2016

LinuxCon EU 2016

LinuxCon EU 2016  took place from Oct 4-6 in Berlin, Germany. LinuxCon is one of the biggest FOSS conference where developers, sys admins, architects and all levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for three days. Since I am currently living in Berlin, there was no way I could miss this conference – even though the tickets for attending the full conference were around 1000 euros and way out of my league as a student researcher. Thankfully, I was awarded the Minority scholarship by Linux Foundation to attend the conference (including the talks and workshops) – and also the Women in Open Source Lunch and some other evening events ! I was also a part of the Fedora ‘crew’ at LinuxCon and helping out with Fedora Booth !

Fedora at LinuxCon

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Our Fedora booth ‘crew’ consisted mainly of three members – JiriZach and me. Jiri and Zach are Fedora Ambassadors for EMEA region. But we were not the only booth with some Fedora content. Red Hat had a booth on the other side of the room. People could see Fedora and meet Fedora contributors there too. We were also joined by RedHat ‘gang’ involved in Fedora sometimes – mostly Adam (who currently works on Fedora Modularity, but is one of the lead developers and designers of the awesome Fedora Developer Portal) and also Brain Exelbird (Bex)  – the Fedora Community Action and Impact Co-ordinator (yes, it’s F-CAIC or F-CAKE depending on how much you like desserts 😛 ) . You can know more about the Fedora impact at LinuxCon + ContainerCon EU 2016 by reading Jiri’s report on LinuxCon EU 2016 on Fedora Community Blog here.

Impact of LinuxCon on Fedora

While we were able to create a special Fedora badge for LinuxCon EU attendees to gauge the impact of the event, out of the 16 times it was awarded , there was only one new contributor ganto and Jiri has talked about the reasons why this happened in his post on Fedora Community Blog.

That being said, there were many people interested in using and/or contributing to Fedora and we were able to point them in the right direction. If you are reading this post and are interested in contributing to Fedora Project but don’t know how to start ? or are confused about which team to join ? – check out Fedora website to help new contributors. If you still have any queries, you can contact one of us (or definitely me).

There were a few common troublepoints for us at the Fedora booth at LinuxCon –

  • There were quite a few people who felt the Fedora logo looked similar to Facebook.
  • Some people couldn’t understand that it was Fedora booth as the Fedora logo was at the bottom of the banners. (I think some people were hesitant in approaching the booth because of this too)
  • People were interested in installing Fedora but couldn’t take the workstation DVDs as their computers had no CD drives. I am not sure how many of those actually went home and downloaded Fedora.
  • Many were doubtful as why Fedora had a  booth separate from RedHat ? (Fedora booth was organized by the community and not Red Hat) and if so, why was it so away ? (Fedora and RedHat booths were at opposite ends of the hall. )

All of us had discussions during LinuxCon about how to improve visibility of Fedora at such events and quite a few interesting points came up including creating swag for interested contributors. Adam even worked on a design for a new Fedora banner with increased visibility. There were also quite a few technical discussions about ongoing developments in Fedora OS, modularity in Fedora and how we were working on it and so on. We also discussed amongst ourselves about different issues affecting Fedora Community including diversity and inclusion in Fedora community.

We ended the conference by going out for dinner at an Indian restaurant with Red Hat ‘gang’ where I ended up having ‘Vindaloo’ for the first time – even though I am an Indian ! 😛

My Takeaways as a Fedora contributor

On a personal note, I feel that conferences are not only a great way to help onboard new users and/or contributors but also a great learning opportunity for existing contributors about different parts of the project, meeting different community members, raising questions about a variety of issues related to the project, learning why some things are taking place in a certain way and sometimes even having a suggestion or idea which could potentially impact the system for better. In case of projects like Fedora where most of the contributions are virtual, it definitely ‘humanizes’ the project i.e. for me, I have began to understand that barriers for entry in FOSS are not unnecessarily high and I don’t have to be an expert in the area I contribute or I don’t need to have loads of free time – all I need is an avid interest and the rest will be taken care of !

