Ivana

Sep 2, 2020

Please welcome Ivana Isadora Devcic, @ivana_isadora Tech writer, translator, editor, @kdecommunity member

September 02 to 09 on @imakefoss

Interview: https://t.co/DM7GJidhPd

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Sep 2, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

…and we’re live 😎

Hi everyone, nice to meet you! I’m Ivana Isadora, a technical writer who loves and promotes #FOSS, and I’m part of the @kdecommunity Promo team. https://t.co/LixdoUsCbg

Sep 2, 2020

@ivana_isadora 💬 @ivana_isadora:

For the next 7 days, I’ll be tweeting about:

📚 software documentation 📢 promoting FOSS 🌍 communities & contributors who make FOSS 💙 #Akademy2020, the main @kdecommunity event

…and more! I hope we’ll all have fun & learn something new.

Sep 2, 2020

RT @openSUSE: Happy Birthday @SUSE 28 years ago! Amazing! https://t.co/qbnD9NHNP9

Sep 2, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Let’s start with something light-hearted today, before we move on to some more serious topics.

I love making silly memes like these 🙈 but I need more Linux & FOSS ones for my collection, so tweet us your favorites! https://t.co/TBxR8dlbYS

Sep 2, 2020

RT @albfanjul: Translate Akira to other languages is happening totally out of our control. Contributing, reviewing…

https://t.co/abqWi8e…

Sep 2, 2020

RT @anthrolog: [1/9] New preprint on #SocArXiv, in which @markgalassi and I articulate the case for free and open source software in resear…

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Since @akademy starts tomorrow, I thought we could talk a bit about #FOSS events today.

You’ve all probably heard the news already - FOSDEM 2021 is going to be an online event. https://t.co/V7BFu0h5po

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

For those who don’t know, FOSDEM is one of the biggest - if not the biggest - #FOSS events that’s been steadily growing in the amount of visitors, talks and activities since 2000 when it first started. https://t.co/gIHpVU35Qx

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

In pre-COVID19 times, it traditionally took place in the beginning of each year at the Université Libre de Bruxelles Solbosch campus in Brussels, Belgium. 🇧🇪

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Although initially a developer-oriented event, FOSDEM welcomes Free software enthusiasts from different backgrounds, with all kinds of skills and interests. Still, the audience is not especially diverse, but we can hope and work towards changing that.

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Talks at FOSDEM are usually organized into main tracks, and then there’s a whole bunch of ‘devrooms" - smaller sessions and activities focused on specific #FOSS projects & topics.

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Wanna talk about the history of Java or hack on the latest IoT devices? Interested in documentation, browsers, containers, or perhaps legal and policy issues around #FOSS?

You’re in luck - FOSDEM’s got it all.

There’s only just one tiny little problem…

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

…FOSDEM is huge.

Like, REALLY huge.

No, seriously. Not just in terms of space - the campus is big - and the amount of people (the crowds are insane), but also in the sheer amount of content, activities, stands, discussions…

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

It’s impossible to attend all talks you’re interested in, so it’s best to just give up hope, stick to one room you can get into, and watch the rest of the talks via stream or after the recordings are uploaded. At least that’s what people say 😅 https://t.co/qFYti6HJwo

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

I wouldn’t really know, because the first (and last) time I went to FOSDEM in 2018, I didn’t even get to see the rooms where the talks were 😅

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Messed up the year, sorry! It was 2019. Our team was busy working the @kdecommunity stand, selling merch, answering questions about all the devices Plasma can run on, and showing off @Krita_Painting in a live digital painting session. And we had a great time! https://t.co/bhq2vmCAxc

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Brussels is a lovely place (when it’s not snowing and raining at the same time). I’m happy that I had this chance to attend the legendary #FOSS event everyone always told me about, despite not getting into any of the talks. 💜 https://t.co/OOVhvbV7ZG

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

But I’m also aware that not everyone has this privilege, and that for many, attending FOSDEM is still just a dream.

The 2021 edition has massive potential to change that.

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

The fact that FOSDEM 2021 is going to be an online event eliminates the costs of travel and lodging, as well as many challenges that people with disabilities would potentially face if they had to attend in person.

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

However, making FOSDEM online-only also introduces a whole new layer of complexity for the organizers. I never knew how hard it is to run a #FOSS conference until I volunteered to help at @akademy and @dorscluc.

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

There are so many moving parts to organizing any kind of event; so many things happening behind the scenes. So many things that can go terribly wrong. You thought finding sponsors was difficult? Finding the right venue is often even harder! 😥

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

That’s why I think we should all take a moment to show gratitude to #FOSS organizations & communities that are doing their best to gather us all - online or not - and keep the spirit of software freedom strong in these unfortunate circumstances. 🙏

Sep 3, 2020

RT @fosdem: @videlft We’ll try to do our best to have the spirit of the regular physical event as much as possible in our online event…

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

✨ #FOSS Spotlight: check this one out! Fresh off the KDE Community assembly lines, just in time for Akademy.

A great way to contribute would be to test Kongress with other conferences and report on your findings. 😉 https://t.co/4OuBhiIjA8

Sep 3, 2020

RT @embeddedgus: Pro tip: It’s really worth it to take the time to thank people when they take your changes.

A simple ‘Thanks, [maintainer…

Sep 3, 2020

RT @mattdm: Oh hey! Here’s my State of Fedora talk from #nestwithfedora is up! https://t.co/amQ3dt7eHQ

Sep 3, 2020

RT @kdecommunity: Point version of many of KDE’s applications released. 20.08.1 includes: QR codes work in contact previews in Kontact, set…

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

What other #FOSS events are happening online this year? 🤔 Let’s take a look!

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

From October 15 to October 17, @openSUSE and @libreoffice are having a joint conference to celebrate 10 years of the LibreOffice Project and 15 years of the openSUSE Project.

Don’t miss this one. Registration closes October 16, 2020.

https://t.co/BOGt06C1MN

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Linux App Summit (@LinuxAppSummit) is happening from November 12 to November 14, co-hosted by @GNOME and @kdecommunity with the goal of strengthening collaboration between #FOSS communities on Linux apps. Registration is still open!

https://t.co/GJAve8rQHq

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

The Seattle GNU/Linux conference (@seagl) is on November 13 and 14. You don’t even have to register for this one!

Their call for speakers closes soon, so keep an eye on the official website for the schedule and full speaker lineup.

https://t.co/gLGC2VENF4

Sep 3, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Now, what did I miss? (Maybe I did it on purpose… 😏).

Which online #FOSS events are you planning to attend? What are your thoughts on this shift to online-only events - should it become the norm?

Let us know!

Sep 4, 2020

RT @AnisaKuci: Hats off to THE BEST closing session of all online events I have seen this year! \o/

@DebConf video team, you are the best!…

Sep 4, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Back in my day… 👩‍🦳 there was this thing called #FollowFriday here on Twitter. Do you remember?

Quite appropriately, today is Friday. Since this account is called ‘I Make FOSS", let’s highlight some people who make #FOSS! Check them out & give them a follow.

Sep 4, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

🌷 @mattiasgeniar 🌹 @anishaswain 🥀 @thekurtwk 🌺 @VolkerKrause 🌸 @reginaoradata 🌼 @dgarcia360 🌻 @LukaszErecinsk1

#FollowFriday

Sep 4, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

🌷 @mueslix 🌹 @jonatoni 🥀 @1nuritzi 🌺 @embeddedgus 🌸 @rohangarg 🌼 @CarlKDE 🌻 @AnisaKuci

#FollowFriday

Sep 4, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

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Sep 4, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Is there a #FOSS contributor, project, or organization that more people should know about? Do they have a Twitter account? Join this little #FollowFriday party and tell the world about them 🎉

We can help communities grow if we lift each other up.

Sep 4, 2020

RT @sil: Earlier this year, @popey and I proposed a development environment for making and publishing simple apps for Linux as part of the…

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

#Akademy2020 kicks off 🔜 with the opening keynote by Gina Häußge (@foosel).

Her talk ‘Adventures in Open Source Development" is one of several this year that will appeal to a broader #FOSS audience, not just to KDE community members. https://t.co/JhbBVDeCB3

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Although @akademy is organized by KDE, we always offer a fair selection of talks that will interest people who are not (yet) community members.

After all, we’re all in #FOSS together, and it’s important to share ideas across projects & communities. ❤️🌏

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

So, let’s look at some #Akademy2020 Day 1 talks that might appeal to people interested in #FOSS and Linux in general:

⭐️ ‘How to Create a Good Promotional Website for your Project"

@CarlKDE will share some quick #webdev lessons. https://t.co/jRbBPIHxgt

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Also today at #Akademy2020, Andreas Cord-Landwehr will talk about SPDX, an #openstandard for improving FOSS license management and compliance. https://t.co/ywR7qvfM62

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

#Linux in cars??

Hear all about it later today at #Akademy2020, where @e8johan will be presenting on the role, adoption, and the future of #opensource in automotive.

https://t.co/sSTaK58P6m https://t.co/uNBbXfUuIo

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

If you’ve always wanted to know how #Linux graphics work, today’s your lucky day.

At #Akademy2020, @rohangarg will be presenting a 101-style crash course for current and future contributors. Don’t miss this one! https://t.co/yQgRD3HN4O

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

I’ll be back later; if you’re really interested in these talks I posted, you can still register for #Akademy2020 here: https://t.co/6ZB9rlIITm

Note that a KDE Identity account is required for registration. You can create it for free: https://t.co/DLxxEBBPcR

Sep 5, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

You should also be able to stream the @akademy talks live without registration. Find the links here: https://t.co/qTBZXVTqem

The full #Akademy2020 program is here: https://t.co/TDxEcrQtmP

Enjoy your day! ☀️ https://t.co/hneWo5QqRr

Sep 5, 2020

RT @jaybaeta: If you’re hosting an online conference soon and want an idea of what a well-run one looks like, I highly recommend participat…

Sep 5, 2020

RT @dr_ervin: #Sketchnotes from the ‘Linux Graphics 101" session at #Akademy2020 https://t.co/aVKyupAYIj

Sep 5, 2020

RT @foosel: Thanks everyone for attending my talk at #Akademy2020 on ‘Adventures in Open Source Development", featuring @OctoPrint3D!

As p…

Sep 5, 2020

RT @thekurtwk: KDevelop from @kdecommunity is highly underrated IMO, it’s a cross-platform IDE for C, C++, Python, QML/JavaScript and PHP..…

Sep 5, 2020

#opensource #jobs https://t.co/zCMMSzsg8S

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Here’s the recap of #Akademy2020 first day of conference talks. Videos coming up soon! https://t.co/FNCQI5uRm5

Sep 6, 2020

RT @dr_ervin: #Sketchnotes from the ‘Konquering the Droids" session at #Akademy2020 https://t.co/NP9XIFLWFn

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

If you’re interested in #FOSS community building, don’t miss the ‘Open Source Resilience and Growth: Creating Communities that Thrive" talk by @1nuritzi this evening!

Links to the live stream are available here: https://t.co/qTBZXVTqem https://t.co/Fgk7gvIk7D

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Calling all @fedora fans: the #Akademy2020 talk on the Fedora KDE spin has started now! Join the live stream here: https://t.co/0IB160tShD

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Starting soon at #Akademy2020 - @VolkerKrause will show how it’s possible to make #FOSS applications smarter thanks to @wikidata and @openstreetmap.

