Πέμπτη, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Greek openSUSE community report for 2010

This is the annual report of the Greek openSUSE community. As you all might know this  is the first report since we were formed as a community this year.

 Our first event of the year was the appearance at 3rd FOSSCOMM at 24th and 25th  of April. Greek Ambassador, George Koutsikos, participated with a booth. He with a team of people, were informing participants about openSUSE Project. He was giving away 11.2 DVD stickers and brochures.
openSUSE launch Party in Athens
 Next organized event was the openSUSE launch party in Athens at the 23rd  of July. Efstathios Iosifidis organized it although he lives 500km away. People from AthLug made it happen.
Our Member Angelos Tzotzos at Geodata Camp 2010
 Soon after that Kostas Koudaras joined forces with Efstathios Iosifidis and decided to form the Greek openSUSE community. Kostas and Stathis created and attended several events as openSUSE ambassadors were they were informing people about the formation of the Greek openSUSE community. Soon many people responded to their call an finally at the 3rd of November we organized our first meeting all together to set some goals for the community and started forming work groups in order to succeed those goals.
 First of all we created the Greek openSUSE mailing list and it turn out to become a great tool that helped a lot with the growth of the community. We started translating the wiki and also created and started to use the #opensuse-el at Freenode IRC channel. We decided there that we will meet every 2 weeks in he IRC to review what we did the past two weeks, to make announcements and to set new goals for the community. Also during those meetings the various work groups that exist within the Greek community give report to the community and take feedback from it.
The openSUSE community to a general speech organized by GreekLUG about FOSS at an elementary school
 We created the ambassadors blog (http://amb.opensuse.gr/), where we announce our future events and we write the complete event reports with photographs and also announce every action our community members do.
 One of the work groups we created was the Greek forum team and in co-operation with the global forum operators-moderators made the set-up of the Greek sub-forum.
 The openSUSE Greek localization team was rejuvenated at 12th of May of 2010, by Kostas Boukouvalas, walking in and claiming the team leadership. Kostas had previous discussion with the predecessor, Vassilios Giannakopoulos who held this position for almost 6 years. The team was inactive from late 2007 and until 2010 no Greek translations were made for the distribution.
 The actual work of the team started at November 2010, with the entrance of two new members, Michalis Vourlakos and George Bratsos. Michalis Vourlakos until now is the only one that has done translations for 2010 and has also started the first translation memory for the localization project. Kostas Boukouvalas dedicated his time writing a detailed introductory how-to on how someone can join and contribute to the Greek localization team, and how to start working on translations. This how-to will also be published as a part of an article at the fresh new GNU/Linux Greek magazine named "Linux Inside".
Stathis at the 75th International trade Fair
 We also made big steps in the wiki translation. We started the basic documentation translation which is the base for all users and continued with other interesting articles.
 We started translating openSUSE Weekly news in Greek(http://own.opensuse.gr/) and this was a great success. We estimate that at least 1000 people read it every week. We try each week for the best result. We have so far reached 7 issues and we are continuing...
Late release Party for 11.3 at 11/3

 At the end of the year an active member of the community, George Bratsos, joined forces as an Ambassador.
 Efstathios Iosifidis and Kostas Koudaras made a lot of traveling and a lot of meetings with various important people of FOSS in Greece and not only. We also send openSUSE promo materials to various Lug's in Greece.
 We went to Athens to meet Bryen Yunashko were we had discussion about our concerns and goals about the Greek openSUSE community and took some directions from Bryen's experience (http://www.bryen.com/kostas-and-stathis/).
Kostas-Bryen-Stathis
 The Greek openSUSE community participated in some innovating events that were not connected directly to the technological part of a Linux Project but strongly connected to the philosophical part  of it. Surprisingly we found people there responding to our call and joined their forces helping the community. That move proved that thinking outside the box is effective.
 For 2010 the Greek Community made almost 20% of the registered events for the openSUSE Project globally at 2010, although it is the newest formed community until today.
 Four months ago we started a huge try that all thought it was doomed to fail. The community peoples actions and persistence prove all of them wrong.

Accomplishments on organizing the community at 2010
  • Created the opensuse-el@opensuse.org Mailing List
  • Created the IRC channel #opensuse-el at Freenode
  • Created the Greek Sub-forum at openSUSE forums
  • Created openSUSE Ambassador's Actions Blog
  • Announced regular IRC meeting of the Greek Community
  • Weekly Translation of the openSUSE Weekly News from issue 150

The events that the Greek openSUSE Community attended or organized for 2010

Kostas Koudaras - Efstathios(Stathis) Iosifidis

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