I can say we made IT! It was a truly miracle, and the organizing went well. I have spent days with to grab the informations, and forward to the participants.
Feelings, premotions are awesome. No, much much better. I basically have no word for that kind of feeling. We are preparing to our biggest event, witch gonna be huge. How
Altrough I’m member of the Fedora medical group I have begun to research easily (understand as very cheaply) – creatable hardwares, that doesn’t need to be purchased if you are
As I’m mentoring new ambassadors, always new opportunity are appearing to create a new member, who are responsibly leading contributors, and proactively working with us. Every time there is a
We have talked much about the start.fpo page earlier, that in the current version is not really providing that what is fully covers everyone’s need. We have changed in the
I can say we made IT! It was a truly miracle, and the organizing went well. I have spent days with to grab the informations, and forward to the participants. As this tiime we had decided to have from foregin counties other ambassadors as speakers, and make it able to them to share informations that can be useful to run local communities.
That meant hard times, but it went well. The hardest part this time was to have properly our Turkish friend Onuralp Sezer travel be set, and be possible. In other hand our “rockstar” Joerg Simon, our long time wished participant has finally were able also to attend. I still remember to the 2009 times, when I have begun to build our local FLUG and community… and we tried to begin with Szeged IT university as Fedora Hungarian introduction, but communication failed because of sort of lost mails, but this time finally we were able to bring them together, Ferenc Havasi and Joerg. 4 years ago… unbelievable that time is how running quickly.
Also I called the other 3 ambassadors to attend and if possible with talks, and this is also went well, as all together we provided 7 talks by us (including our FLUG members too). I have listened some talks, from our fedora friends, like Joergs security talk, rgeri77 gaming talk, or the very nice leap motion talk by Onuralp. However, I mostly tried to care with the booth, and aid our newest ambassador Ferenc Teknös, and tried to keep running smoothly all the needs that our talkers wished, and our booth required as final touches. Like printed some generic flyers about Fedora and other stuffs, and also the usual quiz game that we try to gather people for our community. Of course with some swag trophy, like a mug, or a pen, or some pendrive – witch is results always new contacts as we request real email addresses.
The only problem that has a bit choked us, is that one of our swag order didn’t arrived in time, and we had to redirect the package to the event place, but finally with multiple phoning, and reconciliation, we catched the delivery man at Szeged, and we had the pens, and the t-shirt samples.
Of course, I would like to thank you all participants that attended, and provided awesome talk, and let me remember to few others who helped us to make it available this event, like Felix Kaechele – who has sent the tablecloth from Germany to Budapest quickly. I would like to say big thank you to Gergely Rakosi, who has hosted me and Onuralp at his house for these days, and wouldn’t be possible all attending. So I would like to say thank you, and we hope meet with other community ambassadors from outside Hungary, and you can also join to this great event.
Feelings, premotions are awesome. No, much much better. I basically have no word for that kind of feeling. We are preparing to our biggest event, witch gonna be huge. How do I know it?
Simply. Predictions, impressions are very positive. First of all, last year in 2012 has fallen out because of the event organizers at Szeged, didn’t received enough money to run the event. But this time yes, they have received it – and people are starved out for this meeting, event – the reason is because this university is the main Open Source Lab , an Software developers center at Hungary, witch was always a main hub for the first LUGs, and linux. Last time for this single day at least around 500 people has attended (big words for an Hungarian event, that is runs outer Budapest), and this time the organizers are awaiting more people than ever.
What is the proof? Well, since I know this event they never needed more than one person to keep the threads aligned. Now, as I try to arrange the Fedora HU team into the talks, and schedule, at least 3 men that I have contacted and they are saying the same…
Fedora HU team is attending with big forces, and the current situation as we provide 7 (yes, seven) talk from the total 41 that is under schedule, and also be there with one oversized booth. We will have guests from outside Hungary, like our rockstar Joerg Simon (how many years that have we prayed to have him), our hacker Onuralp Sezer from Turkey, and one girl from Tibetan community. Believe me, it would be a perfect event for Fedora to celebrate, and hack on the 10th anniversary together with other community members too. Talk themes will cover a really huge palette with Gaming, OpenStack, Security spin, Logging, Webhosting, RPM packaging, and Motion control, Raspberry Pi (Arm hacking, and Pidora at booth), and more will we provide at directly at booth if someone will visit us – and we have not yet finished. So, if someone planning to visit us at Szeged, we will be there…. and you? Will you be there, will you follow us online?
 Event talks sheet: http://sfd.org.hu/program_2013
Altrough I’m member of the Fedora medical group I have begun to research easily (understand as very cheaply) – creatable hardwares, that doesn’t need to be purchased if you are really agile to make it.