Join the live stream here: https://t.co/0IB160tShD

Sep 6, 2020

RT @meanmicio: I truly enjoyed giving the talk at #Akademy2020! Very good presentations and great people!! Thank you @kdecommunity for havi…

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

And now…a treat for everyone who does video editing on #Linux.

At #Akademy2020, in a few minutes we’ll be talking about the future of Kdenlive and the role of #opensource in media production.

Join the live stream here: https://t.co/32jW4Aak4A

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

By the way, there’s this KDE dude modeling t-shirts from previous @akademy conferences… If you own a modeling agency, you should totally sign him! 😎 https://t.co/sQxVxfqKNF

Sep 6, 2020

RT @akademy: #Akademy2020 is welcoming the next keynote speaker in just 15 minutes. Here is a word from Nuritzi Sanchez! For more informati…

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Second day of #Akademy2020 talks wrapped up; now it’s time for a week of workshops & meetings!

https://t.co/TDxEcrQtmP

The conference ends on Friday, September 11 with another round of talks & the closing keynote by @valoriez 💪

Sep 6, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

By then, someone else will be running this account, so I won’t spam you with Akademy stuff anymore 😅

However, you can still keep up with the conference if you follow @akademy, or with general news from the KDE community over at @kdecommunity ❤️

Sep 7, 2020

RT @datenteiler: ‘This is truly #FOSS working as intended."

A team of community maintainers has released a fork of Htop and version 3.0.…

Sep 7, 2020

RT @opensrcdesign: Usability in Free Software, a guide by @jancborchardt

»Freedom 4: The freedom to use the program effectively, efficie…

Sep 7, 2020

Hey #FOSS friends, we have a sticker situation here! Can anyone help? https://t.co/zyT54ES28E

Sep 7, 2020

RT @fsfe: It is no secret that the FSFE’s activities are only possible with the priceless help of our contributors and supporters around Eu…

Sep 7, 2020

RT @openSUSE: There is still time to submit a talk for @LinuxAppSummit. If you/your company have an application you want to bring to #Linux…

Sep 7, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Well, I must’ve been living under a rock at the bottom of the sea, because I’m just now hearing about the readME project by @github 😍 https://t.co/epfaGsxUr7

Sep 7, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

It’s a wonderful initiative that highlights the stories about people who make & maintain #opensource projects.

The best part?

You can nominate your favorite contributors and projects to be featured in readME: https://t.co/1q1cCs4Tvk

Sep 8, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Sometimes I’m reluctant to tweet about a #FOSS project or a cool app I discovered because I’m under the impression that everyone already knows about this thing I’m tweeting.

But on the other hand, it doesn’t hurt to repeat and spread positive messages, no?

Sep 8, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

So, today I want everyone to know about @happinesspacket 🥰

It’s a wonderful project & a great way to show appreciation to your favorite #FOSS contributors.

If you’ve never sent a Happiness Packet before, I invite you to do it now! https://t.co/KOay8pt54Z

Sep 8, 2020

RT @jflory7: What is open source really all about? #OpenSource is a method, a movement, and a culture.

Happy to share a @UNICEFinnovate #w…

Sep 8, 2020

RT @CarlaSchroder: ‘Nobody works in a vacuum. A person’s behavior comes out when they interact with other people, whether it’s in person, i…

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

People often say that writing documentation is one of the easiest ways to contribute to #FOSS. I have a lot of Strong Opinions™️ about this, some of which are controversial 😈, so I’m not going to tweet about that.

Instead, let me tell you of a better way.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Unsurprisingly, it’s promotion! 📣

You can bring so much value to a #FOSS project just by telling the world about it. And here I don’t mean promotion/marketing in the sense of misleading adverts, massive campaigns, or paying ‘influencers" to promote stuff.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

I’m talking about genuine, simple efforts that any of us can make, just on our social media profiles, blogs, or in our local communities. I’m talking about promoting #FOSS because you genuinely like it, use it, and want to help it grow.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

It all boils down to spreading the good word about your favorite #FOSS. Sure, you could create videos and animations, but often it’s just enough to write, like, and share content. It can be as simple as clicking ‘Retweet".

