Fedora and GNOME at the Engineering Week of UPIG

I was invited today to present two Free software projects: GNOME and Fedora at UPIG (Universidad Peruana de Integración Global). They celebrated the event during the whole week the “Engineering Week”. This was the advertisement they used to announce the workshop that last two hours. It was offered free admission with certification fee of s/.25.

15284024_1350078885010813_3865978805236060843_nThe computers of the labs in the university had Windows installed and it was only allowed to install virtual box with a local iso during the workshop. The computers did not have neither permission to read DVDs. So, I did an introduction to the projects that these students have not heard before at all.

upig01I did what I usually do during my workshops such as prizing people when they respond questions of what I have already explained, photo of the entire group and playing with Fedora and GNOME balloons. They somehow get engaged and ask me to give more links related to the Linux history as well the contributions on these projects.

upig02Thank you so much for organizing this event and for helping us to spread the Linux word in universities in Lima, Peru. Thanks Lizbeth Lucar and Solanch Casas.

upig03This is not going to be my last presentation in Lima to spread the GNOME and FEDORA word.  I have previously arranged a couple of more presentations at universities such as UNTELS and UNMSM. Let’s expected more attendances next time, after final exams 😉

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This last Saturday 26th was celebrated the #LinuXatUNI event at National University of Engineering. There were more than 250 people registered, but we have only 84 attended, though. I was surprised about this! It might be the upcoming final exams at universities in Lima or the early time on weekend.

Beside this, students and enthusiastic Linux people were gathered at the venue before 8:00 a.m. We started by projecting the “Revolution of the Operating System” movie, for people who did not bring their laptops.

linuxatuni_14While people had been registered, we gave all the participants stickers of GNOME, FEDORA & LinuXatUNI, and DVDs of F25 as a gift. We did also ask to pose at the camera with a special photo booth frame:

linuxatuni_01The Install Fedora 25 party took place to people who brought laptop. Some of them had Windows Operating System and others Ubuntu. For newbies, “Dual boot” was the most demanding way, among Virtual Box and Live DVD.

linuxatuni_06After that, the conferences onsite started with the Welcome message and the Fedora Ambassadors in the morning and Erick Cachay from IBM del Perú in the afternoon.

linuxatuni_02The sharing cake had arrived, and we did have cake and coke for everyone!

linuxatuni_03When we have people happy and sweet, we can ask for a group photo. Thanks for all the volunteers that helped us with the registration in pictures of this special day.

linuxatuni_08A collective effort of the volunteers from different universities was clearly demonstrated.

linuxatuni_05Contributors from GNOME and FEDORA were online to share their expertise with Peru.  Thanks Bastian from Denmark, Fefa from Chile, Fabio from Chile and Nuritzi from U.S.

linuxatuni_10Fedora Latam ambassadors also were online on time. Thanks to Neville and Eduardo Mayorga from Nicaragua, echevemaster from Colombia and Athos from Brazil! who was a great surprise that day :3

linuxatuni_11It was an honor to have students from universities in provinces who came to the event.

linuxatuni_09The method called “trivias” was applied also in #LinuXatUNI, we prized people who answered our questions related to LinuX, GNOME and Fedora.

linuxatuni_04It is quite hard to find women in IT, moreover have Linux women and moreover Fedora and GNOME women. I hope this women can follow the Linux way :3

linuxatuni_07People have to work to survive, and spending time in personal life is also crucial that doing volunteer activities can be sometimes a “special mission”. The following people are more than amazing because besides their works, they really helped with a smile and enthusiasm in order to have a successful event!  Thanks Leyla Marcelo & Raul Mucha from UPN,  and Martin Vuelta from UNMSM.

linuxatuni_12Even I tried to plan carefully (after all these years of experience in doing events), I did fail in some aspects like in sound, video and times scheduling. The idea of the “Genius bar” took place “in the floor”, because it was not allowed to have drinks inside the auditorium neither locate tables inside preventing accidents in case of earthquake. I really had a great DJ, but I did not consider the music inside during the test. Also my laptop has more than 5 years and maybe the sound incoming and delivered was not the best. I should invest in a better one. Lastly, connectors and cables did not let us work partially or totally onsite.

linuxatuni_13Please see more pictures here, and I hope you enjoy them!  🙂

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Last night I introduced newcomers into the FEDORA and GNOME world. Thanks to Azul Cusicollur for arrangement the meeting at the UTP (University Technological of Peru). There was announced that only 40 seats are available for lab and then we have guests from different universities.

