星期二 十月 19, 2010

Press Release of COSCUP / GNOME.Asia 2010

COSCUP / GNOME.Asia 2010 attracted more than 1000 developers, students, business professionals, media and government participants and more than 22 well-known international and domestic companies as sponsors.

This year, the COSCUP worked with the GNOME Foundation to co-organize the GNOME.Asia Summit together with the COSCUP annual conference. The join COSCUP / GNOME.Asia 2010 conference was hosted from Aug 14 - 15, 2010 in Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. COSCUP is a local conference organized by the a local community that has been growing every year. This year, along with GNOME.Asia, it attracted more than 1000 participants.All tickets sold out just an hour and a half after the online registration opened up! In addition to the 1000 participants who were present at the conference, there are also more than 700 people participating through the online video and text broadcast.

The main theme for COSCUP/GNOME.Asia 2010 were HTML 5, Open Web, Mobile, GNOME free desktop technology, and FLOSS licensing . More than 80 talks delivered by 60+ international and domestic speakers; they delivered speeches, joined panel discussions, brainstormed, and exchanged new ideas at this conference.

Well-known international and domestic IT companies are also actively involved in this conference. The highly skilled audience also provided them with the opportunity to recruit new employees. They were recruiting for more than 50 kinds of jobs and 1000 job openings. Nokia promoted and sold their N900 cellphone and invited speakers to share their latest knowledge and experience about Meego and Symbian 3.

As a result of the conference, the local Taiwanese community and surrounding Asian countries are now more actively involved with the international community, building a better relationship with international organizations . For example, the local community registered the Chinese HTML Interest Group with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) ; they are working with the GNOME Foundation to build a Taiwan GNOME Users Group; and they are planning to found a Taiwan Cloud Computing Users Group with international and domestic engineers.

The presentations and videos are available on the official website. Please visit COSCUP and GNOME.Asia official website: http://coscup.org/ and http://gnome.asia.

星期二 三月 09, 2010

Call for invitations to be the host of GNOME.Asia Summit 2010

Dear GNOME friends,

We are call for the host of GNOME.Asia Summit 2010 now !

GNOME.Asia Summit is the yearly GNOME Users and Developers Asian Conference. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, and also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments. 

GNOME.Asia Summit was held in Beijing, China during 2008 and in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam during 2009. We would like to continue finding new national locations as we spread GNOME throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and delivery of the event.

You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at our official website: http://gnome.asia

The following two links are “must read items” for organizing the GNOME.Asia Summit:

If you are interested in hosting the summit please submit a formal proposal to the GNOME.Asia Committee at asia-summit-list [at] gnome.org. The deadline for proposals is 31st March 2010. You are encouraged to ask questions before writing the formal proposal.

GNOME.Asia is much like a few trees just planted and we want to grow a forest in Asia. We are looking for local organizers in any Asian country with the desire to take on and succeed in the challenges of organizing an excellent GNOME event. We know that you will need all the time you can get to prepare a proposal but we hope we have inspired you to get started.

We are looking forward to hear from you on or before 31st March 2010.


Sincerely,
GNOME.Asia Summit committee

星期二 十二月 29, 2009

星期四 十一月 27, 2008

The first Beijing GNOME Users Group meeting

The first Beijing GNOME Users Group meeting was held on Nov 26th, 2008 in a restaurant in Beijing. For the first BeijingGUG meeting, we invite core remembers to discuss and plan the future program and activities of BeijingGUG.

Below is the meeting minutes:

Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm Wednesday Nov 26th, 2008

Venue: Shenbidebao restaurant around Dongzhimen

Attendees: Elly Liu, Emily Chen, Hong Yang, Lingtao Pan, Junyi Tang, Dalong Cheng, Sen Zhang, Botu Sun, Vincent Du

Schedule:

7:00 ~ 7:45pm    Dinner together

7:45 ~ 8:00pm    Round table self-introduction

8:00 ~ 9:00pm    Talk about below areas and assign responsible people for each areas


