Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Flock- 2018

I attended Flock this year which is the Fedora Project's annual contributor-focused conference. This was my first Flock and it turned out be one of the best conferences I have attended so far.


It was a total 4 day event, where I got a chance to learn more about fedora, how things are changing in fedora and meet people face to face. There were many exciting things in Flock besides talks like hack fest, workshop and many activities like Yoga, Candy swap, Scavenger Hunt which made it more interesting.

Day-1:


The day started with the morning Yoga. Then the first keynote on "State of Fedora" where Fedora Project leaders talked about their objectives and editions. It was really helpful in understanding what are the new changes and how they are going to effect the community. There were lot of interesting talks from which I selected few, which were "RHEL,Fedora and CentOS: Solving the Pentose Triangle" by Josh Boyer and Brendan Conoboy. After this I attended a talk on "Desktop testing using dogtail and behave" by Petr Schindler  as I want to know more about desktop testing and the framework he was using for this. After the talk we also had a great discussion about the framework, it was really great to know more about desktop testing.


After this there was Candy Swap event which was organised by Justin Flory, where people from different country bought candies , I also took some Indian candies and sweets to share with others.was a great event, got to taste lot of candies from various regions .


Day-2: 

It started with keynote: "The Power of One:For the good of community" by Rebecca Fernandez which was really motivating as she talked about how we can bring change to the community which are good for others and how we can make a change in the community which we are wishing for. Then I attended a workshop on "Imposter Syndrome and Unconscious Bias Training" by Jona Azizaj, Justin Flory, Bee Padalkar, Amita Sharma as I want to understand how this can be identified and how we can overcome this. This was a interactive workshop where we identified are we suffering from this Syndrome or not and how we can manage it in our life and workplace.

 Then I attended talk on "Fedora CI:Process, Progress and Infrastructure" by bstinson as I have strated contributing to CI and want to know more about the process. After this I attended a talk on "Scalable Fedora Design" by Abhishek Sharma where he shared his knowledge on design system and how Fedora can embraces a design system to ensure consistency and manage design debt.


The day ended with Scavenger Hunt which was organised in the Downtown(Dresden) where we got to know about some interesting facts and history of Dresden. It was really fun going around the city and completing the tasks given. Thanks to the organizers Dominika Bula,Brian Exelbierd , Jennifer Madriaga. I really enjoyed acting a scene from a movie where we in-acted a scene from a bollywood movie "Sholey".

Day-3:

We had hackfect on "i18n development and testing" postlunch. In morning I had a discussion with Lukas about OpenQA as I need to discuss some issues. He told me about how they are using it and his framework which he build to create needles. It was really great to know we can create needles and use them for OpenQA without using OpenQA needles editor with this framework. As I am using OpenQA for automation so it was a great help. We had great discussion about OpenQA which cleared many doubts of mine.
Post lunch we had our hack-fest, where we discussed about the following topics:

  • Upstream First Testing
  • Automation
  • New Features(Langpacks, Fonts etc)
It was great to have this hack fest, as now we were clear on many things and know how we can proceed further with Upstream First and CI initiative. 



After this we went for Dinner at Roller Coaster Restaurant where everything came rolling to us, it was fun :P. There also I had discussion with lot of people. I met a guy from opensuse with whom I talked about OpenQA, also had some healthy conversation with Dodji about exercise, diet and health. It was a great evening spent well with great people.

Day-4:

On the last day most of my time I spent socializing with different people from different domains. I also attended lightening talk to gather more knowledge in less time. All the lightening talks were awesome. After this we had group photo followed by Wrap up Session.

The conference was really good, as I got to know people who can be bugged for specific issues and with whom I can discuss various issues. I also really enjoyed the various events at flock and stayed fit by attending the morning Yoga session . Thanks Suzanne Yeghiayan for taking these session.

Next day, we(Pravin, Sinny, Mike, Praveen, Sayan) went to Saxon Switzerland for a trek, it was great trek with you guys. Thanks Mike for taking us to such a beautiful place.


Thanks everyone for making this a awesome conference.



Monday, 20 August 2018

DevConf.in Event Report


On 4th and 5th August I attended DevConf,in in Bengaluru as a speaker, which was a conference organised by RedHat to provide a platform to all local community participants to come together and share knowledge through technical talks, workshop, panel discussions, hackathon and other activities.

I arrived at Bangaluru airport on 3rd August early morning to avoid the terrific traffic and reached o hotel without facing much traffic. After reaching office I did my office work for that day.
In evening after having dinner, I did the registration in the hotel itself as registration was organised in hotel itself for speakers to save time n morning. It was really helpful, thanks Rahul and Ganesh for handling this process smoothly.

Day-1 (03-08-2018)
I had breakfast early morning ,then we all(speakers) left for the venue- Christ University. The event started with a traditional dance prepared by the students of Christ University which was really great. After that there was a keynote by Ric Wheeler on "Open source is better for companies/businesses, communities and developers" where he talked about evolution open source software from history to present day.