LinuxCon EU talks and events

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I didn’t know anything about containers before attending LinuxCon + ContainerCon but after attending some elementary talks on containers, I can definitely say I know the basics and can deploy a kubernetes module 😛

Apart from container-related talks, some other talks I found pretty interesting were

‘Gender-diversity analysis of technical contributions’ by dizquierdo from Bitergia.  The talk combined my two interests – metrics and diversity and really helps make sense of the diversity issue in FOSS by supporting it with numbers. I wanted to meet Daniel after the talk to discuss about the diversity metrics, the work Bitergia is doing and it’s similarity with my work involving community metrics in Fedora (on contributor engagement, impact of attending events on contributors and community, improving contributor retention rates and diversity related metrics) but somehow between being at Fedora booth and attending talks, I could never find him. So @dizquierdo, if you read this – however unlikely that is, I am a fan of Bitergia and would love to discuss more about metrics Bitergia compiles and analyses 🙂 (Slides for the talk are here )
The talk on ‘FOSS Involvement of Google’ was also very interesting. I always knew Google had some Open Source projects and even used them but never knew that Google actually contributed to LinuxKernel.  (Slides for the talk are here)
Other talks which I found interesting were ‘Outreachy Linux Kernel Internship Report’ by Julia Lawall and other past Outreachy interns, ‘Corporate Trends in Open Source Engagement’ by Nithya Ruff, ‘IF YOU BUILD IT,THEY WON’T COME’  about non-technical aspects of FOSS projects by Ruth Suehle, ‘Graphite@Scale:How to store million metrics per second’ by Vladimir Smirnov of Booking.com . I couldn’t attend all of these talks but the slides were informative and I hope the videos are uploaded soon.
You can find the slides for all talks here.

Networking is tough ! Or maybe, it’s all about curiousity

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As with all conferences, LinuxCon is a great opportunity for networking. However, I am a dummy at ‘networking’ since I recently graduated from my college in India where networking was not in anybody’s vocabulary. While I did visit booths, collected swag, talked about job opportunities – I wasn’t able to forge any contacts. We had a networking event in evening at Charlottenberg Palace and I remember everybody talking and laughing with glasses of wine and me wondering about the right question to start a conversation. While I did manage to talk with different people by the end of the evening, I realised I forged contacts when I was actually interested and curious about the product and wasn’t just asking someone for jobs. I was able to talk to people working in different FOSS organizations, know about their experiences and the products they were working on, how they used data analytics and Machine Learning – and sometimes walk away with job opportunities – all because I was curious and interested in their organization, and not just looking for a job ! It was tougher to initiate personal contact at booths though since booths had multiple people at times and personal contacts were hard to make. However, I was able to learn a lot about the ongoing projects at organizations, the opportunities and work environment at the booths. I was especially fascinated by a Unity game made by a Business Administration intern at HP during his summer internship – it just shows the diversity of opportunities you have at such workplaces. I also took part in some raffle contents, but never won anything! (Zach won a game though – like Legos, but not as interesting – is all I could understand about it 😛 )

Research Opportunities and Scholarships

Since I am interested in pursuing a PhD, I was interested in exploring research collaborations with FOSS projects and organizations – via a research project with mentor in the organization, collecting data from the organization, scholarships or support for FOSS related research work or joint PhD programs with research institution and the FOSS organization but couldn’t find much opportunities in this area. Afaik, Red Hat Brno sometimes has students working for thesis with them but it is generally OS-development related and not for data analytics. Ping me, if you know something !

Marketing

Sponsors for conferences at LinuxCon spend a lot of money for the booths, the swag and goodies at the booth (giving away T-Shirts at booths was common and some even had USBs and power banks), and many more including the expenses of the employees who represent the organization at the event. The expenses are huge, but do organizations get returns for what they spent ? The rational answer is that they do, otherwise why else would they come back ? But isn’t there a better of evaluating the impact at these events ? Bex and I had a long discussion about the different costs a organization like Red Hat incurs for being a part of LinuxCon but I would love to know more about how they measure the impact they have at a particular event.

Women in Open Source

Diversity and Inclusion in FOSS is one of the topics very close to my heart and I was extremely excited to be given an opportunity to be a part of the Women in Open Source Lunch at LinuxCon. Since I am also a part of Diversity Team at Fedora and involved with FOSSWave (an outreach initiative for new FOSS contributors in India), I felt this would be a great learning opportunity where I could apply the learnings directly towards the benefit of the FOSS community.

Lunch and Discussion, Meeting Role models

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Over lunch, girls and women from different phases of their career and involved with different FOSS projects discussed about different issues related to diversity and inclusion in FOSS communities. The 50 or so group of women were divided around 8-10 tables with each table discussing a particular issue(question). At the end of the lunch, a moderator from each table spoke in brief about the ideas or solutions they had come up regarding the issue.The questions we discussed ranged from ‘What diversity or inclusivity programs do you see working and how can FOSS communities adopt those ? Programs from software, propreitery companies, FOSS companies etc‘(which was my table), ‘How can women support other women in community?‘ to ‘What does safety mean in online communities? What can we do to ensure communities are safe ?

