Fedora Activity Day (FAD) Phnom Penh 2014

What is FAD?

There are various types of FADs that recur from time to time. A partial list is below, meant to offer an idea for the flavor of what a FAD can be.

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Fedora Activity Day (FAD) Phnom Penh 2014

FAD Phnom Penh 2014 will  take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 15-16 November 2014 at Development Innovations. The idea of organizing the FAD Phnom Penh 2014 is to gather Fedora Ambassadors from ASIA-PACIFIC (APAC) Region together to work on activities below:

  1. Our purpose is to complete with the following primary goals:
    • Budget planning for APAC (per country as well as the whole region) events/activities in FY2016 (March 2015 – February 2016)
    • Future events in each country and the whole APAC
  2. In addition, we will attempt to complete the following secondary goals as time allows:
    • Feedback/comments from APAC Ambassadors
  3. SWAG & equipment inventory
    • who has and where is equipment like rollup etc.
    • how to produce more centralized swag and distribute it

On behalf of organizer team, and with the help of our Ambassadors Ban Botrey Nisa, Sirko Kemter and Tuanta, We would like to invite and welcome people who involved to (writers or co-writers) budget planning process in APAC in the last two years. Ref: Ambassadors/APAC/Budget#References , but also we encourage people who are new but really active in their home countries to come to share and learn more experience then they can implement scheduled events/activities in their country.

Resources for remote attendance

  • etherpad: will be created 2 weeks before event
  • IRC: Please join IRC chan #fad-apac on freenode.net for remote participation

Detailed information about Date and Place

  • Date: November 15 – 16 November 2014
  • Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (UTC+7)
  • Place: Development Innovations – 296 271 Yothapol Khemarak Phoumin Blvd Phnom Penh
  • Map: Development Innovations  map from airport to development innovations

Note: There will be on 14th an Fedora Release Party you are welcome there!

We hope to see you there!


My First Trip of Fedora Project to FudCon Beijing, China

That was a very excited moment I could not describe enough here, when I got an email from our FudCon’s organizers that I got sponsored to join the FudCon Beijing as my first trip of Fedora Project since I become a Fedora Ambassador in mid March 2014. I have contributed and promoted Fedora since then.

My flight was on 22 May 2014 at 11:25 by Dragon Air, which depart in Phnom Penh International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport at 15:00. Connecting flight operated by Cathay Airline from Hong Kong to Beijing Terminal 3 at 17:00 and I arrived 20:25 on the same day.



It was a bit late and I have to take Airport Express from the Terminal 3 to Subway Line 10 from the airport to XITUCHENG. It took me around 1 hour and half, because I was taken the wrong train. Finally, I was exited in Exit B, and I was lost in Beijing for about another an hour. Only few percentages of Chinese people speak English, so it was a nightmare for me to look for Beihang University (New Main Building), but almost mid-night on the same day, I managed to reach the Beihang Training Center Hotel.


I was very tired for getting lost in Beijing, but the first person I met was Zamir Sun. Really excited to see him and my roommate was Nitesh Narayan Lal. He was a good roommate, because we shared a lot things while we were in same room and we went out together.



As the first day of FudCon Beijing on 23 May 2014 was nothing beside the FudPub in the evening, so we went around the city to oversee and bought some gifts back home for our colleagues and friends.

At FudPub, it was a great moment because I have made a lot of friends with other Fedora Ambassadors such as Jaroslav ReznikJiri EischmannRobert MayrAnkur SinhaAditya Patawari, Alick, Zamir and other Ambassadors from Indonesia community. We have a great dinner with TsingTao beers.



The conference started at 9 AM on 24 May 2014. I have attended the opening remark by Jaroslav Reznik and Jiri Eischmann, in the Main Hall Room with GNOME people. After that, we moved to conference room 08 to listen to nitesh narayan lal to talk on Fedora Video. The presentation is to let Fedora users know how to create video even more easier. After his session, Fedora website, present and future were presented by Robert Mayr. He told how can we get involved and localized the Fedora Project website in our local languages.

In the afternoon session, Zamir SUN was introduced FirewallD. I have learned FirewallD is better than iptables, because FirewallD is dynamic and iptables is static. I also attended in the presentation of Martin Bähr of the Re-rolling Fedora with Conary.

Do you know what is Conary? Below is the answer, which I took from wikipedia, because they give a better definition than I do.

Conary is a free software package management system created by rPath (now SAS) and distributed under the terms of theApache License Version 2.0.[2] It focuses on installing packages through automated dependency resolution against distributed online repositories, and providing a concise and easy-to-use Python-based description language to specify how to build a package. It is used by Foresight Linux and rPath Linux.

That’s for the Day 1 conference and we headed a bit far from the conference place to have a dinner, of course local food is not really good to us, so we need pizza, burger and beers. After that, we back to the hotel to relax and prepare for Day 2.


