Day 3 of POSSE is where the actual nwork in Open Source communities takes the front of the stage. So we discussed which projects to pick on, what to do. This lead to a more general discussion on South Africa and Open Source. What can we do, what is needed? We captured everything in a nice looking whiteboard – a true collaborative work!
So let me present our result:
The picture nicely catches the specific problems faced in South Africa. Especially the way internet access is organised deserves a blog post of its own …
At the end of the day however, I returned to good ole tech support. Michael installed Fedora alongside Ubuntu on his laptop and due to some strange cosmic rays he ended up with a broken partition table and could not fire up his Ubuntu any longer. Oopsie. But we managed to get him back to Ubuntu with Fedora sitting next to it 🙂
So here we go again. Day 2 of POSSE SA as outlined in our schedule has just moved into the reflection and blogging phase.
So what did we do? I kicked off the day with explaining the galaxy that is Open Source and Free Software. the multitude of projects, the different governance models, how to find out about maturity and sustainability. I showed gource in action -. I love the visualization of open source projects over time that it generates.
We then went to our first round of checkount – build – modify – commit using git, which was fun and rewarding. People could actually learn how stuff works with immediate results.
We went on with translation, explaining the gettext workflow, with po, pot and mo files and how transifex makes all of this so extremely simple. We ended with doing some actual translation to Afrikaans (af) using the fedora transifex instance. I hope our little community will continue to work on this.
So overall, another succesfull POSSE SA day! Let’s prepare for day 3 tomorrow. And relax with a beer in sunny Capetown.
So here we are, all in a room, running POSSE. Capetown, it’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s a very nice place to be. Following the schedule as planned.
A lot of knowledge and information has been thrown in the face of our participants – and they cope remarkably well. Meeting people that are open for new tools, methods and are clearly able to put them in their own context is wonderful. You see the participants already thinking of ways to use the stuff we are doing in their own institutions.
But we have a lot to do in the next days. And as it seems, we have created a lot of motivation for exactly that! Some of the tools we discussed today:
- IRC – the godfather of (near) realtime communication
- Mailing lists – If it aint got posted, it doesn’t exist!
- Wiki – Universal solution to group work
- Etherpad – collaborate without hassle
We will have a lot more coming up, so stay tuned, follow us on twitter/identiu.ca at #posseSA – Let’s go!