Going to Akademy together with MBition

I will be at Akademy 2019 in Milano, IT for a few days. I am not going alone, Julia JK König. from MBition, will be there with me during the first two days.

MBition is still in the learning phase as organization when it comes to Open Source, but the enthusiasm among my colleagues, including the leadership team, with the posibility of becoming contributors in the near future makes me confident about our Open Source journey.

One of my initial goals is to help the organization to learn about how Open Source communities operate, what are their motivations, what do they do, their governance, etc. As I have written before, I would divide the Open Source communitiesin three big groups:

  • Community driven Open Source projects.
  • Consortium driven projects.
  • Company driven projects.

In order to learn about community driven projects, I think KDE is a great place to start and not just because I am involved in the project. There are several additional reasons. The most obvious ones are:

  • MBition is a C++ and Qt house, just like KDE.
  • KDE has a significant experience in areas were MBition is currently working on.
  • MBition (and Daimler in general) collaborate with Universities in intership programs. KDE is one of the most successfull Open Source projects when it comes to mentoring programs.
  • MBition HQ is located in Berlin, GE, and KDE eV is registered there.
  • I am not the only current or former KDE contributor at MBition. Motivation is king.

MBition decided not just to attend to Akademy but also to become a Supporter, by the way.

See you there.

Codethink is sponsoring Akademy 2018 and I am attending.

Back in July 2017 I wrote a blog post, published by Codethink, explaining why is a good business to support community driven FOSS events. This post is related to that one.

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I will be attending to Akademy 2018. It will take place in Vienna, Austria, from August 11th to 17th. I will be there representing Codethink, which is a proud sponsor of this 2018 edition.

I attend regularly to Akademy since, as most of you know, I have been an active contributor, a user of the software, a supporter of some of their activities and/or a KDE e.V. member for some time now. I learn a lot during this event, and not just about KDE related topics.

This edition has several specific points of interest to me:

  • I am involved in a project called BuildStream, a FOSS integration tool for declarative systems and applications. Currently its main user are the GNOME integration team and the Freedesktop SDK project. We would like to expand our user base among communities like KDE.
  • Freedesktop SDK are a platform and a SDK runtimes for flatpak apps and runtimes based on freedesktop modules. Several colleagues of mine are behind this project that is about to release a new version.
  • A year ago, during an Akademy BoF, some KDE contributors decided we wanted to put some effort towards enabling KDE software on automotive. This year the first modest results will be presented to the wider KDE community. I have been preaching about this move for some time now so it is exciting for me to see others involved and making progress.
  • I will attend to the KDE e.V. Annual General Assembly. KDE e.V. is the orga34f05-logo_kdenization that supports the KDE community which is an important activity.
  • I will update my working laptop from openSUSE Leap 42.3 to Leap 15, taking advantage of the presence at the event of a couple of former colleagues from the extinct openSUSE Team at SUSE, and Slimbook, the guys I bought my laptop from. Make sense, right?
  • Codethink is always looking for talent willing to move to Manchester, UK, or exceptionally, work remotely. Come talk to me if you might be interested.

It will be, as usual, a great event. See you all there.

First weeks al Linaro and other things

I few weeks ago I announced I was joining Linaro. I work there as Director of Core Development Group. I moved from Prague to Cambridge (the original), that is, from continental to oceanic climate. From dry, cold in winter and hot in summer to wet, soft in summer and above zero most of the winter. In theory an improvement, you might think. Well, depending on much it rains. I will tell you better in spring.
A few days ago The Mukt published and interview where I explained a little what is Linaro and what do I do as Core Development Director. 

Core Development Group

I can add that Linaro is an engineering focused organization, divided in Engineering Groups. Some of them, like the one I am part of, are formed by several engineering teams, some of them called Working Groups. Core Development is formed by four:
 You can find more details in the Core Development wiki page, at Linaro Wiki.
These first few weeks I have gone through the natural landing process, meeting my colleagues and managers, knowing how we operate, learning about my responsibilities, the work engineers are doing, the plans for the future, analysing our internal processes, etc. Nothing unusual in these cases.
In July I had the opportunity to attend to the Linaro Kernel and Power Management Sprint, hosted by one of our Members, ST, in Le Mans. It was a very interesting week.

Linaro Connect

My following event will be Linaro Connect, in San Francisco, USA, in September. Linaro Connect are the events where all the Linaro employees meet. Those of you who are familiar with the Ubuntu Developer Summit knows what I am talking about. Linaro Connect takes place twice a year in a different continent and it is also an opportunity to have a direct contact with our Members.

Factory as a rolling release: openSUSE development version

A few days ago it was announced that Factory moved to a rolling release model. So the first step of the 2014/2016 plan has been completed. I was very happy to see that the openSUSE team could lead the execution of this relevant step for the distro in time. The Development version of openSUSE is now a reality that not just can increase the overall number of contributors, but also bring significant innovation to SUSE Linux Enterprise integration process. Congratulations. I am very proud of being part of the team. I will always be.
I would like to specially congratulate Roland Haidl, the Director of Communities at SUSE. The most important (and hardest) thing you can get from a manager is trust, and the openSUSE team had it from him to build a good team, support the changes the team went through back in 2012 (tough times), stand strong behind the new strategy defined in 2013 and support the team during the design and execution of this first milestone. And he did this without making noise, letting the results speak. A management handbook success.

Personal challenges

On the personal side, relocating has taken most of my energy the last two and a half month. But I have managed to do/plan other things.