After attending the keynote I went for the QE track talks. QE track started with the talk by Anisha Narang on "Protactor 101s: Quick and Easy" where she introduced the audience to Protactor  an end to end testing framework for Angular/AngularJS/ application.

Then it was the time for my talk in which I talked about "Robot Framework "which is an automation framework where i covered the basics to get the audience started with the framework supported by a short demo. It was really great to get so many questions and know people were really interested in knowing more about the framework. After my talk there was a short tea break, in which I went around the different booths to gain knowledge about the technology and products.

After this I attended talk by Anandprakash on "Best Strategies to test cloud and containers" where he discussed about the strategies which to should be followed based on the scenarios. Then in the same track Rohit talked about "QE to Full Stack Devops QE" where he showed how devops tools can be used by QE to enhance productivity. Then there was a lunch break.

After lunch break, I attended the talks in the QE track which were: Pains and Pleasure of Automatic Software testing and End to end testing made easy with Nightwatch. After there was a keynote by Karanbir Singh on "Open Source Won". This was the end was Day1.

Day-2(04-08-2018)
Second day started with the opening keynote from Christian Heimes on Freedom, Security and Responsibility, it was a great session. Then I attended another security talk by Huzaifa Sidhpurwala on "BlueBorne: Beware of Bluetooth".


After attending this talk I talked to people and shared the knowledge with them. I also attended talk on "Empathy maketh an Engineer" by Narendran, "Tricky task of i18n - Libration fonts" by Pravin Satpute where he talked about Liberation fonts different version and plans for Fedora-29. At the end there was a really interesting talk which I attended "Innovating Indian Education System using FOSS" by Bhavna Yadav where she talked about how we can make a difference if OSS is adapted at lowest level in education system. After this I attended the lightening talks, which were great. As the closing keynote was cancelled due to to some emergency. So after this we have a Thank you and Appreciation session where Rupali thanks the organizers, volunteers, Christ University and all the people involved in making this event a success.

This was a great event. Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers for making this event awesome.
Looking forward to next DevConf.in.


Monday, 2 July 2018

Fedora Pune Meetup and Fedora 28 Release Party

 

On June 30,2018 we had Fedora Pune meetup at RedHat office, along with Fedora 28 release celebration.
Pravin Satpute started the meetup by a welcome note and a quick introduction session. After this Parag presented a talk on Modularity. As most of the audience were new, so he started with very basic concepts like repository, package, compose,  koji, bodhi , fedora build cycle. After making the people comfortable he started to talk about Modularity and explained the need and purpose to introduce this feature ie Too Fast vs Too Slow.
 
 After this we had quick 10 mins break, where swags were distributed and everyone was happy to get swags :)


After the break the audience was divided in groups according to the interest as some want to know how they can create a FAS account, some want to know about how to earn badges and some about how we can contribute to Fedora.


Suprith and Ompragash lead the group who didn’t had a FAS account. They helped them to create FAS account and in the end everyone in the room was having a FAS account, which was their first step to contribute to fedora


Pravin took a session on how we can contribute to Fedora and earn badges. He explained about various badges, and how they can be earned by contributing to various projects and area.
Amita took a session how we contribute to Fedora by testing. She explained about the basics of testings and bugzilla.


Apart from these session Parag and Praveen were also having some interesting discussion around Fedora features, so some people joined them. After this we did cake cutting to celebrate Fedora-28 release and had snacks having discussions about Fedora.

















It was a day well spent and great experience. Looking forward to next meetup.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

FAD i18n 2017

We had i18n FAD from 20-22nd Oct in Red Hat, Pune office. Developers and QE both participated in FAD(Fedora Activity Day). So we all were excited. All preparations were done, thanks to Parag. Sundeep, Pravin and other members for their efforts to make this happen.



Day 1:
We started at 9.30. There was a introductory session by Pravin and Jens, followed by some logistics information by Parag. After this we started with planned sessions as all of us were going to discuss on the topics which we have planned by giving a small presentation.
First was Akira Tagoh who shared information about fontconfig , guidelines for defaults fonts and the tasks planned for FAD. Then Peng Wu discussed about Pango. After this we had a small break.
Fujiwara, Peng, Mike, discussed about input method, ibus. I got a lot of input from this discussions as I was going to work on Input Method Automation. Then Mike and Rafal discussed about locales.
It was lunch time by this, so we had lunch in office.
After having lunch Sundeep, Parag, Sachin gave presentation and discussed about Transtats. Then Pravin discussed about Fonts. I gave a small presentation on Input method and tasks for Automation.
Then Satya and Bhushan discussed about the Fedora i18n QA Test cases. After this Vishal who was participating remotely in FAD gave presentation and share his idea web testing.
After a small break, everyone shares their plan for the projects on which they were going to work.


