the FRT Budapest 2011 is over - much too fast - and i am sure this was just the beginning for the hungary Fedora community. I felt reminded at the first FAD ever in 2006 where a small number of people started the Europe Fedora Community. This is another good example in a "new" Region where Fedora is used quite often in areas that you may not expect.
Even if a FRT is a informal Meeting, Zoltan Hoppar and Peter Borsa did an excellent and thorough job with preparation, agenda and presentation. What made the event special was that they all together met the first time and a surprise from Jared - Peter blogged about it.
Not all of the participants were Fedora Contributors but are very expirienced FOSS Contributors like the Developers from ULX who work on the Fedora based SuliX or as example Janos Viragh a Professor from the József Attila University in Szeged who maintains a OSSMath spin based on Fedora (Mel, you should invite him to a POSSE Session so he can share his awesome knowledge) - another attendee joined us just because he made a fresh Fedora Installation and saw a blog post about the FRT when he started his Firefox - keep blogging!
In the first part we discussed the status, targets, ideas, possibilities within the Hungarian Fedora community, i learned that Open Source is well known and used in Hungary and that even the Hungarian Government works on a new statute to replace MS Office products with Open Standards and as example in Szeged we have already showcases where hundreds of Lab-Machines on the University run Fedora. We ended up pretty fast with some action items to spread FOSS and Fedora on educational institutes
- bring the educational Open Source Activities in Hungary together and learn from each other - like SuliX and the OpenEdu Programm, but also involve the Fedora spins that are intended for education - like FEL, FSL, OSSMath, Design-Spin,
- try to aggregate/unite the different hungarian educational projects on one portal for easier access
- approach more universities and introduce how to use and contribute to Fedora
- use Government Contacts that already exist to find opportunities to place Fedora as learning platform
We all had good conversation during the Lunch - i got more insight on Fedora-Insight from Peter Borsa and we enjoyed the good meal ;)
In the afternoon we continued the discussion about gaining speed in Hungary, and Gergely Buday suggested to have a Tutorial Weekend around Fedora in the near Future - because it is expensive to send all the speakers to Budapest we thought about the opportunity to combine it with the EMEA Planning Fedora Activity Day for 2012 which could held this time in Budapest or to combine it with Online-Video-Live Sessions. On the other hand we all agreed that if Fedora want to become a more visible part of the FOSS eco System in Hungary it would help to join the important events like Info Savaria, Informatics in education, LOK...
Further we discussed the opportunity to use the already established sys-admin.hu portal as a place for potential users/contributors to go where the local Fedora Community provides news, online tutorials and project information. But this idea needs more discussion, - maybe the URL is not related enough to FOSS and there is the concern to create too much new Infrastructure and fragmentation, the goal is that contributors join and work inside the Fedora Infrastructure to the whole Project not only regional.
We also reminded us that Fedora has one overall goal - the next release - and here we agreed on some action items as example to have the awesome Flyers created by Mairin and the Design Team should be translated and reformated to the European printing format and that we want to support new releases with more translation sprint, install fests here in hungary.
Finally we had a nice surprise - i saw a lot Fedora Cakes in the past on pictures but never had the opportunity to eat one ;) - it was delicious and if you joined the Event in IRC #fedora-meeting-1 you maybe saw the Topic 3. Eating the Fedora Cake ;) this is where this picture derives ;)
Thanks Peter for completing the list that makes it easy to thank all of you to give me the opportunity to join you on this event:
Zoltan Hoppar - Fedora Ambassador, HU L10n team coordinator, Translator
Peter Borsa - Fedora Insight, Drupal developer, DDN(en: Debrecen Drupal Days) co-organizer
Peter Bojtos - ULX, L10n Translator, Sulix developer
Mate Gelei - Fedora Ambassador
Gergely Rákosi - Fedora Ambassador
Gergely Buday - Fedora Member, Developer
Tamás Nyarasdi - Fedora member, ASM developer
Zoltan Paldi - Fedora member
Janos Viragh - OSSMath spin developer, University of Szeged
Kalman Szalai - Contributor at Libreoffice, Mozilla Europe, Ubuntu Hungary
Csaba Ravadics - Fedora member
Some more pictures can be found: