Arranging Install Fest 2017

Next Thursday at the auditorium of the School of Computer Science, we are going to install in more than 200 new students of the university FEDORA + GNOME, since during the first year they study algorithms, C programming and GNU/Linux in general.

Thanks to the authorities of the National University of Engineering for arranging all the proper permissions and also the company Softbutterfly will provide us a Website to document all the Linux events that we have done in universities during the last years.

uni.pngSpecial thanks to our designer Leyla Marcelo who have designed some new stickers for GNOME and Fedora. Balloons and t-shirts were also been prepared for this new event! 🙂

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Applying to Outreachy and GSoC for Fedora and GNOME

The next 30 is going to be the deadline to apply to the Outreachy program and on April 3rd to the GSoC program. Lately in Peru a group of students were so interested in applying on it, since they have heard about the programs in FLOSS events such as LinuxPlaya 2017 and HackCamp2016, among other local events.

The companies that are participating in these programs fully reflect all available information; however, crucial questions are still on the air. This fact made me write a little post about these programs. So far, the Outreachy offers for FEDORA and GNOME:


Fedora is a Linux-based operating system, which offers versions focused on three possible uses: workstation, server, and cloud.

Internship projects:

  • Improve Bodhi, the web-system that publishes updates for Fedora (looking for applicants as of March 17) Required: Python; Optional: JavaScript, HTML, CSS


GNOME is a GNU/Linux-based innovative desktop that is design-driven and easy to use.

Internship projects:

  • Improve GTK+ with pre-compiled GtkBuilder XML files in resource data (looking for applicants as of March 12) Required: C, ability to quickly pick up GTK+

  • Photos: Make it perfect — every detail matters (looking for applicants as of March 12) Required: C, ability to quickly pick up GLib and GTK+

  • Make mapbox-gl-native usable from GTK+

    Required: C, GTK+; optional: C++, interest in maps

  • Unit Testing Integration for GNOME Builder (looking for applicants as of March 7) Required: GTK+, and experience with either C, Python, or Vala

  • Documentation Cards for GNOME Builder

    Required: GTK+, and experience with either C, Python, or Vala

First of all, it is compulsory to know what the programs are. Boths,  GSoC and Outreachy program ask to complete a requested free and open-source software coding project online during a period of 3 months, with a stipend of $5500. It is not required to complete that tasks before you apply, or to travel abroad to complete the internship, neither a Google recruiting program. To apply you must fulfill the requirements and other five points (that I also consider important as well):

1.- Be familiar with the project

In the case of GSoc for Fedora, please see the wiki of ideas published, for the GSoC GNOME, a wiki of ideas is also posted with the list of projects, and finally, the ideas for the Outreachy that are happy to receive contributors with very different programming skills.

I think that at least a year of experience as a user and as developer is important to mention. For example, in you decide to participate in the GNOME games project, it is important to prove that you have checked or interact with the code they use. It can done by posting it in a blog or by your git hub account. Fixing newcomers bugs related the GNOME games application is also an important plus to consider:: Additionally, the bugs for Fedora.

2.- Read the requirements and provide a proof of evidence

Before submit the proposal, it is important to attach a document to prove that you are currently enroll in a university or institute.
Another important requirement is the age, +18 and they also consider the eligibility to work in the country you live. Tax forms will be asked when you are selected.
You can upload individually more than one proposal could be submitted but only one will be accepted. You can participate in both programs too, the Outreachy program and the GSoC program. Only one will be accepted.

3.- Think about your strangeness and weakness

During the application is asked to prove an evidence of any other projects that you have participated. Maybe it is coincide in my case, but all the students that I found interested in Linux IT are also leaders in their communities or universities, and have participated in other interesting projects. A proof documented of those activities are also part of the process and in case you do not have videos, or posts, search for a letter of an authority (egg. dean of the faculty) to have the letter as a voucher of your committed to the society.

4.- Be in contact with your mentor

When you are about to finish the proposal, it is asked to add a calendar of the tasks and deadlines. In this case, it is better to set up the schedule of duties with the mentor approval. It is suggested to write a mail to introduce yourself with an attached tentative calendar to achieve the request posted in the wiki ideas of the project.

Each project has a list of mentor published, GSoC GNOME wiki shows them between parenthesis aside the name of the project as well as the GSoC for Fedora. The Outreachy mentor’s wiki list for GNOME and the mentor list for Fedora is also public online.

5.- Be responsible and organize your schedule

Be sure that you will accomplish the tasks you have planned in time.

Some students enroll in more than 6 courses at university that demand overtime than another regular student, others have a partial job while they are studying. Those factors must been foreseen before applying. Success in the GSoC program at the same time to pass the courses at the university with great grades is an effort that will open many doors locally and overseas in the academic and professional fields.

  • You can find on the Web examples of previous year’s proposals of the Outrechy programGNOME GSoC and Fedora. If you have further questions, please review the official WebSite FAQ, and if you think something is missing here, you are more than welcome to comment additional tips.

Best wishes for students in Peru and around the world! 🙂

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Post -Linux Playa at PUCP

Yesterday we have a session post-event #LinuxPlaya at PUCP allocating for morning and afternoon sessions. The idea was to guide students who has a potential talent to apply to the GSoC for GNOME and Fedora program as well as the Outreachy for GNOME.

Thanks to the support of Damian and Fabian (Ex GNOME GSoC guys) who guided students from different universities in Lima, Peru. We reviewed the GSoC ideas for gnome-todo, games, and calendar; the IRC channels, lists and ways to reach the mentors.

