Fedora at FOSDEM 2018

This is my experience at FOSDEM 2018. To start with, since 2013, many of my seniors who went to FOSDEM, described that to me as one of the biggest open source developer event on the planet. They often told me their experience with the event and the learning they got from it. This was my opportunity to put those feedbacks to test.

I traveled from Bangalore,India on 2018-02-01. My outbound was from BLR-AUH-BRU , it was fairly smooth. Just after completion of immigration checks, me followed exactly what was told by @skamath (Sachin Kamath). Connected to a wifi, walked to the train stop and boarded a got down at Brussels midi. Hotel Chambord was booked for all the Fedora volunteers (thanks to @zachmitzelos and @bex).
I checked in without a hitch and went out for a walk in the snow, and then met Alvero from Spain over couple of drinks and then later in evening met all the volunteers and walked to beer event!
Day1: It was a fairly cold (3degrees) , Zach booked an Uber X , we all hopped in wit…

Mozilla Bangalore Community Mentroship program

This post is to articulate a program that we recently started to rejuvinate the Mozilla Bangalore community. The prime focus of the event was to create a framework and engage college students with a direct mentorship for 3 weeks with the mentors.

To rehash a bit of past , we had Mozilla India Community Meetup ,post which we created a framework which will cater to contributors to match up with mentors and continue to grow.

With time, we faced hickups andkept losing momentum. Finally, this revamp is made, this meetup marked the begining.

Revisting Flock 2017

This report is retrospection of Flock 2017. This a long textual (zero-pictorial) post , so pardon me.

What is Flock?

Flock is an Annual conference Fedora community gathers. Flock 2017 was a more action-oriented event than previous years. This affects the types of session proposals that were accepted. The scheduled slots favor collaborative team working sessions and workshops over team status reports.

Flock happened in Hyannis,MA this time. It was  a pleasant weather.
Noteworthy to say that the event was well thought & planned. The participants had enough time for visa and other important stuff.

Kudos to the team behind for putting in immense amount of effort ranging from
registration to funding and from websites to executing it in such a great way! :)

Why was I there?

I proposed an session with my team (Fedora QA) on Kernel and Regression Testing. Most of us test the kernel on our lenovo but we hardly get the chance to test the new kernel on various off the shelf hardw…

Fedora QA Session @ RHT Bangalore

Hey this post is going to talk about the retrospective of Fedora QA onboarding session at Red Hat Bangalore. 15 students from India participated in this event. The idea was to help them get started with contribution. It was good to see people working their way up the ladder. The students began by creating accounts and then setting up their testing environment. Introducing themselves in the mailing list , going ahead and doing Release validation and Update Testing.

The details can be found here -->

The agenda covered :
1. What is Fedora QA?-->
2. Fedora's Release Cycle-->
3. Setting up your Fedora for testing-->

3.1 Getting FAS accounts,pagure,bugzilla,qa-group sponsorship,adding ssh keys(etc).
3.2 Setting up VM for Release validation with current compose.
4. Getting the nightlies and RC-->…

Fedora QA Onboarding Call 2017-08-07 at 1330UTC

The votes are in!

The next Fedora QA Onboarding Call is on 2017-08-07 at 1330UTC -1430 UTC over blue jeans, while Fedora 27 is having couple of major changes underway , this is good time to get started. In this call we will be talking about how you as a contributor can get started with Fedora QA. The agenda can be found on this etherpad .

Hope to see you all!

Fedora 26 Release Party Bangalore

It's always good to celebrate releases. In Fedora, we celebrate the release by holding a release party wherein the fedora users and contributors comes forward and learn about new features in Fedora and how they can contribute to the upstream project.

People from different colleges from Bangalore joined us on 2017-07-22 at Red Hat Bangalore Office to celebrate. As many of the students were new to Open Source , Saurabh Badhwar took the first session briefing about FOSS and Fedora. He shared his story as how he started using Fedora and later started contributing to the same.

Followed by Saurabh's talk , I[sumantrom] went up and started to speak about the new features in Fedora 26 and some upcoming things which are coming in Fedora 27. The major changes which were covered other than version bumps of DNF , Gnome and languages were Modularity.

It was time to celebrate for all the new features we worked on and we will be using for years to come. It sure was the perfect time , to cut…

Fedora 26 Server - MBS setting up and Building modules

First off, let me be very clear up-front: normally, I write my blog articles to be approachable by readers of varying levels of technical background (or none at all). This will not be one of those. This will be a deep dive into the very bowels of the sausage factory.
This blog post assumes that the reader is aware of the Fedora Modularity Initiative and would like to learn how to build their very own modules for inclusion into the Fedora Project. I will guide you through the creation of a simple module built from existing Fedora Project packages on the “F26” branch.
To follow along, you will need a good working knowledge of the git source-control system (in particular, Fedora’s “dist-git“) as well as being generally comfortable around Fedora system tools such as dnf and python.
Setting up the Module Build Service For the purposes of this blog, I am going to use Fedora 26 (the most recent stable release of Fedora) . To follow along, please install Fedora 26 Server on a bare-metal or v…