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The Fedora community sponsored by Red Hat kicked off another mind blowing Technical seminar with “Fedora 18” “the “Spherical cow” on 5th of August 2013 at the Applied Sciences faculty of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. The Fedora project is a global partnership of free software community members which invests on upcoming IT enthusiast’s infrastructure and resources to collaborate and modify “Free & Open Source Software” projects.

The event was held at the university for the second consecutive time, with over 200+ participants representing Wayamba University of Sri lanka and Jaffna University too. The event coordinators had also organized the “twitterholic” competition as to keep the event moving and electrifying.

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Buddika Kurera the FAmSCo Member at Fedora project was the first to start the session with the introduction about “FOSS” and its applications in modern technologies. “Linux and many other open source software such as Fedora are playing a key role in modern mobile applications and modern PC applications” said Buddika.

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Hasitha Jayasooriya’s session gave a more technical approach to the event. Being an Ambassador at fedora Project he did his session about “Virtualization with KVM”. The session was full of practical demonstrations as to how to put up the hypervisor and how to actually run a virtual machine on your PC which is running Fedora. Surely it lit up green lights in the developers who wish to test their applications in different system platforms.

All the participants were given refreshments at the transit period of Hasitha and Uditha’s sessions.

Uditha Bandara Wijerathne who is an undergraduate from the Rajarata University is also a Fedora ambassador for APAC region demonstrated the use of Logical Volume Management (LVM) on a Fedora platform along with technical discussion among the participants. The interaction of the audience was really remarkable .It was quite interesting to see young talented undergraduates taking over the initiation of these technologies

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In his session Uditha specifically pointed out the usage and advantage of using “Raspberry Pi” along with Pidora (fedora remix optimized for Raspberry pi computer). The tweets of the official twitter hashtag #F18RUSL was also displayed on a wide LED screen with the magic inside “Pidora”.

After Uditha’s session Buddika again took the stage with the introduction about GsoC. (Google Summer of Code) giving a brief idea about the competition to the participants. Considering the active participation of the audience it was clear that most of them were inspired to apply to the next year’s competition.

The twitterholic competition was also underway throughout the event and it got over 1000 tweets making an impact on 56,000 tweeps around the world at the end of the session. And according to the twitter count, twitter handle @Rkvisit from University of Jaffna won the twitterholic prize. And as mentioned before winding up the event participants got the chance to check out a Raspberry Pi powered with “Pidora” and “OLPC-XO-01” with a Fedora distribution. And all were given “Fedora 18” installation DVDs at the end of the event along with fabulous fedora swags.

It made a positive impact on university undergraduates on making them more aware of Free and Open Source Software and its critical usage in modern technologies, which will definitely aid them in IT industry in future.

Few laughs have been elicited along the way. Almost all the participants were in hype about the event as well about Fedora 18.