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  When I first installed Fedora 15 to try GNOME3 was fascinated by it’s look and differences from the older versions, I still like it but after a couple weeks using it started to work very slow and crashed many times, now finally decided to move to Xfce but not removing GNOME 3 because maybe one day I will come back but not until I upgrade my computer. Applications start very fast, don’t crash, it’s simpler and reminds me the ClearLooks of Gnome 2.6 from F13 and F14.

Rackspace was nice to give us 2 cloud servers with Debian 5.0 GNU/Linux distribution which we’re very thankful. Plan is to to move our FLOSSK web-site to Drupal fully in near future from the current proprietary CMS. We will also use the space to host other platforms for ours needs like Open Atrium, for project managing etc.  We also thank Dave Hall, which made the contact with Rackspace guys to make it possible.

I am planning to go in Brussels, Belgium on the 4th till 7th of February, 2011 for being a part of Fedora Project team as an Ambassador, expect that I am also interested to explore more because I’m also involved in other great projects like Mozilla, Drupal etc! at FOSDEM (conference), for that I need a Schengen Visa. I had my appointment today to apply but couldn’t go in time to apply because I didn’t have “the original” invitation paper which arrived 1 hour later. I have all documents ready including original invitation paper, plane ticket reservation, booked hotel, parental and school permit etc. I am applying at Belgian Embassy in Prishtina, Kosovo in my next appointment at 10:45 (GMT +01:00) this Thursday (27th). Chances are minimal to get it because I am late but If somebody can help me, it’ll be more than appreciated!

Please spread the word!

Sincerely,
Gent

(Copyrights to Alexandru)

Last weekend I was glad to be a part of Mozilla Balkans Communities Meet-up that was organized by the Slovenian community in Ljubljana at Kiberpipa hackerspace during the 4th and the 5th of December.

I was there together with my friend Heroid Shehu as representative of the Kosovo community, traveled by plane on 3th for our first time which was a really interesting experience. After our arrival with shuttles from Airport to Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, we checked in and met the community representatives from most of the Balkans countries at the bar. That night we had a community dinner at Stara Mačka (Old Cat) near Ljubljanica river in downtown, dinner finished and we decided that we should get back to the hostel (no party) because we had a lot of work to do tomorrow.

(Photo by Axel Hecht)

(Copyrights to Alexandru)

We woke up tomorrow for breakfast with others at 7:30am because we needed to be present at Kiberpipa around 9am for starting the sessions. Everything started with a Welcome message from William Quiviger and a general review since the Skopje meetup through Skype because he unfortunetly couldn’t make it. Then ~5 minutes talks for each community. After our talks, Brian King gave us a Firefox update, Kadir Topal from SUMO community gave us a SUMO update, Axel Hecht from Localization project gave us a l10n update, Pierros Pappadeas from Greek community in stead of Alina Mierlus because she also couldn’t make it gave us a Drumbeat update, Gorjan Jovanovski from Macedonin community gave us a Community Marketing update and 30 minutes before Lunch, Milos Dinics talked about Mozilla Communities Sites project. While we were heaving lunch Pierros Pappadeas talked about Open Web.

After the launch the session started with with a SUMO sprint by Kadir Topal,followed after by Axel Hecht with a l10n sprint,Brian King showed us how to build our first Firefox add-ons with Jetpack which was a lot of fun and in the end Milos Dinic gave us a QA sprint. In the end we fastly got ready and got back to the hostel to prepare for dinner and meeting the special guest/s.

We had dinner on Saturday at Figovec, a traditional Slovenian restaurant. There we had a really amazing suprise, Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla and others were waiting for us. There we had a great time discussing to each other.

(Photo by: Tristan Nitot)

(Copyrights to Alexandru Szasz)

In the end I would like to thanks Mozilla for giving me the chance to be a part of the community and the meetup, indeed.

If you want to see more photos from the meetup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/mozbalkans10/ I will also post my photos nowdays!

RMS quote:

What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.
There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system:the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.