LinuxCon Europe

I am part of the LinuxCon Europe Content Committee. The last few days I have been evaluating, together with my colleagues in the committee, the abstracts presented. I has been an interesting work
LinuxCon Europe have very promising keynote speakers but the whole program will be filled up with first class contents.
Sometimes you never know what lives will bring you. I was invited to be part of the committee before joining Linaro. My work now is very related to the Linux Kernel and suddenly, last week, Linaro becomes a Linux Foundation Member. I do not want to think too much about coincidences vs. destiny but….

Akademy 2014

This year Akademy has moved to September and the dates collide with a personal compromise (a wedding) and the preparations for the Linaro Connect so I won’t be able to attend. It will be the first time I’ll miss it since 2005, when I attended for the first time. I am very sad about it. I tried but…
And it is specially sad for me because the new Treasurer will have to present the financial report about the past 2013, when I was the Treasurer. Being there should be the right thing to do. But I simply cannot make it.
I already missed Akademy-es 2014, that took place in Málaga and was organized by my former colleague Antonio Larrosa and sponsored by my former company, SUSE. I am not running away from KDE, I promise. The Calendar is working against me, that’s all.

TEDxLaLaguna

I am a TED video consumer since some years ago, not many. Suddenly, I received a mail from a colleague at college giving me the opportunity to start…..and at home, in the Canary Islands.
Of course I want to try!
So in October I will be in Tenerife giving a TED talk in the local event TEDxLalaguna. Obviously I am already preparing the talk. Let’s see how it goes.
As you can see, it is going to be an intensive year, after all.

Akademy 2012: my story

Another Akademy is gone. This was a good one. Beautifully organized (probably the best one), nice city, good venue… Of course it wasn’t perfect, but I’ve been in way more expensive events where things didn’t go as smooth as in this Akademy. Thanks to the Akademy-team for the effort. I liked Tallinn. I’ll be back.

I didn’t attend to this Akademy in shape. As you already know, two weeks before the event, I moved to Nuremberg to begin my new job at SUSE. Going through the last step of the hiring process, packing everything and moving in just some days was challenging. Add to that finishing the economic report to send it to KDE e.V. members before the event, catching up with KDE Connect activities (and the talk) and finishing the keynote preparation and arriving late at night to the hotel…..it is easy to understand why my keynote wasn’t as good as I would like to, and you probably expected.

I’ll do better next time. Sorry.

By Sunday I felt much better and my KDE Connect talk was a little better. I explained the basics of the program and I could talk to several companies about it. Congrats to the ones that got an Akademy Award. They are well deserved.

And then Spain won the Eurocup. Oh man, what a feeling. After so many years without winning, these last six years taste like glory for football fans like myself.

I don’t even remember what I did the day after. Probably doesn’t matter. I will never forget the feeling of knowing we are the best ever.

On Tuesday we had the KDE eV General Assembly. I presented the economic report and the conclusions. I feel good about the presentation since I think I managed to give the message I prepared clearly. I got elected as Board Member so I’m not ‘temporary’ anymore 🙂 Congrats to Pradeepto too, who also was elected.

By Wednesday I was in shape, so BoF were smooth.

As usual, when you come back home from these events…..you are exhausted. I was, once again.

I would like to mention here what I already expressed during Nokia’s/Qt talk at Akademy. First of all, my respects for standing in front of KDE contributors. These things are not easy. Others in the past didn’t even show up. You not just did, but also gave explanations. Yes, the ones you had, but explanations at the end. Thank you. It has been an amazing journey and more is yet to come. We in KDE don’t feel this is the end but a new beginning.

I liked to see together once again the KDE Spain crew. They (ups, we) are not kids anymore. We are getting more and more responsibilities within KDE. This is the result of many people’s effort, but above all, is the result of Albert passion, hard work and vision. KDE Spain is nowadays not just the most mature KDE little sister, but is also economically healthy and growing, Bilbao is trying to be selected to host next year’s Akademy….

Albert…thanks.

The results of the election for the new Board came during Akademy. Aleix Pol is now the new President. He’ll be a good one. Congratulations Aleix…and the rest of the new Board members.

I will write soon deeply about KDE Connect and the economic report. 

I have a final request for sponsors, as contributor……..

Dear sponsors, in Free Software communities, there are people like me, who do not code, but still have a little sensible heart that suffers while watching others during several days having lots of fun playing like kids with nice new toys (devices) they receive from you during events. 

KDE Connect: becoming an official KDE eV program for organizations

During the last 3-4 weeks we have been testing if KDE Connect attract attention from different organizations. To do so, we have done the following:
  • Make a presentation during  Akademy-es in Saragossa
  • Talk to different organization representatives and KDE people at LinuxTag about the project to get feedback.
Both experience has been positive so we think we are now prepare for the following step, getting the ok from KDE eV to the Action Plan.
Back in February, I presented the project general design to KDE eV and we agree on keep pushing it,  creating a team and developing an Action Plan. After some work, it is time to discuss it. So within the Board of Directors first and then within the eV, we will discuss the proposal made by KDE Connect team to make sure KDE networking program for organizations is a success.
To reinforce the project, along with Akademy team, we have decided to organize a networking session during Akademy 2012, on Monday 2nd, during the afternoon, so organizations attending to our event can participate and get a clear idea of what KDE Connect pretend and how they can take advantage out of it.
If you are interested in attending please stay tuned to this blog or Akademy website. Participation will be free (of cost) but you’ll need to register.