Updated on May 25, 2016
Joining Fedora Ambassadors
I’m proud to call myself part among the Fedora Ambassadors, the representatives of Fedora. They ensure the public understand Fedora’s principles and the work that Fedora is doing. Additionally Ambassadors are responsible for helping to grow the contributor base, and to act as a liaison between other FLOSS projects and the Fedora community.
If you are still unaware of Fedora, it’s the 2nd most used Linux distro after Ubuntu. The Fedora Project itself is sponsored by Red Hat, which invests in its infrastructure and resources to encourage collaboration and incubate innovative new technologies. Some of these technologies may later be integrated into Red Hat products. They are developed in Fedora and produced under a free and open source license from inception, so other free software communities and projects are free to study, adopt, and modify them. Oh, did I also mention that Fedora is Linux Torvald’s favourite distro?
As a Fedora Ambassador, I will be responsible for various activities, among them:
- Organize Fedora participation at events
- Talk about the Fedora Four Foundations
- Promote FLOSS and open source projects
- Demonstrate Fedora and other open source projects to the public
- Promote Fedora at local user groups with talks etc…
Fedora Albania & Open Labs Hackerspace
We have been promoting Fedora and GNU/Linux generally a lot at Open Labs, our hackerspace here in Tirana, Albania. With Jona Azizaj becoming the first Fedora Ambassador last year, Fedora efforts in Albania skyrocketed, with a dozen of meetups and events organized in less than a year, as well with a solid presence at larger conferences, such as FOSDEM, OSCAL, DORS/CLUC or Wikipedia Weekend Tirana. Check out my profile on the Fedora Wiki for more details.
While it’s indeed a good looking and honorable title, being an Ambassador comes with certain duties and responsibilities. I for myself plan to focus on getting the local Fedora community established and self-sustainable. With the latest l10n work done, I also am positive that Fedora will be fully localized in Albanian by the end of the year.
Furthermore, I plan to get more deeper involved with the design team, which might need a refresh here and there. But I still have many things to learn when it comes to Inkscape and GIMP.. Last but not least, I have been intrigued by FLOSS Gaming lately and wish to spread the love of gaming on Fedora, which is really an aspect we leave behind quite often.
For anything Fedora related, feel free to shoot me an email at elioqoshi AT fedoraproject DOT org