Introduce my self
My name is Athanasios-Ilias Rousinopoulos. I am an openSUSE Ambassador and an active member of openSUSE Community. This year i participate in Google Summer of Code with openSUSE .. My project is called “Ambassador/Event plugin for openSUSE Connect”.
Introduce my project
As an openSUSE Ambassador  i participate in conferences , make presentations and promote openSUSE to the people. openSUSE Connect is the social network of openSUSE Project (based on Elgg ). In my opinion openSUSE Connect it is more than a useful tool. Ambassadors , members of openSUSE community do use it in order to communicate , form groups , follow other people, create events ,create polls etc. Although it is a useful tool , it does suffer from some deficiencies. As an ambassador i found using the wiki in order to manage the community events not a good idea at all. As mentioned before openSUSE Connect is based on Elgg. Elgg is an open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments. . Elgg provides well-organized documentation  for developers. Furthermore Bug tracker is also available  . Besides Elgg has its own API Reference  which developers can use it. Finally he goal of my project is to create a plugin (developed in Elgg) which allows the users planning of events in openSUSE Connect , instead of using the wiki pages so as to create an event. Using this plugin by the community can be more beneficial
Event #1 (23/04-07/05) [Community Bonding period begins]
What did i do
Until now i did made my “Contact first steps”  which means i talked with my mentor , informed him about my plan. Furthermore i started using Trello as a project management tool. Focusing more on the project i read openSUSE connect’s main features and Installed it as well  ,  , . openSUSE Connect allows create and develop new widgets , plugins and new themes by using the Elgg platform. During installing openSUSE Connect i did face some problems , so i edited the documentation  in order to make the installation process easier and more successful. After the installation process i read Elgg’s Wiki Main page  , how Elgg’s Engine works , and made my firsts steps with Elgg Plugin Development.  ,, . Elgg’s offers some introduction tutorials so as to begin developing your plugin. In addition Elgg offers about 1500 plugins which you can download them and install them as well. Finally i installed PHP plugin for Eclipse and started using it.
What i am going to do
This week i will focus more on Elgg’s Plugin Development and try to implement the first tutorials  . Furthermore i am going to focus on Elgg Plugin Development and read upon the current used event plugin.
Problems & Solutions
After the installation process i wasn’t able to access Elgg due to an Error message. Also while configuring “System settings” i had to add a folder which is not placed in Connect’s installation folder. These problems are already solved and descibed more detailed here 
These are my first 14 days in the project. I feel very happy about participating in Google Summer of Code with openSUSE Project. In my opinion this project would be beneficial for members of openSUSE Community and Open Source community as well. Finally my reports about my progress will be posted in weekly basis and will be called “Event # “.
According to it’s definition :
Focusing on what WebKIT is , i found that there are many areas when a developer (and user as well) is able to contribute (after he gets involved on the Project).
Having a quick view on the project’s web page we see that are many ways to get involved on the Project. So let’s see :
a) You have to download the download the latest nightly build ,
b) You have to install developer tools (for your OS)
As you notice you are not able to write source code untill you follow the steps above 🙂
After we followed the steps above there are some projects when new users (and developers as well) are able to contribute :
Notice that working with the source code has it’s own guidlines. Furthermore searching on the web i found that Python do provides several ways for WebBrowser Programming. Actually provides the following Api’s/bindings :
Although we can’t find any info about developing in Python with WebKit. Hope on of my following posts i will show some Python code for WebKit!
Imagine that you are a new programmer and you want to share your source , make commits and call people to contribute on your source code , is there any tool that could help you? The answer is Yes you have more than one choices available. So which are the choices ? Is there any comparison between the available tools? Yes, just have a look :
According to the pie chart the highest percentage own the “Subversion” tool and after that is the “GitRepository”. So GitRepository owns 26 % when ” CVS ” and ” Mercurial” own 13 % and 2 %. (data and graph by ohloh.net). So between CVS , Git and Mercurial you will choose obviously Git.. Is there any other reason to choose Git? Yes!
