A new edition of FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers‘ European Meeting) just ended. Our CIB LibreOffice team this year was represented by Thorsten Behrens, Michael Stahl and Marina Latini.
The event is held annually during the first weekend of February, at the „Université Libre de Bruxelles„. For our team, attending FOSDEM means to be involved in a full week of meetings and collateral events related to LibreOffice and other open source communities.
This year „The Document Foundation“ changed the ordinary schedule, organizing the majority of the internal meetings before the conference itself started. Like the company is actively involved in the LibreOffice ecosystem, the outcomes were really good, including for CIB.
The week started with the well established two-day Hackfest on January 30th and 31st. These days, our team also attended the „Certification Committee„ and the „Board of Directors“ meetings.
The „LibreOffice Certification Program“ organized by „The Document Foundation“ certifiesthe growth and the expertise of all the professionals who are constantly involved in the LibreOffice ecosystem. The main focus is professional support for development, training and migration to LibreOffice. We can provide certified CIB Support for each area guaranteed by the certification program.
Friday 1st was a whole day of meetings with the Board, the Membership Committee and the team. From Saturday 2nd on, CIB was attending the two-day conference: In the „Open Document Editors devroom“ Michael Stahl was presenting the important changes done for improving the Traced Changes. The full recording with the slides is available here. Thorsten Behrens was presenting how to Cross-build LibreOffice for x86 architecture with Docker. Click here for the presentation and slides.
After the technical presentations, our team ended the first day of FOSDEM with the annual community dinner, a nice networking evening at „Betacowork Coworking Brussels“. Three different kinds of pasta were directly cooked by the „LibreItalia community“ together with our Marina Latini.
The last day of FOSDEM was a great networking opportunity to meet in person several community members and companies involved in the open source ecosystem. From 12 till 15 o´ clock the LibreOffice certification exams took place – and we are proud to announce that Katarina and Thorsten Behrens were certified as LibreOffice professional trainers.
Unfortunately CIB wasn´t able to attend the event, but thanks to all the LibreItalia social channels, we did have the opportunity to interact with all the attendees. LibreItalia was using a custom Telegram channel dedicated to the conference and the conference was commented via twitter using the hashtag #libreitaliaconf.
The mayor of Sanremo opened the session, sharing great interest in the importance of the digital culture, formats and open source software for citizens and students, too. Enio Gemmo, LibreItalia president, and the entire board talked about all the past initiatives of the ongoing year and the plans for 2019.
The speech of Francesco Di Costanzo, president of PA Social, presenting the activities and goals of the association that are pointing towards the development of new communication via social media in order to increase and improve the relationship between the PAs, companies and the citizens was really appreciated.
LibreItalia is strongly committed to schools! Therefore this years` session after lunch break was focused on schools, with reports on past and ongoing activities.
The conference could be the first step for bringing a new municipality to adopt LibreOffice and ODF.
Next meeting of the association will probably be between April and May 2019, in the beautiful city of Palermo.
On Friday 16th we attended the SFScon, the most important and biggest Free Software conference in Italy, and a well known event all over Europe, too. We are proud to have sponsored this enlightening conference where experts from all over the world were discussing about free and open source software, community and innovative solutions for DevOps, AI and analitics, best practices and data infrastructure.
The conference was also an important networking opportunity and as well as a great place to advertise job offers. We left Bolzano with a lot of ideas for future projects!
SFScon (the South Tyrol Free Software Conference) is one of the most important Free Software conferences in Europe, and CIB is proud to sponsor this edition. This annual conference is a full day established appointment for public administrations, citizens and private companies.
During the shared session in the morning the anouncement and celebration of the winner of the SFSAward will take place, a person who contributed to the introduction of the culture of Free Software in the province of Bolzano will be selected. The afternoon session is organized with four parallel tracks about “DevOps”, “AI & Analytics”, “Best Practices”, “Data Infrastructure & Workshop”. Additionally, on the very same day of conference the “Vertical Innovation Hackathon” will start: 24 hours full of activities for creative developers.
Our LibreOffice team, presented by Armin Le Grand and Marina Latini, will speak during the best practices session.
„Collective action – come and see how LibreOffice got improved with public money!“ This talk by Armin Le Grand will walk you through a sample of features and improvements funded by various public sector agencies across Europe. It will provide you with practical examples of these hidden gems and really useful features only available thanks to the public money invested in the improvement of LibreOffice. (seminar room 3, 4.15 – 4.30 pm.)
The LO hackfest 2018 in Munich has been a great opportunity for improving LibreOffice and to strengthen the community.
