Linux Plumbers' Conference 2010 T-Shirt Design

My co-worker Ric Wheeler asked if I’d be interested in trying my hand at a design for this year’s Linux Plumbers’ Conference T-shirt. I wasn’t quite sure where to start so I asked around for ideas on identi.ca and it started a great discussion with the ideas I ended up using. One of the ideas was a fun play on certain overweight Italian plumbers: As you can see from my awesome notations, this is kind of not something we can do. Hmm. Jezra had the idea to form the letters “LINUX” using pipes – so I tried that with a much more subtle Tux popping out of the ‘I’ pipe. What do you think? Sources, etc. are available. I don’t know if this will be the shirt so stay tuned. I do think this is a nice story on how open discussion in the community can result in some great ideas, either way!

FUDcon Day 3: Awesome Art Stuff Barcamp Session

So as Nicu mentioned, there was an “Awesome Art Stuff” talk at the FUDcon Zurich barcamp today. We kind of left it open-ended, but since Milan from the Spacewalk team needed a hackergotchi and I had just taken some photos of him for it this morning, I offered a run through of making a hackergotchi in the Gimp as a demo we could do, and asked the audience if they had anything they’d be interested in. I believe it was Zoltan who asked, if I take a photo and it doesn’t come out quite right, how can it be adjusted? Luckily I am actually not a great photographer, and Milan’s portrait came out pretty dark (see above.) So we went over brightening up and white balancing the photograph, then we started the work of making it into a hackergotchi. Here is the hackergotchi we came up with, although it is not compliant with Nicu’s dropshadows so I’ll have to fix that: Next I demoed a couple of lesser-known FLOSS graphics tools – Alchemy and MyPaint – and showed a workflow using Alchemy for idea generation then importing it into MyPaint and sketching over it. We came up with this evil …

More FUDcon Day 2: FUDpub

Before we left, Jesse tried some Yerba soda which is apparently the preferred choice of German hackers: Then we noticed an odd item in the vending machine on the train platform on the way to FUDpub. Adam is very hopeful: Finally after getting a bit lost, we made it to FUDpub: Finally I was able to meet some of my coworkers from Red Hat Brno from the Satellite & Spacewalk team, Miroslav and Mirek: The vegetarian dish was delicious roasted vegetables including peppers, eggplant, and potatoes. I also enjoyed the beer; it was a light wheat beer: Thomas Woerner noticed a little tiny kitten in the hallway by the bathrooms, and it ended up running into the women’s room! Some of the restaurant staff rescued it (so cute! Cute kitty, now we just need a pony and FUDcon is complete!): We had some discussions about software freedom on the way back to the hotel and in the hotel lobby, mostly Spot and Dave Crossland with others chiming in 🙂 FUDcon Day 3 blog post coming soon.

More FUDcon Day 1 & FUDcon Day 2

FUDcon Day 1: My Gimp & Inkscape Presentation So I gave my Gimp & Inkscape tutorial session in the afternoon. For the hour that I had I went over by 30 minutes or so, but my very patient audience stuck around (thank you!) 🙂 I had a lot of problems with OpenOffice.org, because whenever I attempted to minimize it to give a demo, it would crash. Everytime I tried to restart it, it would take a long time recovering the slideshow, and then I would have to fix the setting for the display to output to the correct screen all over again, and then find my place. My presentation required a lot of back-and-forth. Yes my audience had quite a bit of patience. 🙂 We went over: Bitmap vs. Vector graphics and which to use for what task Gimp: Masking photos, and ‘painting’ with a photo as filler Gimp:Layer Blending mode effects Inkscape: Importing bitmaps & using the text tool to create lolcats Inkscape: Important shortcuts Inkscape: Advanced text handling Inkscape: Shapes, Paths, and Nodes basics Here’s the files: Inkscape & Gimp Tutorial (ODP format, 22 MB) Inkscape & Gimp Tutorial (PDF format, 5.4 MB) FUDcon Day 1 Evening A …

