Beefy has a beef.

I have seen a vision of the future, and this is what I saw: Why would Beefy be targeting the panda with a laser gun? Why is the panda glowing green? How did this situation come about? What happens next? Your mission! It’s a contest. 🙂 Come up with the best story to go with this picture, and: You’ll get to name the panda. Your story will be illustrated and used in a Fedora webapp’s error message pages (more on that tomorrow at FUDcon. 🙂 ) You will receive a LIMITED EDITION, ONE-OF-A-KIND, direct-to-garment printed Beefy Miracle and radioactive panda T-shirt, using the design of your choice from your story (or the design above.) Want to give it a shot? Submit your ideas in the comments below!

FUDcon Tempe Day 2

Clint’s Fedora through-and-through, from head to toe! Spot pitches his ideas for a Fedora RPG. J5 explains his vision for Fedora Community A large crew of us had lunch at a nearby Greek place. The lightning talks were given in front of a standing-room only packed room. Smooge pulls out his wallet. Back at the hotel, Mel continues her hackfest coverage with interviews. Ryan cooks up some beefy wonder. Game night was very popular More games! Settlers of Catan Mike & Ricky I learned a lot of good photography tips from Tatica! Fedora infrastructure folks hack on stuff 🙂

FUDcon Tempe Day 1

Max and the Iowa State mascot. (Paying penance!) So many people…. this picture doesn’t even cover it. So many people at this FUDcon! PULP! Barcamp talk proposals during the kickoff session. Diana’s anthropology report on Fedora. Sebastian and Mel during the Education session. Chris’ talk on cloud management. Dennis and Greg smile for the camera! Justin, Peter, Kyle, and Dave at the hotel lobby Will during the meet the Anaconda team talk.

Fedora FUDcon Tempe: Meet the Anaconda Team

Here’s my notes from the ‘Meet the Anaconda Team’ session at FUDcon Tempe today. Note that these are notes and not really polished (I apologize, I figured it’s better to post this sooner than wait for perfection lol.) David Cantrell and Chris Lumens started the session by going around the room and introducing everyone on the team. They talked a bit about their storage testing framework (Chris did a separate session on this), and how Anaconda is pretty hard to get started with as a contributor, but the testing framework is an easy way to get involved – submit test. This can be even more helpful than submitting code patches and the test system is easy to contribute to. I didn’t catch how exactly / where to submit tests though; I didn’t catch Chris’ session on that. David also pointed out the Anaconda features page on the wiki: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Features This page is how the team organizes their work. They are open to entertaining ideas for additional features to work on. You can see the UX redesign on the list – this is something I’ve been working on with Luya. 🙂 After pointing that out, various members of the team talked …

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. 🙂