    \* Regular meeting date, time and location
       - The third Wednesday every month, start from 7pm. In the first four weeks, we will choose venue locations based on people's interests and transportations.
       - The second Beijing GNOME Users Group meeting will host at Wudaokou Study bar
    \* Build website and communication channel
       - Responsible people: Yang Hong, Junyi Tang and Vincent Du
       - BBS will be the main communication channel, we will also use mail list and IRC as official communication channel.
       - IRC #beijinggug @irc.gnome.org
       - gnome-cn-list@gnome.org    - Subscribe from here
    \* Art design
       - Responsible person : Ziyan Shieh
       - Take a look at his first art work for our Beijing GNOME Users Group from here:Wallpaper  & Webpage
    \* Technical speeches
       - The next topic will be delivered by Lingtao Pan from Tsinghua University
       - Core members will prepare technical speeches at least one every month
       - Call for more talks
       - We also have topic wish list and call for speakers on those topics 

\* Work on GNOME projects

       - Start from localization, Accessibility and Mobility
       - Call for leaders for those projects
    \* Organizing
       - Responsible people: Emily, Pockey and Dalong Cheng
       - Organizors will responsible for every monthly meeting like: Choose venue, send out invitation, confirm with speakers, make schedule
    \* Promotion
       - Everyone is responsible for promote Beijing GNOME Users Group
       - Blog is an effective way to promote
    \* Mentor program
       - Responsible people: Pockey Lam, Ray Wang and Emily
       - Looking for mentors
    \* Photograph and Video
       - Responsible people: Elly and Emily

Take a look at the photo of the first Beijing GNOME Users Group, totally 9 people :

It was a good beginning for the first ever Beijing GNOME Users Group, we are looking forward to the future meetings.  

星期一 十一月 17, 2008

GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 Report

The first ever GNOME.Asia Summit was held at the Beihang university, Beijing, China, from October 18th to 19th, 2008. The GNOME Foundation was the organizer of GNOME.Asia Summit in collaboration with Sun Microsystems, Beijing Linux User Group (BLUG)  and China OSS Promotion Union (COPU). This premier event was very well attended:  318 people attended the first day, and 212 people attended the second day. The majority of the attendees (2/3) were from universities, the remainder from companies.  Ninety percent of the participants were local (from China)  with the remainder from other countries. We had 46 volunteers from Beijing Linux Users Group, Beijing OpenSolaris Users Group, OpenParty, Beihang university, Beiyou university and many individual contributors,  they helped us in many ways including registration, guidance, emcees, photography and video.

This year, there were total 42 speakers, 70% were local speakers and 30% of them were from other countries,  including USA, Finland and Singapore etc. There were 46 talks over the two days of the summit. The talks covered several topics, including: accessibility, mobility, i18n, community, development and deployment. Each day started with a general session in the morning and was followed by 5 tracks in the afternoon. For more details, refer to the schedule on the summit website. Most of the slides have been uploaded to the website, as well as speakers' bios and photos.

We had many sponsors for the first GNOME.Asia Summit. Sun Microsystems sponsored the summit at gold level. We had three silver sponsors: Nokia, Motorola and Mozilla. Red Hat sponsored the Summit at bronze level. We also had one local sponsor, Lemote, who sponsored the summit by providing three Lemote Laptops for the lucky-draw program. Google sponsored the summit by providing gifts to participants. Finally, CSDN and Programmer Magazine were media partners. We are grateful for the great support we received from all of our sponsors.

We had 7 booths at the venue: Sun, Motorola, Mozilla, Red Hat, CSDN & Programmer Magazine, Lemote, and the Beijing Linux Users Group. Each booth brought their own booth materials such as: laptops, PCs, lab equipment, gifts, posters and fliers. For example:
http://www.gnome.asia/static/upload/photos/DSC_2131.JPG
http://www.gnome.asia/static/upload/photos/DSC_2140.JPG

We invited 5 media reporters to the Summit, they interviewed important speakers and core contributors to the GNOME community. On the 18th, they interviewed Stormy Peters and Brian Cameron from the GNOME Foundation, Robert O'Dea and Paul Mei from Sun Microsystems, Kate Alhola and Richard Sun from Nokia Finland. On the 19th, CSDN and Programmer magazine interviewed Rafael Camargo from Motorola, Jack Guo from Mozilla Online, Kevin Song from COPU (China OSS Promotion Union), Frederic Muller and Pockey Lam from BLUG (Beijing Linux Users Group). They also interviewed three Chinese input method authors: James Su, Yong Sun and Peng Huang ,  and Funda Wang from GNOME Chinese translation team. Below are the media reports:

