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If an event is consistently drawing 1000+ crowds, the safest thing the organizers can do is not fix what is not broken. However, if the event happens to be PyCon India, the best bet going forward is to think through the need for the event and if required, tailor it to really be a celebration of the passion of the contributors and participants in the Python world.

PyCon India 2015 had around 1300+ attendees, a good mix of sponsors and a portfolio of talks that were mostly a let-down. The hardest part now is to figure out how to create a 11 month plan for PyCon India instead of a 4 day event plan. In other words, PyCon India would need to be more PSSI than PyCon India organizers (or, simply put, don't miss the woods for the trees). Over the years the event has always had this tug-of-war along the depth/complexity of the talks on offer and the intended audience. There have been multiple discussions on the list about the need to be mindful of an audience who are beginners. Similarly, there have been conversations around using the event to provide a platform to first time speakers. Both of these are laudable goals and are in tune with the idea that a flagship event should contribute to an increase of knowledge and proficiency. The small downside of the plan is that a build-up to the event is impacted. There is nothing wrong with having 101 talks. The problem is when they come at a cost - possible interesting topics are traded off to include these. I do not have visibility into the selection, curation and arbitration process for talks at PyCon India. But if the final schedule is something to go by, then it is an indictment of sorts - the committee would do well to publicly introspect on the decisions and propose a new path.

The implicit assumption that local chapters would enthusiastically participate in the process is not based on reality. It is incredibly difficult to sustain a momentum of events/activities leading to a big event. There are far too many orphaned meetup.com groups which provide a clear evidence that organic growth appealing to the "community building" aspect do not last. A "community" is really a solid group of passionate contributors who have agreed upon some common goals and objectives. Everything else around this concept is merely infrastructure and enablers. To be able to gain from the meetings of these passionate users, PSSI does have to consider a variety of options beyond the traditional "monthly meetup somewhere". This may just be an anecdote-of-one, but the traffic around Python topics is really low on the local lists while it isn't that looking at upstream community lists. The availability of "Poster Sessions" at the 2015 event is a good first step to encourage those interested to highlight their work; draw in alliances from other upstream communities (eg. OpenStack etc). Also, a fantastic start in providing child care facilities at the event.

It behoves the PSSI to make the search for the Kenneth Gonsalves Award recipient a year long process instead of the uncommonly hasty last minute scramble. This statement is not to demean or, disrespect the recipients, all of whom have done stellar work. But, this is to emphasize a larger participation from everyone possible. It is also the duty of the PSSI to be planful about the messaging and content leading up to the event. In 2015 there have been a number of instances which can (gently) be termed as faux pas.

I was slightly unhappy about the lack of communication around the AGM of PSSI which is usually organized on the last day of the event. Perhaps it was just not widely publicized.

Lastly, while sponsors have every right to decide what to do with the booth space once they have paid up the monies, the organization does need to be cognizant of the fact that the events of 2015 (a particular Gold sponsor doing stall tear down on first day) create an interesting precedence. How it spins out in future iterations of the event would be left to those who attend them. #pyconindia  
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The +Motley Fool on +Red Hat : "I kind of hate to leave on a completely positive note, since it's always healthy to consider the downsides and challenges. Honestly, I can't come up with any nits to pick here. "

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/09/22/how-red-hat-inc-surprised-itself-again.aspx
The open-source software veteran keeps outdoing its own best-guess estimates, to say nothing of Wall Street's projections. Here's how.
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I don't have the hi-res in-the-air pictures yet, but here's me looking cool.

Although apparently +Jim Zemlin was laughing so hard when I did the thumbs-up sign that the camera shake makes that picture a bit blurry. Thanks, Jim.
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Recently I was reading a thread (https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2015-February/023224.html) on "Promoting other distributions and conflict of interest". And while I think https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2015-February/023251.html is the best response on the thread, it does raise a very relevant point.

For any FOSS project the Ambassadors are a public facing crew expected to be present at events large and small; participate in outreach; demonstrate the new and cool bits of the project and live the values of the project. In a manner of speaking the itinerant nature of the group brings them closer together because they would end up sharing stories - road warriors always do. A few years back the folks who were already contributing heavily to a number of aspects of the projects ended up being recognized as Ambassadors. This had the benefit of drawing up their experience, knowledge and love for the project to do outreach activities. And since FOSS contributors often to participate across multiple projects and organizations, it was not terribly puzzling to see someone being a Fedora Ambassador, an Open Hardware person, an Open Mapping participant and a contributor to the Commons of various kinds.

The 'polymath' was and is a powerful presence. Being able to synthesize a complex worldview for an audience to look at through the lens of a particular project is a compelling storytelling ability. The original post from +Kushal Das highlights a situation when it might be a drawback - being unable to pull together a narrative based upon actual contributions and instead falling back on simplistic either/or promotions. Seasoned contributors and experienced Ambassadors understand the power of AND - being able to learn from projects and identify ways to strengthen specific processes. Those who aren't paying attention or, have been distracted then tend to evade direct questions and provide answers which lack clarity.