I found the format especially helpful and efficient when conducting such a diversity related panel/QA session at conferences. I have compiled a list of the topics we discussed and the solutions other women came up with here which you can edit with your own comments on the issue.

My key takeaways from the discussion were :

  1. Start young – start breaking down the stereotypes in high school. The root of the problem starts in high schools and it is easier to tackle at the earliest stage. Also, when doing this , involve not just students but also parents and teachers as they make up the environment and community which shapes the individuals perceptions !
  2. Start small ! Speak up! – If you see something wrong – don’t ignore or let it slide even if it is not technically harmful. Small disruptions lead to big changes. Share your success stories, mentor someone from your community – every small bit counts.
  3. Provide role models and mentors – Many succesful programs involve mentorship. Helps ease the transition and feels good to have a support system and know people who have done it, you don’t feel alone.
  4. We need a dedicated and active support channel for diversity and inclusion related issues across projects and communities.

During the lunch, I was also able to meet a lot of my role models from FOSS communites and learnt about the experiences of some awesome women in Open Source like Nithya Ruff of Western Digital, Julia Lawall of Linux Kernal and many past Outreachy interns as well as FOSS contributors.

Along with the awesome lunch, goodies by Sandisk (I desperately needed a pen drive, thank you!) and beautiful birds-eye view of Berlin from 13th floor of the hotel, the event also had some fun activities like raffle in the end – and surprisingly, I got lucky and won a Berlin Bear ! Yaay !

Diversity Survey, Talking to different organizations and people

There are multiple ongoing efforts across different FOSS projects and organizations to improve diversity and promote workplace inclusion for minority groups in their respective communities. However, these efforts are not consolidated and do not look towards analyzing the impact of those strategies – about what is working and what isn’t ! With this in mind, I have started a  Diversity and Inclusion study (more details here) to get an overview of diversity and inclusion practices across different FOSS projects, communities or organizations and learn from their success and failures too and share it with other FOSS organizations and projects so that the same mistakes don’t get repeated again and again ! The study is still in it’s nascent stage and I am working on the shortcomings to better develop the study however, I talked to different people and organizations(representatives at Booths) to learn about their experiences and/or how their organization is working towards this. I learnt quite a few interesting things and if you would love to be a part of this study, please ping me so we can discuss more.

To sum it up, LinuxCon was an awesome learning experience, full of fun – I wish I could have attended more talks and talked to more people(especially those from Bitergia and Fitbit) – but I gained knowledge about a lot of new stuff like Containers, learnt about new FOSS projects and organizations, helped onboard some new contributors to Fedora and brainstormed about some community issues, gained a fresh perspective on diversity and inclusion in FOSS – all while collecting some awesome swag and a Berlin bear along the way !

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Software Freedom Kosova 2016

Software Freedom Kosova (SFK) 2016 took place in Prishtina from October 21-23, 2016. We were able to push a special Fedora badge for SFK  to be awarded to SFK attendees who vist the Fedora booth. The badge was awarded 14 times out of which 12 were existing contributors while 2 new contributors were onboarded at the event ! Yaay – we look forward to seeing you in the community nafieshehu and marianab.

I was supposed to be speaking on ‘What is Machine Learning and how FOSS Organizations use it?’ at SFK. However, there were problems with my visa and Easyjet crew wouldn’t let me board my flight to Prishtina. The SFK organizers (most of them contributors from FLOSSK) were really understanding and helpful. I was able to finally conduct my talk remotely. I am especially thankful to Jona Azizaj and Ardian Haxha .

The talk was about –

  • What is Machine Learning ? and it’s applications.
  • Basic Machine Learning Algorithms with examples
  • Case Studies of FOSS organizations : How do FOSS organizations like Fedora, Wikimedia, Mozilla use Machine Learning ?
  • Interested in Machine Learning ? Resources

You can find the preliminary version of slides for the talk here

The talk aimed at introducing Machine Learning to the audience and I would love to interact with anyone interested in knowing more about learning Machine Learning or contributing to FOSS organizations in this area.