One of my biggest dicoveries is that USB stuff can be truly usable if we could complement it. We’ll have one awesome Fedora medical compilation, but we need to this even hardwares, right?
How about if we could create an microscope? Wouldn’t be nice?
Here is the recipe:
…and with that you can be lucky. However – if you feel yourself dirty because you mess with some non FOSS thing, well no problem. LeanXCam will help you in this case:
Have a great hacking
As I’m mentoring new ambassadors, always new opportunity are appearing to create a new member, who are responsibly leading contributors, and proactively working with us. Every time there is a chance that we mentors are able to have stronger community.
But when the mentoring ends, we don’t have full set to them, utilities that will help them in their work. I have seen also this theme appeared in Flock, but since then were not much activity, until now.
The HU team, and our friend Onuralp we picked up this task, and made a brainstorming that what is the gap that is missing, and how can we fill this up – and have a consistent ambassador kit.
So, what kind of apps we have already? Well, we have the liveUSB creator, that makes for us easy to have a live system for presentations, we can have a persistent storage, that gives enough space to have everything to run the event and the talk. Also we have an official presentation templates, and we have business card generator in rpm in repo that our ambassadors can use if someone wants to keep in touch with one of them.
The only missing part is IMHO one installer with possibly similar looking as our liveUSB creator, and provides the ability to upload a chosen content and makes for the ambassador able to serve and run an event – the media kit itself. Moreover, this pack can be the key to remove some weight, pressure and nagging from our design team shoulders, and after mentoring we mentors can say to the new ambassadors – here you go – this will help you out every time when you preparing to an event.
Of course we always accepting every help to our little project, but and if you are interested, please contact with Onuralp Sezer (thunderbirdtr), or with me (zoltanh721) on Freenode IRC #fedora-hu channel. In order we would like to receive pygtk coders, and somebody from the design team that helps us to decide what should be included and converted into an immediately printable stuff. In long term would be fantastic, to support multiple languages where is necessary (mostly generic flyers), so every country can have it’s own set of tools if creates it, or steps into this app.
Media kit: the missing installer, also called marketing kit (contains the artwork, and flyers, stuffs)
Ambassador kit: Media kit + business card generator + official presentation templates + fonts + usblive-creator and more in rpms.
We have talked much about the start.fpo page earlier, that in the current version is not really providing that what is fully covers everyone’s need. We have changed in the past with the help of the websites team, and still is just a page, with restrictions – and can’t be upgraded continuously without issues.
Yet, we have awesome services, and one of my biggest wish (possibly I’m not alone with that) that we must not hide from people, mostly from our developers, and our user community because you can get a great workbench, launchpad or something like that inside Fedora Gnome shell.
So we have thought big. How cool would it be, to push superkey, and be able to reach/launch all the Fedora services what is covered by mostly on apps.fedoraproject.org.
Yes, this apps page not covering all, some of the new ones are missing – like the Fedora magazine, or the Transifex for translation, or QA people’s page, Voting and more. We had to find a way with my friend Thunderbirdtr (Onuralp Sezer), and now we are heading to an RPM that we would like to be have as an addition for everyone.
This RPM is provides for you a listing, that sorting out our services into categories, and you can be happy with as your role needs, or what you are interested within Fedora. So basically when new service is appearing, we add or remove items from the listing, and done.
As we are getting ready, we provide more news. If you are interested please contact with me, or my friend Thunderbirdtr by mail or IRC.
Lately we have begun to fiddle with NodeJS, and simply amazing that with few lines of code that my friend Onuralp Sezer (Thunderbirdtr) showed to me how can I create $whatever web application you want. For me is completely new, unknown grounds, but really feel fun here so I try to learn this kind of hacking – because I think with a Fedora base, and with Gnome 3.10 mostly with NodeJS background and web apps we can receive a freaking cool open cloud type OS. Still running experiments, and researches as witch modules, reading howtos or apps are can be inserted/combined without any problem. Grab your module, set your webserver and run your app in your browser….
So, we have grabbed together pretty awesome modules, where basically your apps, your playground, hacking space is the web – and doesn’t matter what kind of device you have.
Yet, I don’t really believe in 3rd party cloud services, else that all of my smart devices can be my cloud – so when I move, my office-desk-sandbox-garage-factory-tools is with me – all I need is a tiny server in my home. Sharing things are pretty awesome, however it’s still only mostly about storage. Right? What about computational power, as processors idle time as SETI or BOINC client does, or what about GPU time sharing over network?
How cool would it be, as part of Fedora community, we Fedora users are who offering CPU time and storage capacity over / to the cloud, or can we decide at install time how much we can share towards to the community, right? Having such spoke module can make us pretty unique, I think – and in infrastructure at least we can have our shared hacking space. Maybe someone agrees with me….
