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.

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.


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 😉


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.


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



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.






Synonym of Fedora QA – Adam Williamson


A very famous name in Fedora QA “Adam Williamson“, we all know him
more as “Community Monkey”.
I was already quite impressed the amount of work he has been putting in Fedora QA since quite a long time and I am sure it is not just me. I got a golden opportunity to meet him in person at flock and it was really nice to know about him more as a person.

My first meeting with him was a big surprise for me. I was about to start my talk on Fedora QA and with in five minutes after I started giving talk, just a another boy with shorts came running with a big smile on his face in to my talk room and I actually stopped my talk to mention that people are so happy to get registered in the flock. But,he was smiling all the time as I was giving my talk (may be because, there were lot many things I included in my slides created/managed/initiated by Adam). I was quite confused what making this guy so happy. At the end of my talk he was helping me out in giving answers quite confidently. I was wondering who is this guy, then I read his name on his flock badge – I was almost dead with shock because it was none other than “Adam Williamson”

There are lot many contributors in Fedora QA who definitely want to know more about him as a person, So I used this opportunity to interview him. I did not had a set of questions ready for him for this interview because I don’t want it to be boring one but more natural and interesting one. So I am going to put the conversation I had with him
during this interview.

Ami :: your geographical location?
Adam :: Vancouver, BC (Canada).

Ami :: What is the secret behind this name “community monkey”, any story?
Adam :: Nothing in particular – I just didn’t like the term ‘community manager’ as it seems to imply a particular relationship which I don’t think is quite right for a project like Fedora. I can’t recall quite where the monkey thing originated, it’s lost in the mists of time, but it was back when I was working at Mandriva. The cartoon monkey icon I use often was very kindly drawn for me by a Mandriva community member.

Ami :: What do you like and dislike most about yourself?
Adam :: I’m not the most introspective of people, but I guess I like being relaxed and positive and I dislike when I get angry and/or sarcastic, or let people down.

Ami :: I want to know about the kind of upbringing you had which made this “community monkey” so efficient. So, tell me something about your childhood?
Adam ::  I was a normal kid, who used to love playing video games on computer. But eventually I noticed that it is more cool to play games on open source operation systems. I used to read PCW magazine. I got a open source OS CD with this magazine and I felt it was better. It offers you lot more interesting things in games and I used to experiment with things to make them work my way.

Ami :: It sounds more like a super kid than a normal one you must have technical studies background?
Adam :: No, It is academic. But I was part of Linux group in my university. I used to write about Linux.

Ami :: With academic background, how you made it to open source, computing, testing so successfully.
Adam :: Well, it is more about interest. I found open source, testing much more interesting than doing PHD and being a teaching.

Ami :: What was your first job and when you started doing Fedora QA.
Adam :: I did a lot of different jobs here and there. I worked in supermarket then in UK government agency, also worked for Shaw Cable – a cable TV / internet company in Canada for some time. But nothing interesting / technical, just phone stuff and data entry. My technical carrier started with Mandriva initially but then eventually I moved out. Later, I used to help people via community forum, answering their technical issues. I actually had to make money by posting ads on my blog.
It was 5 years back, when I started with Fedora QA. James Laska was my first mentor and manager who was quite helpful.

Ami :: What kind of work did you start with for QA and what all things you do now.
Adam :: It started with managing fedora QA wiki pages with Roshi, which made me learn a lot many things in QA. I used to read every document on wiki to update them. It helped me a lot and I do it even now when I found something is not right.
Now, I do almost all kind of things in Fedora QA : Test days co-ordinator,Testing various releases on different archs, Bugs, meetings, play with different testing tools, helping people.. so all the interesting stuff in QA.

Ami:: What is your inspiration which keeps your zeal so high day and night?
Adam :: Having interesting and useful work to do is really all I need!

Ami :: How do you manage to be online up and running 24*7?
Adam:: Bots! Well, I’m kidding, but using an IRC proxy certainly contributes to the impression: I use Bip – https://bip.milkypond.org/ . Other than that, it’s mostly just that I check my email and IRC pings regularly when I’m awake, as I work from home (but try not to take too much time for work in the evenings).

Ami :: Most memorable or challenging and interesting issue/bug which you want to share with us?
Adam :: There have been a lot and I’m probably forgetting many, but I enjoy ones
I have to trace out a long way and learn new stuff from. One example is https://github.com/openid/php-openid/issues/108 , where I figured out why OpenID wasn’t working on my WordPress install any more; probably trivial for an experienced PHP developer, but I learned a lot in following the trail. Another example is a bug I found in OwnCloud 7.0 which prevented the types for contact information (“Home”, “Work” etc) being displayed correctly in the web UI, https://github.com/owncloud/contacts/issues/536 – it turned out to be as simple as a check being “is this thing false?” when it should have been “is this thing true?”, but the tricky part is working all the way through the code to find that point, when your starting knowledge is
simply what you see on the screen.

Ami :: what were the significant hurdles during these 5 years long journey as community monkey and how did you beat them?
Adam :: I guess I don’t see things in that context – the way I see things is just that there is always more work to do, always some way to make Fedora better, and every day I do as many of those as I can without becoming a shut-in or going insane! So I don’t really tend to see hurdles in the way of some finishing line I could reach, I just wake up every day and think about what I could do to make things a little better
than they were the day before.

Ami :: What is your favorite pass time or hobby,  Other than Fedora QA  ?
Adam :: I have quite a few – my regular routine involves swimming all year round, which I like for the exercise and the different way you think when you’re constantly moving in a very repetitive environment, playing tennis and golf in summer, and snowboarding in winter. I like to read, watch bad American and Japanese TV, and eat out at all kinds of different places.

Ami :: If you were not a QA, what do you think what you should be doing?
Adam :: Anything useful that someone would let me do! Ideally in F/OSS. But it’s
something I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, I tend to take the world one day at a time.

Ami :: What are your future plans, some more interesting stuff in Fedora  QA or it will be some other area?
Adam:: Nothing specific – as long as my job is interesting I’m happy to keep doing it as long as anyone will let me do it.

Ami :: Would you like to mention any name behind your glorified journey as community monkey?
Adam :: Ha! The Mandriva community was always incredibly kind and generous to me, and so has the Fedora community been; I’d hate to mention individual names as I feel I’d always leave someone out unintentionally. But I have to give a special mention to James Laska, former Red Hat Fedora QA team manager, whose friendliness, consideration, technical capabilities and attention to detail I’ve always tried (very poorly) to imitate.

Ami :: Best thing about Fedora community? What makes it outstanding?
Adam :: I like most positive-minded, productive F/OSS communities. I think the
best quality of Fedora specifically is its commitment to long-term thinking, which is evident in various ways but mainly in its commitment to approaching development from the perspective of ‘how do we fix this forever, for everyone?’ – not just ‘how do we fix it right now, for us?’

Ami:: What do you suggest for a new contributor in QA, what should be the starting point?
Adam :: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Join is meant to be the starting point for new contributors – it should walk you through getting involved with QA. You can always ask on the mailing list or IRC channel if you have questions about the steps on that page.

Ami :: Any message for other contributors, beginners ?
Adam :: Contributing to Fedora (or any F/OSS project) is fun, rewarding, and probably easier than you think. There’s always something you can do, and with most things, there’s no penalty for getting it wrong – and you’ll probably learn something when you do. So don’t be afraid, and give it a try.