Fedora 25 Release Party – Bangalore

Fedora 25 Release Party – Bangalore

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.


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) 😉


Sudhir Dharanendraiah and others cutting the cake.




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.


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.


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.

Wearing a Red Hat !

Wearing a Red Hat !

Hola reader !
2016 had its lows and highs ! Struggles, achievements, new journeys and much more.
Here I am in the last month of the year !

I joined as an intern in July, working on gdeploy: an Ansible based deployment tool for GlusterFS. From trying to figure out how it works to writing ansible playbooks and config files, I’ve come a long way ^_^

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Today is my first day in the Storage Engineering team at Red Hat 🙂
I will actively be involved with GlusterFS and other Red Hat products.
Am sure gonna have a steep learning curve working with new technologies, looking forward to hacking on challenging projects.

A quote that has been there alongside this year and kept me going :

“Your goals don’t care if its the weekend ! ” -Anonymous


Cover Picture Courtesy : devyanikota@gmail.com

What did I do this Summer – part 1(FUDCon India)

What did I do this Summer – part 1(FUDCon India)

Hello Reader ! Already in the second half of the year, thought of getting my new-year resolutions executed by the end of the year ! So, here I am writing my Blog-Post on how I spent my summer !!

After my semester exams that ended somewhere in the first week of June, I was excited to attend this awesome conference FUDCon, which was being conducted in India after 4 years(yeah ! that long 😉 ). So, it took place from 26th to 28th june, 2015 at MIT College of Engineering, Pune.


Quick Intro : FUDCon (Fedora Users and Developers Conference) is basically for people who are interested in Fedora. It was an amazing experience, I got to know about various tools and was quite motivated to see the speakers speak about their experience on various cool upstream projects.

Well, I reached MIT on the very first day i.e on the 26th itself. (yeah, was pretty tiring !)

DAY one: So, the first day started with the key note by Dennis Gilmore on “Delivering Fedora for everything and everyone”. After which we( along with Charul and Subhendu) headed to attend the talk on DNF- fedora’s new package manager. The DNF was forked from Yum in early 2012. The goal of the DNF is to develop something that looks like Yum from the command line but provides better experience for people interested in writing plugins and extensions for the DNF.


Then we attended  talk on Vagrant for Effective DevOps Culture by Vaidik Kapoor where he spoke on how vagrant can be proved to be an effective tool for developers. I liked this talk, he explained really well.


    After lunch we attended a talk on “Whats new in Drupal 8?” by Jared Smith, where he spoke about the new features that are going to be added to Drupal 8. The day ended with a keynote from Harish Pillay on “What’s going on in a FOSS project”


Day two started with a keynote by Jiri Eishchmann on “Present and Future of Fedora Workstation”. He spoke about better graphics support, better battery life in F23 also more reliable weekly updates. He also told that MP3 patent expires this September, so Linux distributions like Fedora can start playing MP3s by default. (yay ! finally!! 😛 )

fudcon2Following this, I attended the talk on Haskell by Jens Petersen, where I realised the dawn of new langugaes. Then, I was there listening to Rejy on “Be secure with SELinux”. He was an awesome speaker who interacted with the audience pretty well, delivering the need of SELinux Gyan 🙂

After that, it was Sayan’s talk on “Fedmsg : the message bus for Fedora Infrastructure”, where he spoke on how it works and which projects are currently using it and how can one contribute to it.

fudcon1Day two ended by Tenzin Chokden with his keynote talk on how GhostNet affected the Tibetian Community and how Linux helped them stop GhostNet from spreading.

Day three, we attended a workshop on “Docker Basics” by Aditya Patawari and Lalatendu Mohanty, they explained it really well. They have uploded the workshop content on github! Next “Flask 101: Getting started with Fedora Infra” workshop was taken by Sayan and Ratnadeep. Finally closing ceremony by Rupali !

There was a photo session in the end too 🙂

I am glad I could attend such a great event, met quite a number of fedora contributors and learnt so many new things, also was highly motivated. Last but not the least, it was an experience worth cherishing ! 🙂