However, my latest newest nice NodeJS module is epub js, what is provides for me a nice reader app for my ebooks in few megabytes alltogether, and don’t need any other software – and what makes me really happy, doesn’t need tons of libs, and extra software, witch means measureable Mbytes in size, that even my old laptop can feel. If you are also interested to run NodeJS in Fedora you can do it, and after my first impress you won’t regret it.
This is an another writing from our community member, who has find a way to get acceleration for his Nvidia GT220 card. Here is the method and the working proprietary driver if this is a must.
NOTE:It’s recommended to use akmod-nvidia driver from rpmfusion, however it may occur that it breaks down on a kernel update. In this case you may try the nvidia official drivers.
There are situations where truly the GUI is a rough usefulness blocker, and needs something that quicker, and effects immediately. Clicking, hovering, rolling, overlay windows, fighting with border and title thickness, waiting for response, repeating same or similar moves are can be annoying. Right? Simply, time is never enough – but when effectiveness is on the table – many sysadmin still votes to use terminal, and terminal applications. So, a true sysadmin can be really happy if only get’s a terminal. Because if you have your login passed, and received your terminal – you can have everything, and all of the terminal apps are won’t kick out the side of the HDD with installed app size, or kill your bandwith cap.
But what kind of application can we use when we have no (or worse it’s dead) Xorg on our client, or at our machine? Let’s list here a few that makes your life easier as sysadmin:
- Tmux – I’m pretty sure that on a char terminal the space is scarce, but with is GNU screen replacement makes your multitasking life easy. Unlike screen, you get a statusbar too, and space with tiled multiple terminals if your wish is that. Read more in the manual: man tmux.
- Twin – Um, nope not tiny win, else just Terminal Window System, what is really what it means. You can have an effective window manager in your display, without X. It supports mouse and multiple windows, has a built-in terminal emulator and window manager, and can serve as display for client applications. Something just as VNC-server like, with full mouse support. Neat, right? Check it here.
- TabletVK – Sometimes, when no proper USB cable is available (nightmare as how many USB cable can be found), or no keyboard that would be usable on a touch interface, go no further. This tiny app provides for you a touchscreen as keyboard, and guess what – no X. Check it here.
- Mutt – If mailing is necessary, I think this is one of the best ones IMHO. Supports most mail formats, even mbox and maildir, and bunch of protocols. It has message scoring and threading capabilities too. Relies on external tools for composing and filtering messages, but you receive tons of stuff under the hood.
- Vim – One of the best, if not the best versatile editor that can be found. Somebody not really likes, but this tool is handy even coding, configuring, editing, and browsing too with expansion modules. Yeah, I know: Emacs, Joe, pico, nano, $whatever is there too. Choose your destiny, I won’t fight.
- Elinks – Need websites content? I say this browser makes it for you. Feature rich text mode webbrowser, that can render both frames and tables, is highly customizable and can be extended via Lua or Guile scripts. It is quite portable and runs on a variety of platforms. If you need more content-specific gui, that can run on framebuffer use Surf, what provides a python webkit window and voila.
- Finch, Freetalk, Irssi: When IRC is necessary, you have few more choice, but the best known is Pidgin in ncurses combo called Finch. It’s the very same, and no need to know more if you have ever used Pidgin. Freetalk is similar, it’s just a jabber client with readline interface, configurable, scriptable with Guile interface. Irssi – is different, because it’s written from scratch, and you can expand with perl modules in many ways how it’s looks and operates.
- Top, htop, atop: Provides a dynamic real-time view of a running system i.e. actual process activity, my favourite is atop with plenty of possibility.
- Vmstat: This app reports information about processes, memory, paging, block IO, traps, and cpu activity.
- W: Nope, not typo – this is the command. This displays information about the users currently on the machine, and their processes. Simply said, who is logged on and what they are doing.
- Uptime: It will tell you the current time, how long the system has been running, how many users are currently logged on, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.
- Ps: You get an snapshot from your current processes. Use -A option to have all.
- Free: Memory usage
- iostat: Reports CPU statistics and input/output statistics for devices, partitions and network filesystems (NFS).
- mpstat: Multiprocessor usage. Displays activities for each available processor, processor 0 being the first one. mpstat -P ALL to display average CPU utilization per processor.
- pmap: Reports memory map of a process. Use this command to find out causes of memory bottlenecks.
- netstat and ss: netstat displays network connections, routing tables, interface statistics, masquerade connections, and multicast memberships. ss command is used to dump socket statistics. It allows showing information similar to netstat.
- iptraf: interactive colorful IP LAN monitor. It is an ncurses-based IP LAN monitor that generates various network statistics including TCP info, UDP counts, ICMP and OSPF information, Ethernet load info, node stats, IP checksum errors, and others.
