Mario Fux

Archive for September, 2009

Short before eye opening

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Yesterday I visited the little whelps for the third time and they are steadily growing. Really sweet and in the next days all of them will open their eyes. Following you’ll see some photos from yesterday and now we switch to German.

Dies ist nun mein erster Eintrag in diesem Blog auf deutsch. Wie eben schon geschrieben, war ich gestern wieder mal bei den kleinen Welpen von Amira. Die ersten öffnen schon ihre Augen und nächste Woche wird’s dann richtig spannend, wenn sie beginnen, die Welt zu erkunden. Sogar die ersten Schritte werden schon versucht, obwohl es meist noch sehr holprig wirkt.

So und nun drei Fotos. Ich werde versuchen, auf diesem Blog regelmässig zu berichten, wie die kleine Kira oder Kisha (weiss immer noch nicht, wie sie dann heissen wird, aber weiss ja auch noch nicht, welche es sein wird) ihren Weg zu mir findet und wie sie sich entwickeln wird und wir zusammenfinden.

The whole family

Foto 1: Fast die ganze Familie in der Wurfkiste. Von links oben im Gegenuhrzeigersinn: Honja, Amira (die Mutter), Faya und dazwischen die kleinen Welpen.

Whelps at the milk bar

Foto 2: Was gibt es wichtiger als gross und stark zu werden und dazu gehört natürlich regelmässiger Aufenthalt an der Milchbar. Aber es gibt noch eine zweite wichtige Sache…

Whelps sleeping

Foto 3: … schlafen. Die Kleinen wollen ja fit sein, wenn die Mama wieder auftaucht und so schliesst sich der Kreis.

Bald geht es weiter mit Geschichten von und zu Klein-Kira/Kisha…

Tokamak3 in the perspective of organizer

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

In this short blog I want to tell you something about my experience as the organizer of Tokamak3 and what I could observe.

First and foremost it was work as well but it was a great experience. The most remarking thing is that I welcomed strangers and one week later I had to say good bye to new friends.

As I was not yet a Plasma hacker it was of course a bit special and several people asked me why I organized Tokamak3. One of my answers was that I wanted to give something back as I’m a KDE user since years (but I do not yet use Plasma as I’m a Debian stable user ;-). Another reason for me to welcome the Plasma people at my family’s Chalet was my interest in the social structures of free software projects. I study educational psychology and it was really interested to observe the guys and gals while hacking.

But from other visiting people, the neighbors and some other people I heard that they were really impressed about the Plasma people and their enthusiasm at work. People paid for programming couldn’t have done more. Really amazing to see growing and blossoming out of the Plasma flower.

As their were not a lot of restaurants near and the Chalet was a bit remote we did our own food. That means every day one or two hackers kneaded the dough for a new tasty bread. And almost everyday I chose one or two of them helping me doing another meal. Afterwards two others did the dishes. Thanks a lot for your help! And thanks for the people from the local LUG (Linux User Group Oberwallis) who helped me on one or another day. And last but not least a big thank you to my family and relatives who offers their appartements and the Chalet and some helping hands: you’re great and I love you all!

Before I’ll show you some photos I want to say that their are some videos I hope to upload to or some other page in the next days. Some of them my appear somewhere else on other blogs. And before I’ll forget it (oh yes, another reason for the invitation to Randa was that the surrounding is really beautiful and inspiring I thought 🙂 next year there will be probably some other KDE sprints and this area. But then in a bigger house. So if you as a KDE team are interested…

And now some impressions of Tokamak3 from the organizers perspective…


Photo 1: Konqi waiting at the corner of the Chalet for the Plasma hackers


Photo 2: Ana and Artur preparing their first “Bircher Müesli” and Ivan “cutting” the bread…


Photo 3: The Plasma hackers at work in the main “conference room”


Photo 4: Aaron, the Plasma father, kneading the dough for another tasty bread and having another brilliant ideas (see the bulb?;-)


Photo 5: Hungry after a long day of work…


Photo 6: Group photo after the social event in Zermatt


Photo 7: Ruphy’s Plasma bread. Window decorations and icons are not enough 😉


Photo 8: Chani’s new friend. Pleo, the little dinosaur, found its way to Tokamak3


Photo 9: An inspiring hike in the Swiss Alps

That’s it for today. In my next KDE blog I’ll write something about why I use KDE, what else I’m working on inside KDE and what’s next…

And the real last words: I miss you Plasma family!!!

Little Amira and her whelps

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Today I visited the family and dogs where my future dog was born yesterday. One of the little whelps on this picture will become my companion for the next 10 to 15 years…

Little Amira and her whelps

The fellow No 1 explains his world ;-)

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Good morning dear reader

People who know me know that I always say good morning no matter what time of the day we have ;-). This is my first blog entry and if you don’t know it yet I’m the FSFE fellow with the member number 1.

This blog serves several purposes. First I want to practice my written english. That means if you find errors and mistakes you could call my attention to them or you stay silent ;-). Some parts of this blog will probably be in German as well because this is my mother tongue and some of the readers prefer this.

Mainly the blog entries about my dog will be in both languages. The dog will be a Golden Retriever and she’s no yet here but was born yesterday. One of the next entries will be about my first visit (with photos).

Then I’ll tell you about my involvement in the free software world which will be mostly related to KDE and free software and education as this is the topic (education) I study. One of the next entries will be about Tokamak3, the third KDE Plasma meeting, which I organized in a beautiful little village called Randa in the Swiss alps.

And if there are other topics I’d like to write about you’ll read it here…