The weather was so cold, because it rained in the early morning, so we thought that was just 6 AM in the morning, Nitesh and I slept until 8:30 AM, just to realize that was raining. We rushed to take shower and headed to the conference. That was an interesting Keynote – Computing, Freedom and Privacy by Richard Matthew Stallman, but it was also suck at the end of the session, because overall keynote is about free software and open source and how you contribute to them and he started an auction at the end for his adorable toys and book. I feel like it is so much contrast being a contributor to open source and free software, but he sold what he did instead of contribution.


We had only the keynote and lightning talks in the Main hall room. After lunch, we started to have our Fedora session again, it was with Ankur Sinha, who he guided us about the GPG Signing Key. I have signed GPG key with him, a few chinese guys and Aditya Patawari.

It was sad, that my flight was so early on the day 2. It was at 20:30, so I have to leave the FudCon very early at 3PM for packing and preparing back to Cambodia. It was sad to say a quiet early goodbye to everyone, especially our Fedora Ambassadors, contributors and users in Beijing, China.

I have signed on our FudCon with the word “ខ្ញុំស្រលាញ់ Fedora” in Khmer language, which means “I Love Fedora” in the fan


I hate to say goodbye, but I have to. I hope to meet you all again soon. I am excited to attend the FudCon as one of the APAC Ambassador, because it was a good opportunity for me to learn more about Fedora Project and get to know other contributors as well.

That’s for the FudCon 2014 Beijing, China. See you next FudCon everyone!

Fedora at Barcamp Angkor 2014, Siem Reap

After running our first Fedora event very successfully at Open House on March 11, 2014 with more than 400 participants and about 50 people signed up on our mailing list. We have moved one more step to spread Fedora spirit to local students at Barcamp Angkor 2014 in Siem Reap province.

Joining Barcamp Angkor 2014 was an honorable for Fedora Project, since we were giving a seat on the stage with other Open Sources project such as Wikipedia editor, Mozilla Firefox Representative, Google Business Group Manager and local community represent by Rector of Build Bright University. Fedora Project was giving a chance to introduce what is Fedora Project and how we build community to more than 40 participants.

Group discussion on the introduction and community on Fedora Project, Local community in Siem Reap, Google Business Group, Mozilla Firefox and Wikipedia

Group discussion on the introduction and community on Fedora Project, Local community in Siem Reap, Google Business Group, Mozilla Firefox and Wikipedia


From the back


Showing Fedora Logo to the participants

Since Fedora OS is new to our Cambodian people, so it would take a little while to explain what is Fedora and Fedora Project. Our Fedora Ambassador was giving an introduction of Fedora OS, the four foundation, and the possibility of building a new local community for Cambodian people across the country.

At the end of the panel discussion, they would like to test the Fedora live, so we have delivered another 15 DVDs of Fedora 20 and more than 50 Fedora stickers, which our Fedora Ambassador was holding have been delivered as well.

Handing stickers and DVDs

Handing stickers and DVDs

Handing stickers and DVDs

Handing stickers and DVDs

Nevertheless, we have 120 brochures printed in A4 color with a different stories such as “Get Involved with Open Source: a Creative’s Guide”, “Guess Who Uses Free & Open Source Software?”, “Who Uses Fedora?” and “What Can Free & Open Source Software Do?” placed at the Registration desk. Within about 60 badges stickers of Common Creative, Linux, Fedora, Gnome and KDE, etc…

Placing Fedora brochures at the Registration Desk

Placing Fedora brochures at the Registration Desk

This event was our second successfully event, which we have gathered more than 40 people to get to know Fedora. Again as promised, we will organize a series of training, because without a proper training, we could not build a strong community for Fedora people. With both technical and funding support from Fedora Project and the upstream Red Hat, we would not achieve this much. We would like to say thank to Gnokii and Tuanta, who have always supported us during our journey.

Our First Fedora Event in Cambodia

Fedora was the very first introduced to Cambodia during the FOSSASIA 2014 by Tuanta from Vietname and Gnokii from Germany. Two Cambodians became an official Fedora Ambassador in the mid of March 2014.

Not for too long, We had been organized our first Fedora event by our own at the Open House Phnom Penh (DevInnoExpo) organized by the Development Innovations on March 11, 2014. There were about 400 participants in various sectors such as students, NGOs, Business and Government.

Before the official launch in about 10 minutes, we received special guests–the minister of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, H.E. DR. HANG CHUON NARON, and Chief of Party of Development Innovations, Ms. Greta Greathouse at our booth.

Introducing Fedora to Minister of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

We were provided a booth with one LCD Monitor at no charge to do the first demo for our guests to test and kickoff with Fedora user interactions. It was a little bit strange for them, since Fedora is the new OS to them. Most Cambodian people are familiar with Windows and Mac OS, therefore they are so interested in Fedora, which we had about 50 people signed up with our newsletter. They wish to hear what’s new about Fedora.

We had been delivered more than 100 stickers, brochures and buttons to group and individual guests, who have visited our booth. There were 15 DVDs of Fedora 20 to our guests those tent to know more about Fedora just for testing the Fedora OS.


Our guests were enjoy taking photos with our Fedora Ambassador with the holding tag of I Love Fedora.

As promised with our Fedora users, we will conduct a series of training about Fedora to our users in Cambodia as soon as possible.