Jona and I were also going to conduct a workshop on Introduction to Non Technical Contributions in Free and Open Source Software. It is a common misconception that you need to know programming to contribute to FLOSS organizations and that contributors only work on technical tasks. This workshop aimed to bust this myths by introducing participants to non coding tasks in FLOSS organizations and mainly Fedora. We (Jona and I) were going to talk about diverse non technical contribution opportunities in FOSS by taking example of Fedora like Marketing, Translation, Design, Writing articles for Fedora Magazine or contributing to Community Operations. Jona went on to conduct the workshop with other Fedora contributors at SFK like Giannis K. , Anxhela H, Elio Qoshi and others.

The slides for the workshop are here. You can view it better after you download it.

Even though I couldn’t attend SFK, I could feel it to be a huge success all the way to Berlin !

I hope to learn from the presentations of the talks I wanted to but couldn’t attend – especially ‘Hacking the tenders data: the quest for public spending patterns’ by Victor Netu and ‘Using Open Source Technology for Social Change’ by Blinera Merta. I also planned to visit FLOSSK , Prishtina Hackerspace and Girls Coding Kosova – which are some awesome FOSS communities in Prishtina and learn about their ongoing projects, their journey (Prishtina Hackerspace was founded by crowdsourcing the funds!) and hoped to apply those learnings in India – but better luck next time (maybe during next SFK).

Shihemi se shpejti, Prishtina !

 

 

FLOCK Diaries – Krakow, 2016

tldr ; FLOCK 2016 took place in Krakow, Poland and I was lucky to be a part of it. During the conference, I met many awesome and inspiring folks from the Fedora community including those I have interacted with on IRC, gave my first talk, organized the CommOps workshop and attended many other wonderful talks and workshops which motivated me to further contribute to Fedora – all while enjoying the nightlife of Krakow ! I also made some pretty awesome friends from all around the globe whom I hope to meet again soon..

FLOCK is the annual Fedora contributor conference which happens every year around August alternatively in Europe and North America. This year it was in Krakow, Poland – a beautiful city situated on the Vistula river full of history, culture and Fedora contributors 😛

I had submitted two different talk ideas for FLOCK in April and one of them ‘I contributed ! But what now ? ‘ which was about increasing contributor retention rates in Fedora community using data analytics got accepted ! Yaay !

I was a bit relaxed after that and didn’t worry much when there was no further contact by FLOCK organizers for hotel and travel bookings. But by early July, I was panicking a lot ! Turns out, I had registered for FLOCK using a different email id (non f.p.o one) and submitted the talk using my f.p.o email id and hence was dropped from the list of sponsored attendees. Anyway, thanks to FLOCK organizers and especially, Joe Brockmier it all worked out in the end since I was already in Berlin for my research work and didn’t need a new visa ! So come August 2, I was all set and ready to fly to FLOCK..

I expected a huge crowd at the airport as the Youth Day had just ended and Pope had left the earlier day, but it wasn’t too busy. However, people arriving after us weren’t so lucky. At the airport, I met other Fedora contributors Amita Sharma, Justin Flory, Stephen Gallagher and Ryan Lerch – all tired and groggy from their long haul flights! Rafal Luzynski dropped us to our hotel and also stopped us from making bad decisions like exchanging euros to zolates at the airport konto with bad exchange rates – and a lot more in the near future. A big shout out to Rafal for being an awesome organizer ! That day, we just visited a nearby mall for lunch, relaxed a bit in our rooms and went out to the Town Square at night to try traditional Polish cuisine. There was an issue with my hotel rooms because of the different email id fiasco but it got resolved pretty soon. A shout out to Brian Exelbird(bex) and Joe Brockmeir(jzb) for their organizing a wonderful FLOCK again 🙂 We also had a bit of a scare at night right after we were back in the hotel. We were back in the hotel courtyard-cum-parking lot and we had just met Redon Skikuli, Jona Azizaj and Giannis Konstantinidis – Fedora Ambassadors from Albania and Greece*. Some of us were on the footpath while some of us were on the road (mind you, it was all inside the hotel courtyard) happily talking and getting to know others when a huge bus came suddenly charging at us from nowhere. Had I jumped one second later, I would have been dead ! And yes, the bus driver didn’t even honk – just flashed the lights – as if we were supposed to have eyes at the back of our head ! Anyway, it was an exciting start to the conference ..

