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Jesús E. Franco Martínez
Jesús E. Franco Martínez
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Birthday: 1981
Home: Chimalhuacán, México StreetView
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Ambassador from México

Translator to Spanish

Here on wiki and a couple of Guides of Fedora: Release Notes and User Guide at the moment.

Working with free culture communities The OpenSource way

Failing sometimes, and it's important to saying to learn from it

Failed a collaboration with folks of edusol.info to develop a course of GNU/Linux for folks illiteracy on ICT, several reasons:

  • Originally was announced as course about GNU/Linux (the most generic apps, Gnome based), but it ended developing a course for Ubuntu (with all the crap about software centre locked in).
  • Worse, having a mailing list and public drupal wiki space, the core decissions was taken closed-doors, at private meetings and without at least publishing minutes to the public spaces.
  • As part of it several proposals from our side to outline the course materials on ICDL currículum or others of our own, were always rejected avoiding any discussion on the course goals.

This said, i should outline some raw lessons:

  • A project unfriendly to #OpenSource as core value can be dangerous. Once you get accustomed to Fedora openness, it's hard to downgrade to closed doors to discussion and lack of transparency.
  • Also, if we as Ambassadors are going to approach to other projects for collaboration, we should know a clear statement of vision and mission, in order to avoid future misunderstanding about the degree we share goals and methods with those projects.
  • We must study better The OpenSource way and try to apply more firmly its lessons.

1. Also, I'm working with Máirín Duffy and Tatica (my mentor!) on translation and delivery of a course for kids about Inkscape.

2. I'll start soon to write a Fedora User Guide for:

a) Thin clients (LXDE spin focused)

b) People with no-knowledge on ICT (using Fedora as first OS).

This won't be based on the ICDL curriculum mainly, but exploring another ways of empowering people at ICT's, using innovative environments aimed to education, as Sugar. Too, the license for the Basic Linux course on edusol.info has a too restrictive license (NC) for Fedora, but i'm gaining experience on designing courses and working with people with no my same preferences at all.

About me

I'm user of Fedora since a year and a half ago, and Linux systems since 2006. I tried before with Knoppix and Ubuntu-derivatives, Gentoo and Ututo but Fedora has proven to be the most flexible, easy but powerful and stable i've tried so far. It runs on our netbooks, and the family desktop (a fairly old Pentium3 @133MHz with just 256 MB RAM)

I work as mentor in a k12 school in a suburb of Mexico City, and i have experience with adult people and kids on social centres spreading freesoftware, you can read about that experience on Alfabetización Tic / Proyecto Fedora LATAM.