This session promoted the post of one woman developer called Geny Leon and the two candidates to the documentation GNOME team: Lizeth Lucero and Solanch Ccasa 🙂

Thanks to Genghis Rios who let us use the installations of PUCP for these sessions:

I must highlight the labor of Damian Nohales from GNOME Argentina who had helped me so much during these sessions and particularly also to help the student Ariano Cordero. We visited his home in order to help him to file the patch to the bug 624963.

Public thanks to this incredible man! Thanks Damian Nohales for this! ❤

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#LinuxPlaya 2017, the Fedora and GNOME fest at the beach!

Last Saturday in Lima, Peru, a group of students and, Fedora and GNOME lovers have celebrated the event called #LinuxPlaya.

Thanks to the sponsor of Fedora and GNOME, this group were able to travel from the PUCP university in Lima to the Santa Maria beach (50 Km south from Lima).

Unfortunately, at first we had problems to enter to Santa Maria beach because of the permission from the major. Having banners and balloons at pubic was not allowed in that place without authorisation. We were happy though, and then we decided to move to another beach called “La Ensenada”. People around have seen our “caravan” on streets 🙂

When we had finally arranged our place inside the Ensenada beach, we took a short break to take more pictures of the whole group. (It was quite hard to keep balloons alive at 30°).

After our little crusade, we swam at the beach and we have recharged our energies by eating a delicious “arroz con pato” with “maracuya” as a juice.

To relax, we did also a round of questions regarded the Fedora and GNOME to measure the knowledge of our participants. Each one had to answer a question and be punished if they did not answer correctly :p

Then together we did our traditional game of the rope to finally have a winner team.Then we started with the presentations of the experiences with GTK for GNOME and Fedora with ICARO and robotics.  I gave them some presents as towels and squeeze bottles

We had to wait to the sunset in order to have shadow to exchange the work of the students:I must say that I am very satisfied with the job of this group, even we did not flight the drone or not having enough battery, we had a great time and thanks so much to GNOME and Fedora for letting me price their efforts. Thanks again to Damian Nohales, Martin Vuelta and Leyla Marcelo for helping me in organising this event at the beach 🙂

The following list of participants and their posts:

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The presence of Fedora and GNOME in DevAcademy

Today, I have been interviewed by Lennon Shimokawa (Founder of DevAcademy) to talk about the Free Software situation in Peru and how to get involved in the GNOME and Fedora project since you are interested to do it! This talk was part of the 16th season:


The channel of DevAcademy has more than 7.3K followers and most of them are developers, so I think it was a great opportunity to spread the GNOME and Fedora word!

Our talk lasted almost one hour and it was transmitted on Facebook live to answer questions from the followers in real time. Lennon was worried about the profits and advantages that Linux can add to the business and how contributors will have a financial benefits in the their professional lives. Literary we mentioned if it is possible to live being a Linux person. Another topic in the table was the Free Software position versus the Open Source perspective, that lately there is a balance between these two. Finally I had the chance to encourage people to participate in the GSoC and Outreachy programs for GNOME and Fedora.

The interview was made in Spanish and I hope that you can see it to add or clarify some points that might be in the air. Please see the parts of the video: 1 2 3 4

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Thanks so much again DevAcademy, GNOME ❤ and Fedora! 😀

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Today I did a talk to introduce students of UNSAAC to the Fedora and GNOME world as it was announced by the GDG Cusco group. We started at 8:30 am and it was a free event:


I started by arranging a table with the stickers and other merchandisings to give them as a prize to the attendances in the room, and of course the balloons of the projects as follow:


As it is usual, my first question is how many people in the audience use Linux and this time only one guy use Ubuntu and the rest of people used Windows.

Then, I did a review of the whole Linux history to depict the Fedora and GNOME projects into the scene. I pointed out also the GSoC and Outreachy program for students, as well as indicating the relationship between Fedora and Red Hat and the benefits of them.

fedora04As in my lecturing classes I promote the participation of the students by responding the questions during the presentation, besides they sometimes were wrong.

fedora03One thing that almost all the participants were worried was about the privacy and patent of their new ideas, they expressed that might somebody else could stealing them. Does the Free Software do something to protect them?

fedora09I must say that I was impressed by the presentation of local projects to improve their local community (the government sector specifically)  by using Django and Angular. We have share a coffee break and thanks to Damian Nohales for his support during the entire event.

fedora05Some of them willing to come to Lima next Saturday to attend the Linux Playa event 🙂 These are the photos of the group of this great experience:

fedora01It is obvious to say that Cusco is an amazing cosmopolitan city to eat a delicious “cuy”:

fedora07Damian from GNOME Argentina and I did a voluntary job to promote Fedora & GNOME. I must thank again to Mitzuko, leader of GDG in Cuzco for arranging the meetup, and another special thanks to the Fedora project to support my flight ticket Lima-Cuzco-Lima.

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LinuXatUSIL – Previas 2 for #LinuxPlaya

Yesterday, we did a workshop to start in GTK and Python in charge of Damian Nohales. We first check the libraries go and sqlite since the original idea was to do a simple form.


To draw widgets that are already designed he made us install Glade and he also made us installed Atom to review code. This is how Glade looks like:


Damian from GNOME Argentina explained us some code based on this tutorial and the widgets in Glade were presented. These are some students impressions:

Luis Zacarias

Azul Huaylla

Lizeth Lucar

Handle students at the same time can be harsh at some point but Damian did it well 😀

These are some pictures of this previous event to the #LinuxPlaya



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