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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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FUDCON CFP is open. Tried to put in some tips for writing proposals. http://kushaldas.in/posts/fudcon-pune-2015-cfp-is-open.html
Posted: 2015-02-25T22:15:28+05:30 | Source | More posts about Fedora FUDCON Python · FUDCON, the Fedora Users and Developers Conference is going to happen next in Pune, in India, from 26th June to 28th June in the Maharashtra Institute of Technology College of Engineering (MIT COE).
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Awesome! PulseAudio 6.0 has been released!
PulseAudio 6.0 Release Notes. Changes at a Glance. BlueZ 5 native HSP (headset) support; BlueZ 5 HFP (hands-free) profile support via oFono; systemd socket activation support; Better support for multichannel and 2.1 profiles; Remap optimisations; Many minor improvements, bug fixes, ...
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PyCon development sprints and why should you attend it? http://kushaldas.in/posts/pycon-development-sprints-and-why-should-you-attend-it.html
Posted: 2015-01-10T00:32:20+05:30 | Source | More posts about Blog PyCon Python. What are development sprints? At PyCon, after the main conference, the next four days many developers and contributors sit together in different rooms. They work on their projects, they submit patches to other ...
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Fedora 21 Release Party - Kolkata, India. When and Where. Time: 2015-02-01 15:00; Place: Dumdum (details will be published before the event). Organizers / Team. Kushal Das. Program. Fedora 21 features; How to start contributing to Fedora? Python applications in Fedora Infrastructure ...
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Here's a new interview with yours truly in +Linux Voice. The online version is only the first part of it, the full interview is in the print magazine.

Go, and buy it, it's good, and the Linux Voice guys are certainly the good guys, and truly believe in Free Software, so please support them!
Few pieces of software in history have been so fiercely debated as Systemd. Initially a replacement for Sysvinit, the boot scripts that start up a Linux installation, Systemd has grown into a hugely powerful – and sometimes complex – replacement for the “bag of bits” that make up the Linux base ...
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Been thinking of subscribing to LV. Their podcast is so-so (not as entertaining as +Bad Voltage​), but they seem like decent folks. Maybe this interview can sway my decision 😃
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Changing someone else's code: how it looks vs. how it feels
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Here's a small, but powerful new tool I added to +systemd today: "systemd-import" can pull and update container images from the Internet, in the format and via the APIs of today's best known Linux container solution. This lightweight tool downloads the images, converts them into btrfs subvolumes/snapshots and makes them available as simple directory trees in /var/lib/container/, like any other container tree, which you then can boot with "systemd-nspawn".

This how you use it:

# systemd-import pull-dkr mattdm/fedora
# systemd-nspawn -M fedora

This first downloads "mattdm/fedora", and installs it into /var/lib/container/fedora, and then boots it directly via systemd-nspawn, like any other container tree.

All this with only a bit of C code, as part of the systemd suite. No new dependencies. No Go, no Python, no other runtime.

Next: add support for non-btrfs systems for this (by transparently creating a dynamically sized loopback file somewhere in /var, with btrfs inside, which can be used for this, so that only the redundant container images can reside in it, but your private user data and the rest of the OS don't have to be entrusted to btrfs).

Enjoy!
This adds a simply but powerful tool for downloading container images from the most popular container solution used today. Use it like this: # systemd-import pull-dck mattdm/fedora # systemd-nspawn -M fedora This will donwload the layers for "mattdm/fedora", and make them available locally as ...
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