The journey had lasted almost seven hours in a raw, since we officially started around 11:00 p.m., then during the first two hours, I had talked about the Fundamental of Linux, the FEDORA project and the GNOME project.


Another picture from different angle:


As usual, I applied the methodology to prize students wherever they answer my questions during my talk, with stickers, pins and lots of pictures 🙂


As well many FEDORA stickers to everyone at the workshop:


After that, since you do not love what you do not know, we ‘ve decided to see the Revolution of Operating System movie and you can see some pictures here: At the back people were not able to see clearly the projection, then they followed the movie in a mute mode since their own seats.


The movie ended around 3:00 am and the majority stayed awake until the band with the FREE SOFTWARE song had played (8) Join us and share the software, you will be free (8) 😀


I ‘ve said the “majority” because some could not resist the Friday overnight (it seems that he had a busy week)


Finally the FEDORA and the JHBUILD workshop took place and here are some pictures where you can see the effort of the UTP local students


UPC (University Peruvian of Science) students also made it:


As well some students of University of Villareal in Lima:


Thanks again Azul for doing a great job at Hack Space UTP this year!


The rewarding story from this overnight experience is that a student called Magno Grande did the job during the next day, trying and trying at the morning at UTP, and later he continued at his home until he finally got the idea. He sent me some pictures of his job 🙂


And he did  it by using Java this time :


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LinuX at UNI is coming soon!!!

Yesterday we had the first official meeting with the volunteers for the event #LinuXatUNI which is going to be possible thanks to the sponsor of FEDORA LATAM and the GNOME Foundation.


The event is going to be held at CTIC – UNI which is an institute of research at UNI (University of Engineering) and the program is going to focused in installing FEDORA 25 and technical talks about how to contribute to the FEDORA and GNOME projects.


Our designer this time is Leyla Marcelo who helped us to decide the colors and formats for this event. She did so far some flyers and accessories that we are going to use in the event


Tomorrow we are going to test the quality of audio and video with some GNOME and FEDORA people in order to not have technical problems the day of the event. Thanks to the community members that are helping us remotely with this effort.

Topic Speaker Time
Install FEDORA 25 Party – GNOME 3.22 All participants 08:00 a.m. – 09:50 a.m.
Welcome words FEDORA and GNOME Peru 09:50 a.m. – 09:55 a.m.
How I became an Ambassador FEDORA Aly Machaca 09:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Steps, Tools and Packages Rules FEDORA RPM Tonet Jallo 10:05 a.m. – 10:45 a.m
Sharing cake and photo-booth all participants 10:45 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
How to contribute GNOME – Team Design Bastian Ilso Hougaard 11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Educational Robotic with ICARO and FEDORA Neville Cross 11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
How to package ICARO Eduardo Echevarria 11:55 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
What is FEDORA Scientific Martin Vuelta 12:30 p.m. – 01:00 p.m.
How to contribute FEDORA – Team Documentation Eduardo Mayorga 01:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
How to contribute FEDORA – Team QA Abel Martinez 01:30 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.
FEDORA as preparation to RED HAT Rodolfo Pimentel 02:00 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.
Grupal photo all participants 02:30 p.m. – 02:40 p.m.
Lunch time all participants 02:40 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
Gimpstagram w/GNOME, basic filter photos Fefa Morales 03:30 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.
How to contribute GNOME – Team QA Fabio Duran 04:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m.
How to contribute GNOME maps Damian Nohales 04:30 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Launching a GNOME instance on AWS Cloud Erick Cachay 05:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
The GNOME community Nuritzi Sanchez 05:30 p.m. – 05:40 p.m.

You are also welcome to support us by sharing this event on social networks and everywhere you decide! 🙂




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Reaching more FEDORA and GNOME newcomers at UTP

With Hack Space permitting on November 11, the next Friday at UTP (Universidad Tecnológica del Perú – Technology University of Perú), I am going to present the Free Software Projects: FEDORA and GNOME. The workshop will be focused in installation of FEDORA and then build the jhbuild of GNOME as a challenge for more than 8 hours. Then, the journey will start at 10:00 p.m. and it will finish at 7:00 a.m.