The Fedora Project has Ambassador mentors and this is a great place to build in the values to live and demonstrate. Without specific examples of "conflict of interest" it is difficult to make a general assessment of what needs to be addressed. However, it is imperative to understand that the Ambassador role is unfriendly to a new participant in the FOSS culture. Unless there is shared learning, collaboration and a personal story of contributions built out, it is a hard act to transfer the "joy of doing" to an audience who are eagerly latching on to each word and movement to learn how they to can be part of this process because they are convinced about the concept of sharing.
[Ambassadors] Promoting other distributions and conflict of interest. Kushal Das kushaldas at gmail.com. Wed Feb 25 04:23:25 UTC 2015. Previous message: [Ambassadors] [Event Report] I Love Fedora Meetup @ Open Labs Albania; Next message: [Ambassadors] Promoting other distributions and conflict ...
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Posted: 2016-02-15T20:24:09+05:30 | Source | More posts about Python retask · Retask is a super simple Task Queue written in Python. It uses Redis in the backend, and works with both Python2, and Python3. The last official release was 0.4 back in 2013. The code base is very stable and we only ...
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Saw this few minutes back. +Jon Disnard is man behind of all the hard work.
 
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Fedora-23-On-TK1-Chromebook While the Tegra X1 is the latest and greatest NVIDIA SoC out there currently, the Tegra K1 is still a beauty and still blows many other ARM boards out of the water. If you happen to have a Tegra K1 Chromebook, it's possible to get Fedora 23 Linux running on there with a bit of hacking.
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No! Kushal can take credit here! really! I don't want credit... and even so.. the technical instruction might not work... lol! 
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I got a request yesterday to remove +Seth Vidal 's ghost bike in 45 days. This is why I signed the letter below. Please feel free to forward and share.

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An Open Letter to the City of Durham

A "ghost bike" is a bicycle that has been painted white, and placed along a roadside in memory of the killing of a cyclist at that place. Two such memorials in Durham were recently removed because one person complained.

Now the clock is ticking on a third ghost bike because that same person has lodged another complaint. We don’t know Mr. Khalil Nasir, but he most assuredly does not speak for us. Neither does he speak for many others who live in or visit Durham. Under the current policy on roadside memorials, however, his voice is the only one that is being heard. Whether you agree with the placement of ghost bikes (and other such memorials) or not, this has to give pause to the community at large. One person has been given the power to be both judge and jury as to the presence of roadside memorials in the City of Durham. These memorials represent the free speech rights of both the loved ones of those killed and the public-at-large to memorialize their loved ones, to grieve as they see fit, and to remind people of the consequences of their actions. The current policy, as written, allows any person to deem a roadside memorial a nuisance and lodge a complaint. The policy doesn’t require that person to be a citizen of Durham, to demonstrate that the memorial impacts their life in any way, or to show that the memorial is, in fact, a nuisance. If a person complains, then the memorial must be removed. This is at best misguided, and at worst a gross infringement of the free speech rights of those impacted.

The City Council seems to have decided that, because it has no idea as to how to fix the policy, this same policy it knows to be broken should stay in place. Having been partners or friends with someone whose untimely death is represented by one of those ghost bikes, we call on the City to do better. Here is our proposal: the complainant should attest under oath that he or she is a Durham resident that lives or works within 1/4 mile of the roadside memorial, and must specifically allege how the memorial poses a nuisance. The City should then, in conjunction with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, make a determination as to whether the memorial is actually a nuisance. For example, does the memorial block road maintenance? Is it in disrepair? If it is not a nuisance, it stays. If it is, then it can be removed. An appeals process should also be established to ensure this policy is fairly applied. Only with such a narrowly tailored policy can freedom of speech rights be preserved.

To do less is unconstitutional.

Eunice Chang, Partner of Seth Vidal
Elizabeth Witzke, Partner of Kent Winberry
Carrie Anne Orlikowski, Friend of Seth Vidal
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In case you've missed it, the +FUDCon India 2015 team has published the first draft of the schedule at http://fudconin15.shdlr.com/grid The event is being held at MIT College of Engineering, Pune from 26th until 28th of June and I highly recommend attending.

The team of editors for the event received a large number of talks focusing around specific areas. This enabled them to consider creation of 'tracks' - a room dedicated to discussions around a particular, if not specialized, domain of interest. On the first day (26th of June) there is a track for 'Software Defined Storage'. On the current version of the schedule this is what is allocated to Room#5. The rooms etc are subject to change so it would be best to keep an eye on the schedule or, speak with the volunteers at the event. At this point the two large communities in this domain are #Gluster  and #Ceph  - and we have developers from both communities stepping up to cover a good spread of topics.

The back-story to the 'Software Defined Storage' track is that the editors participated in multiple rounds of conversations with the presenters to come up with a narrative that is strongly woven and provides a good mix of introductory level pitches (considering that a good percentage of the attendees would be students) along with specific problems in Computer Science and Engineering (aimed at creating an enthusiastic core of students who would be potential contributors).  And this is why it has talks to introduce concepts around #Gluster  and scaled-out-storage; storage management and administration (via #Calamari  ); actual use-case and issues ( #Hadoop  workloads on #Gluster  ). There's also an added element - #Hyperconvergence  - which focuses on #oVirt  and #GlusterFS  

The underlying idea behind the talks and alignment within the schedule is to be able to provide the participants with a high-level concept driven introduction and following it up with conversations with the developers about areas of interest and possible points to start contributions. A wonderful aspect of #FUDCon  is the ease with which developers can engage in myriad discussions with the participants. The speakers at the storage track intend to make best use of the days (and the #FUDPub ) to build paths of participation and improvements.
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Posted: 2015-03-24T12:16:10+05:30 | Source | More posts about Fedora Python Tunir. One of my job requirement is to keep testing the latest Fedora cloud images. We have a list of tests from Fedora QA team. But the biggest problem is that I don't like doing these manually.
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