I am going to FOSDEM. What about you?

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community for the community. The goal is to provide Free Software and Open Source developers and communities a place to meet to:

  • + Get in touch with other developers and projects;
  • + Be informed about the latest developments in the Free Software and Open Source world;
  • + Attend interesting talks and presentations held in large conference rooms by Free Software and Open Source project leaders and committers on various topics;
  • + To promote the development and the benefits of Free Software and Open Source solutions.
  • + and to SHARE knowledge with each other

Sharing the knowledge and ideas is the most valuable think you can get during FOSDEM and it’s free. There is no excuse not to be there.

If you are worried about anything, just feel free to ask me and I will help you, especially if this will be your first visit. If you are living for Free software NOR Open Source – you must be there.

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FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

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How to install Kolab Server on Fedora 14

What is Kolab Server?

Kolab is a personal information management solution that allows you to organize yourself and others through email, contacts, calendar and tasks wherever you are. Unlike other groupware solutions, Kolab is designed along a “need to know” principle where each server only has the information relevant for a particular company, group or project. There is only one point where all your information comes together and shapes the complete picture – in your hands.

Current stable version is 2.2.4 and since yesterday 2.3 alpha is available.

How to install it

0. get the files

Kolab uses OpenPGK

# mkdir /tmp/kolabtemp

* This temporary directory needs to be world readable.

# cd /tmp/kolabtemp
# wget -r -l1 -nd --no-parent http://files.kolab.org/server/release/kolab-server-2.2.4/sources/

1. Check the integrity

# gpg --keyserver wwwkeys.pgp.net --recv-key 5816791A
# gpg --verify SHA1SUMS.sig
# sha1sum -c SHA1SUMS

1. Install

Once you have downloaded all the files, check the following:

– that you have bison and flex installed

# whereis flex
# whereis bison

– that you have SELinux turned off (or set to non-enforcing) if your system has SELinux.
– that you have a gcc, make, libtool, automake and autoconf installed.
– that the following names are not in /etc/passwd or /etc/groups, as OpenPKG will want to create them: kolab, kolab-r, kolab-n

#mkdir /kolab

– run this as privileged user (root)

# chmod +x install-kolab.sh
# ./install-kolab.sh 2>&1 | tee /root/kolab-install.log

Done !

2.Finishing the process

Run this file and follow the instructions:

#/kolab/sbin/kolab_bootstrap -b

Community Management Course and a CC Manual.

As usual I have an idea. I was thinking to organize a course about Community Management at P2PU and a Manual, licensed under Creative Commons license with best practices, ideas, theory and so on.

Let’s do it.
I decided to be a facilitator and co-author for this project and I am searching for co-authors && contributors.

If you have experience leading (or being part of a great community) and/or creating communities, please drop me a note here and let’s start thinking what is the better way to do that. You can send me an email as well: shopov.bogomil at gmail got com or via twitter @bogomep

I know there are many books on community management, but they are mostly theoretical or encompass only a little of what is going on in the field, because the things in the Internet change with every second. Let’s create something open (as in Open Web) and Together (as in Sharing is Caring).


Running TOR as a relay on Fedora 14

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

Install && configure

0. Create a .repo file

# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
# vi tor.repo

1. Put the following content into this file:

name=Tor and Vidalia

2. Run:

#yum install tor vidalia

3. After the install run vidalia as a “normal” user and run vidalia in order to help the project:


4. Setup
You will see a screen like this. Click on “Setup relaying”

Fill your data:
vidalia 1
setup vidalia/tor

Make sure it works. Click on “Message Log”. And see what is going on. Mine is working well:

The Tor network relies on volunteers to donate bandwidth. The more people who run relays, the faster the Tor network will be. If you have at least 20 kilobytes/s each way, please help out Tor by configuring your Tor to be a relay too.

Many browsers on Fedora (Safari and IE)

If you need a lot of browsers, like me, to test some web stuff, this info can be useful for you.

Safari on Fedora

  • 1. You need Wine (yum install wine*)
  • 2. Download Safari from here (choose – Safari 5.0 for Windows XP, Vista or 7)
  • 3. Click on exe file to install.
  • 4. Done

IE on Fedora

I know, yes, I know. What a hell I need IE on Linux. Some of my clients still using this ‘most used browser’…

yum -y install wine*
yum -y install cabextract

Get the package and install it. But before that, read the legal stuff from here.  Yes, IE is FREE, but you still NEED a valid license for Windows to use it. WTF?!?

wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
tar zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
cd ies4linux-*