You can still have a look at our MOMs at  http://piratepad.net/FUDConPunePlanning , if you really want to😉

Sponsorship meetings were to decide who will get the travel/accommodation subsidy. We did it on IRC and we gave priority to Fedora contributors.

2. Marketing : No stone left unturned, in order to reach out people. We did a BoF at FOSSASIA. We spread the news via twitter, Facebook and other social media. Banners, posters and standees were used. Pravin Satpute and rest of the team did a nice job to pull out this activity.

3. Web Site and Schedule : Great efforts has been put to improve fudcon.in website. Siddhesh and Praveen spent a lot of time to upgrade website from Drupal COD 6.x to Drupal COD 7.x, and they have done manual work too to achieve this upgrade. Niranjan and PJP created the schedule. Kushal Das made it live at http://fudconin15.shdlr.com/

4. Travel and Accommodation : This was again a big task of booking tickets, hotel rooms etc and I am sure speakers who availed this facilities are the witness of well planned logistics.

5. FUDPub : I was involved in the this activity. We did some prior visits to the FUDPub venue to make sure everything (food, games, music, drinks, bands, bowling etc.) should be nice and I am happy that most of the speakers felt that it was the best FUDPub ever🙂

6. Videographing : Hasgeek had sponsored video for 3 rooms. Jace drove down with all equipments. Niranjan took care of this activity with other volunteers.

7. There were lot many other activities where we went extra miles like Fedora Booth, Swags, Venue/Lunch etc.

All the volunteers and organizers really buckled down to make sure that every bit of FUDCon should be a success story. A big thanks to all of them who pulled their own weight to make this happen.  http://fudcon.in/conference/about.html

Things which were pleasing as punch :
1. People : I got to meet so many people during FUDCon which was the best part. Fedora community is full of great people. I have attended few talks and all were full of knowledge. It was like a knowledge fare, where anyone could come and share.
I have attended Key note, education panel, Drupal, FOSS Project, FreeIPA and few more. One of my favorite was on Katello presented by Sachin Ghai

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PC : Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

2. My Workshop : I also did a workshop on Anaconda with 2 more speakers (Kaushik and Swapneel )and It went well. Students were interested to know more and they came to us even after the workshop to discuss.

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3. Women Participation : Fedora believes in diversity. Good women participation in FUDCon proved it. Be it volunteer or speaker or attendee, women made their strong presence in FUDCon.

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4. Enthusiasm : It was pleasing to see how students, attendees were coming offline to discuss with speakers and asking questions, getting guidance for further contribution in Fedora.
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Indeed, it was an awesome event. But, we just hit the road, there are miles to go and togetherness is the key. There are plenty of milestones to achieve in Fedora community. This community is symbol of strength which comes from its diversified and dignified contributors. Together, we can make it stronger and more welcoming🙂

“””Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.””” by Henry Ford

Thanks to Jared Smith for group photo.
For more pictures (Thanks to Kushal Das) : https://www.flickr.com/photos/kushaldas/sets/72157653370892863/page1

FUDCon Pune Planning meeting minutes: 2015-04-14

We had our regular weekly FUDCon planning meeting today and most of the volunteers were present. We went through all the discussion topics and agendas. As the conference is approaching fast, we spent pretty decent time on travel section and it is high time for people who need sponsorship for travel and/or accommodation, please open a Fedora trac ticket for funding request here.

Main highlights of the meeting was :

1. We have updated our site with volunteers list – http://fudcon.in/conference/about . If you are helping and your name has been missed, then please accept our apologies and let us know so that we can add it here.

2. Talk selection done: Roughly 50 talks, 15 workshops and 1 hackfest selected. So, if you have purposed one, you can expect an email soon.

3. Marketing Planning is in its full swing  – http://piratepad.net/marketing-plan-fudcon

Here are the full logs ::
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Travel updates
  • Start meeting regarding this in #fudcon-planning
  • Accepted several tickets
  • Deferred some; we’ll keep going over the list.
  • All tickets https://fedorahosted.org/fudcon-planning/report/3
  • Prepare an invitation letter for them (for visa).
  • Huzaifa got in touch with Global Mobility and now has the required information to process visa letter requests
  • Ask Ruth about us booking tickets instead of getting speakers/requestors to book tickets and reimburse after the conference – Huzaifa has emailed Ruth.  He will follow up with an action plan
  • For ausil, jrusnack, reicatnor: Huzaifa has emailed Kushal

Budget

  • Make and maintain a publicly visible sheet to track expenses?
  • Need to keep tab on the number of accommodation requests
  • Sent a reminder to Ruth
  • Ruth replied; she’s OK with using RH expense system

Scheduling

  • Talk selection done: Roughly 50 talks, 15 workshops and 1 hackfest selected
  • Slow progress on marking and communicating results

Outreach

  • this is for industry + mailing lists (communities)
  • we need help here with more lists + more volunteers to do the outreach.
  • Reach out to MIT to let them know about the event (mid/late May)
  • Do some sessions in colleges after exams over (exams get over mid-April)
  • Let’s do in:
  • MIT-COE
  • Cummins
  • COEP
  • PCCOE
  • Sinhagad
  • 12 weekends before our event to do these sessions
  • Video series
  • Shreyank spoke with some video editors to get an idea of things to keep in mind; and also give them an idea of what we are looking for.
  • Videos from FPL (Matthew Miller), jsmith, Kushal, Parag, Rahul, Joerg, etc. — extolling the virtues of FUDCon + Pune
  • Kushal and Shreyank to work on this
  • Two videos:
  • One in April
  • One in May
  • Reach out to design/marketing team for editing help.