August 3rd was the first day of FLOCK. I had my talk scheduled at 11 : 00 am and I was surprised and very happy to see Fedora Project Leader, Matthew Miller(mattdm) amongst the attendees. The talk went quite well and a lot of people were surprised to see from data that after 3 months, about 50% of the contributors drop off the grid completely. I presented some ways and metrics on how we could improve this scenario including having a definite onboarding process, positive community and feedback mechanisms. I had done a quick survey of the Fedora contributors about what made them stay and it was interesting to see it’s not just about loving your work – a strong FOSS community is what makes people stay.  People also cited the four Fedora foundations , a sense of giving back to the community and constant learning as reasons which made them stay ! I also talked about the positive impact of attending Fedora events and the patterns of long term contributors – how they value consistency over quantity while contributing. Later, we also discussed about the ways we could reduce these numbers of contributors dropping out – and one interesting idea which came up was about sending a feedback/reminder email to contributors after a certain period of inactivity ! I would love to see if implementing that changes these numbers in any way. The talk wouldn’t have been possible if Sachin Kamath wouldn’t have helped me – he is a CommOps team member and a current GSoC student working on metrics and Onboarding –  a big shout out to him for all his help ! After the talk (after I had fangirled over mattdm and taken photos with him ), mattdm and I discussed a bit about the tool Sachin was building as a part of GSoC on getting intern statistics and group wise metrics for Fedora and how it could be used to automated the metrics from ‘State of Fedora’ talks.

Later that day, I attended some interesting sessions including ‘Zanata Translation Platform’ by Alex Eng, ‘Fedora Swag’ by Jiri Eischmann, ‘Mailman 3 and HyperKitty’ by Aurelian Bompard and ‘University Outreach’ by Jona Azizaj and Justin Flory. Zanata is a web-based translation platform for translators, content creators and developers to manage localization projects. It also offers translation statistics and API to query data which made me interested in generating metrics for the translator community in Fedora. I was particularly interested in finding if translators were same as other Fedora contributors in their burnout rates especially considering they had different sort of community environment – smaller, non-IRC, different privileges in Fedora community.  The ‘Fedora Swag’ talk was particularly interesting as Jiri discussed on how and why Fedora produced a particular kind of swag, different kinds of swags and their target audience and motivations , how recently marketing had decided to focus on python community in Fedora and hence swag production had become more targetted towards ‘Fedora ❤ Python’ initiatives. We also had an interesting discussion about how swag in terms of flyers promote more interest and involvement than just stickers. However, I would have loved to see some sort of feedback or data backing these motivations but all in all, it was a pretty interesting peek behind the decision making in the Fedora Marketing team. I also learnt during the session that Fedora tshirts were given out at FOSDEM 2016 to anyone with a FAS account getting the FOSDEM badge and while there were some issues while signing up for FAS for people, all in all quite a few people got those Fedora Tshirts. Jiri said there were about a 100 Fedora Tshirts. About 19 newcomers were onboarded during FOSDEM, it would be interesting to see if they just created a FAS account for T Shirt or they actually contributed ! The ‘University Outreach’ talk was the last talk for the day but it was certainly very packed – I almost didnt get a plce to sit! It was presented by Jona Azizaj and Justin Flory. Both Jona and Justin are students and Fedora Ambassadors from Albania and North America respectively. The talk was originally to be given by Ardian Haxha – a Fedora Ambassador from Kosovo and Justin but he couldn’t make it due to last minute visa problems unfortunately. The talk focused on the University Involvement Initiative proposed by Fedora Council in early 2015. It was a pretty interesting talk about marketing thoughts around attracting university students to Fedora and lead to some pretty interesting discussions amongst the attendees.

During the evening, the organizers had planned a walking tour of Krakow and it was really fun. Our guide – the one with an yellow umbrella – was pretty funny and made history seem really exciting. The city – the historical structures, stone buildings, crowds thronging the restaurants, women drawn horse carriages – everything seemed so beautiful that I felt transported to another century – or 1800s to be precise. Once, I got so engrossed taking pictures that we got lost and followed another group ! We saw castles, churches, modern art, dragon statue and the walked along the beautiful river Vistula. Finding a restaurant afterwards for dinner was pretty tough as flock attendees had filled every place, we made a bad choice for restaurant and even missed the last bus back but the night ended well with a game of spin the bottle in the hotel and some pretty interesting dares and friends made for a lifetime.