Day 2:
Second day we started at 9, as everything was set and planned. We started working on our projects. I and Ompragrash were working on the Input Method Automation. So first we planned to do automation for GNOME application as well as libreoffice. So first task was to open the application in specific locale. So I decided to do for gedit and Ompragash took libreoffice. We took Korean and Chinese input method. In the first half we were able to automate to open the application in the specific language.

Next task was to enable the input method for specific language which took a bit of research, as Fujiwara and Peng Wu were there, we discussed with them and finally got the solution how we can enable the input method.
So EOD we were able to input string in the application by enabling the input method for specific language.
Then it was the time for daily sharing, we all gave demos and shared what we have done or achieved so far. It was a fruitful day for all as everyone made success on their projects.
After this it was the party time, we went Amanora where we did bowling, everyone enjoyed alot. Then we had dinner at Barbeque Nation. It was a nice evening.

Day 3:
We started at 9:00 am in morning working on our pending tasks. We already had a session planned for Modularity, we had a good discussion about Modularity, got to know many new things. After Lunch we had Fedora 27 release party in RedHat office only. Many people join us for the party where had discussion about Fedora and modularity as this is the major change in Fedora. In evening we wrap with the demos and presentation of our project.

I found it very good as I got learn many new things and also got a chance to interact with people working on different technologies. After this FAD I know whom to contact if I have any issues related to i18n , this event was good to build connection. This will help us in future.







Looking forward for next year FAD.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Science Hack Day-2017,Belgaum

Finally it was the time to go the most awaited event "Science Hack Day" to meet and hack with the passionate people. This time also the venue was "Sankalp Bhoomi"  a resort built totally from discarded materials and salvaged waste.

Day 0:
We started here from Pune early morning for Belgaum and reached there by Lunch time. After reaching we were happy to meet people there, everyone was busy preparing for SHD Day-1. Then we had lunch. After lunch we put our stuffs in room and were told to take some rest but who wants to take rest when so much of interesting things were  going around. So after keeping the luggage in the room, we joined other people in the discussions. It was good to meet people whom we met last year, also good to meet new people . After the discussions we decided to do kayaking as I enjoyed it a lot last time. Also this time we had cycles in  Sankalp Bhoomi just to take a ride around it, so all of us enjoyed that. Then in the evening there was a introductory session where all of us gathered to introduce ourself and know each others hack idea .  This session was very good as we came to know about different projects and hacks which we can join .


Day 1:
After having breakfast, we started with Inaugural Function. Then Mentors shared their hack ideas, so that people can join any team according to their interest. Also,we had an aero modelling session followed by the practical where we can see the aircraft fying. After this people moved to the hacker space. Groups were formed and people started working on their ideas. 3D pens were the point of attraction which were brought by Nisha and Siddhesh, also 3D printer setup was a major task on which lot of people were working. 
There was a soldering workshop which was conducted by Jithin in which school students were having two projects. I helped in that work shop by helping students with soldering and troubleshooting as in the end some of the circuits were not working . So I just helped them to fix it.
After this we had lunch, then I moved to the hacker space and tried something with 3D pen. I was quite interested about the dome project after listening about in morning  introduction so went there to see how actually people are trying to implement it. It was good to see that they was able to make a base for their dome, they all were working very hard as it was very difficult task as it include so many skills, as some people were drilling holes in bamboo, some were doing calculations, some were tying the bamboo and many more. So hats off to their team effort. 



In evening after tea break again hackers started with the hacks. Then we had lightening talks and dinner. The day didn't finished here, after dinner there were a lot of discussion around technologies and many other things. I went to bed as I was tired and feeling a bit sleepy but the discussions were still going on and in the morning I came to people went to sleep at 4.30 am. 

Day 2:
In the morning as I stepped outside I can't stop myself to take a round around Sankalp Bhumi as it was so refreshing. Then breakfast was served and after that people started with their hack ideas. As by lunch they have to finish with their hack. After lunch we all gather in the ground for SHD Group Photo, also we did rocket launch made by the students in their workshop. After that hacker moved to main hall to present that ideas, they grabbed a table and set up the project there. Then all people moved to them to see what they have done in the last to days, they explained their projects. After that there was voting to award the best hack.After voting was completed, everyone was waiting curiously for the result in the mean time Hitesh was there to address the crowd. Then the result came and the winning team was awarded. It was great to to see the Team making the Dome won as they had put a lot of hard work as working without caring about the hot weather and also the ground was slippery due to rain last night. Then students went to their home. Discussion continued with Dinner and after.....

Highlights:
Session on Aero Modelling: This session taught about the basics of aircrafts and we get to know the functions of aircrafts parts. Also it was fun watching that aircraft in action as it take off touching the sky and returing back to the ground.