They are in Chinese.
http://news.csdn.net/n/20081023/120205.html
http://publish.it168.com/2008/1023/20081023045901.shtml
http://soft.chinabyte.com/371/8517371.shtml
http://it.hexun.com/20 08-10-21/110209130.html
http://digi.it.sohu.com/20081022/n260181226.shtml
http://paper.chinahightech.com.cn/html/2008-10/27/content_7247.htm
http://www.lupaworld.com/viewnews-117800.html

Highlights of the Summit


One of the top three OSS conference in China
The GNOME.Asia Summit  ranked as one of the top 3 open source conferences in Beijing this year.  The others were: the Linux Developer Symposium in February and the OpenOffice organization annual conference in November. All the open source communities think it is time to go to Asia!

Keynote about GNOME Community

Stormy Peters' keynote "Community built software is bringing change to the world" kicked off the summit on the first morning.During this speech, Stormy introduced the GNOME project and its strong community. She said that the GNOME community has developed core values like accessibility, internationalization and developer-friendliness that are shared amongst all the volunteers that work on GNOME. Over time, the GNOME project has developed strong foundations like time-based releases, universal access, and good communication with companies in the industry as well as the community itself. Building on the community's values and foundations, the GNOME community is now enabling their technologies for the future with initiatives like GNOME Mobile.  Finally, she encouraged everyone to join the GNOME community.
Brian Cameron's
keynote about "Building Free Software Asia" was also very interesting. At the start of his talk, Brian played a cool video, made by a contributor in the GNOME community, which demonstrated GNOME using animations and cool music.Next, Brian introduced the concept of free software, open software, the GNOME community, how to get involved and be active with a free software project.


Accessibility
Accessibility was one the main topics in this Summit. So we were honored to have Will Walker, lead of the GNOME accessibility project, join this summit as well as other accessibility developers, QA engineers, and teachers from the Beijing School for the Blind. On the first day, Will Walker gave an overview of GNOME accessibility.
Later, Li Yuan introduced the accessibility infrastructure from a developer point of view. During a lightning talk, Ray Wang from Novell China introduced Mono accessibility & UI Automation. On the second day, Will Walker gave a second talk, this time about Orca. Later, Tim Miao and Harry Fu shared their experience with accessibility testing. We also invited two teachers from the Beijing School for the Blind. They were interested in the screen reader, Orca, and they attended Will Walker's talk. After the talk, they went to Sun's accessibility booth to watch a demo about accessibility and share their expectations and user experiences with Will Walker and other accessibility developers. There were many accessibility discussions covering topics such as automation testing tools in GNOME community. Further discussion are going on after the summit.

GNOME Mobile

GNOME technologies are used in many of the world's leading mobile phones. Nokia and Motorola, the leaders of the mobile industrial attended the first GNOME.Asia Summit. Nokia representatives from Finland participated in the summit by giving various technical talks which covered the Qt port to GTK+ on maemo, Tracker, GStreamer and memory management on mobile devices. Motorola's director Rafael Camargo talked about Motorola's commercial experience with Linux, how to improve the collaboration between open source communities and commercial enterprises. Finally, he announced that Motorola is joining the GNOME Foundation this year. Building on open source technologies enables them not only to get to market faster but also to offer cheaper and more open solutions.

Localization
Localization is very important to non-English speaking GNOME users. This was also one of the main topics of this Summit. We invited four authors of the input method sub-system. They were: James Su, lead of the SCIM community (www.scim-im.org); Peng Huang, author of scim-python (code.google.com/p/scim-python) and ibus (code.google.com/p/ibus); Peng Wu, author of Novel Pinyin (http://sourceforge.net/projects/novel-pinyin); Yong Sun, maintainer of SunPinyin (www.opensolaris.org/os/project/input-method). They co-hosted a technical talk about the input method frameworks and introduced IIIMF and SCIM. Funda Wang,  leader of i18n-zh team, talked about the overall localization infrastructure of the GNOME project, the GTP infrastructure (administrator, team leader, translator, tester), and how to contribute to the GNOME Translation project.