The next day, August 4th, we had diversity panel discussion and the morning was spent working on it ! I got to meet some awesome ladies in Open Source who were a part of the panel like Marina Z. who works on Outreach Efforts in Red Hat and also coordinates the GNOME Outreachy program, Marie Nordin(reicatnor) who has designed some pretty awesome Fedora Badges and was a past Outreachy Intern for Fedora and of course our very own Amita Sharma from Red Hat Pune , who organized the Fedora Womend Day in India and Maria ‘tatica’ Leonardo – the Fedora Diversity Advisor. While tatica couldn’t be there in person, we however could manage to have a live video session with her. The Panel Discussion revolved tackling bullying in the open source community and devising plans to increase diversity in open source. While we felt the crunch of time as it was just for an hour, the discussion really did give some great insights on how to tackle the issues. I also attended other talks on ‘Bugyou’ by Sayan Chowdhury , ‘Women in Open Source’ by Amita Sharma and partly ‘How we took care of spam’ by Patrick Uiterwijk.

Bugyou is a service which listens to fedmsg messages and interacts with the issue tracking tools through an API. It has a collection of plugins where each of the plugin is configured to listens to one or more fedmsg topics and automatically files bugs to the configured issue tracking tools. Sayan talked about it’s structure and plugin configurations. It was interesting to note that we had to manually configure the bug topics in .cfg file along with the issue tracking tool and I was left wondering of how I could use the tool for tracking some metrics or topics and not just bugs. Amita and Patrick’s talks were at the same time so I had to jump between them. Amita talked about increasing women participation in Open Source. This is especially important considering the skewed numbers – in about 250 FLOCK attendees, only 15 were women !! She shared information about great groups and opportunities, such as OpenHatch, Women in Drupal, PyLadies, Outreachy and Google Summer of Code – and some of them were even new to me ! I am so signing up for a PyLadies meetup in Berlin – Thanks Amita ! She also talked about the idea for a helping-pyramid in Fedora community where each Fedora woman can be a mentor of two more women and so on helping in making the numbers grow which I really like. Patrick Uiterwijk(puiterwijk) talked about the recent spam FAS accounts in Fedora community and how he wrote Basset to tackle it. I was especially interested in learning about the Machine Learning and scoring techniques behind Basset and all I can say here is that, patrick has done some pretty great work on it ! puiterwijk++ That evening we enjoyed a river cruise. They view from the cruise was pretty scenic with trains, bridges, castle and the river and I also saw a bridge with locks of love like in Paris on it. However, the night didn’t end there – some of us were crazy enough to go clubbing afterwards but it was a lot of fun even though we took quite a while to find the club !

 

The next day was CommOps workshop and Justin and I worked on it early in the morning. Later, they were some Lightning talks – which I wanted to attend but couldn’t and some workshops. The CommOps workshop went pretty well. We had discussions about Python SIG onboarding , how to improve the Fedora election process and the voter turnout and some discussions regarding what type of metrics we should work on in near future. There was also a G11N meetup later where Pravin Satpute led the discussion about the globalization team, the issues they were facing and the things they were looking forward to in the future. There was also some discussion about Zanata metrics which interested me to contribute to and I hope to introduce myself on the localization mailing list once we are back home. In the evening, we all went to celebrate at Brewery Lubicz.

 

The next day was the last day of FLOCK and there was surely a feeling of bittersweet goodbyes in the air.  There was a Hubs workshop which I was interested in and Wallpaper Hunt but we all ended up walking on the streets of Krakow in the evening instead. We sat down at an expensive restaurant, got out and ate cheap kebabs and doner instead, saw an improptu parade – I met a Gryfinndor and a butterfly lady too – and just soaked around in the beauty that is Krakow. Obviously, the night ended in a party – like always – and Jona and I even managed to convince Adam Miller(maxamillion) and Justin to stay and party with us even when they had a early morning flight. The next day all of us left for our own destinations, but that night – we were each happy in the moment – FLOCK had ended but our Fedora journey had just began 🙂

 

Before attending FLOCK, I was a bit hesitant about continuing to contribute to Fedora and mainly whether I could manage it with my research. However at FLOCK, I met and interacted with people who were contributing much more than me while managing other aspects of their life – and they were doing it pretty well too ! I also met contributors whom I have interacted and collaborated with in IRC like pingou , threebean , jflory7 and mattdm and felt the impact of my work – when people met me and they knew me beforehand because of my metrics related work, or when they used my work in their talk, or when Jan Kurik came up to me and thanked me for helping him out in the elections – I knew I was working in the right direction. It is all these moments – of knowing that my work is impacting someone somewhere – that I contribute for and will continue to do so. Till now, I have only worked on metrics which show how attending fedora events increases the contribution activity of participants and how it makes them contribute longer – but today, after attending flock – I also know the why behind it 🙂

 

Bee.