More FUDcon Day 1 & FUDcon Day 2

FUDcon Day 1: My Gimp & Inkscape Presentation So I gave my Gimp & Inkscape tutorial session in the afternoon. For the hour that I had I went over by 30 minutes or so, but my very patient audience stuck around (thank you!) 🙂 I had a lot of problems with OpenOffice.org, because whenever I attempted to minimize it to give a demo, it would crash. Everytime I tried to restart it, it would take a long time recovering the slideshow, and then I would have to fix the setting for the display to output to the correct screen all over again, and then find my place. My presentation required a lot of back-and-forth. Yes my audience had quite a bit of patience. 🙂 We went over: Bitmap vs. Vector graphics and which to use for what task Gimp: Masking photos, and ‘painting’ with a photo as filler Gimp:Layer Blending mode effects Inkscape: Importing bitmaps & using the text tool to create lolcats Inkscape: Important shortcuts Inkscape: Advanced text handling Inkscape: Shapes, Paths, and Nodes basics Here’s the files: Inkscape & Gimp Tutorial (ODP format, 22 MB) Inkscape & Gimp Tutorial (PDF format, 5.4 MB) FUDcon Day 1 Evening A …

FUDcon Day 1: Spot’s Workshop and Lunch

Spot’s Workshop Spot’s workshop on how to make RPM packages had a full-house audience. I was able to create my first-ever working spec file from scratch, hehe. (Usually I only rebuild from SRPMs or make franken-spec files by tainting specs from other packages.) So now I understand a whole lot more what all the different sections and default lines mean. FROSCamp Exhibition Hall Lunch Reminder: My album for photos I’m taking today at FUDcon Zurich is open now; check it throughout the day for updates. 🙂

Fedora Board Meetings, 10 Sept 2010 & 13 Sept 2010

It’s another two-meeting Fedora Board meeting update. We have been holding some extra meetings in order to kick behind and take numbers the Board ticket backlog. Here we go: Fedora Board Meeting 10 September 2010 Full meeting minute IRC log: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-board-meeting/2010-09-10/fedora_board.2010-09-10-18.10.log.html Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-September/009198.html This board meeting was an IRC meeting that took place last Friday in #fedora-board-meeting on IRC. Topics Covered Here is an outline of the topics covered – it was a fully Q&A style meeting: Question 1: KDE 4.5 in Fedora 14 Camberwell asked: Sorry if this isn’t the place to ak, but will f13 see the new kde 4.5? The overall conclusion to this is that it is a question more appropriate for the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) and the Fedora KDE SIG. Jared also brought up that the last Board issued a stable release updates vision statement that FESCo is currently working towards. Question 2: Board appointments Policy inode0 asked: A few weeks back spot proposed something regarding appointments/board approval – anything more come of that? Jared responded, “First of all, I want to make sure that the Board is working well, and that I have a good working relationship with each …

Fedora Board Meetings, 10 Sept 2010 & 13 Sept 2010

It’s another two-meeting Fedora Board meeting update. We have been holding some extra meetings in order to kick behind and take numbers the Board ticket backlog. Here we go: Fedora Board Meeting 10 September 2010 Full meeting minute IRC log: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-board-meeting/2010-09-10/fedora_board.2010-09-10-18.10.log.html Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-September/009198.html This board meeting was an IRC meeting that took place last Friday in #fedora-board-meeting on IRC. Topics Covered Here is an outline of the topics covered – it was a fully Q&A style meeting: Question 1: KDE 4.5 in Fedora 14 Camberwell asked: Sorry if this isn’t the place to ak, but will f13 see the new kde 4.5? The overall conclusion to this is that it is a question more appropriate for the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) and the Fedora KDE SIG. Jared also brought up that the last Board issued a stable release updates vision statement that FESCo is currently working towards. Question 2: Board appointments Policy inode0 asked: A few weeks back spot proposed something regarding appointments/board approval – anything more come of that? Jared responded, “First of all, I want to make sure that the Board is working well, and that I have a good working relationship with each …

FUDcon Zurich Day 0

Spot and I took a red eye Wednesday night from Boston via JFK to Zurich; we arrived in Zurich at right around noon on Thursday. I tried to send txt messages to folk; my UK pay-go Vodafone gets a signal from Swisscom but I can’t make or receive calls and text messages. 🙁 (Any UK pay-go folks have hints?) We ate lunch at a place Sandro Mathys recommended called Adler’s Swiss Chuchi, where we enjoyed delicious Swiss fondue! By chance we met up with Bert Desmet and his housing host Melanie and enjoyed some chat and drinks with them. Then we headed over to ETH Zurich, the site for both FUDcon Zurich and FrOSCamp 2010 Zurich. Jesse, Jared, and Adam helped set up the conference, and then we headed back to the hotel before Spot fell asleep. 🙂 Zurich is a very beautiful city, I’m looking forward to seeing more of it over the next few days!