Bíonn gach tosach lag*

Tá mé ag foghlaim Gaeilge; tá uaim scríobh postálacha blag as Gaeilge, ach níl mé oilte ar labhairt nó scríbh as Gaeilge go fóill. Tiocfaidh sé le tuilleadh cleachtaidh.** Catching up I have definitely fallen off the blog wagon; as you may or may not know the past year has been quite difficult for me personally, far beyond being an American living in Biff Tannen’s timeline these days. Blogging definitely was pushed to the bottom of the formidable stack I must balance but in hindsight I think the practice of writing is beneficial matter what it’s about so I will carve regular time out to do it. Tá mé ag foghlaim Gaeilge This post title and opening is in Irish; I am learning Irish and trying to immerse myself as much as one can outside of a Gaeltacht. There’s quite a few reasons for this: The most acute trigger is that I have been doing some genealogy and encountered family records written in Irish. I couldn’t recall enough of the class I’d taken while in college and got pulled in wanting to brush up. Language learning is really fun, and Irish is of course part of my heritage and I …

Propose a talk for Flock!

Flock 2017’s CFP is open! We need your Flock session proposals! This year’s Flock is more action-oriented compared to previous Flocks. The majority of session slots are hackfests and workshops; only one day (Tuesday the 29th) is devoted to traditional talks. The registration system allows you to submit 4 different types of proposals: Talk (30 min) – A traditional talk, 30-minute time slot. Talk (60 min) – A traditional talk, 60-minute time slot. Do-Session (120 min) – A 2-hour long hackfest or workshop. Do-Session (120 min) – A 3-hour long hackfest or workshop. There is no session proposal limit. Feel free to submit as many proposals as you have ideas for. Our CFP ends June 15 so you have one week to get those awesome proposals in! Submit your Flock session proposal now! How to create a strong proposal How can you ensure your proposal is sufficiently strong enough for acceptance into Flock? Here are some tips and guidelines: Align your proposal to Fedora’s new mission statement. Fedora’s mission statement was updated almost two months ago. The revised and final mission statement is: Fedora creates an innovative platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members …

Flock Cod Registration Form Design

We’re prepping the regcfp site for Flock to open up registrations and CFP for Flock. As a number of changes are underfoot for this year’s Flock compared to previous Flocks, we’ve needed to change up the registration form accordingly. (For those interested, the discussion has been taking place on the flock-planning list). This is a second draft of those screens after the first round of feedback. The first screen is going to spoil the surprises herein, hopefully. First screen – change announcements, basic details On the first screen, we announce a few changes that will be taking place at this year’s Flock. The most notable one is that we’ll now have partial Flock funding available, in an attempt to fund as many Fedora volunteers as possible to enable them to come to Flock. Another change is the addition of a nominal (~$25 USD) registration fee. We had an unusually high number of no-shows at the last Flock, which cost us funding that could have been used to bring more people to Flock. This registration fee is meant to discourage no-shows and enable more folks to come. Second screen – social details, personal requirements This is the screen where you can …

Refugee Hope Box

I’m not sure that I’ve ever posted anything non-Fedora / Linux / tech in this blog since I started it over 10 years ago. My daughter’s school is running a refugee hope box drive. The boxes are packed full of toiletries and other supplies for refugee children. We will drop our box off at school and it will get shipped to the Operation Refugee Child program, where its contents will be packed into a backpack and delivered to a child in the refugee camps. We decided to pack a box for a teenage girl. It includes everything from personal toiletries, to non-perishable snacks, to some fun things like gel pens, markers, a journal, and Lip Smackers. We explained to our daughter that there are kids like her who got kicked out of their home by bad guys (“Like the Joker?” she asked. Yep, bad guys like him.) There’s one girl we are going to try to help – since she is far away from home and has almost nothing, we are going to help by sending some supplies for her. My daughter loved the idea and was really into it. We spent most of our Saturday this past weekend getting …

Sources for Openly-Licensed Content

This morning I got an email from my colleague Tyler Golden who was seeking advice on good places to get openly-licensed content so I put together a list. It seems the list would be generally useful (especially for my new design interns, who will be blogging on Planet Fedora soon 🙂 ) so here you are, a blog post. 🙂 There’s a lot more content types I could go through but I’m going to stick to icons/graphics and photography for now. If you know of any other good sources in these categories (or desperately need another category of content covered,) please let me know and I’ll update this list. Also of note – please note any licenses for materials you’re evaluating for use, and if they require attribution please give it! It doesn’t have to be a major deal. (I covered this quite a bit in a workshop I’ve given a few times on Gimp & Inkscape so you might want to check out that preso if you need more info on that.) Icons / Graphics The Noun Project Ryan Lerch clued me in to this one. All of the graphics are Creative Commons (yo uhave to provide attribution) or …