3D Pen: 3D pen the point of attraction for whole from kids to adults. They tried with writing their name to making some 3D images. I also tried some stuffs and make a model for the Dome which people were making.


3D Printer: 3D printer, everyone was excited to see that working. So people were trying to assemble it. It was also interesting


Dome Home: I find it quite interesting as people were quite involved in it starting from drilling, nailing the nails, measuring and tying the bamboos, maintaining the symmetry. Also I loved the chandelier made by the girls as a decorative item for the Dome Home.


Ping-pong Ball:  This was a nice project the students, it was nice to see the ball dancing on the top of water.

Mixture prepared by Praveen Patil:  It was a great effort by Praveen to prepare that liquid mixture on which we can walk. So he made it possible walking on liquid without getting into it. Nice experiment by him.

Interaction with SHD-San Francisco: In SF Science Hack Day was going on in parallel, so it was nice to connect with hackers across the globe.

So, attending Science Hack Day was one of the best part of this year for me. Thanks to all the organizers, sponsors, mentors, volunteers and participants for making this event successful . 
Looking forward to attend SHD-2018.

Keep Hacking........

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Fedora Women Day-Pune Sept,2017

On Sept 28,2017 we celebrated Fedora Women Day in D.Y PATIL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, Pune. As decided we all(Amita, Satyajit, Madhuri and me) were in office at 8.30 to leave for the venue. Amita booked a cab and we headed towards the destination. When we reached the college we were welcomed by Suvarna mam. Lot of things were going on there as they were preparing for some event, some construction work was also going on. All this reminded me of my college days and my memories as a student refreshed after watching the college students busy in different tasks.
Then we had a short break as they have to shift the audience to another room due to more number of participants then expected. After the break we were ready to start the event. It was nice to see that a major part of audience were girls. Then they welcomed us with the sacred plant “Tulsi”, it was an honor to get that.
After that we started with Amita’s talk on the topic “ Women in Open Source”. She started with a motivational discussion about the facts and myths which people have about women and that boosted up the stamina of each and every girl sitting there.  Then she covered What is Fedora and how they can contribute to it. She also talked about Women in Open Source Award and shared stories of some great women. After her talk was over she asked students to come up to give their intro, tell us how they feel about it and in which part they think they can contribute according to their interest. As the students were shy, again she pushed them a bit and promised to give awesome Fedora Women Day stickers :) and Fedora Live CD’s which Praveen gave us, thanks to him for that. Then two girls came up and share their ideas. It was really a very motivating talk by Amita.
















Next was Satyajit who was going to show how we can install Fedora in our laptop without messing up with the current OS or our data. As we have a discussion before with the faculty there that some student lost their whole data while installing Fedora, so here he come as a savior for those student. He very clearly explained and showed how they can safely install Fedora from an iso image without harming their data. He helped student to get started with Fedora as most of them were new to Fedora.


After Satyajit it was my turn to explain how they can install various packages and get started after installation of Fedora. So I introduced them to DNF. I gave a brief history of yum, dnf and about transition from yum to dnf. After this I showed them how they can install, update, remove packages using DNF. I gave them basic information about different commands and how they can see help or man pages. I asked some questions in the end and gave stickers to the audience. It was really a great experience with college students.



Then Madhuri came up with her talk on “Fedora loves Python” . She explained about Fedora and Python. She told them how they can contribute to Fedora and showed them different options available where they can contribute according to their interest. It was very informative.

This event was very useful, as most of the student had this in mind that they can contribute only if they know coding. But this cleared all their doubts by giving them a detailed information about the different options available where can contribute according to their interest.


After these session we gave remaining CD’s and Stickers to the students and finished the event with a thank you note. Then after lunch we were back to our office.

It was a great experience and awesome event :-)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pyladies-Pune: July Meetup

July 8,2017 we had Pyladies-Pune meetup. This time Reserved-bit hosted the meetup. I was there on time when Nisha and Siddhesh were setting up for the meetup, so I also helped in that. We were all set and Trishna was also there as she was going to take session on Ansible. Then we started with Trishna's session according to the schedule. She started with Ansible introduction and how we can use it. Later she introduced us to Ansible Playbook, tasks, how to define variables in Ansible Playbook etc. She showed some sample examples for playbook. Then we all started writing Playbook for tasks like:Creating Directory StructureCreating FileCopying FileThen we had lunch break. After lunch lightning talks were there. Anwesha and we all discussed about the platform which Pyladies is giving to people who are afraid of speaking in public, so its a chance for them to overcome this fear of public speaking. So we all are looking forward for more session and lighting talks from Pyladies. After this it was the time for Project work. Some students discussed about their project work for college with Kushal and some were busy with Ansible work. This meetup was good to start with Ansible. I started using Ansible in my daily job after this :). Thanks Pyladies Pune for this session and reserved-bit for hosting this.