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

When there’s a new release, share the news. If the project is having an AMA with the developers, boost the announcement, or participate and ask questions. If the project is organizing an online conference, join and livetweet the sessions, or blog about it.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

When you discover a cool new feature or a handy keyboard shortcut in your favorite #FOSS app, post about it. Doesn’t matter if it’s ‘old news" - not everyone is online all the time, and to some people, it’s going to be completely new. 🤯

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

But wait…how is this easier or better than writing documentation? And how does a #FOSS project actually benefit from any of this?

I don’t have the ultimate answers, but I can tell you what I’ve observed while working in this space for a number of years.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

First, the learning curve & barrier to entry are lower. Assuming you already know how to use social media, you can immediately start posting about your favorite #FOSS project. No need to learn new tools or processes.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

There’s also a lot more freedom & room for creative expression. Documentation must follow guidelines; your social media posts generally don’t. You’re free to express yourself in any language & write in your personal style, memes and jokes included.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

The same applies to blogs. You’re free to write about your personal experience with a #FOSS app, compare it to other software you’ve used, suggest changes that would make it even better. Subjective content like that doesn’t really belong in the documentation.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

So, how does this promotion actually help a #FOSS project? In the simplest of terms, you’re raising awareness. You’re putting the project’s name out there into the world, making people aware that it exists.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Depending on the details you provide, you can get people interested in trying it out. If your angle is more towards highlighting the community aspects, then people might wanna join the project and contribute to it.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

The fact is, when any #FOSS project gains enough traction, there will be people who will hate it & write negative things about it. I don’t mean actual constructive criticism; I’m referring to those who just choose to hate something & are loud about it online.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

By sharing your positive experience and perspective, you’re helping balance out the public perception of the project, and bringing it down to more realistic levels. Also, your positive messages can reach the developers & make them feel so much better.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

If you’re a #FOSS project owner/maintainer, it should be in your interest to promote it, too. Yeah, I know, ‘if you build it, they will come"…but what if they don’t? To grow a community around your project, you need to bring people in.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

And technically, just talking about your project to your friends already counts as promotion 😉 So you don’t have to worry about selling your soul to dirty marketing devils. Just telling a story is often more than enough to get people interested.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

It’s also in your best interest as a #FOSS project leader to drive the story & control the narrative around your project/community. You want the news to come from you first; you want people to come to you with questions. Not to some random reddit thread.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

By having a clear story about your #FOSS project, you help potential contributors understand what it’s all about & how they can fit in. Other people who want to promote your project can also reuse parts of that story in their content.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

You should want to be the official, main source of truth about your project. This helps your #FOSS project build credibility. People who are serious about contributing will prefer you over a project with an outdated website and a dead GitHub repo.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Of course, there are always exceptions; there are wildly successful #FOSS projects with little to no promo activity. You can probably find some examples of the opposite, too.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Still, I think it’s important to talk about #FOSS projects, communities, and ideas we support and care about. Even if it may seem like no one is listening.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Why? Well, just because someone might stumble upon our blog posts, tweets, or presentations somewhere out there on the Wild Web. And it might not change their entire life, but if it makes their day better or helps them solve a problem, it will all be worth it.

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

So, as my time on this account comes to an end, I’d like to invite & encourage you all to tell stories about your favorite #FOSS projects, contributors, and communities. You don’t need a ‘good reason" or a way to make it “pay off”. Just share your story. ❤️

Sep 9, 2020

💬 @ivana_isadora:

Thank you all for your attention, and big thanks to @josp0001 for allowing me to participate in this amazing project. It’s been an honor.

@Bryanpwo will take over soon, and tell us more about EndeavourOS. Stay tuned for that!