This is the online flyer that is published and there are only 40 seats available, so let’s register soon!  This event is free of charge, previous registration at ->



Thanks to Azul Huaylla for organizing this, and for helping us to promote the Linux word in Lima, Perú 🙂

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It is well-known for some people that my heart, head and soul belong to both, the GNOME and FEDORA project, and anytime I have the opportunity to talk about Linux, I bring these ones to the table. So, thanks to the organizers of the event SEISCO 2016 for letting me share more about them!

seisco14-pngI did three talks (almost three hours in a raw), the first one related to FEDORA called “FEDORA 25, un software totalmente Libre”, were I explained what is FEDORA, the relationship with Red Hat, how to join the community and how I met FEDORA through the inspirational Jiri Eischman job at Republic Czech and my contribution so far.

seisco10Then, I have talked about “GNOME 22, usabilidad y aplicaciones”, which also included the presentation of the GNOME community, newcomers, how my mentor Phil Bull guided me nicely since the very beginning, GUADECs, Hackfests, the Outreachy program, my contribution and how to contribute by building the code with JHBUILD.

seisco17At the begining, we had a few audience…a female student from UNI was familiar w/Linux!

seisco08Suddenly, something that has not happened to me before occurred… they claimed to repeat the FEDORA talk again in order to know about it! From around 35 students, almost the quarter have heard about Linux and  4 or 5 use Ubuntu, and only one guy use Red Hat.

seisco01As always, I give some gifts when they do good participation, stickers and notebooks 😀

seiscogiftThanks so much to Leyla, Daniel and Raul, students from UPN for organizing events that let us spread the FEDORA and GNOME word in my local community! 🙂


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Consequences of the HACK CAMP 2016 FEDORA + GNOME

I used to do install parties in order to promote the use of FEDORA and GNOME project since five years ago. As you can see more details in the Release Party FEDORA 17 for Fedora, and Linux Camp 2012, GNOME PERU 2013, GNOME PERU 2014:

peru01To the fifth edition of GNOME PERU 2015 I asked FEDORA to be a sponsor and they kindly accepted, it was included in a video and some pictures of the support as follow:

peru02Fedora and GNOME work different, we have in Perú many ambassador of FEDORA and only three members of the GNOME Foundation. That is why I have seen more FEDORA events than GNOME, and I was trying to reach more users of GNOME on FEDORA.

Anytime I have to do a local or international workshop or a class in universities, I do spread the FEDORA + GNOME word. Some pictures of the DVDs I have given for free:

peru05As well I have seen many students that now are working with Linux-related technology, but there was not a real contributor, neither for FEDORA or GNOME community that I brought to these project. I have also been involved in many Linux groups in Lima too, with no success in bringing new real contributor. These efforts were not enough…

peru07This year, 2016, I decided to focus directly to developers and instead of having long quantity of audience, I chose to keep the eye on quality.

I found a group in Lima called Hack Space where they train people to code, and this summer they gathered students from many parts of Peru. These students were not just students at universities, they were extraordinary students at self-training and also “leaders” in their communities. I decided to take them to a Hack Camp and it was a coincidence that HackSpace were also planing this activity! So we joined to use code on Linux though FEDORA and GNOME. This was possible thanks to Alvaro Concha and Martin Vuelta, and of course the sponsor of the GNOME Foundation. We did have 5 days:

peru08After the HACK CAMP 2016, I was be able to be part of the conference CONEISC 2016 because the participants of the HACK CAMP 2016: Jean Pierr Chino Lurita and Wilbur Naike Chiuyari Veramendi were part of the organization in his local community, at Pucallpa. Then, I traveled to Pucallpa (jungle of Peru) in order to spread the FEDORA+ GNOME word (this time I was not sponsored neither by GNOME or FEDORA).

peru09Because CONEISC 2016 congregated business and professionals related to computer and science. There was an opportunity to interact to other formal entrepreneurs interested in promoting Linux technologies such as DevAcademy and Backtrack Academy.

I am arranging special editions related to FEDORA and GNOME. Both channels have achieved more than 2,762 views. DevAcademy has 6,750 subscribers and BacktracAcademy had reached  5,393.

  • Another talk I have gotten because some participants at CONEISC 2016 enjoyed my workshop, is going to be presented at the SEISCO event that will be held at UPN:

14714804_188926978215598_7074006320136480389_oA couple of events that are also going to be fruit of the HACK CAMP 2016 are the LINUX at UNI (with the effort of the participants of the HACK CAMP: Briggette Roman and Lizeth Quispe) and LINUX at San Marcos (the organizers are the participants of the HACK CAMP: Manuel Merino, Angel Mauricio and Fiorella Effio.

And finally, the most important part of all these effort for more than five years is Martin Vuelta, who supported the organization of HACK CAMP 2016! He is a potential contributor to FEDORA and then, because we both attended the FUDcon LATAM 2016 event, we saw also an opportunity to build the GNOME PUNO initiative! 😀

There are lots of plans to grow in my local community! Thanks FEDORA and GNOME! ❤

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