As we all know, Fedora released its 25th version at the end of November ! So, we had a Fedora 25 Release Party on the 10th of December, 2016, organised by Sumantro Mukherjee, Sudhir Dharanendraiah and Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay at Christ University, Bangalore.
The event was a success with fresh energy, the Christ University students from freshman year who were new to Linux, along with few old faces.

Introducing Fedora 25

We had two segments of the event: one about Fedora’s new features and another about how one can start contributing to Fedora projects. Vipul Siddharth interacted with the new folks and what they can expect from the event. Around 50 people attended the event. We welcomed new contributors, helped them get Fedora 25 workstations, put up their first websites and of course distributed fedora stickers.

Introducing what’s new in Fedora

During the initiation of the event, Sumantro Mukherjee spoke on the new features introduced in Fedora 25. His talk covered the features in depth:
Inclusion of Wayland in Fedora 25 by default, Rust support on Fedora, Fedora Media Writer as Primary Downloadable, IBus Emoji Typing, etc.

 

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Sumantro Mukherjee speaking on new features of Fedora 25.

 

Adding on to that, Sudhir spoke on the endeavours of the QA team and how the various packages went through the testing process. He also explained that Fedora uses the latest kernel following which we had the Cake to add more sugar to the event(literally) 😉

 

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Sudhir Dharanendraiah and others cutting the cake.

 

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Contribute

We later had two more talks: I spoke on how one can contribute to various Fedora projects and Vipul on basics of Git.
I interacted mostly with the first year students who were willing to know on how can they get started with open source. From joining the mailing lists to getting help on IRC, etc. Following this, I spoke on Fedora-Hubs, the new project for contributors to hack on. The talk covered the architecture of Fedora-Hubs, the working of Hubs and Widgets and how one can start contributing to the project.

 

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Devyani Kota speaking on getting started with Fedora.

 

Later, Vipul gave a talk on Git basics and helped students host their first website on github.io. There were a lot of smiles after this segment ! Cheers to all the new contributors.

 

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Vipul Siddharth speaking on the basics of Git.

 

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the faculty at Christ University who were very supportive and the efforts Vipul Siddharth and Prakash Mishra put in to make this event successful. This event ended with good signs with a lot of new contributors willing to learn and contribute to Fedora projects.

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