The overall motto of these events that are organized around the globe by the community is always „knowledge sharing and having fun“! More than 30 attendees took part during the three days of activities by hacking around LibreOffice or discussing about improvements, strategies and much more.
The event started on Friday 26 with the introduction of the attendees and the list of goals to be achieved during the event. And as every hackfest is a moment of fun too, Anxhelo Lushka, Mike Saunders, Florian Effenberger and Marina Latini turned, after the introduction warm-up, into cooks and prepared different pastas for everybody.
Saturday was a full day of hacking and the results confirm that all groups worked hard in order to maximize the effort and take advantage of the opportunity to meet in person and work together face to face.
An excellent finish was the walking tour in the old part of town that offered the opportunity to explore some architecture and history.
In der vergangenen Woche nahm CIB, vertreten durch Marco Girona, an dem Event Digital Cities, Digital Freedoms: Common Digital Ethical Standards and Free Software for Cities teil.
Die gelungene Veranstaltung diente der Diskussion über die Auswirkungen neuer Technologien auf den urbanen Lebensraum und die damit verbundene Notwendigkeit von Standards und freier Software für die Einwohner.
On October 19, we hosted the first Fedora Women’s Day in Munich at modulE. The event aims to increase awareness of the importance of having communities that will wellcome every potential contributor, even if inexperienced or new to the topic.
The event was co-organized with the support of the local Fedora Diversity & Inclusion Team speakers from many other communities were involved. It was great opportunity to exchange ideas, improvements and share different point of views or ways to handle similar topics in the communities.
Our very own, Marina Latini opened the session with an introduction of CIB, the event host, and the importance of open source, just during the 20 years celebration of OSI.
Bhagyashree Padalkar introduced the attendees of Fedora and how to contribute to the Fedora Project while Manel Rhaiem shared her experiences at Mozilla. Just before dinner, and as closing session, Florian Effenberger analyzed the parallelisms between an open source community and an open source cooking.
For further details just have a look:
Slides from Marina Latini and Bhagyashree Padalkar
At this technical meeting the community will meet in person, get to know each other, work together on the office suite and share knowledge in general to enable more people to participate in the project.
Visit the official wikipage from The Document Foundation for more information about registration, logistics and schedule.
On October 19th, with the support of the local Fedora Diversity & Inclusion Team, we invite you to attend the Fedora Women’s Day (FWD), an event created to highlight and celebrate the women in open source communities like Fedora and their invaluable contributions to their projects and community.
It’s an opportunity to learn about free and open source software and jump-start your journey as a FOSS user and/or a contributor. It also provides a platform for women to connect, learn, and be inspired by other women in open source communities and beyond.
This meetup is open to all the attendees and is not a “women-only“ event. As the seats are limited don’t forget to register via Eventbrite.
Check the program:
5:30 – 6:00 pm
Open Source and why it matters! (Speaker: Marina Latini AKA deneb_alpha) The Open Source Initiative (OSI – https://opensource.org/) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 and the talk will provide an introduction to the importance of open source, free software and knowledge sharing in open source projects.
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Getting started with Fedora! (Speaker: Bhagyashree Padalkar AKA Bee) Learn about Fedora- an open source Linux distribution and how you can download a custom Fedora streamlined for your needs. Are you a student and want to build your skills? Have you always wanted to contribute to open source projects but never knew how to? We will talk about different paid and volunteer opportunities within the Fedora community and in other open source projects.
6:30 – 7:00 pm
Behind the Open Web – a long journey of Mozillians (Speaker: Manel Rhaiem AKA Mermi) Manel is an open source contributor since 2011 and is actively involved in Mozilla. She will talk about Mozilla (the company behind firefox), different opportunities to contribute to Mozilla and her open source journey.
7:00 – 7:30 pm
How to cook your own open source event (Speaker: Florian Effenberger AKA floeff) Eight years ago, the idea of open source cooking in Munich first was on the table and since then took place over a dozen of times already.
After the first meal it became clear immediately: You indeed can apply the principles of free software communities to other areas of life. Many contributors working jointly on a common goal, each of them bringing in their individual skills and interests, to create something delicious and tasty many benefit from – lots of fun for everyone included!
Created as a rather, well, “spontaneous” idea during our open source meetings, many free software enthusiasts nowadays bring their kids and family along to meet, cook together, have a good time and lots of fun, all of that (mostly far away from smartphones, computers or wifi).
In this talk, Florian gives an overview of open source activities in Munich, shares some wild ideas for the future and explains why open source and cooking have more in common than you may actually think. Bon appétit!
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Hackathon, networking and pizza! After the introduction talks we will start the hackathon session, supporting the attendees with the first
contributions, sharing knowledge and some tasty foods!
Join us and have fun!