GNOME & Mozilla
Mozilla is a sister community to GNOME. It was great to have Mozilla at this Summit. Jack Guo from Mozilla Online talked about "Mozilla in China", and shared his experiences promoting Firefox in China. Mozilla Developers, Brian Lu and Alfred Peng from the OpenSolaris community, shared their experiences developing Firefox and Songbird on the OpenSolaris desktop.

Lightning Talks
At the summit we introduced a new talk style to China: Lightning talks.
A Lightning Talk is a short presentation given at a conference or similar forum. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks only last a few minutes and several will usually be delivered one after the other by different speakers.
At the GNOME.Asia Summit, we had lightning talks on the afternoon of the 18th. The lightning talks session was one hour, with each lightning talk being only 5 minutes, with no Q&A session. We used a gong as timer. Here's the list of lightning talks:
1. Richard Sun : Package management
2. Simon Zheng : New generation of GNOME Display Manager
3. Coly Li : Quick introduction to grub4ext4
4. Ray Wang: Mono accessibility & UI Automation
5. Anthony Fok : Attracting new GNOME contributors with Glade
6. Jon Philips :The Open Clip Art Library + China Lightning Talk
7. Funda Wang: Experience Empathy
This was one of the most entertaining parts of the Summit, see:http://www.gnome.asia/static/upload/photos/DSC_2334.JPG

Live Summit

Check Live Summit from here: http://www.gnome.asia/en/live/
Thanks to Alfred, Will and Joey's excellent work, we have successfully built the GNOME.Asia Live Summit.

Online Summit is a real time aggregation tool for Flickr/Youtube/Twitter.
To join in, you can use any of these services:
1. Flickr
   - Have an account on Flickr(http://flickr.com/).
   - Upload your GNOME.Asia summit pictures and tag them with "gnomeasia"
2. Youtube
   - Have an account on Youtube(http://www.youtube.com/).
   - Upload your GNOME.Asia summit videos and tag them with "gnomeasia"
3. Twitter
   - Have an account on Twitter(http://twitter.com/).
   - Send message to the GNOME.Asia twitter by adding "@gnome_asia". For example, if you want to say hello, just send this message "@gnome_asia hello".


Party and Tour trip
We had a wonderful celebration party on the evening of the last day at the Laoshe Tea House. We invited organizers, sponsors, volunteers, speakers and media representatives. We had 120 people join this party. See: http://www.gnome.asia/static/upload/photos/DSCF7398.JPG
On October 20th, the GNOME.Asia Summit arranged a one day tour trip for speakers to the Great Wall and Ming Tomb. See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pockey/2967814109/

Future work after Summit

One of the major goals after the GNOME.Asia Summit is building the Beijing GNOME Users Group. There are already some GNOME communities in Beijing, including: GNOME-CN and the GNOME learning panel at Tsinghua University. It would be better if we could gather together everyone who is interested in GNOME and host a GNOME Users Group regularly in Beijing. So far, we have recruited about 10 core members of the Beijing GNOME Users Group, notably: Pockey Lam from BLUG, Zhangshen and Da long from Beihang university, Fengyi from Beiyou University and Yanghong from GNOME-CN. We will use the following infrastructure for the Beijing GNOME Users Group:
1. Website: www.gnome-cn.org (Need to add more modules into this website, like Wiki, BBS etc.)
2. Mailing List: gnome-cn-list@gnome.org
3. IRC: BeijingGUG
We plan to host regular weekly meetings starting in November, 2008.

Another big task after the Summit involves Pockey Lam from the Beijing LUG who is organizing a student study group on GNOME accessibility projects. Since accessibility generated a lot of interest in Beijing, this is a good to time to encourage more people to contribute with GNOME projects. The accessibility project is the first project for the student's study group. Some local engineers from Sun and Novell China will be mentors for the study group.

GNOME.Asia Summit was a success, we see a lot of things happening during and after the summit! Let's ride on the momentum and continue to build a strong community in Beijing, in China and in Asia! 

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