A couple of days ago , i read a very interesting article about ” The 10 Most Important Open Source Projects od 2011″ in Linux.com . The projects listed in this article are :
And some information about Git : “Speaking of ubiquity, how about that Git, huh? Linus Torvalds other little hobby project has not only done good for Linux, but it’s hugely popular for FOSS projects. If you’re working on a new open source project, the odds are pretty good that you’re going to be using Git over any other distributed version control system (DVCS). Git isn’t just a popular tool, it’s the foundation of one of the most popular gathering spots around the Web for open source development: GitHub. It’s also being used and offered by Gitorious, SourceForge.net, Google Code Hosting, and pretty much every other major platform for hosting FOSS projects.”
Finally do you still have doubts about which tool you will choose?
I use Gnu/Linux since 2007. It is a fact that finding other people who also use the same OS is not always easy…You search people in order to express your ideas and your thoughts, maybe you spent hours talking in a IRC channel asking for help…but finally you talk with people and sometimes you are not able to see all them “pointed” in map…Could you imagine a platform (or maybe software) which would “serve” this kind of feature? I mean to “point” Gnu/Linux users around the world? Personally , until yesterday i couldn’t…But now i don’t imagine i just enjoy!
Well , a friend of mine, Efstathios Chatzikyriakidis implemented this wish. He made a map where all over the world are able to state their position in the map and the distribution of Gnu/Linux they use as well. This project is called OSHACKERS. OSHACKERS is licensed under GNU GPLv3.
So the question is : “Are we spots (or points ) in the map or interactive/powerful users of Gnu/Linux ? ”
The answer is : “It’s up to how often you see people around you using Gnu/Linux…”
So Master classmates, and other Gnu/Linux users the conclusion of this post is :
” No more thoughts , no more words just “click” the white rabbit below….and be registered “
LSWC’11 Zaragoza, Spain
A conference with 600 participants and 100 open-source companies…something very interesting and for me the first conference outside of my country…
I leave and study in Madrid but i thought it would be a good idea taking part in the LSWC’11..let’s see what happened in the conference and which presentation i saw…
Day 1st (9 November)
At night,I went out for a beer
Some videos of the first day of the conference are available here:
“Conference Openening “[vid1]
” Software Patents” [vid2]
” OpenERP Plus ” [vid3]
2nd Day (November 10th)
The second day was slightly different from the first one. at 10.30 the most important speech for me,started in Aula 3. Certifications is something many people want to obtain,that’s why “Que es la Certificacion LPI” gave us all, all the needed information. Henry Chalup Dergam , the Director Manager of LPI in Spain , presented the certification and all the connected information. During the presentation in aula 3, I saw smth that made me happy. in the city hall of zaragoza,they use a distribution, based upon openSUSE 11.2, named AZLinux. The last presentation I attended was in AZLinux. After the Coffe Break, at 12.00, I started the Merengue. The subject of the presentation was “Merengue : CMS based on Django” .Merengue is a CMS based on Django, and despite the fact that I don’t know much of Django, it seemed easier to use and program with Merengue than with Django. The last speech I attended was “AZLinux. Functional Characteristics” ” . AZLinux is based on openSUSE 11.2. The CityHall now uses free software in all its computers and I loved the fact that it was a policy of the Aragon Government, this use of free software in the public sector.For this, AZLinux uses the Migasfree Package Manager, a package manager very useful and easy-to-use.In the Ayutamiento de Zaragoza they inserted a migration from propietary software into free software.
Some videos of the second day are available here :
” Merengue : CMS based on Django ” [vid4]
Also all the videos of the conference are available here :
Finally,LSWC’11 was a conference I liked. I met many people passionate with FreeSoftware.Not only company members but also persons like me,simple individuals.As Francisco Javier Solans Benedi (President of Cesla ) in [ vid1 ] (13:00), “It’s a fact that Free Software is an axioma,that came to stay“, ,that’s why many autonomous communities in Spain use FreeSoftware. It’s sure that in the future,I will participate in more conferences and events like this,during my stay in Spain.