- tcpdump or gulp: Tcpdump is dumps traffic on a network. However, you need good understanding of TCP/IP protocol to utilize this tool. As alternative I suggest Gulp, if you want to go for sure, and you have a waaaay huge network. Read more here about this: http://corey.elsewhere.org/gulp/
- /proc system: This is what is always under your hand, and can be reached anytime.
- Naigos: Popular open source computer system and network monitoring application software. It has also an complete preconfigurable setup called FAN. More over here: http://fannagioscd.sourceforge.net/drupal/
- Cacti: complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool’s data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices. It can provide data about network, CPU, memory, logged in users, Apache, DNS servers and much more.
- lsof: list open files, network connections and much more.
- mtr: mtr combines the functionality of the traceroute and ping programs in a single network diagnostic tool….
- whowatch: Real time info on who’s logged in, how their connected (SSH, TTY, etc) and what process thay have running.
…and of course this is just the beginning. But with this set of known apps, you are ready to take the challange, and affraid no more from terminal. Have fun, and feel the freedom!
Article by Peter Czanik, from Fedora Community Hungary.
The beta of Fedora 18 was supposed to be released earlier… sadly it was postponed again by two weeks, but as there are some great news regarding Fedora and syslog-ng, so I did not wait for the official release. I rather downloaded a nightly build to check it out. I did not research why the release was postponed, but personally I ran only some minor cosmetic problem during installation
As I tested in a virtual machine, the regular Fedora release was not really optimal for me, as it uses Gnome3 and needs 3D acceleration. As I don’t have 3D support, don’t like Gnome3 and I’m interested in security anyway, I downloaded the so called “security spin”. This raises two questions for those not familiar with Fedora, for which I quote the security spin website:
What is a spin? “Fedora Spins are alternate version of Fedora, tailored for various types of users via hand-picked application sets and other customizations.”
What is the security spin? “The Fedora Security Lab provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue and teaching security testing methodologies in universities and other organizations.”
Luckily for me, the security spin is equipped with LXDE, which is a light weight Desktop Environment. It does not need 3D or much system resources and it runs very fast. All of the tools are collected under the “Security Lab” menu, which is further divided based on point of interest, ranging from code analysis to wireless network security. Some of these are graphical tools, many of them console based, but even these are easily available from the menus and a console window is started for them. Most of my favorite tools are available: nmap for port scanning, nwipe for securely wiping partitions, iptraf & co for looking at network traffic and many more.
The current look and feel of the security spin is now quite boring. Just a simple blue background with some stripes on it. But it will be changed in the next few weeks, as one of the guys from the Hungarian Fedora team (which invited me to FUDcon Paris) did a very nice new artwork. It will be worth to try the security spin just for this
Now back to the reason why I originally downloaded the Fedora installer: syslog-ng. The good news is that syslog-ng 3.3.7 is now part of the release. I installed it and gave it a quick try and everything worked as expected. A big thanks goes to JPO (José Pedro Oliveira) and Mrunge (Matthias Runge), who maintain the package inside Fedora!
This story might also become part of my FOSDEM presentation next February about upstream – downstream relations: syslog-ng 3.3 used a forked version of the ivykis library instead of upstream. The syslog-ng package could not be updated to 3.3.X in Fedora until this problem was resolved and upstream ivykis worked instead of the bundled forked version. This needed a lot of work both on the syslog-ng and the ivykis side, but version 3.3.6 solved this problem and 3.3.7 entered Fedora last week.
If you want to see why to upgrade to this latest version, see the announcement blog at http://bazsi.blogs.balabit.com/2011/10/syslog-ng-3-3-1-released/
Looking forward to the next Fedora release – in my opinion will be awesome.
As you perhaps you know, we are almost low on media / discs. But instead of fighting for media, we think in the HU community this news can solve small event needs, and partially delays before event. We have made long discussions, what can help – and we think our designer kesigomu has a point. Without nice printed sleeves what holds our copy of the latest release, you can’t share our experience what the user can take away. How about to give an DIY printable sleeve, and instructions – as soon have them you can set up and Fedora desk, and give away discs on demand. No surpluses, and until the disc is burning – you can give more information to the visitor, talk about the community, people, friends, fudcon, and so on as necessary.
So we think, this foldable “origami” sleeves can give you a lot of opportunity. As you fold it together – at finish – you receive an pocket, where you can put more info, flyers, stickers, local available community and more. If you need them, just use it wisely, and all you need is an printer with borderless printing capability (with possibly 300-600 dpi resolution), and between 80-120 g A4 sheet shiny (copy) paper. Pretty nice, right? Wanna try?