A logo design process

Designing a logo can be intimidating and the process full of alternating between hope and despair. I recently designed a logo for the team of a friend I work with, and for whatever reason (perhaps mindfulness practice) I decided to try to track the process visually and note my general thinking in choosing a forward direction. This was just one piece (albeit a major one) of a longer process. This part was just me by myself coming up with an initial proposal for discussion. I think brainstorming as a team effort produces the best results – here I took some initial direction from the team in terms of what they wanted, the look they were going for, the symbols they wanted embedded in the logo. The initial concept in the first frame reflects that opening conversation – they wanted the logo to relate to carbon, they wanted something clean (the Ansible logo was brought up as an example of a style they liked), and they wanted it to somehow depict interoperability. The process below shows how I came up with an initial proposal from that starting point, and then we worked together back and forth to come up with the …

Fedora Design Team Update

I’ve been posting these to the design-team mailing list lately but thought it might be good to blog, too. Meeting Summary We had a meeting today. In attendance were myself, ryanlerch, gnokii, mleonova, riecatnor, sam08, mbriza, garrett, and tatica. Meetbot links: Summary: https://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-design/2015-10-22/fedora-design.2015-10-22-12.00.html Log: https://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-design/2015-10-22/fedora-design.2015-10-22-12.00.log.html Here’s a quick run-through of what we discussed: Presentation to Council Our presentation to the Fedora council is going to be at 5 PM UTC / 12 pm EST (post DST) in #fedora-meeting on Monday, November 2. It will be an IRC meeting and anyone is welcome to come. The topics I’ll present to the council are covered pretty well in this summary from last meeting: https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2015-October/007369.html The main change in the message I think is that swag distribution / production varies by geo. For the FAD we would like to bring up to them, it is looking like July 2016 in Boston would be a good time/location. It is close to Flock the next month in EMEA, but EMEA in particular is expensive for our current team makeup. New Meeting Time Our new meeting time is going to shift next meeting due to daylight savings time. Today the meeting was 1200 UTC / 8 …

Fedora Design Team Update

Fedora Design Team Meeting 5 May 2015 This is a very, very quick summary post: Meetbot Minutes Raw log Highlights We had three tickets that opened up today – ticket 371 for a sticker design that mleonova picked up, ticket 369 for the flock 2015 t-shirt which riecatnor picked up, and 210 for an updated map graphics which bronwynmowens grabbed. We had some nice “Going to FUDcon” artwork designed by jurankdankkal and gnokki in ticket 359 – good work!! Bronwyn finished her the artwork for her first ticket, ticket 347 which is a series of banners to advertise Fedora on stackexchange. We gave threebean some advice on fedmenu (ticket 374) and I think we came up with some interesting ideas. I am going to copy/pasta the discussion into ticket 374 and we may end up having another discussion about it. kirkB has been making progress on ticket 364 (to update the Design team wiki page) and posted his draft asking for comments / feedback. If you are a design team member please take a look and let him know what you think in the ticket! 🙂 See you next time? Our meetings are every 2 weeks; we send reminders to …

Fedora Design Team Update

One of the things the Fedora Design Team decided to do following the Design Team Fedora Activity Day(s) we had back in January was to meet more regularly. We’ve started fortnightly meetings; we just had our second one. During the FAD, we figured out a basic process for handling incoming design team tickets and Chris Roberts and Paul Frields wrote the SQL we needed to generate ticket reports for us to be able to triage and monitor our tickets more efficiently. From our whiteboard: Anyhow, with those ticket reports in place and some new policies (if a ticket is older than 4 weeks with no response from the reporter, we’ll close it; if a ticket hasn’t had any updates in 2 weeks and the designer who took the ticket is unresponsive, we open it up for others) we went through a massive ticket cleanout during the FAD. We’ve been maintaining that cleanliness at our fortnightly meetings: we have only 16 open tickets now! Were you to join one of our meetings, you’ll note we spend a lot of time triaging tickets together and getting updates on ticket progress; we also have an open floor for announcements and for designers to …

Fedora Design Team FAD this weekend!

Starting this Friday through the weekend, we’re having the very first Fedora Design Team FAD here at Red Hat’s Boston-area office. A number of design team members are going to come together for two and a half days and plan the basic roadmap for the design team over the next year or two, as well as more hands-on tasks that could involve cleaning out our ticket queue and maybe even working on wallpaper ideas for Fedora 22. 🙂 Join Us Virtually! We want to allow remote participants (yes, even you 🙂 ) to join us, so we will have an OpenTokRTC video stream as well as a Google On Air Hangout for each day of the event. We will also be in #fedora-design on irc.freenode.net, and we’ll have a shared notepad on piratepad. Video Stream Links OpenTokRTC OpenTokRTC is an open source project for webrtc video conferencing; opentokrtc.com is the demo site set up by TokBox, the project’s sponsor. If you have issues with this feed, please jump to the appropriate Google Hangout. OpenTokRTC Room Google Hangouts Google Hangouts are unfortunately not open source, but we have set these up as “On Air” hangouts so you do not need to …