Marketing

  • no updates this week
  • Fedora magazine
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • LinkedIn group (Reach out to Soni)

FUDCon.next planning

  • We should start a tradition to announce the next fudcon at the current one
  • We should start the bid process beforehand and get a bid selected before the current one starts
  • The FUDCon pages on the Fedora wiki already mention 1 yr of lead time is needed for starting the fudcon planning process.
  • Tuanta taken ownership of driving this at last APAC ambassadors meeting

Website

  • Add names of MIT organizers (PraveenSiddhesh)
  • Done
  • Graphics status update?
  • Clear to open tickets for other graphics elements
  • Also pls update current ticket so that designers know not to keep working on this design anymore
  • new tshirt design needed
  • Going to fudcon
  • 2011 designs

FUDPub

  • Rupali reached out to Venue1
  • Potential Venue 1
  • Space for 100 people
  • Reasonable (approx 1800 per person)
  • RH has relationship; payments are easier
  • Close to cocoon
  • No limitation on sound limits – a nice party can be had.
  • Amit suggsts place where there is bowling option. 
  • Reached out to one place
  • Option 1: $5600 for unlimited games, food and drinks for unlimited people (max 250)
  • Option 2: $4800 for 150 people, limited to 12 lanes and unlimited food, drinks, games.
  • On paud road there is go-carting place, not sure if they have bowling too.
  • Rupali continuing to reach out to others
  • Another venue visit next week

Swag

  • Let’s start thinking about this now; approach vendors.
  • Swag for Volunteers
  • tshirts (200)
  • Swag for Organisers?
  • Swag for Speakers
  • Mugs (200)?
  • siddhesh’s quote: 
  • shreyank’s quote: 
  • Umbrellas (200) (for sweet Pune rains)
  • Swag in general <- Shreyank
  • buttons (3000)
  • tattoo pasties
  • stickers (5000) <- siddhesh
  • pens (3000)
  • caps (300)
  • cloth bags (300)
  • diaries (200)  <- siddhesh
  • bottles (200)
  • pen drives (200)
  • magic mint dispenser (200) <- Amita
  • Fedora badge for attendees?(added to the FAS account)

Venue

  • WiFi
  • Siddhesh, Huzaifa, Rupali had a call with MIT sysadmin
  • MIT COE are keen on doing it; they need input from us.
  • Also talk about the Fedora mirror with them.
  • Power connector extensions
  • MIT are going to set this up.  Follow up
  • Note to speakers (include in prep email): In seminar hall: projectors are 4:3, screen quite small (don’t include small text)
  • Refreshments for speakers lounge / otherwise

MIT meetups

  • What to do?
  • Packaging?
  • Bugzapping
  • Siddhesh to reach out to MCUG (this week, I promise!)

Volunteers

  • College reopens on Jun 15
  • Many students will be on leave till Jun 15
  • We should identify students who will be available in the break – e.g. students from Pune who don’t plan to travel elsewhere; we don’t need too much of their time anyway
  • Rupali to get a list of volunteers from MITCOE.

Mobile Application

  • No updates
  • Siddharth + Rohan had volunteered

Videographing

  • No updates
  • kpoint: Not an option. Rates too high (20k per day just for recording)
  • asked for clarification on rates; they might have subsidised options for us
  • hasgeek
  • They’re  allowing us use of their equipment + train a few volunteers who can do  the recording.   Equipment needs to be brought from BLR to Pune.  Nice  gesture by them; but sounds complicated given the expensive equipment +  need to get volunteers to be trained.
  • Look for cheaper quotes from other professionals (Bipin)
  • Buy our own cameras? (Rupali)
  • Open source solutions for streaming (amit)
  • Last option will be to have a tiny webcam doing live Hangout — advantage is it has auto-archival on youtube.
  • amit: +1 for this option (or using the open source one for streaming)

389 – Starting/Stoping – Service VS. Systemctl

389 – Enterprise Class Open Source Directory Server for Fedora. I am going to write about the options given for stating and stopping the Directory Server using various command line tools. Some given by Operation System and some given by Directory Server ifself. So here are these options ::

1. Using Service Command – Service command is now a days replaced by systemctl. In RHEL7 and newer, systemctl is being used by default and service command also redirects to systemctl on execution. For older RHEL and Fedora, we still make use of service. This is how, it can be used to start/stop/restart/status for Directory Server ::

service dirsrv start
service dirsrv stop
service dirsrv status
service dirsrv restart

Above commands can be used for all the instances installed on machine. For any specific instance, one can use ::

service dirsrv start ID

2. Using Systemctl :: Everything is getting controled by systemd in Linux. Systemctl have functionality of both service and chkconfig into it. And this is how it can be used to control Directory Server daemon ::

systemctl start/stop/restart/status dirsrv.target
– This is for all the instances installed.

systemctl start/stop/restart/status dirsrv@<ID>.service
– This is for perticular instance.

3. Using Directory Server Tools :: We have placed these two tools at 2 places ::
a). /usr/sbin
/usr/sbin/start-dirsrv
/usr/sbin/stop-dirsrv
/usr/sbin/restart-dirsrv

b). /usr/lib64/dirsrv/slapd-ID
start-slapd
stop-slapd
restart-slapd

These scripts are using systemctl internally and quite handy to use as they come with the Directory Server and if you are automating then you must consider using them over service or systemctl as they will unlikly to change in their usage and will be enhanced to use the latest thing in future to keep up for example if systemctl will be replaced by something else in future🙂 .. you never know!

Unfortunatley, We don’t have status-slapd in place, but developers are considering to have it.
Point to be noted here is we are getting rid of /usr/lib64/dirsrv/slapd-ID/{tools}, which include *-slapd.

So conclusion, perferred way is to use /usr/sbin scripts for stoping, starting and restarting Directory Server instances.